The health and social effects of nonmedical cannabis use

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Author: World Health Organization

Resource Type: General

Cannabis is globally the most commonly used psychoactive substance under international control. In 2013, an estimated 181.8 million people aged 15-64 years used cannabis for nonmedical purposes globally (uncertainty estimates 128.5–232.1 million) (UNODC, 2015). There is an increasing demand of treatment for cannabis use disorders and associated health conditions in high- and middle-income countries, and there has been increased attention to the public health aspects of cannabis use and related disorders in international drug policy dialogues.

This publication builds on contributions from a broad range of experts and researchers from different parts of the world. It aims to present the current knowledge on the impact of nonmedical cannabis use on health.

NDARC Professor Louisa Degenhardt contributed to this report published by the World Health Organisation.  To download the full report, visit http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/publications/cannabis/en/