The Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG) are an evidence-based public health intervention tool, allowing cannabis users to modify and reduce their risks for health harms associated with cannabis use based on science-based recommendations. The LRCUG has been developed by a team of renowned addiction and health science experts and based on a rigorous review and expert guidelines process led by Dr. Benedikt Fischer (NPI, Ontario CRISM Node). The scientific version of the LRCUG has been published in the
American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) (copy on request). The following KT materials for the LRCUG are currently available for public use, and other materials for various audiences, such as a ‘by youth for youth’ resource, are currently being developed. The Public Brochure is currently undergoing revisions, and will be available soon:
‘Summary Brief’ version of the LRCUG (mainly for health professionals)
- A ‘Public Brochure’ version (mainly for cannabis users; available in both
- Infographic of the LRCUG Recommendations (mainly for media/online purposes; available in both
With impending cannabis legalization in Canada, the LRCUG offer a potentially valuable population-level tool to reduce risk for adverse health outcomes from cannabis use among (especially young) users, based on the LRCUG’s 10 core recommendations.
The LRCUG have received authoritative national endorsements from six leading national medical public health and substance use organizations:
Canadian Medical Association (CMA),
Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA),
Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health (CCMOH),
Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM),
Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA),
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA),
Mental Health Commission of Canada (CMHH), and
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). The LRCUG have, furthermore, been welcomed and supported by the federal Minister of Health and endorsed by the
Ontario government in its official cannabis legalization strategy (see under Prevention & Harm Reduction).
The original LRCUG were published in 2011 based on a (CIHR-funded) ‘Applied Public Health Chair’ project in the
Canadian Journal of Public Health.