Cannabis is the most highly-used banned substance in Europe, according to a report released last May by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). Founded in 1993, the group has published 21 reports analyzing statistics from European countries in order to determine current trends and prevalence of drug use.
According to the 2016 edition, one percent of Europeans (approximately 7,425,000 people) use marijuana on a daily or near-daily basis. About 22.1 million used it at some point last year. And 83.2 million have used it at some point in their lifetime.
There's a significant gender gap among consumers, the EMCDDA notes. On average, males who have used cannabis at some point in their lifetimes outnumber females almost 2:1 (51.5 million to 32.4 million people).
The EMCDDA also tabulated countries with the highest lifetime use by measuring the percentage of people aged 15-64 who have tried marijuana at least once. And the top five cannabis-consuming countries of Europe are:
1. France, 40.9 percent
2. Denmark, 35.6 percent
3. Italy, 31.9 percent
4. Spain, 30.4 percent
5. United Kingdom, 29.2 percent
Looks like Amsterdam's reputation as a marijuana mecca is slipping.
If you want to learn more, you can download the full report here.