Posted on August

01/08/16

Marijuana and your mouth: not so pearly whites

In conjunction with this year’s Dental Health Week, we thought we would take the opportunity to remind you of the effect cannabis use can have on your oral health.

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cannabis, marijuana, weed watch blog, dental health, gum disease, mouth, teeth, hygiene, dental health week
Posted on July

07/07/16

20 things to do instead of smoking weed!

We know from the research there are some proven techniques to help overcome cannabis cravings for those trying to quit. Cravings come in waves and tend to only be strong for about 20 minutes, so if someone can push through the danger zone, the cannabis cravings start to become less intense and less frequent. Enter the four D’s: distract, delay, deep-breathing and de-catastrophize. The first of these – distraction – is the most important tool in your mental toolkit to riding the waves of those cravings.

Here are 20 things you can do to entertain your brain and body that don’t involve smoking weed. Maybe you’ve tried some of them before, or perhaps there’s something you’ve always been meaning to try but have never got around to – now’s your chance to give it a go!

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hobbies, distratcion, weed watch blog, cannabis, art, music, physical activities, social, friends
Posted on July

07/07/16

5 things every parent needs to know about weed

As a parent, there may be no bigger worry than wondering if your child is using drugs and just how you can help them and keep them safe if you find they are experimenting or using regularly.

Here are five tips to help you manage your suspicions and maintain a good relationship with your kids

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weed, cannabis, schizophrenia, adolescence, teenagers, weed watch blog, child using drugs
Posted on July

07/07/16

Try this one easy technique to stop your kids ever using drugs

A new study has found rewarding positive behaviours and offering incentives for a job well done, is much more in tune with how teenagers operate than punishing bad behaviour.

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parenting, weed watch blog, positive parenting, incentives, brain development, teenage drug use, discouraging drug use
Posted on July

05/07/16

Media Wrap up June 2016

Last month was a somewhat confusing month when it came to cannabis news – publications from mainstream newspapers and popular niche blogs, to YouTube videos, presented the same stories twisted different ways depending on the agenda of the journalist or artist.

We all know research can be twisted and turned a lot of different ways, but as we sifted and sorted through the many cannabis articles published in mainstream media throughout the month, it’s no surprise some people are confused about exactly what cannabis will, won’t or may do to you if you use it!

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media wrap up, weed watch blog, news, oral health, cancer, Prince Ea, dependence
Posted on July

04/07/16

When your friend should quit weed - but they think it’s a miracle drug

Now don’t get us wrong, cannabis may have some positive applications, particularly in medicine – though right now the jury is out on most of those. But for recreational users, the focus on medical use and choosing to ignore possible negative effects, has made it difficult to encourage young people to consider objective information about cannabis, and talking to friends and loved ones about concerns relating to their use has become a bigger challenge than ever before.

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cannabis, weed watch blog, miracle cure, legalisation, talking to a friend, conspiracy theories, marijuana
Posted on June

24/06/16

Baked-over or over-baked: can you get a hangover from weed?

Sometimes called a ‘bong over’ or a ‘stone over’, the after-effects of a big night of smoking weed impact everyone differently. While some don’t feel bad at all the following day, others can experience symptoms such as headaches, ‘cotton-mouth’, or feeling muddled and confused. So why does this happen and how can it be avoided?

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over-baked, weed hangover, cannabis hangover, alcohol, weed watch blog
Posted on June

24/06/16

The benefits of good sleep

We all know how it feels when we haven’t had enough sleep – our eyes feel gritty, we’re drowsy, we find it hard to concentrate and can generally feel like we’re below par, and unable to function well. But lack of sleep, or lack of good sleep, can mean more than this – it can actually damage our health and cause long-term problems.

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Sleep, sleep debt, catch up, mojo, stimulants, weed watch blog, sleep without cannabis, sleep without weed
Posted on June

17/06/16

Tips for recovering brain-health after quitting weed

At NCPIC, we often get asked questions like ‘how can I recover my brain-health after I quit using?’ and ‘what kind of damage does marijuana do to the brain?’ While there is no one quick-fix solution and the jury is still out on some potential harms, the good news is it is possible to improve your brain-health over time. We’ve put together a few different ways to help recover from some of the effects of smoking weed and whip your brain back into shape.

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brain health, memory, concentration, motivation, lumosity, neuronation, weed watch
Posted on June

09/06/16

Media Wrap Up - May 2016

With so much travel and so many election messages to report on, cannabis has taken a bit of a backseat in May. Despite this, there have been some interesting stories in both mainstream and niche publications.

