Cannabis Awareness Resources

The YMCA Youth Cannabis Knowledge Hub is an online hub for young adults, parents, and professionals providing evidence-based information and resources in English and French, including self-guided educational modules about recreational cannabis use.

The hub aims to increase knowledge and skills related to reducing the harms of cannabis use and preventing problematic use and includes resources developed by YCAP, partner organizations, and youth.

List of Resources

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Youth & Cannabis Use: Landscape in Canada
 
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This webinar recoding extracts findings from recent Canadian national surveys and addresses FAQ's such as: Do youth use cannabis in Canada? How youths' cannabis use differ from adults' demographics? How does cannabis use compare with use of other substances (i.e alcohol, tobacco) amongst youth in Canada? How has legalization of cannabis impacted youth in Canada? Does initiating use at a younger age increase the likelihood of developing problem cannabis use? What are potential harms of cannabis use during adolescence? Providing balanced and evidence based information about the new cannabis landscape for youth, this webinar provides parents, adults and professionals involved in young people’s lives with resources supporting an open dialogue with youth, helping youth with their informed decision making process about cannabis use.
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Youth & Cannabis Use: Landscape in Canada
 
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Are you curious to know how many students are using cannabis in Canada? What are the most common methods of cannabis consumption among them? What age are teenagers beginning to experiment with cannabis? Why teenagers choose to consume cannabis? Learn about the Canadian landscape of recreational cannabis use among youth.
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Legalization of Cannabis in Canada: Successes & Challenges
 
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This fact sheet will inform you about the outomes of legalizing recreational cannabis in Canada since October 2018. By looking at both the pros and cons of cannabis legalization you will learn how it has influenced Canadian economy, criminal & accidentality rates, youth consumption and other trends.
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Cannabis-Related Measures Protecting Youth-Canada
 
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Learn more about cannabis-related laws designed to protect youth in Canada, including preventing exposure of cannabis to youth, penalties for youth possession or adults supplying cannabis to a minor, legal age for cannabis use by province and measures related to cannabis and driving.
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Cannabis-Related Measures Protecting Youth-Alberta
 
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Learn more about cannabis-related laws designed to protect youth in Alberta, including legal age, penalties for underage possession and measures to prevent exposure of cannabis to youth. Finally, this fact sheet will teach youth about cannabis and driving, as well as provincial regulations designed to prevent impaired driving.
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Cannabis-Related Measures Protecting Youth-British Columbia
 
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Learn more about cannabis-related laws designed to protect youth in British Columbia, including legal age, penalties for underage possession and measures to prevent exposure of cannabis to youth. Finally, this fact sheet will teach youth about cannabis and driving, as well as provincial regulations designed to prevent impaired driving.
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Cannabis-Related Measures Protecting Youth-Manitoba
 
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Learn more about cannabis-related laws designed to protect youth in Manitoba, including legal age, penalties for underage possession and measures to prevent exposure of cannabis to youth. Finally, this fact sheet will teach youth about cannabis and driving, as well as provincial regulations designed to prevent impaired driving.
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Cannabis-Related Measures Protecting Youth-New Brunswick
 
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Learn more about cannabis-related laws designed to protect youth in New Brunswick, including legal age, penalties for underage possession and measures to prevent exposure of cannabis to youth. Finally, this fact sheet will teach youth about cannabis and driving, as well as provincial regulations designed to prevent impaired driving.
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Cannabis-Related Measures Protecting Youth-Newfoundland & Labrador
 
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Learn more about cannabis-related laws designed to protect youth in Newfoundland and Labrador, including legal age, penalties for underage possession and measures to prevent exposure of cannabis to youth. Finally, this fact sheet will teach youth about cannabis and driving, as well as provincial regulations designed to prevent impaired driving.
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Cannabis-Related Measures Protecting Youth-Northwest Territories
 
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Learn more about cannabis-related laws designed to protect youth in the Northwest Territories, including legal age, penalties for underage possession and measures to prevent exposure of cannabis to youth. Finally, this fact sheet will teach youth about cannabis and driving, as well as territorial regulations designed to prevent impaired driving.
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Cannabis-Related Measures Protecting Youth -Nova Scotia
 
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Learn more about cannabis-related laws designed to protect youth in Nova Scotia, including legal age, penalties for underage possession and measures to prevent exposure of cannabis to youth. Finally, this fact sheet will teach youth about cannabis and driving, as well as provincial regulations designed to prevent impaired driving.
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Cannabis-Related Measures Protecting Youth-Nunavut
 
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Learn more about cannabis-related laws designed to protect youth in Nunavut, including legal age, penalties for underage possession and measures to prevent exposure of cannabis to youth. Finally, this fact sheet will teach youth about cannabis and driving, as well as provincial regulations designed to prevent impaired driving.
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Cannabis-Related Measures Protecting Youth-Ontario
 
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Learn more about cannabis-related laws designed to protect youth in Ontario, including legal age, penalties for underage possession and measures to prevent exposure of cannabis to youth. Finally, this fact sheet will teach youth about cannabis and driving, as well as provincial regulations designed to prevent impaired driving.
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Cannabis-Related Measures Protecting Youth-Prince Edward Island
 
