Understanding lower-risk cannabis consumption from the consumers’ perspective : a rapid evidence assessment
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Background: In the current rapid evidence assessment, we summarize the existing research on lower-risk cannabis consumption as understood by those who consume cannabis. Methods: We identified 7111 unique articles published between 1900 and 2021 using search terms related to a) cannabis consumption, b) beliefs and behaviors, and c) positive outcomes. Results: Twelve articles met our inclusion criteria. Three themes emerged that reflect lower-risk cannabis beliefs and behaviors (informed self-regulation, protective behavioral strategies, and the normalization of cannabis consumption) and one theme reflected motivations that undermine lower-risk cannabis consumption (e.g., using cannabis to cope). Conclusions: Results suggest a need for targeted lower-risk cannabis consumption research—research focused on how those who consume cannabis do so in a positive, non-problematic manner. Such research would help to inform policy and practice and, ultimately, help promote lower-risk cannabis consumption strategies.
St-Jean , R , Dowson , M E , Stefaniak , A , Salmon , M M , Tabri , N , Wood , R T A & Wohl , M J A 2022 , ' Understanding lower-risk cannabis consumption from the consumers’ perspective : a rapid evidence assessment ' , Substance Use & Misuse , vol. 57 , no. 13 , pp. 1997-2007 . https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/f754m , https://doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2022.2129996
Substance Use & Misuse
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DescriptionFunding: This rapid evidence assessment was funded by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction.
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