cannabis use

September 30, 2019
This factsheet was created by YouthREX. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS FACTSHEET: This youth-friendly resource answers five questions about weed, and provides additional information that young people need to know: What is cannabis? How does weed make you feel? How can I use more safely? How can it affect my health? How do people use cannabis? Download the web-friendly version or the brochure to print. This resource draws on work by the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Government of Canada, and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.  
August 15, 2019
This factsheet was created by the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH). HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS FACTSHEET: The Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG) are an updated evidence-based public health intervention tool, allowing cannabis users to modify and reduce their risks for health harms associated with cannabis use based on scientific recommendations. The updated LRCUG were developed by a team of renowned addiction and health science experts and were based on a rigorous review and expert guideline process led by Dr. Benedikt Fischer. The original LRCUG were...
July 26, 2019
This factsheet was created by YouthREX. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS FACTSHEET: While there are risks for using cannabis at a young age, the majority of youth who use pot don’t experience negative effects or develop problematic consumption patterns. We know that the most effective approaches to cannabis education are those that resonate with young people’s lived realities, and that each person’s experience with marijuana is unique. At the same time, understanding the ‘big picture’ – when, how, and why youth use pot – can help us have more productive conversations about the role that...
June 27, 2019
This infographic was created by the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet). HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS INFOGRAPHIC:EENet has developed an infographic that presents some highlights from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health's Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (OSDUHS). The anonymous, self-report OSDUHS survey was completed by 11,435 students in grades seven through 12. This infographic, which was developed with funding from Health Canada, presents some highlights on survey questions related to students' use of cannabis.   
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...