Do younger or older Australians use more cannabis?

Among Australians who used cannabis in the past 12 months, those aged 25 -29 years were more likely to use one or less joints, bongs or cones of cannabis on a day they used. Australians aged 14-17 years were more likely than other age groups to use two or more joints, bongs or cones of cannabis on a day they used.

32% of Australians aged 14-17 years who used cannabis in the last 12 months used 1 or less joints, bongs, or cones of cannabis per occasion of use; 32% used 2-4; 20%* used 5-10; and 16%* used 11+. 45% of Australians aged 18-24 years who used cannabis in the last 12 months, used 1 or less joints, bongs, or cones of cannabis per occasion of use; 34% used 2-4; 16% used 5-10; and 5% used 11+*. 54% of Australians aged 25-29 years who used cannabis in the last 12 months, used 1 or less joints, bongs, or cones of cannabis per occasion of use; 29% used 2-4; 15% used 5-10; and 3%* used 11+. 52% of Australians aged 30-39 years who that used cannabis in the last 12 months, used 1 or less joints, bongs, or cones of cannabis per occasion of use; 29% used 2-4; 13% used 5-10; and 5%* used 11+. 48% of Australians aged 40+ years who used cannabis in the last 12 months, used 1 or less joints, bongs, or cones of cannabis per occasion of use; 30% used 2-4; 16% used 5-10; and 5% used 11+. * 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: Percentages may not tally to 100% due to rounding. The category “one or less” refers to those who usually consume ¼, ½, ¾ or 1 joint, bong or cone per day of use.