2021 Canadian Cannabis Survey shows little has…


Little or no has modified in Canadians’ notion of hashish in 2021.

Canadians really feel just about the identical about most points surrounding hashish, hashish use, and legalization as they did in 2020, in accordance with the most recent annual report from the Authorities of Canada. 

The Canadian Hashish Survey 2021: Abstract is the fifth of its sort, with the primary being launched on the finish of 2017. The survey asks a pattern of Canadians a lot of questions on hashish, comparable to their information and opinions about hashish use and hashish legal guidelines, consciousness of authorized sources, hashish and driving, hashish and being pregnant, hashish use and rising within the house, and hashish for medical functions amongst a number of different matter areas. 

Canadians opinions remained nearly the identical on almost each query requested, from their degree of consciousness of well being warnings on authorized hashish merchandise to their opinions on hashish and driving, hashish use throughout being pregnant and breastfeeding, and the perceived dangers of hashish compared to issues like alcohol and tobacco. 

Canadians perceived hashish use as having the second-lowest perceived danger, behind alcohol however higher than smoking or vaping tobacco or nicotine. Occasional use of hashish was additionally seen as extra socially acceptable than the common use of alcohol. Smoking and consuming hashish was seen as barely extra socially acceptable than vaping hashish. Tobacco and e-cigarettes had the bottom degree of social acceptability amongst these three essential classes. 

Total, 89% of individuals thought that utilizing hashish might be behavior forming. Those that used hashish had been slightly extra more likely to say it may be behavior forming. The vast majority of folks (93%) who reported utilizing hashish up to now 12 months thought hashish might be behavior forming. A majority (88%) of those that didn’t use hashish additionally thought hashish might be behavior forming. 

Twenty-five p.c of Canadians say they’ve tried hashish up to now 12 months, a slight lower from 27% in 2020. Males had been as soon as once more extra doubtless to make use of hashish than ladies, however reported use by males did barely decline, as did reported use from Canadians aged 16-24. 

Fourteen p.c of Canadians aged 16 years and older additionally reported that they used hashish for medical functions, however solely twenty-two p.c of these reported doing so with the authorization of a medical skilled (“a document from a healthcare professional”).

Individuals born in Canada are about two occasions extra more likely to eat hashish than those that immigrated right here, and use was about twice as excessive amongst those that recognized as gay, bisexual, or “another sexuality” in comparison with those that recognized as heterosexual. 

Individuals enrolled at school had been extra doubtless (35%) to report use than those that didn’t report being enrolled at school (25%). Individuals who reported working at a job or enterprise up to now week or have a job or enterprise they had been on trip from reported hashish use in the course of the previous 12 months had been slightly extra doubtless to make use of hashish in comparison with those that didn’t work at a job or enterprise (28% vs 21%). 

These Canadians with a postgraduate diploma or diploma had been much less more likely to eat hashish than these with out, 17% to 24%. 

Of those that reported utilizing extra hashish due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians underneath 25 reported a higher improve in use. 

Twenty-five p.c (25%) of individuals 25 years and older reported utilizing extra hashish, in comparison with 46% of these aged 16 to 19 years and 40% aged 20 to 24 years. On the identical time, 21% of individuals aged 25 years and older reported utilizing much less hashish, in comparison with 27% of these aged 16 to 19 and 25% of these aged 20 to 24 years. 

As soon as once more, most Canadians who eat hashish report utilizing it lower than sooner or later a month, at 33% of customers, whereas 19% reported day by day use. Twenty-seven p.c reported utilizing it from one to 6 days per week. 

Most hashish customers (72%) reported being stoned or excessive on a day of use for one to 4 hours whereas 15% reported being stoned on a day of use for 5 or extra hours a day. 

All of those figures are the identical or much like these in 2020. 

The age of introduction to hashish has additionally continued to extend barely since legalization. In a 2017 survey, the typical age of first introduction to hashish was 18.6 years. By 2020 it was 20 years and in 2021 it was 20.4 years. 

Hashish is authorized in provinces at completely different ages, both at 18, 19, or 21. 

Smoking remained the most typical type of consumption (74%), though this was down from 79% in 2020, whereas vaporizing it elevated from 24% in 2020 to twenty-eight% in 2021. Hashish edibles had been the second hottest type of consumption at 54% p.c. Those that reported consuming hashish doubled from 2020, from 7% to fifteen%. Twenty-two p.c reported utilizing hashish oil or capsules, a brand new determine in 2021. 

Of those that vape hashish, vaping of hashish oil elevated from 60% to 68%, whale vaping dried hashish flower lowered from 65% to 54%. 

Males had been barely extra doubtless than ladies to make use of hashish flower or concentrates whereas ladies had been slightly extra doubtless to make use of edibles and topicals. 

Fifty-eight p.c of Canadians who reported utilizing hashish mentioned they might be extra prepared to publicly disclose whether or not they use hashish, up from 51% in 2020. 

Fifty-three p.c reported that they’d made a purchase order from a authorized storefront, a rise from 41% in 2020. Individuals had been much less more likely to get hashish from a good friend or from a authorized on-line supply, or from an unlawful storefront or on-line supply or “dealer”. 

Of those that reported utilizing hashish, 43% mentioned they solely supply it from the authorized market, a rise from 37% in 2020. Sixty-three p.c mentioned they by no means use a bootleg supply in comparison with 55% in 2020. 

 A better share (43%) indicated they at all times acquire from a authorized/licensed supply in 2021 than in 2020 (37%). There was additionally the next share (63%) indicating they by no means acquire from an unlawful/unlicensed supply in 2021 in comparison with 2020 (55%).

Of those that buy from the illicit market, most (59%) say they get it from somebody they know, whereas twenty p.c day they get it from a bootleg on-line retailer. One other twenty p.c report getting hashish from a “dealer”. Solely eleven p.c report getting it from an unlicensed retail retailer, though it’s attainable this quantity might be larger as some customers are underneath the impression illicit shops are the truth is working legally. 

The common client spends from about $40-100 a month on hashish. 

Of these customers who reported utilizing hashish for medical functions, those that reported accessing it from authorized storefronts elevated from 44% in 2020 to 53% in 2021, and from a authorized on-line supply elevated from 23% to 38%. 

One other 21% sourced it from a licensed producer by means of the medical system. 13 p.c mentioned they both grew it or had it grown for them underneath a chosen manufacturing licence (identical as 2020).

Of those that obtained hashish instantly from a licensed producer, seventy-seven p.c say they intend to proceed to take action even with non-medical hashish shops accessible.

Canada will proceed to trace this and related knowledge to gatherer a clearly image of the impacts of hashish legalization.

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