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Since cannabis legalization on October 18, 2018, Health Canada has conducted an annual Canadian Cannabis Survey. The survey helps the government assess the impact of legalization, gauge perceptions of cannabis, and understand non-medical cannabis use in Canada.
On December 16, 2022, Health Canada published the 2022 Canadian Cannabis Survey results based on the responses of 10,048 survey respondents.
27% of respondents 16 years of age or older reported using cannabis in the past 12 months (+2%).
25% of respondents 25 years of age and older reported using cannabis in the past 12 months (+3%).
30% of male respondents reported using cannabis in the past year (+1) while 25% of female respondents reported using cannabis (+3%).
During COVID-19, cannabis use increased in younger groups. While 57% of people 25 years or older reported no increase in cannabis consumption, 40% of 16-19 year olds and 36% of 20-24 year old reported an increase.
18% of survey respondents reported using cannabis daily in the past 12 months, while 52% reported using cannabis 3 days or fewer each month.
70% of respondents reported smoking as a method of consumption (down 4% from 2021); 52% said they consumed cannabis in food, (same as in 2021); 31% said vape pens and e-cigarettes (up 3% since 2021); 16% said they drink it (same as in 2021); 10% used a vapourizer (same as in 2021); 7% applied it to the skin (down 2% since 2021); and 6% reported “dabbing” (same as in 2021).
61% of respondents reported purchasing cannabis from legal retailers (up from 53% in 2021). 2% reported buying from an illegal online store (same as in 2021).