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Cannabis Use by Country 2024

Cannabis (also known as marijuana, weed, or pot) is a substance that's seen a dramatic shift in laws and attitudes in recent decades in many parts of the world. As a result of this and other cultural factors, there can be wide disparities in cannabis use from one nation to another.

Country
Annual Prevalence
Papua New Guinea29.5%
Canada27%
Palau24.2%
United States21.9%
Ghana21.5%
Nigeria19.4%
Guam18.4%
Jamaica18%
New Zealand15%
Zambia14.8%

According to the most recent data, the number one country may surprise many - Papua New Guinea. Approximately 29.5% of residents of this Pacific nation have used cannabis in the previous year. They're followed closely by Canada, with 27%, and the island nation of Palau, with 24.2%. The United States comes in fourth place, with more than one in five Americans (21.9%) using pot in the previous year. That places the United States and Canada above the usage rates of many other Western nations, like the United Kingdom, which has just 7% reported use in the past year, France with 11%, and Germany with just over 7%.

Asian nations have among the lowest cannabis use rates, with China, Japan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, South Korea, and Taiwan all reporting less than half a percent of residents using the drug annually. Singapore reports a rate of zero, likely a reflection of the country's drug laws, which are among the world's strictest. The same goes for many Middle Eastern nations like Saudi Arabia (0.3%), Iran (0.58%), and Qatar (0.1%.) Countries in Africa have relatively high cannabis usage, with three countries - Ghana (21.5%), Nigeria (19.4%), and Zambia (14.8) - in the global top ten.

To be sure, it's always wise to view data on cannabis or other drug use with a skeptical eye. Information can vary in its recency, and drug users may be reluctant to reveal an illegal or discouraged habit to a survey, even given anonymously. Still, it shows cannabis can be found almost all around the globe - though how frequently it's used can vary quite a bit.

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Country
Annual Prevalence
Age Group
Data Year
Papua New Guinea29.5%1995
Canada27%16+2022
Palau24.2%2007
United States21.9%15–642020
Ghana21.5%1998
Nigeria19.4%15+2019
Guam18.4%2007
Jamaica18%12–652016
New Zealand15%18+2020
Zambia14.8%15+2019
Uruguay14.6%15–652018
Andorra14.6%2008
Madagascar14.2%15+2019
Israel14%18–862020
Belize12.7%15+2019
Chile12.05%15–642020
Saint Kitts and Nevis11.7%2006
Australia11.6%2019
Czech Republic11.1%15–642020
France11%15–642020
Grenada10.8%2005
Dominica10.8%2006
Antigua and Barbuda10.6%2005
Spain10.5%15–642020
Morocco10.47%15–642017
Monaco10.47%18–642017
Italy10.2%15–642020
Croatia10.2%15–642020
Netherlands10.1%15–642020
Switzerland9.09%15–642016
Saint Lucia8.87%15–642010
Liechtenstein8.6%2005
Barbados8.3%12–652006
Finland8.2%15–642020
Argentina8.13%15–642017
Mali7.8%1995
Liberia7.52%15–642017
Germany7.1%15–642020
United Kingdom7.1%15–642020
Ireland7.1%15–642020
Belgium7%15–642020
Zimbabwe6.9%2000
North Macedonia6.6%15–642017
Estonia6.6%15–642020
Sierra Leone6.48%15–642017
Kyrgyzstan6.4%2001
Austria6.3%15–642020
Denmark6.3%15–642020
Slovenia5.9%15–642020
Iceland5.8%18–642017
Albania5.6%15–642014
Marshall Islands5.5%2007
United Arab Emirates5.4%2006
Luxembourg5.4%15–642020
Tunisia5.35%15–642017
Egypt5.31%15–642016
Gibraltar5.2%2008
Costa Rica5.18%2015
Portugal5.1%15–642020
Fiji5.1%2004
Norway5%16–642022
Guinea4.6%12–652016
Montenegro4.6%15–642017
Uzbekistan4.2%2003
Bhutan4.2%15–642009
Cyprus4%15–642020
Namibia3.9%2000
Latvia3.9%15–642020
Afghanistan3.8%15+2015
Poland3.8%15–642020
Sweden3.8%15–642020
Slovakia3.8%15–642020
South Africa3.65%9–642011
Pakistan3.6%15–642012
Russia3.5%2007
Romania3.5%15–642020
Cambodia3.5%2003
Azerbaijan3.5%2004
Armenia3.5%2003
Guatemala3.48%15–642014
Tajikistan3.4%1998
Georgia3.4%18–642015
Suriname3.4%12–652013
Bangladesh3.3%15–542004
Ivory Coast3.24%15–642017
India3.2%2020
Kuwait3.1%2005
Bahamas3.1%12–652017
Burkina Faso2.9%2006
Brazil2.81%15–642012
Senegal2.8%1999
Greece2.8%15–642020
Lithuania2.7%15–642020
Colombia2.68%12–652019
Ethiopia2.6%1999
Maldives2.55%15–642012
Somalia2.5%2002
Haiti2.5%15–642018
Kazakhstan2.4%15–642012
Bulgaria2.4%15–642020
Cape Verde2.4%15–642012
Bolivia2.19%15–642018
Ukraine2.13%15–642015
Mexico2.1%12–652016
Angola2.1%1999
Jordan2.1%2020
El Salvador2.03%12–652014
Syria2%2002
Serbia2%15–642018
Sri Lanka1.9%14+2018
Lebanon1.9%2009
Philippines1.64%10–692016
Peru1.62%15–642017
Malaysia1.6%2003
Paraguay1.6%2005
Bosnia and Herzegovina1.6%15–642011
Venezuela1.56%12–652011
Indonesia1.44%15–642019
Thailand1.33%12–652019
Hungary1.3%15–642020
Kenya1.2%15–642016
Turkey1.1%15–642020
Belarus1.1%2007
Nicaragua1.1%12–652006
Togo1%2009
Myanmar0.9%2005
Chad0.9%1995
Laos0.9%2008
Mauritius0.9%15–542020
Malta0.9%15–642020
Honduras0.8%2005
Panama0.77%12–652015
Nepal0.71%15–502019
Moldova0.7%15–642010
Dominican Republic0.68%12–652010
Ecuador0.67%12–652013
Iran0.58%15–642015
Algeria0.52%12+2010
Hong Kong0.4%2008
Bahrain0.4%
Vietnam0.3%2002
South Korea0.3%2004
Saudi Arabia0.3%2006
Taiwan0.3%12–642005
Tanzania0.2%1999
Japan0.1%15–642019
Oman0.1%1999
Qatar0.1%1996
Vanuatu0.1%1997
Libya0.05%1998
China0.04%2015
Singapore0%2004
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Which country uses the most cannabis?

More people use cannabis in Israel than anywhere else in the world, which 27% of adults partaking during the year.

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