Addiction

 

  

Cannabis

Cannabis Use and Harms, Highlights

  • 61.4% of youth have used cannabis in their lifetime, and 37.0% have used it at least once in the past 12 months
  • The mean age at which youth reported having the first chance to try marijuana, had they wanted to, was 14.6 years. The mean reported age of first use was 15.6 years.
  • Lifetime use was higher in youth aged 18 to 19 (69.9%) and 20 to 24 (68.5%) than those aged 15 to 17 (39.3%). In addition, the rate of past-year use was highest in youth aged 18 to 19 (47.2%) followed by those aged 20 to 24 (36.5%) and 15 to 17 (29.2%).
  • Males were more likely than females to have used cannabis in their lifetime (64.7% versus 58.0%) and in the past year (41.4% versus 32.3%).
  •  Almost 1 in 10 (8.2%) Canadian youth uses marijuana on a daily basis. Among current users, more than 1 in 5 (22.3%) youth reported using it on a daily basis over the past 3 months.

Excerpt from: "Substance Use by Canadian Youth - A National Survey of Canadians' Use of Alcohol and Other Drugs - Canadian Addiction Survey (CAS) (2007)