Cannabis

The Cannabis section of the NADK provides general information about cannabis, as well as Australians’ cannabis-related attitudes and behaviours, and the consequences of use.

Information is presented in a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), which have been divided into sub-categories. The type of information contained within each sub-category is summarised below. 

  • General Cannabis Information

    This section provides general information about cannabis use in Australia. It explains what cannabis is, how it is used, the effects of use and associated health risks.

  • Australians' Attitudes Towards Cannabis

    This section provides an overview of Australians’ opinions regarding cannabis use and cannabis-related legislation.

  • Use Patterns

    This section provides information about the ways in which Australians use cannabis. It addresses how much and how often Australians use cannabis, the most common types used, and methods and locations of use.

  • Cannabis & Employment

    This section provides information about cannabis use and employment. Differences in use patterns between employed and unemployed Australians, as well as those not in the labour force, are also examined.

  • Cannabis & Health

    This section provides information about the harms associated with cannabis use, and the impact of cannabis use on mental and physical health.

  • Cannabis & Crime

    This section provides information about cannabis-related crime (including arrests and trafficking), as well as Australian legislation regarding cannabis use.

  • Treatment

    This section contains information about the provision of medical/psychological treatment for cannabis use. It covers episodes of professional treatment for cannabis-related problems, who is most likely to seek help, and changes in these patterns over time.

  • Cannabis & Young People

    This section contains information about the cannabis use patterns of Australians who are under 18 years of age. The patterns of cannabis use of two population groups are presented: 1) Australian school students aged 12-17 years; and 2) young Australians in the general population aged 12-17 years (including those not attending school).