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

Among 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 (69%) or in a bong/pipe (68%).

Of Australians in the general population aged 12-17 years who used cannabis in the past 12 months, 69% smoked it as a joint, 68% smoked it in a bong or pipe, 37% smoked it mixed with tobacco, 19%* ate it (e.g. hash cookies), and 1%** used it by other methods. * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution. ** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2019).

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

** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

Please note: Percentages do not tally to 100% as respondents could choose more than one method of use. The proportion of youth in the general population who used bongs or joints differs from proportion of school students who used bongs and joints due to differences in survey measures (see FAQ: What are the most common ways Australian school students aged 12-17 years use cannabis?). In the Australian Secondary School Students’ Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) survey, respondents could only select one of four different methods of use and data presented concerns only those who regularly use and the two most common forms of use.  In the general population survey (National Drug Strategy Household Survey), respondents could select more than one of the five methods of use and data presented concerns those who used at least once in the past 12 months.