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media, cannabis, election, blog, weed watch, dna, pregnancy
Posted on May

05/05/16

April 2016 media wrap-up: a look at the news on cannabis this month

For yet another month, cannabis news dominated headlines in papers around the world. And while the recent legislative victories were cause for celebration for many medical-cannabis advocates, this news was often overshadowed by a growing focus on the commercial and economic opportunities medical legalisation of the drug may present.

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weed watch, cannabis legislation, medical cannabis, the cannabis economy
Posted on March

29/03/16

Beating boredom after quitting weed

Coping with boredom when you quit cannabis can be tough...unless you re-frame it as an opportunity to take control and find a new purpose in life!

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weed watch, boredom, withdrawal
Posted on March

24/03/16

Cannabis in Uruguay

Uruguay has received attention lately as having quite a different approach to cannabis policy than many other countries. Here's a quick overview of their cannabis policy.

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weed watch, uruguay, drug policy
Posted on March

23/03/16

Why everyone’s personal experience is different

Some people believe there aren't any problems with using cannabis because they personally haven't experienced any. But this isn't the same for everyone and many people do suffer significant problems from cannabis use.

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weed watch, cannabis use problems, personal experience
Posted on March

21/03/16

Hiring a new employee

Six key tips on what to consider when a new employee starts.

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weed watch, HR, employees, drugs at work
Posted on March

18/03/16

Adult colouring books: a relaxing way to manage withdrawal symptoms

Colouring in books for adults are all the rage at the moment and lots of fun, but could they help you tackle serious issues like cannabis withdrawal?

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weed watch, withdrawal, colouring books, anxiety
Posted on March

15/03/16

Chronic Pain: 5 ways to boost your traditional treatment

Chronic, ongoing pain can be debilitating and exhausting. But some simple lifestyle changes may help with your recovery.

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weed watch, chronic pain
Posted on March

07/03/16

Stoned driving: a debate about safety and accuracy

Is it possible to regulate and set standards for ‘safe stoned driving’? 

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weed watch, drug driving, stoned driving
Posted on February

29/02/16

5 months on from quitting cannabis

We catch up with Mark to see how he's going 5 months on from quitting weed.

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weed watch, quitting
Posted on February

26/02/16

February media wrap up

In February 2016, the Australian media covered stories on the progression of medical cannabis legislation in the federal parliament, as well as several stories on different cannabis research studies.

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weed watch, cannabis media, medical cannabis legislation, cannabis research, cannabis and driving, facebook
Posted on February

22/02/16

What to do if you think a colleague is struggling with drug use

Talking to a work colleague about their concerning drug use can be tricky, but knowing how to approach the conversation can set you in the right direction.

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weed watch, HR, drugs at work
Posted on February

15/02/16

Does weed make you lose weight?

Why is it that some cannabis users don't put on weight despite known side effects such as 'the munchies'?

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weed watch, losing weight
Posted on February

09/02/16

Dealing with pressure to do drugs at work

Some useful tips on how to cope with pressure to do drugs at social occasions with work colleagues.

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weed watch, HR, drugs at work
Posted on February

03/02/16

Can meditation help with cravings?

Vipassana is a meditation technique that helps you stay in the present moment.

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weed watch, meditation, mindfulness
Posted on February

01/02/16

Media wrap up - January 2016

Cannabis was a popular media story in January, with coverage on drug driving, how cannabis affects women and drug trials.

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weed watch, media, drug trials, drug driving
Posted on January

27/01/16

Gratitude journals: A great addition to your mental health toolkit

A quick and easy tool to help improve your mental health and wellbeing.

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weed watch, gratitude journal, mental health, positive psychology
Posted on December

03/12/15

Media wrap up – October and November

Throughout October and November 2015 the Australian media covered stories on medicinal cannabis, high potency 'skunk', and cannabis use in pregnancy.

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weed watch, australian media, medicinal cannabis, skunk
Posted on December

01/12/15

Medicinal cannabis: pharmaceutical vs herbal

What is the difference between pharmaceutically produced medicinal cannabis and whole-plant cannabis?

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weed watch, medicinal cannabis
Posted on November

24/11/15

Lucy Haslam on medicinal cannabis

We talk to medicinal cannabis advocate Lucy Haslam about her views and perspective on using cannabis for medicinal purposes. 

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weed watch, lucy haslam, medicinal cannabis
Posted on November

20/11/15

Pushing past addiction

An honest account of the effect weed had on one young man's life and how he's managing after quitting weed.

