TORONTO, October 10, 2018 — What’s the best way to connect with young people on the topic of cannabis use?
CAMH’s Youth Engagement Team has an answer, in the form of a new pocket-sized guide called #TheBluntTruth. This youth-developed guide provides science-based facts on cannabis, using a conversational tone to explain the health and safety risks of cannabis and 10 recommendations to reduce these risks.
“There is so much value in combining scientific knowledge and the expertise of young people with lived experience,” says Karleigh Darnay, Coordinator, Youth Engagement Initiative at the Margaret and Wallace McCain Centre for Child, Youth & Family Mental Health at CAMH. The youth-driven approach brings a level of trustworthiness that comes from peer-to-peer education, she says, while also enabling a balance of helpful information with elements of humour to create a more engaging, accessible resource.
The guide’s evidence-based approach includes the scientific rationale behind each recommendation, so that young people who decide to use cannabis can make informed choices. The guide can also help in having conversations about cannabis with youth.