Cannabis has been around for thousands of years; as a consequence, there are plenty of countries in the world where people consume it and grow it, and have been doing so for a very long time. But what country’s population consumes marijuana most often?
On a yearly basis, the answer may surprise you. In 2012, over 18% of the population of Iceland used cannabis at least once, which is tops in the world. In comparison, the percentage of past year cannabis consumers in the U.S. was 15.4% in 2013. But using cannabis once in a year does not make you anything close to a “regular” marijuana user.
When you break down the numbers for those who have used cannabis in the past month, a different picture emerges; it seems most of those Icelandic tokers tried it once and were done. About 7.6% of the U.S. population used cannabis in the past month in 2015, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. This was tied for the top spot along with Spain.
Drilling even deeper into the numbers, we find that 2.6% of Americans report using cannabis at least 21 days a month; again, the same number comes out of Spain. When it comes to regular cannabis users, Italy and France are not far behind the U.S. and Spain.
In other words, Americans and Spaniards are toking up the most often, followed by fellow cannabis users in Western Europe. Of course, some of these numbers come from different studies conducted in different years, so everything is approximate; you can imagine how difficult it is to get an accurate use statistic on something that is still illegal in the vast majority of the world.
Having said that, however: USA! USA! USA! (And Spain!)