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

Australian school boys aged 12-17 years are more likely than school girls to have ever used cannabis, and to have used in the past year, past month, and past week.

Among Australian school boys aged 12-17 years, 18% have used cannabis in their lifetime, 16% in the past year, 9% in the past month, and 6% in the past week. Among Australian school girls aged 12-17 years, 16% have used cannabis in their lifetime, 14% in the past year, 8% in the past month, and 4% in the past week.

Source: Cancer Council Victoria. (2018). ASSAD 2017 Statistics and Trends: Australian secondary school students' use of tobacco, alcohol, over-the-counter drugs and illicit substances.

Please note: The proportion of school students who have used cannabis in the past year, past month, and past week differs from the proportion of youth in the general population who have used cannabis in the past 12 months, past month, and past week (see FAQ: Are male or female Australians in the general population aged 12-17 years more likely to have used cannabis?). These differences may be due to differences in survey measures. In the Australian Secondary School Students’ Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) survey, respondents are asked about their frequency of use (none to 40 times or more) in the past year, past month, and past week. In the general population survey (National Drug Strategy Household Survey), respondents are simply asked if they had used cannabis in the past 12 months, past month, or past week.