Article by David Brown, Lift News
Health Canada released data today from their first Canadian Cannabis survey looking into trends in frequency of cannabis use, methods of consumption and the perceptions of cannabis use by both users and non-users.
The results show things like use trends and sources for both medical and non-medical patients, and Health Canada hopes to use this information to better track and monitor the effects of legalization if and when the Cannabis Act becomes law in 2018.
The survey respondents were first contacted by phone (landline or mobile) at random. Those who passed screening questions were then considered eligible and were sent a link to an online survey, either by email or text. They were then asked if they used cannabis for either medical or non-medical purposes, with separate questions for medical or non-medical users.
Out of 9,215 responses, 2,650 were from people who noted cannabis use in the past 12 months for either non-medical or medical purposes. Nearly 600 of the respondents were aged 16-19 years, 1,062 respondents were 20-24 years, and 7,563 were 25 years and older. The data was collected from 4,486 females and 4,695 males.
The survey looked at 5 themes: knowledge, attitudes and behaviours, cannabis use and products used, driving and cannabis, and cannabis for medical purposes, covering broader themes like social acceptability, opinions on effects, perception of harms, age of first use, frequency of use, types of products used and what types of sources are used to get cannabis and cannabis products.
For non-medical users surveyed, smoking cannabis was the most common method of consumption with 94% reporting this form of use, another 34% using edibles, 20% vaporizing using a vape pen, and 14% vaporizing using a vaporizer. The three most common types of cannabis used were dried flower/leaf at 88%, edibles at 32%, and hashish/kief at 24%, with most respondents saying they used these products less than once a month.
The most likely way respondents got their cannabis was from a family member or friend (26%) with 19% saying they sourced from a dealer or dispensary. The main location where these respondents said they sourced their cannabis was at someone else’s home (73%), spending about $75-$90 a month on cannabis products, depending on frequency of use.