Recognizing Drugs and Their Effects

Regulation of cannabis in Québec

Further the federal government’s decision to legalize cannabis and to the bill tabled on April 13, 2017, the Government of Québec has tabled a bill in the fall of 2017. For more information go to This link opens a new window..


Drugs, which include alcohol and cannabis, are ‘psychoactive’ substances. Once absorbed, these substances alter one or more functions of the body and central nervous system. They can affect:

  • Thoughts
  • Emotions
  • Behaviour
  • Mood
  • Multiple organs

Drugs can be:

  • Natural
  • Synthetic (composed of chemical molecules produced in a lab)

It is important to know that street drugs can be mixed with products that are hazardous to health or other drugs. There is no way of knowing what these drugs contain regardless of their shape, colour or origin.

There is so much information circulating about drugs. This information is sometimes accurate, but it can also be far from the truth. To learn more about drugs and their effects, read the following sections:

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Last update: July 21, 2017 10:01 AM


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