According to a recent Statistics Canada survey on pandemic-era alcohol and drug use, slightly more than one-third of Canadians who use cannabis increased their use during the COVID-19 crisis. The study sheds new light on why cannabis consumers in Canada could have intensified their use amid the public-health crisis.

During the pandemic, more than half of cannabis patients said they would not increase their intake. The top three causes for increased cannabis use were stress, boredom, and isolation, led by «convenience such as lack of daily routine, more time at home,» ease of access to cannabis, declining health or discomfort, and new items such as edibles, concentrates, and vapes. In the third quarter of 2020, Statistics Canada predicted that legal adult-use drug sales will eclipse illegal recreational pot sales for the first time.