2015 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Survey Data Results: Cannabis Use in Canada

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So how many Canadians are really using cannabis?

Health Canada recently released the 2015 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Survey (CTADS) results. They released similar data in 2013.

Along with in-depth data collection on smoking trends and pharmaceutical and illicit drug use, CTADS asked Canadians across the country about cannabis use.

Of the over 15,000 Canadians surveyed, 37 percent reported they had used cannabis during their lifetime, while only 12 percent reported using during the last year. This data is broken down further by age, gender and province of residence.

Admitted lifetime use of cannabis is down across all age group in 2015 compared to the 2013 data.

Respondents were also asked to identify the age at which they first tried cannabis. Interestingly, the numbers were relatively consistent across generations. Though the youngest cohort questioned — those 15 to 19 — identified a lower initiation age than those older than themselves, one could imagine that those numbers will flatten out over time.

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