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Cannabis use frequency in the European Union 2018

In 2018, 50 percent of cannabis users in Europe were using the drug daily, with a further 23 percent consuming cannabis between two and six days in a week. Cannabis, also known as marijuana, can be administered through various means, often through smoking, vaporization, or eating.

Country breakdown of use in Europe

Cannabis is by far the most used drug across the population of the European Union, with over a quarter of all people using at some point during in lifetime. With eleven percent of their populations consuming cannabis, France and Spain had the highest prevalence of cannabis use among adults in Europe in 2018. Followed by Italy with 10.2 percent of its population regularly using cannabis.

Drug deaths in Europe

In 2018, 48 percent of those who died as a result of drug use in Europe were aged between 40 and 64 years, while 38 percent of drug deaths were among 25 to 39 year olds. Sweden was the country in Europe with the highest incidence of drug deaths in 2018 at 81 per million population. 

Share of frequency of cannabis use among users in the last month in Europe in 2018

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September 2020



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