Cannabis use resources

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Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction – talking pot with youth

Talking pot with youth: a cannabis communication guide for youth allies is a free guide that provides introductory information and a set of exercises to engage youth in meaningful discussions and conversations about cannabis. This guide takes a harm-reduction approach to talking with youth about cannabis. The aim is to help those who work with young people have safe, informed, and non-judgmental conversations with them about cannabis.

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction – ways to reduce risks of cannabis use (Pdf)

Ways to reduce risks of cannabis use is an information sheet highlighting 10 ways to use cannabis more safely based on best available scientific evidence and the Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines. In addition, information on health risks associated with using cannabis, the impact of cannabis use on people around, and ways to seek help if one develops a cannabis dependency is provided.

Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) – sensible cannabis education (Pdf)

CSSDP is a grassroots network of youth and students who are concerned about the negative impact of drug policies on individuals and communities. CSSDP advocates for evidence-based responses to reduce and prevent harms associated with drug use and drug criminalization. The sensible cannabis education toolkit has two main parts. The first part highlights ten guiding principals for conducting cannabis education with youth and the second part focuses on content that merits inclusion in a comprehensive cannabis education curriculum for young people. Sensible Cannabis Education Booklets are another set of resources that aim to support educators and parents to have informed and non-judgmental conversations with youth about cannabis.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) – educator toolkit (Pdf)

Cannabis: what educators need to know is a toolkit designed to help educators have informed conversations with students about recreational cannabis. Examples of the topics covered are the definition of cannabis, edibles, their impact on emotions, risks for youth, signs of problems with cannabis or other substances, and ways to promote student well-being. Page eight of this toolkit features diverse resources for parents and educators to find more help and information about youth cannabis youth. 

Drug Free Kids Canada

Drugs Free Kids Canada is an organization that educates, engages, and empowers parents, caregivers, educators, and care professionals by providing them with up-to-date information, resources, and tools to prevent and reduce the harms of problematic drug use by youth. These resources are categorized into prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery. The cannabis section provides information on how cannabis is used, different forms of cannabis, and risks associated with cannabis use.

YouthREX - What's With Weed

YouthREX aims to make research evidence and evaluation practices accessible and relevant to Ontario’s grassroots youth sector through knowledge exchange, capacity building and evaluation leadership. What’s With Weed is a youth-friendly one-stop-shop on everything youth might ask about cannabis and cannabis use. This webpage shares information about cannabis, its health and social impacts, and how it can be used more safely. Their cannabis resource hub features a variety of resources, tools, and guides related to cannabis, its use and health effects, youth empowerment, and impaired driving. These resources are also available in French.

YMCA Youth Cannabis Awareness Program (YCAP)

YCAP offers free programming to youth aged 12 to 24, parents/guardians, and professionals working with youth. This program follows a harm-reduction approach to minimize risks associated with cannabis use with the most accurate and unbiased information. The YCAP knowledge hub offers cannabis awareness resources including self-guided educational modules about recreational cannabis use. Attend a YCAP workshop available in English and French on a variety of topics such as mental health literacy and cannabis use, cannabis facts, and youth cannabis use.

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Alberta Health Services - cannabis FAQ sheet for educators (Pdf)

This FAQ sheet provides straightforward responses to questions that educators might face at school. Examples of the topics covered are the effects of cannabis on the social and physical environment in schools, teaching and learning opportunities to address cannabis use, ways to help students to learn about cannabis, and cannabis policy. In addition, recommended resources for schools (Pdf) document features resources and tools for healthy conversations with youth as well as a list of resources for parents and students. 

British Columbia 

University of Victoria – change and opportunity for schools (Pdf)

Cannabis legalization: change and opportunity for schools document provides a summary of cannabis regulations in Canada and information for schools on how to identify key issues and opportunities, adopt a holistic approach to cannabis and well-being, access information to make informed decisions, and address the needs of students, parents and the greater school community.


Government of Ontario – cannabis information for schools and school boards (Pdf)

The cannabis information for schools and school boards is an information sheet that covers a range of topics including the minimum age to engage in cannabis use, cannabis rules for Ontario schools, and student mental health and wellbeing. This is followed by frequently asked questions for each topic and resources for educators (i.e., the Ophea secondary school educator discussion guide) and parents (i.e., tools to initiate conversations about cannabis with children and teens).

Ontario Physical and Health Education Association (Ophea)cannabis education: activate the discussion (Pdf)

Cannabis education: activate the discussion is an online teaching tool for secondary school students who engage in cannabis use. The purpose of this guide is to help educators and staff promote an open dialogue within the school community about recreational and medical cannabis, to address questions and concerns, and to foster a whole-school approach and shared responsibility when dealing with situations involving cannabis. This guide includes conversation starters for educators, parents, caregivers, and students.

School Mental Health Ontario (SMHO) – what educators need to know about cannabis (Pdf)

Cannabis: what educators need to know is an information sheet to help educators facilitate informed conversations with their students about cannabis. This information sheet covers a range of topics such as cannabis, edibles, the impact of cannabis on mental health, and the risk of youth cannabis use. SMHO also offers a guide on school-based interventions related to student cannabis use (Pdf) that includes an overview of cannabis specific research with implications for focused interventions by school mental health professionals. Each section ends with highlights of important evidence-informed points to consider in your discussion with youth, families, and staff. This guide can be applied to other substances as well.

University of Waterloo - Cannabis Resources

The School of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo offers a list of cannabis resources to raise awareness of cannabis, their use, and adverse effects of early cannabis use. These resources include YouTube videos on cannabis, edibles, cannabis use in youth, factsheets and flashcards. The infographic on adverse effects of early cannabis use on youth can be printed and placed on communication walls or shared on schools’ social media platforms to raise awareness among students.

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