Are male or female Australian school students aged 12-17 years more likely to have used cannabis?

Male Australian school students aged 12-17 years are more likely to have ever used cannabis than their female counterparts (16% vs 13%). Compared to females, male students aged 12-17 are also more likely to have used cannabis in the past year, past month, and past week.

16% of male and 13% of female Australian school students aged 12-17 years have used cannabis in their lifetime. 14% of male and 12% of female Australian school students aged 12-17 years have used cannabis in the past year. 8% of male and 6% of female Australian school students aged 12-17 years have used cannabis in the past month. 5% of male and 3% of female Australian school students aged 12-17 years have used cannabis in the past week.

Source: Cancer Council Victoria (2012). Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco, alcohol, and over-the-counter and illicit substances in 2011.

Please note: The proportion of school students who have used cannabis differs from the proportion of young people in the general population who have used cannabis (see FAQ Are male or female Australians in the general population aged 12-17 years more likely to have used cannabis?). This is due to the use of different survey measures. The school students’ survey (ASSAD) asks respondents to record the frequency of their cannabis use (0-40 times) in the past year, month, and week. By contrast, the general population survey asks respondents to record whether or not they used cannabis in the past year, month, and week.