A 3rd of hashish customers in Quebec elevated their use throughout COVID-19

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More adults between 18 and 34 years of age reported increased cannabis use during pandemic lockdowns than other age groups.

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Just under a third of Quebecers recently surveyed by the Quebec Institute of Public Health (INSPQ) reported that their cannabis use had increased over the past week compared to pre-COVID-19, while the rest said it stayed the same or decreased.

When asked between April 16 and April 28, more than half of respondents – 55 percent – said weed intake had remained about the same, and 15 percent said it had decreased, according to a report in the Canadian press.

The INSPQ has been investigating the living habits of Quebecers as part of an online survey since July 1, 2020.

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As always, there were significant differences between age groups with cannabis. Adults between the ages of 18 and 34 were the age group most likely to increase cannabis use. 39 percent of these respondents said they consume more cannabis products.

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The numbers also varied depending on whether respondents were single or in a household with children, reports the Canadian press. Nonetheless, around 34 percent of the singles surveyed said they used more cannabis, as did around 31 percent of those in homes with children.

Although about 12 percent of Quebec adults have used cannabis at least once in April, the Canadian press cites INSPQ as a report, 79 percent said it was for recreational purposes and 21 percent for medical purposes only.

About 34 percent of the singles surveyed said they used more cannabis, as did about 31 percent of those in homes with children.  /. About 34 percent of the singles surveyed said they used more cannabis, as did about 31 percent of those in homes with children. /. Photo by Pierre Obendrauf /.Montreal Gazette

Overall, 38 percent of tobacco smokers in the past month increased their cigarette consumption compared to before the pandemic. For alcohol drinkers, 40 percent of adults who participated in the INSPQ survey said they exceeded the recommended maximum number of drinks per week, the Canadian press reports.

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Statistics Canada data, released in March, showed that 34 percent of those who had previously used cannabis said they had more during the pandemic. About a third of the age group reported using weed cannabis five or more days a week.

The Center for Addiction and Mental Health called it one The Center for Addiction and Mental Health called it a “continuing and worrying trend” that about half of Canadians surveyed who used cannabis in the past week increased their use. /. Photo by fizkes / iStock / Getty Images Plus

A study from the United States found that when the pandemic began, communities that reported more mentally unhealthy days on average saw more visits to cannabis retailers. Respondents were asked to think about their mental health – including stress, depression, and problems with emotions – and how many days in the last 30 days included mental health problems.

Earlier this year, the Center for Addiction and Mental Health called it a “continuing and worrying trend” that about half of Canadians surveyed who used cannabis in the past week increased their use.

The pandemic has also spawned some interesting approaches to supply and demand. A number of times in the UK, including a recently closed case, people got caught in hot water after reportedly trying to stock up on cannabis to ensure they had adequate supplies during the lockdown.

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