Facts about vaping cannabis

Limited studies show that cannabis can reduce nausea in those receiving chemotherapy treatment for cancer and help relieve pain. However, just because non-medical cannabis is legal, doesn’t mean there aren’t health risks associated with it. It's important to think about how to decrease the risks, and how using cannabis can affect your day-to-day life, well-being, and long-term health.

Do many people use cannabis?

According to the 2017 Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey:

  • Cannabis is one of the most widely used substance in Canada with close to half of all Canadians aged 15 or older reporting having tried it

  • Canadian youth aged 15–19, have the second highest rate of cannabis use in the world.

  • 14.8% of Canadians over the of age 15 had used it in the past year, and 18% had used it in the past 3 months. In 2019, 6.1% of Canadians 15 and older reported using it daily.

  • 23.4% of people in BC reported using cannabis in the past year, which is far above the estimates for the rest of Canada

  • Those aged 15–24 tended to use it the most (about 19% aged 15–19 and 33% aged 20–24).

  • 34.8% of Canadians aged 18-24 said they used it in the past three months. 

  • About 12.5%% of people aged 18-24 said they used it every day.

  • 12.7% of people 25 and older said they used it in the past year.