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weed watch, quitting, true story
Posted on October

19/10/15

Where do we stand on medical cannabis?

Sometimes the word 'prevention' in our name can be confusing -- in this blog, we set the record straight on our position on all things medical cannabis.  

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weed watch, medicinal cannabis, medical marijuana
Posted on October

15/10/15

Sweden’s ‘drug free society’

A brief history of drug policy in Sweden and a personal perspective from a resident Swede

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weed watch, sweden, drug policy
Posted on October

13/10/15

September media: cannabis confusion and contradiction

A brief round-up of how the Australian media covered cannabis stories in September 2015

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weed watch, media, cannabis research, medical marijuana
Posted on September

14/09/15

Dads and drugs: the importance of being a positive role model

There are many reasons why a good father figure is important for a child's development

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weed watch, fathers, role models
Posted on September

02/09/15

August media wrap up – studies and spin

This month the Australian media focussed on general cannabis research, synthetics and 'cannabis vomiting syndrome'.

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weed watch, media, medical cannabis, research, synthetic cannabis, cannabis vomiting syndrome
Posted on August

26/08/15

Using a growth mindset to achieve your goals

How changing the way you think about your abilities can help you reach goals you never thought possible.

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weed watch, growth mindset, quitting weed
Posted on August

12/08/15

Drugs and sex: the other talk you need to have with your kids

How parents can approach the topics of drugs and sex with their teenagers.

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weed watch, teenagers, sex, drugs, parents
Posted on July

29/07/15

July media wrap up

A quick round-up of the Australian media's take on cannabis issues and news stories in July 2015.

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weed watch, media, medicinal cannabis
Posted on July

23/07/15

Mindfulness: a tool for creating calm

Mindfulness meditation is an evidence-based tool to help you tackle life's problems and calm your mind.

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weed watch, mindfulness, meditation, cravings
Posted on July

17/07/15

Bosses with high standards: HR can help

5 quick tips on how HR professionals can help employees cope with challenging managers.

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weed watch, hr, managing up
Posted on July

15/07/15

Getting back on track after a crisis

Recovering from a traumatic event or crisis can be really hard, but relying on alcohol or drugs to help you get through it could be more detrimental in the long-run. Here are a few steps that may help you rebuild and get back on track.

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weed watch, trauma, crisis, grief
Posted on July

09/07/15

Illegal drugs: how to get through to your kids

Where do young people get their drug information from and who do they trust? And as a parent or teacher, how can we best educate our kids about drugs?

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weed watch, drug education, parents
Posted on July

03/07/15

June media wrap up

June was another action-packed month when it came to cannabis news. Significant funds were allocated to new research, the USA moved to facilitate further study on cannabinoids, and new reports highlighted the shortcomings in evidence to support the USA’s legalisation of medicinal cannabis for some illnesses.

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weed watch, media, medicinal cannabis, USA, research
Posted on June

29/06/15

Life lessons: 5 things I’d love to try all over again

We've all got regrets from our younger days. Here's 5 of the most common things young people often wish they had done differently.

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weed watch, young people, regrets
Posted on June

19/06/15

Trouble sleeping? Try resetting your sleep-wake cycle

Many people have trouble getting to sleep at night, but implementing a few simple techniques could be all it takes to improve the quality of your sleep and help you get to sleep faster drug-free.

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weed watch, sleep
Posted on June

17/06/15

Teachers: Helping teenagers deal with drug-related peer pressure

How teachers can help teenagers deal with drug-related peer pressure, identify their values and stay true to themselves.

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weed watch, teachers, values, peer pressure
Posted on June

03/06/15

World No Tobacco Day - 4 reasons to give mulling up the flick

Mulling up is when people mix cannabis with tobacco. But it's just not a smart thing to do - and here's why.

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weed watch, mulling up, tobacco
Posted on June

01/06/15

May media wrap up

May saw a lot of media coverage about cannabis research. Although there was still plenty of coverage about medicinal cannabis, the media also covered stories on research into the effects of cannabis on lung health and driving skills. And it was great to see that some Australian media outlets found the floated idea that cannabis could increase creativity in school kids as crazy as NCPIC does. 

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weed watch, media, research, medicinal cannabis, creativity
Posted on May

26/05/15

Budget time: A good reminder to check if your budget adds up

In order to get on top of your finances it's important to create a budget. A good budget should be one that ensures your spending doesn't outweigh your expenses and also identifies any spending habits that could be leading you down a financial black hole. 

