Profile of cannabis users in Québec

Montréal, November 21, 2016 – Today, the Institut de la statistique du Québec has released a Zoom santé bulletin that focuses on the profile of cannabis users in Québec. According to this bulletin, cannabis use among those aged 15 and over has risen from 12% to 15% between 2008 and 2014-2015, and that this increase is mainly on account of occasional consumption. The largest proportion of occasional users is in fact among those aged 18 to 24.

Who is the typical occasional or regular cannabis user?

Zoom santé also examines the variables predicting the likelihood of becoming an occasional or regular cannabis user. The analysis of the data has identified many similarities between the two groups. The typical cannabis user is male, aged 18 to 24, lives alone, was born in Canada, smokes cigarettes, uses other drugs and has had suicidal thoughts over the last 12 months. It should be noted that experiencing a high level of psychological distress is associated with regular, though not occasional, cannabis consumption.

This study drew on data from the 2008 and 2014–2015 editions of the Québec Population Health Survey.


The Institut de la statistique du Québec produces, analyzes and disseminates official, objective and quality statistical information on various aspects of Québec society. It is responsible for carrying out all statistical surveys of general interest. The relevance of its work makes it a strategic ally for decision makers and all those wishing to learn more about Québec.


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