Around 147 million people, 2.5% of the world's population, use cannabis (annual prevalence), compared to 0.2% use cocaine and 0.2% use opiates. Cannabis is by far the most cultivated illicit drug, trafficked and abused. Half of all drug seizures worldwide are The geographical distribution of these seizures is also global and covers virtually every country in the world. Around 147 million people, 2.5% of the world's population, use cannabis (annual prevalence), compared to 0.2% who use cocaine and 0.2% use opiates.
In the current decade, the abuse of cannabis has grown more rapidly than the abuse of cocaine and opiates. The most rapid increase in cannabis abuse since the 1960s has occurred in developed countries in North America, Western Europe and Australia. Cannabis has been increasingly linked to youth culture and the starting age is often lower than that of other drugs. An analysis of cannabis markets shows that low prices coincide with high levels of abuse and vice versa.
Cannabis appears to be not elastic in terms of prices in the short term, but rather elastic in the long term. While the number of cannabis users is greater than that of opioid and cocaine users, the lower prices of cannabis mean that, in economic terms, the cannabis market is much smaller than the market for opiates or cocaine. For detailed information, Health Canada developed and implemented the Canadian Cannabis Survey (CCS). The purpose of the CCS is to obtain detailed information about the habits of people who use cannabis and behaviors related to the use of cannabis.
The social acceptability of occasional or regular consumption of alcohol, tobacco and cannabis was higher among people who reported using cannabis in the past 12 months compared to those who did not report using cannabis. Canadians who had indicated that they had used cannabis in the past 12 months for medical purposes were asked if they wanted to complete an additional section of the survey related to this use. Of all those who had seen the fact sheet, the majority (70%) reported that the sheet increased their knowledge of the harms related to cannabis use at least a little. There is much less research and data available on these less traditional and newer forms of cannabis (for example, the most common types of cannabis products ingested four hours after driving are those that predominate in THC (35%) and only THC (29%).
People who completed the medical section of the survey were asked how often they had used cannabis for medical purposes in the past 12 months. People who had used cannabis in the past 12 months were asked how often they combined their use of cannabis with other substances, mixing it or consuming it at the same time. Of Canadians who had obtained cannabis in the past 30 days, some reported receiving cannabis products free of charge. As explained above, a greater number of cannabis users than expected reported accessing cannabis from a legal source before official legalization (the Cannabis Act).
The most common types of cannabis products smoked or vaped within two hours of driving were THC, with a predominance of THC (37%) and only THC (34%). Only 10% of Canadians reported seeing the information sheet for cannabis consumers in one or more places, and another 14% weren't sure they saw the leaf. The WHO is also taking steps to make it clear that cannabidiol and CBD-focused preparations that contain no more than 0.2 percent THC are not under international control at all. Canadians who reported using cannabis for non-medical purposes were asked detailed questions about their cannabis use.