cannabis use

May 10, 2019
YouthREX Research Summaries ask Just Six Questions of research publications on key youth issues. These summaries get at what the youth sector needs to know in just two pages or less!  1. What is the research about? Youth in Canada have one of the highest cannabis rates in the world. In the lead up to cannabis legalization in 2018, experts identified prevention programming to reduce cannabis-related harms for youth as an urgent public health priority. Discussions on cannabis in the public sphere often focus on the need to develop prevention resources and drug education in schools, public...
May 06, 2019
YouthREX Research Summaries ask Just Six Questions of research publications on key youth issues. These summaries get at what the youth sector needs to know in just two pages or less!  1. What is the research about? The study explored youth understanding of substance use and strategies for reducing harm. The researchers argue that prevention approaches often emphasize abstinence goals, which do not resonate with youth. They say these approaches fail to acknowledge how young people view substance use and the social contexts they’re navigating.  This study raises critiques of the narrow focus of...
April 29, 2019
This report was published by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:In this document, we examine the links between mental health and substance use, particularly cannabis use among youth under 25 years of age. We summarize expert opinions as well as the results of a non-systematic search of the research and grey literature available at the time of writing, with the caveat that knowledge on evidence-informed practices will continue to evolve over time. While this report describes best practices or elements of evidence-...
April 29, 2019
This report was published by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:In this document, we examine the links between mental health and substance use, particularly cannabis use among youth under 25 years of age. We summarize expert opinions as well as the results of a non-systematic search of the research and grey literature available at the time of writing, with the caveat that knowledge on evidence-informed practices will continue to evolve over time. While this report describes best practices or elements of evidence-...
April 24, 2019
This factsheet was created by YouthREX. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS FACTSHEET: As of October 17, 2018, it is legal for adults in Canada to use cannabis (pot, weed, marijuana) for non-medicinal or recreational purposes. Youth workers and service providers in the sector are in a unique position to provide important information. This factsheet outlines eight things to know about cannabis legalization and youth in Ontario.  
April 18, 2019
This qualitative study examines how youth in the San Francisco Bay Area perceive marijuana and their motives for using or not using marijuana. Current regular users were more likely to perceive marijuana smoking as an enjoyable activity, comparable to a hobby or sport. Current occasional users commonly reported smoking marijuana when it was offered to them, on special occasions, and sometimes as a result of not wanting to be left out. Most former regular users reported quitting marijuana use due to getting into trouble, being ordered into drug treatment and/or being drug tested. Former...
April 15, 2019
This toolkit was published by the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (formerly Centre for Addictions Research of BC). HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS TOOLKIT: Substance use is part of the human experience. ...That is, people around the world have been using tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, and other drugs for various “human reasons” for thousands of years. Like all things involving humans, substance use is complex (not just “good” or “bad”) and has the potential to both help and harm. What’s more, the effects of using substances are not uniform but unique to each individual. Ever...
April 15, 2019
This toolkit was published by the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS TOOLKIT: Everywhere you turn today, it seems somebody is talking about cannabis.  Some of the information we hear about cannabis is conflicting, making it hard to understand the ways it may affect our children. Is it addictive? Does it cause psychosis? Is it really a medicine? What will happen if my child uses it? What should I tell—or not tell—my child about it?  As cannabis has now been legalized for adults in Canada, the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research has...
April 15, 2019
This factsheet was created by Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP). HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS FACTSHEET: This factsheet outlines six questions to learn more from youth using cannabis. You can also access the CSSDP's Toolkit for Educating Youth to find additional resources.  
April 03, 2019
This video was produced by YouthREX. HERE'S HOW THE CREATORS DESCRIBE THIS VIDEO: Do you work with youth who are struggling to make changes in their lives? This two-part webinar series walks you through the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change. Learn how you can apply this model to your practice to support youth to make difficult but necessary decisions in their lives. Although developed to address substance use, the Model’s Stages of Change can be used to support youth in other areas of their lives. Once we know where a young person is at in the Stages of Change, we can meet them where...