Article by Nathan Sager, insauga.com
Regular cannabis users cut back their intake after Canada legalized pot three years ago — although not necessarily because the thrill of doing something illicit was gone.
Researchers in Hamilton recently published findings from a study of over 1,500 Ontario adults that was conducted over 18 months — the six before Canada legalized cannabis in October 2018, and the 12 afterward. They found that people who had been regular users consumed less, while non-users consumed more.
Either way, the spike in usage many opponents of legalization had predicted would come as a result of legalization did not occur among the study participants.
“These were certainly somewhat unexpected patterns, but they illustrate that legalization is not going to have a uniform impact on all Canadians by any means,” states Rod MacKillop, who is the director of the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research of McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.
“Legalization’s impact will likely have a multi-faceted impact on the population, so we will need to carefully evaluate how cannabis use will change in subgroups, such as seniors, young adults, and recent adopters, among others,” he added.