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Canada: Cannabis use after legalization

Since the legalization of cannabis in some countries, we are finally able to collect valid data about cannabis consumption in different parts of the population. This is the case in the Quebec region, and the CBD Tester team thought it would be good to share with you these very informative figures on cannabis consumption since legalization and the appearance of the COVID

Post-legalization cannabis use among youth

Cannabis use among youth aged 15 to 17 in the Canadian province of Quebec declined by about 3% between 2018 and 2021, reveal data from the Quebec Cannabis Survey, recently released by the Institut de la statistique du Québec. In contrast, in all other age groups, after age 18, post-legalization cannabis use has increased over the past three years.
Held between February and June 2021, the third edition of the “Quebec Cannabis Survey (QCS)” examined the frequency of cannabis use as well as various aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic related to its use.

Cannabis use after legalization … and since COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic appears to have had an impact on some users. Of the 20% of Quebecers who used cannabis in the past year, 24% reported an increase in use due to the pandemic, while 72% reported no change in use. Cannabis users with high levels of psychological distress, however, were more likely to report an increase in cannabis use due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Institut de la statistique du Québec produces, analyzes and disseminates official, objective and quality statistical information on various aspects of Quebec society. The QSS, conducted by the Institut de la statistique du Québec on behalf of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, aims to monitor changes in cannabis use. The first edition of the survey was conducted in 2018, before the legalization of cannabis. The second (2019) and third (2021) editions will continue the study of cannabis use patterns in Quebec and its evolution since legalization.

The detailed results of the third edition will be available in April 2022.