Do younger and older Australians use cannabis differently?

Among Australians who used cannabis in the past 12 months, it was most commonly smoked as a joint, followed by in a bong or pipe, in all age groups.

Among Australians aged 14-17 years who used cannabis in the past 12 months 71% smoked it as a joint, 67% smoked it in a bong or pipe, 36% mixed it with tobacco, 20%* ate it (e.g., hash cookies), and 1%** used it by other methods. Among Australians aged 18-24 years who used cannabis in the past 12 months 87% smoked it as a joint, 77% smoked it in a bong or pipe, 59% mixed it with tobacco, 42% ate it (e.g., hash cookies), and 5%* used it by other methods. Among Australians aged 25-29 years who used cannabis in the past 12 months 86% smoked it as a joint, 72% smoked it in a bong or pipe, 65% mixed it with tobacco, 53% ate it (e.g., hash cookies), and 8% used it by other methods. Among Australians aged 30-39 years who used cannabis in the past 12 months 87% smoked it as a joint, 76% smoked it in a bong or pipe, 64% mixed it with tobacco, 55% ate it (e.g., hash cookies), and 13% used it by other methods. Among Australians aged 40-49 years who used cannabis in the past 12 months 83% smoked it as a joint, 73% smoked it in a bong or pipe, 55% mixed it with tobacco, 50% ate it (e.g., hash cookies), and 8% used it by other methods. Among Australians aged 50-59 years who used cannabis in the past 12 months 72% smoked it as a joint, 72% smoked it in a bong or pipe, 46% mixed it with tobacco, 42% ate it (e.g., hash cookies), and 6%* used it by other methods. Among Australians aged 60+ years who used cannabis in the past 12 months 75% smoked it as a joint, 50% smoked it in a bong or pipe, 34% mixed it with tobacco, 38% ate it (e.g., hash cookies), and 6%* 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).

Please note: Percentages do not tally to 100% as respondents could select more than one response.

* 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.