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weed watch, budget, money
Posted on May

20/05/15

5 reasons weed has no place at work

Smoking weed can negatively affect many aspects of your work performance, including your concentration, motivation, safety and interpersonal skills.

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weed watch, work, drugs at work
Posted on May

15/05/15

Beating your addiction to weed this winter

Find out how to beat the winter blues and begin quitting weed now!

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weed watch, addiction, winter
Posted on May

12/05/15

Synthetic cannabis stories – the good, the bad and the ugly!

Read real-life accounts of people’s experiences using synthetic cannabis. We’ve scoured the forums and surveyed over a thousand people to find out how this unpredictable drug can affect you.

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weed watch, synthetic cannabis, synthetic weed, online forums
Posted on May

08/05/15

Could workplace drug use be affecting your employee performance?

Decreasing employee performance, motivation and productivity could be a sign that they have a drug problem. It's therefore important to understand the signs of possible drug use and know how to effectively approach the problem.

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weed watch, corporate, workplace
Posted on May

05/05/15

Bob Marley and Marijuana: Why Clay Cassar-Daley loves rap music

An interview with the 2014 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music competition winner Clay Cassar-Daley.

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weed watch, music competition
Posted on May

01/05/15

April media wrap up – does cannabis cure cancer?

A round-up of media articles about cannabis over the month of April 2015. This month the media covered medicinal cannabis trials, synthetic cannabis and fake cures.

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weed watch, media, cancer
Posted on April

28/04/15

Quitting weed: Negotiating help-seeking with your child

Find out how to positively influence your child to start thinking about quitting weed – without the tears!

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weed watch, quitting weed, help-seeking
Posted on April

23/04/15

Weed: 5 things you thought were true but aren’t

Are you 100% sure about the facts? Read on to have some commonly held myths about weed well and truly busted.

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weed watch, weed myths, bongs
Posted on April

21/04/15

Weeding out the root cause of cannabis use

Sometimes heavy cannabis use can be a symptom of a deeper problem that needs to be dealt with, such as anxiety, difficulty in social situations, stress or some deeper issues.

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weed watch, anxiety, cannabis use problems
Posted on April

14/04/15

Quitting weed: How to help a mate with addiction

Struggling to help a mate quit weed? We’re here to help.

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weed watch, quitting weed, helping a mate
Posted on April

07/04/15

5 reasons why synthetic weed is a dud bud

Want to find out the top 5 reasons why NOT to smoke fake weed? Read on to discover why synthetic marijuana is unpredictable, illegal, unsafe and a waste of money, just to name a few.

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weed watch, synthetic marijuana, fake weed
Posted on April

02/04/15

Deceptive and dangerous: What you and your kids need to know about synthetic cannabis

Talking about the dangers of synthetic weed can be really challenging for parents trying to educate their kids about drug use, but it is a really important conversation every family needs to have. Here’s how to get informed and get the conversation started.

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weed watch, synthetic cannabis
Posted on April

01/04/15

March monthly media – medicinal cannabis on our minds

A round-up of media articles about cannabis over the month of March 2015. This month the media covered medicinal cannabis, legalisation, synthetic cannabis and the effects of cannabis on the brain

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weed watch, media, medicinal cannabis, synthetic cannabis, brain
Posted on March

26/03/15

Is there a cannabis addict in the house? Self-care and how to look after yourself when it all gets too much

When someone you love is addicted to cannabis and not interested in quitting, it's important to have self-care strategies in place to look after yourself.

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weed watch, addiction, self-care
Posted on March

24/03/15

5 ways to get to sleep without weed

Do you use cannabis when you can’t sleep? Here are some reasons to reconsider.

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weed watch, sleep
Posted on March

20/03/15

Good science vs bad science: weeding out fact from fiction

There's a lot of 'research' and 'evidence' out there, but how can you tell the difference between real research, which is the result of a proper scientific study, and poor research, which sometimes produces big claims but is actually meaningless?

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weed watch, good science, evidence, research
Posted on March

05/03/15

‘I’m so fancy’ – how weed can affect your looks

Don’t smoke away your looks! Why quitting weed is a great natural beauty tip.

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weed watch, beauty, aging
Posted on March

03/03/15

Top 5 reasons bongs aren't cool

Respiratory diseases, chronic coughs and petrochemicals - just a few reasons why bongs aren’t cool.

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weed watch, bongs, respiratory illness, cough
Posted on February

19/02/15

How to be happy: is weed a short-term “pleasure” or a long-term solution?

