Cannabis Use and Awareness of Risks and Policies Among Canadian University Students Post-Legalization

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Since the cannabis legalization in Canada in 2018, cannabis consumption among Canadian university students has become widespread. This study aimed to determine the prevalence, attitudes, and awareness of cannabis use among students at a major research university in Western Canada. An anonymous online survey, conducted from February 16, 2022, to March 25, 2022, gathered responses from 935 participants. Results revealed that 28.2% of respondents currently used cannabis, with 50.4% having tried it sometime in their lives. Common reasons for use included social use, stress relief, and curiosity. Interestingly, both current users and non-users held similar perceptions regarding the benefits and misconceptions surrounding cannabis, though users tended to perceive lower risks. Knowledge about cannabis policies varied among participants. These findings shed light on usage and attitudes among students, suggesting the need for proactive prevention to enhance awareness of risks and debunk myths associated with cannabis use.


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Journal of College Student Mental Health