What are the most common ways Australians in the general population aged 12-17 years use cannabis?

Of Australians in the general population aged 12-17 years who have used cannabis in the past 12 months, the majority smoked cannabis as a joint (78%) or in a bong/pipe (77%).

Of Australians in the general population aged 12-17 years who used cannabis in the past 12 months, 78% smoked it as a joint; 77% smoked it in a bong or pipe; 62% smoked it mixed with tobacco; 27% ate it (e.g. hash cookies); and 4%* used it by other methods. * 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 use bongs/joints differs from the proportion of young people in the general population who use bongs/joints (see FAQ What are the most common ways Australian school students aged 12-17 years use cannabis?). This is due to the use of different survey measures. The school students’ survey (ASSAD) asks respondents to select one of four different methods of use. However, only data concerning the two most common methods of use among students who regularly use cannabis is publicly available. By contrast, the general population survey (NDSHS) asks respondents who have used cannabis at least once in the past 12 months to select one (or more) of five methods of use.