Putting the Pieces Together: Low-Risk Cannabis Use on Campus

Posted on April 14th, 2015

20 April 2015 | Catriona Remocker and Tim Dyck with Dr. Tara Lyons. 

We were excited to offer this enhanced version of the webinar: Putting the Pieces Together: Low-Risk Cannabis Use on Campus.   This webinar coincided with April 20, 2015 or 4:20, a timely contribution on a topic that was on some of the minds of our campus stakeholders.

If you missed the webinar but are interested in the topic, we encourage you to join the group on this topic within the Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses online community platform

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The current atmosphere around cannabis on Canadian campuses and in society is quite hazy. This is partly the result of conflicting messages around the impact of consumption on those who use the substance.  

This webinar aimed to dispel some of the haze. It considered incidence, motivations for and effects of use, offered some suggestions on content for communication to encourage lower-risk practice among those who decide to use cannabis, and alluded to means through which that messaging can be shared on campus. 

A Q&A session was held at the end of the webinar with Dr. Tara Lyons, which offered another perspective on promoting healthier cannabis use on campus. Dr. Lyons is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC in the Urban Health Research Initiative & Gender and Sexual Health Initiative.  She is a founding member and served on the national executive for Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy.  


Learning Objectives  

  • To become familiar with both micro and macro level factors that influence cannabis use both on and off campus

  • To consider the beneficial and harmful aspects of cannabis use and how these aspects impact decisions that influence use on campus

  • To explore the role of prevailing attitudes and current legislature when creating campus cannabis use policies

  • To become familiar with the Paradox of Prohibition Curve and the tradeoffs around various substance use policies

  • To explore areas for action on campus around cannabis, including managing accessibility, quality control, information brokering, contexts for use, policy and messaging

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