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Here’s How Many People In The World Consume Cannabis

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Ever wonder how many people in the world consume cannabis? Well, if you’re one of them, then you’re in the company of 182 million, 999 thousand, 999 others. That’s approximately how many people enjoy marijuana worldwide according to the 2017 edition of the United Nations’ World Drug Report, which says the number could be as high as 238 million people worldwide (nearly double the population of Mexico).

That makes cannabis the most widely-used drug in the world.

Those cannabis consumers are spread out over pretty much the entire planet. According to the UN report, 135 countries were involved in some form of cannabis cultivation. Those countries cover 92 percent of the global population.

But not every region consumes marijuana equally. Leading the pack is North America, home to nearly 40 million cannabis consumers or roughly 22 percent of the global total. Second on the list is Central and West Africa with just under 32 million consumers. And forget those stereotypes about Jamaica because the caribbean is home to only about 610 thousand marijuana connoisseurs — lagging behind regions like Western and Central Europe (app. 23 million) and North Africa (app. 6.3 million).

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