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Learn more about cannabis-related laws designed to protect youth in Prince Edward Island, including legal age, penalties for underage possession and measures to prevent exposure of cannabis to youth. Finally, this fact sheet will teach youth about cannabis and driving, as well as provincial regulations designed to prevent impaired driving.
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Cannabis-Related Measures Protecting Youth- Saskatchewan
 
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Learn more about cannabis-related laws designed to protect youth in Saskatchewan, including legal age, penalties for underage possession and measures to prevent exposure of cannabis to youth. Finally, this fact sheet will teach youth about cannabis and driving, as well as provincial regulations designed to prevent impaired driving.
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Cannabis-Related Measures Protecting Youth-Quebec
 
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Learn more about cannabis-related laws designed to protect youth in Quebec, including legal age, penalties for underage possession and measures to prevent exposure of cannabis to youth. Finally, this fact sheet will teach youth about cannabis and driving, as well as provincial regulations designed to prevent impaired driving.
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Cannabis-Related Measures Protecting Youth- Yukon
 
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Learn more about cannabis-related laws designed to protect youth in the Yukon, including legal age, penalties for underage possession and measures to prevent exposure of cannabis to youth. Finally, this fact sheet will teach youth about cannabis and driving, as well as provincial regulations designed to prevent impaired driving.
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Impact of COVID-19 On Youth Cannabis Use In Canada
 
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Explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Canadian youth's use of cannabis. This fact sheet looks at contributing factors, changes in youth cannabis use, how teen cannabis use compares to other age groups, risks of cannabis use, and strategies to improve mental health and stay healthy during the pandemic.
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Why Youth Use Cannabis & Other Alternatives
 
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There are various different reasons that youth may consider using cannabis. Learn about some of the more commonly-reported reasons that teens give about why they may consider using cannabis, as well as suggestions for healthy alternate coping strategies for youth in Canada.
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Cannabis Products And Their Characteristics
 
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This fact sheet will inform viewers about the different types of cannabis products and their properties. Information includes CBD and THC levels, methods of administration, and onset/duration of effects.
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Cannabis Strengths And Potencies
 
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This fact sheet details the ways in which cannabis potency can be expressed on legal products. Highlighting harm reduction principles, this fact sheet will teach youth about the factors that influence cannabis reaction, and how to minimize risk if consuming.
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Medical Uses of Cannabis
 
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Discover the medical uses of cannabis in Canada. Learn more about CBD, if CBD is considered safe for youth, current and proposed therapeutic uses of medical marijuana, who should not be treated with medical cannabis and additional considerations around medical cannabis use.
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How Is Cannabis Responsibility Shared Across Government Levels
 
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This fact sheet details how the Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels of government work together to create and execute an effective legal framework for recreational cannabis use, its possession and distribution as a regulated substance.
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Cannabis & Creativity
 
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This resource takes a look at studies designed to explore the impact of cannabis on creative thinking process.
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Les jeunes et la consommation de cannabis : Un paysage canadien
 
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Ce webinaire rassemble les résultats d’enquêtes nationales canadiennes récentes et aborde des questions telles que : Les jeunes consomment-ils du cannabis au Canada ? En quoi la consommation de cannabis chez les jeunes diffère-t-elle de celle des adultes ? Comment la consommation de cannabis se compare-t-elle à la consommation d'autres substances (alcool, tabac) chez les jeunes au Canada ? Quel a été l'impact de la légalisation du cannabis sur les jeunes au Canada ? Le fait de commencer à consommer à un âge plus précoce augmente-t-il la probabilité de développer une consommation problématique de cannabis ? Quels sont les méfaits potentiels de la consommation de cannabis pendant l'adolescence ? Ce webinaire fournit des informations équilibrées et fondées sur des données probantes sur le nouveau contexte du cannabis chez les jeunes. Il offre aux parents, aux adultes et aux professionnels impliqués dans la vie des jeunes des ressources favorisant un dialogue ouvert avec les jeunes, les aidant ainsi à prendre des décisions éclairées sur la consommation de cannabis.
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légalisation du cannabis au Canada: succès et défis
 
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Ce feuillet informe de la nouvelle législation du cannabis à titre récréatif depuis octobre 2018. Lisez les avantages et les inconvénients et découvrez comment la légalisation a influencé l’économie Canadienne, les taux de criminalité et d’accidentalité sur la route, ainsi que d’autres tendances sous un prisme de jeunesse.
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Impact du COVID-19 sur consommation par les jeunes de le cannabis au Canada
 
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Explorez comment la pandémie COVID-19 a influencé l’utilisation de cannabis chez les jeunes au Canada. Ce feuillet porte sur des facteurs contributifs, des risques associés à la consommation de cannabis et des stratégies pour améliorer la santé mentale et rester en bonne santé durant la pandémie.
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Mesures liées au cannabis protégant les jeunes-Canada
 
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Apprenez sur les lois créées pour protéger la jeunesse canadienne, y compris les lois prévenant l’exposition du cannabis sur un mineur, les peines pour possession ou distribution aux mineurs de cannabis, l’âge légal provincial pour en consommer et des mesures de protection vis-à-vis au cannabis et la route.
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