The key to being truly happy is finding the right kind of happiness, which means cultivating meaning and purpose in your life.

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weed watch, how to be happy, happiness
Posted on February

17/02/15

Why do you smoke weed? 5 key questions to ask yourself

These 5 questions will get you thinking about your weed use.

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weed watch, smoking weed, why smoke weed
Posted on February

11/02/15

Posted on February

10/02/15

When your partner is dealing with cannabis addiction

What do you do if your partner is addicted to weed?

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weed watch, addiction, how to help
Posted on February

06/02/15

Addiction: small ‘rewards’ that can become big luxuries

It can be surprising how often small indulgences can build up into addictions.

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weed watch, cannabis addiction, alcohol addiction, gambling addiction
Posted on February

04/02/15

A friend with weed is a friend indeed?

If you want to help a mate with a cannabis problem, having a conversation with them is a good place to start.

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weed watch, talking with friend, helping a friend
Posted on February

03/02/15

Cannabis: an historic love-hate story

A brief history of how our relationship with cannabis has changed over the years.

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weed watch, cannabis history, medicinal cannabis
Posted on February

02/02/15

Why do people use weed?

Here are a few thoughts on a very big question.

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weed watch, weed, why do people use weed
Posted on January

30/01/15

Monthly media wrap up – synthetic cannabis claims more lives

In January the media covered articles on the growing concern around synthetic cannabis use, medical cannabis, and weed taking on a persona of its own on Twitter.

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weed watch, synthetic cannabis, media, twitter
Posted on January

29/01/15

High school: how to talk to kids

Knowing how to talk to kids starting their first year of high school about 'high school issues' is important in preparing them for the year ahead.

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weed watch, talking to kids
Posted on January

27/01/15

New Year’s resolutions: February is the new January

Do you want to turn your New Year's resolutions into lasting habits? Starting your resolutions in February instead of January could be the answer.

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weed watch, new years resolutions, goals
Posted on January

20/01/15

The challenge of drug education in schools

The importance of engaging students in interactive drug education.

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weed watch, drug educations, lesson plans, teachers, teaching resources
Posted on January

16/01/15

Aim high, don't get high – is weed affecting your career or study?

Aiming high is a great way to ensure you achieve your goals, but smoking weed may get in your way.

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weed watch, goals, smoking weed, joint effort
Posted on January

12/01/15

New Year, new inductees: getting workplace drug education right from day one

New employee induction is the ideal time to educate your employees about your workplace drug and alcohol policy.

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weed watch, drug and alcohol policy, workplace drug education
Posted on January

09/01/15

Going abroad: the drug conversation you must have with your kids

As a parent with a teen who is looking to go overseas for end-of-year break or even a gap year, a big part of your job in helping to increase your child’s safety is making sure they are informed. Unfortunately, ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law.

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weed watch, travel, overseas, parents, gap year, law
Posted on January

09/01/15

Moving out of home: tips for your new joint

Moving out of home for the first time is a lot of things – scary, exciting, freeing, messy… and just a little bit awesome. For the first time in your life, there will be no one to tell you to clean your room, asking where you were the night before, or bugging you about studying. Here are the collective things we’ve learned about first time moving.

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weed watch, parents, moving out of home
Posted on January

08/01/15

Mixing weed with summer holidays: road trip or dead end

The summer holidays are here and it is time to relax, take it easy and freshen up before you launch into the new year. With many of us looking at taking a road trip around Australia or sporting holidays, it's important to remember the short-term effects of cannabis on your physical and mental abilities and how this can affect your safety.

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weed watch, physical effects, safety, driving
Posted on January

06/01/15

Positive parenting: should you wrap your kids in cotton wool?

With school holidays in full swing, it can be difficult to keep track of what your kids are doing and who they are doing it with. But could knowing more actually make a big impact on their future and safety?

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weed watch, parenting, teen drug use
Posted on December

23/12/14

Clearing out clutter for a fresh start to the New Year

The New Year is the perfect time to 'declutter' bad habits from your life.

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weed watch, bad habits, declutter
Posted on December

23/12/14

Music festival season: hey, do you smell weed?

The summer music festival season is off to a flying start - but could flying too 'high' bring it to an abrupt halt?

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weed watch, music festival
Posted on December

23/12/14

Kronic mistakes being made with synthetic cannabis

Synthetic cannabis took the Australian market by storm a few years ago - so why is it a drug you should really aim to avoid?

