Canadian Youth Perceptions on Cannabis (Report)
Author: Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Reports on a study examining common misconceptions about cannabis held by youth, where gaps in evidence-based information exist and how best to move forward with cannabis prevention efforts. This report will help ensure that parents, teachers and youth are accurately informed of the effects of cannabis use. It will also aid policy makers, prevention specialists and researchers in developing evidence-informed prevention efforts for youth. This study builds on previous research completed by the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) (Porath-Waller, Brown, Frigon, & Clark, 2013) that examined Canadian youth’s perceptions on cannabis. The current study is based on additional focus groups conducted with youth from jurisdictions that were not included in the last study with the goal of verifying past research and uncovering changes or differences in youth’s perceptions.