Boost your CannabisIQ

Know the drug.
Know your loved one.
Know the risks.

Being there for your loved one while they make decisions about cannabis use is not always easy. Having the right information is key to helping your loved one make informed decisions about whether or not to use cannabis. It is important to have the facts and background knowledge in order to be as supportive as possible.

We know how important it is to make decisions that work for you and your family. This booklet was created by EPION’s members to help you and your loved ones stay in-the-know about cannabis, its side effects, and the risk factors to keep in mind before deciding to use.

MyCannabisIQ: A resource for families. Know the drug. Know your loved one. Know the risks. (via EPION)

Is there a connection between cannabis and psychosis?

There is considerable evidence linking cannabis use to psychosis. Teenage marijuana use can induce psychosis several years later. Full recovery from psychosis is possible, but the outlook is more hopeful when young people stop their use.

Are there ways to lower risks?

The least amount of risk is not using at all; this is called abstinence. However, if you choose to use, consider how you can reduce risks and use safely. Educate yourself on potency issues, THC vs CBD, frequency of use, and other risk factors.

How can I talk to my loved one about cannabis?

Like any conversation about a complex topic, talking about cannabis will be different for every family. We suggest you understand your family history of mental health and addictions problems, as this can impact on the risk for your loved one. Look for ideas and supports about this topic from trusted healthcare providers.

CannabisIQ is brought to you by EPION.



What is EPION?

EPION is a network of people who work in early psychosis intervention (EPI) services in Ontario, individuals who have received EPI services, and their family members and caregivers. We help strengthen early intervention services across Ontario and support the implementation of the MOHLTC’s Early Psychosis Intervention Program Standards, released in May 2011.





Our Vision

To build and support a network of provincial leaders that advances knowledge, provides advocacy, promotes quality evidence-based care and support for people and families living with early psychosis.


Our Mission

To promote rapid psychosis detection and access to care, to advance early psychosis intervention through research and knowledge exchange, and to implement and advance standards of care for early psychosis intervention.