With cannabis use being increasingly normalized, do you ever feel pressured to try it, but don’t really want to? If you’re committed not to use weed, that’s your choice and it’s a valid one. It’s really best not to consume cannabis until your brain is fully developed at age 25.
Doesn’t fit with values/goals
Youth abstain when it doesn’t fit with how they see themselves in terms of their values and personal character. It may also not fit well with goals they want to achieve at school, their extra-curricular activities, or the friends they prefer to hang out with.
Concerns about psychological or physical harm
Compared to youth who consume weed, non-consumers expect more negative consequences, such as effects on their thinking and how they behave.
Lack of interest
Some youth say they are just not interested in being high. Even some youth who have used and then quit say they lost interest, or didn’t really enjoy being high.
Avoidance of social consequences
Avoiding trouble at school, with parents, at a job, or with the law is another reason youth choose not to start using cannabis.
We’d like to understand what youth are thinking, so please feel free to share your reasons for not using weed at firstname.lastname@example.org. We may add your reason to the list!
Your decision not to use weed could be challenged by others, or you may perceive others will pressure you. Here are some tips to help you say, “no thanks”:
Even though you don’t use weed, complete the Check Your Cannabis Questionnaire, an anonymous self-assessment. You’ll get a personal report that shows how many other Canadian youth your age and gender do not use weed and provides some information on risks associated with different levels of use.
Note: In order to successfully submit the survey you must answer the question about how much you spend on weed. Obviously, for you, that will be “zero”, but for the purposes of the questionnaire, please enter one cent (“0.01”).
To protect your privacy on your device, after submitting the questionnaire, click the “Clear Data” button.