What are the most common ways Australian school students aged 12-17 years use cannabis?
Among Australian school students aged 12-17 years who regularly use cannabis, 69% smoke cannabis in a bong and 27% smoke it as a joint.
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 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 Australians in the general population 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.
Regular Cannabis Use: Regular cannabis use refers to using cannabis 10 or more times in the past year (in the case of ASSAD data), or at least once per month or 12 times in the past year (in the case of NDSHS data).