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03.01.2019 | Original Article

Results from the Colorado Cannabis Users Survey on Health (CUSH), 2016

Zeitschrift:
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Autoren:
Alexandra Elyse Contreras, Katelyn E. Hall, Daniel I. Vigil, Allison Rosenthal, Alejandro Azofeifa, Michael Van Dyke
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Abstract

Patterns of cannabis consumption among regular users within a legalized environment have not been explored in detail. We aimed to conduct a survey among regular cannabis users to collect detailed information on frequency of use, methods of use, amounts consumed, and adverse health effects experienced. Data was collected via the Cannabis Users Survey on Health, a self-administered, anonymous online survey. Participants were adults (age 21+), residing in Colorado, who used cannabis at least once in the past month. Survey administration occurred June through October 2016. Of 1297 participant responses, 65.1% used cannabis at least once daily and smoking was the most common method of use (83.1%). Cannabis flower was the product most frequently purchased (n = 1006) and in the largest average amount per month (10 g). Adverse health effects were experienced by ~ 40%; most prevalent was paranoia (20.8%). The Cannabis Users Survey on Health provided data needed to inform public health on patterns of cannabis use in Colorado. Surveillance of adverse effects is needed to assess severity. High prevalence of daily use and smoking are concerning for long-term health effects. Continued data collection will allow public health to better assess the effects of increased cannabis availability on use patterns and health.

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