Half of all GPs have observed an increase in recreational cannabis users within their practice. Support and opposition of the legalization of recreational cannabis is consistent across Canada. Supporters of the legislation are more likely to be younger physicians.
GPs have observed a decline in patient visits related to prescriptions for anxiety and severe stress (13%), chronic pain (17%) and insomnia (12%). GPs have observed an increase in certain conditions/symptoms as a result of recreational cannabis use: anxiety, fear/panic (33%), dependence/misuse (32%), psychotic symptoms (27%) and effects on the brain (26%).
Despite the polarizing nature of this issue, supporters of recreational cannabis tend to skew younger, suggesting that acceptance of recreational cannabis is likely to remain, if not grow.