J Behav Health Serv Res. 2021 Jul 8. doi: 10.1007/s11414-021-09763-3. Online ahead of print.
In October 2018, prior to the legalization of cannabis in Canada, a survey was completed by 1050 Memorial University of Newfoundland students. Both descriptive quantitative and thematic qualitative data analyzes were used. Approximately 16% of the sample reported ever using cannabis for medicinal purposes (n=175), with only 16.6% of medicinal users reporting authorization by a healthcare provider (HCP). The majority (80.2%) were aware of possible side effects of cannabis. Prior personal experience (65.3%) and peer influence (59.5%) informed participants’ medicinal use. Approximately 40% reported having replaced/reduced prescribed medication. Roughly 60% of medicinal users had not disclosed their use to their HCP. Consistent with previous studies, medicinal cannabis use among postsecondary students appears to be largely motivated for mental health related conditions and is grounded in personal experience versus evidence-based guidelines. There is a need for increased communication between HCPs and patients to promote lower-risk use among medicinal cannabis users.
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