Are male or female Australians in the general population aged 12-17 years more likely to have used cannabis?

Australian males in the general population aged 12-17 years are more likely than females to have used cannabis in their lifetime, the past 12 months, past month, and past week.

12% of Australian males and 7% of Australian females aged 12-17 years have used cannabis in their lifetime. 11% of Australian males and 6% of Australian females aged 12-17 years have used cannabis in the past 12 months. 6% of Australian males and 3% of Australian females aged 12-17 years have used cannabis in the past month. 4%* of Australian males and 1%* of Australian females aged 12-17 years have used cannabis in the past week. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2015).

* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

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 Australian school students 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.