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Canadian men smoke more pot than women

New data from the National Cannabis Survey (NCS) continue to show that males and females differ in how they obtain and consume cannabis products post legalization.

A recent Stats Canada survey said men are more likely to consume cannabis that females.

The National Cannabis Survey, released Thursday, shows 16 per cent of Canadians over the age of 15 years reported using pot in April, May or June.

"Males use cannabis more frequently — they are also more likely than females to consume it for non-medical reasons and to purchase the cannabis they use," the survey said.

New data from the National Cannabis Survey (NCS) continue to show that males and females differ in how they obtain and consume cannabis products post legalization.

Females, for example, more often report getting cannabis from family and friends than their male counterparts, which may also explain why fewer females pay for the cannabis they consume.

The use of "other" methods of cannabis consumption, such as "on the skin or under the tongue" is also more common among females.

Males are more likely to report consuming dried cannabis (flower/leaf) and hashish.

The Cannabis Act (C-45) became law on October 17, 2018.

To monitor cannabis consumption before and after the legislative change, Statistics Canada has been conducting the NCS every three months (quarterly) since 2018. This release provides the latest information about cannabis use in Canada. Analyses of data for the first half of 2019, as well as for the second quarter of 2019, are available.

Males almost twice as likely as females to have consumed cannabis

Males (21%) were almost twice as likely to have used cannabis in the first half of 2019 as females (12%). This held true for every age group except seniors aged 65 and older.

Almost three in five females reported never having consumed cannabis (59%), compared with just over half (51%) of males.

About one-third of Canadians (males and females) reported having tried cannabis in the past but are not current users.