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weed watch, synthetic cannabis, Kronic
Posted on December

17/12/14

Naughty or nice? Dealing with cannabis-related family conflict

Christmas can be a stressful time of year for some families, so if you decide to bring up tricky conversation topics like cannabis use, here's some tips on how best to approach it.

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weed watch, christmas, family confilt, cannabis conversations
Posted on December

13/12/14

Christmas, parties and getting loose in the silly season

Christmas can be a fun, crazy and electric time of the year when we get it right – but can come with some nasty consequences when we get it wrong. To get you ready for Chrissy, here are our five tips on substance use during the silly season.

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weed watch, christmas, cannabis in the workplace, holidays
Posted on December

06/12/14

Monthly mainstream media wrap up – medicine, mining and manufacturing

A wrap up of cannabis media stories for the month of November, including the cannabis legalisation debate, the police cracking down on stoned miners and synthetic drugs importation on the rise.

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cannabis media, weed watch, mining, synthetic cannabis, sniffer dogs, NDSHS
Posted on December

04/12/14

Could the voices of your ancestors be trying to tell you something?

Using weed, especially a lot of it and from a young age, has been linked to the onset of mental illness in vulnerable people. So it's important to have the 'mental health family history' talk to find out if your mental health could be vulnerable to the effects of weed.                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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mental health, family history, weed watch
Posted on December

02/12/14

Should I quit weed? Having ‘that' conversation with yourself

If you smoke weed and you have a close support network, it’s not unlikely that you’ve heard their opinion on your drug of choice, what it can do to you and why you should give it up ‘now, before it’s too late’. And while all of this may actually be good advice, do you really want to hear it?...

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quitting cannabis, weed watch
Posted on October

20/10/14

Quitting weed is easy, isn't it?

Is weed addictive?

People often comment on our blogs or Facebook that cannabis isn’t addictive and they’ve quit plenty of times without a problem, they just choose to use it... 

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weed watch, joint effort, quit, get help
Posted on October

16/10/14

Why won't they just give up weed?

Sometimes being a friend means having to dole out a bit of tough love. Encouraging a mate to get fit, ease off the grog or party drugs, quit that dead end job and aim higher, or give up weed...

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weed watch, joint effort, quit
Posted on October

10/10/14

Quitting weed: Banish bad habits with a mate

Have you ever tried to change some bad habits only to slip up every time you’re around your mates? Maybe it’s signing up for going ‘Dry in July’ or implementing a training program...

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weed watch, joint effort, quit
Posted on October

07/10/14

A quickie for guys on cannabis and trying to conceive

Stop what you’re doing. We see you…standing in the kitchen waiting for your boxer shorts to freeze before you slip them on and shake your way back to the bedroom. So you’re trying to get pregnant...

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weed watch, fertility
Posted on September

23/09/14

Media exposés: drug education or an advertisement?

Every now and then, when the medicinal cannabis stories start to temporarily thin, Australian media look to something a little more alarming or downright scary  to fill the gap, such as the ‘potentially life-saving shocking truth’ stories about drugs, how easy they are to get and the real damage they may be doing...

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weed watch, parenting, teenagers, media
Posted on September

16/09/14

Weed vs alcohol: which is more dangerous?

In January this year, when US President Barack Obama apparently made the statement that he doesn’t believe cannabis is more dangerous than alcohol, he sent media into a spin – especially because the US at that time was heavily debating further legalisation of cannabis for medicinal and recreational purposes...

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weed watch, alcohol
Posted on September

02/09/14

Parenting teenagers: what do our kids need to know about cannabis?

Before you try talking to your kids about drugs, it's a good idea to brush up on the facts.

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weed watch, teenagers and drugs, parenting
Posted on August

20/08/14

Marijuana movies and media: is cannabis being trivialised?

After recently attending a university welcome back function and talking to a lot of students, our NCPIC team was left wondering where a lot of young people are getting their marijuana information and education. With heaps of questions about whether cannabis is legal...

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weed watch, movies, tv, popular culture
Posted on August

01/08/14

Do uni students know enough about the effects of drugs?

Last week, the NCPIC team had a new experience, finding ourselves amid the foot traffic of 5000 young students at an event for one of Australia’s largest university campuses. With an interactive stall, themed ‘keep off the grass’...

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weed watch, university students, cannabis knowledge
Posted on July

14/07/14

A quick look at the UN World Drug Report

In the first week of July there was a lot of publicity about the release of the United Nations (UN) World Drug Report 2014. The mainstream media really latched onto the figures presented in the drug report, which essentially showcased the changing face of drug problems around the globe...

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weed watch, united nations drug report, drug use in Australia