Several publications from Health Canada, the CFPC, and others, have identified a set of special-risk populations in the context of both medical and recreational cannabis use. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 More Level 1 research is needed on both the therapeutic and adverse effects of cannabis for specific presentations and populations.
This resource provides an overview of the risks of cannabis use in the following commonly-cited populations:
This resource also includes a note on cannabis use and the increased risk of psychosis and psychotic disorder in the general population.
Note: Many of the studies of cannabis use during pregnancy consider only one method of cannabis consumption and also have one or more of the following limitations:
|Risk Factors for the General Population|
|Use in Adolescence||
|High THC Potency|
Cannabis is made up of many different cannabinoids. Individual cannabinoids may not all share the same potential for abuse.
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Updated: October 15, 2019