When asked which country has the biggest percentage of cannabis smokers, you might think Canada or America. Or maybe even France, Holland or the UK. But you’d be wrong.
Rather, the country with the biggest proportion of cannabis users among its population is Nigeria – a West African nation with 190 million inhabitants (the UK has 60 million, for reference) and no legal cannabis industry.
Two new reports
As reported in Nigerian newspaper Business Day, two new reports on the cannabis industry have found that Nigerians enjoy their weed more than anyone else in the world.
The Global Cannabis Report and the Africa Hemp and Cannabis Report found that 19.4 percent of the country’s population over the age of 15 consumed cannabis in 2018, and at least 12 percent consume it monthly.
It was also discovered that Nigerians spent a total of $15.3 billion (£12.2b) a year of cannabis, which, by the way, is still very much illegal in the country.
Coming in second behind Nigeria is Canada, in which 15.8 percent of its population consume cannabis. The United States is third, with 15 percent.
Huge illicit market
In total demand for cannabis in Africa, according to the reports, is estimated at $37 billion (£29b). A huge chunk of this demand comes from Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, followed by Ethiopia ($9.8 billion), and Morocco ($3.5 billion).
These countries are home to more than 565.4 million people, across which nearly 42.8 million are estimated to use cannabis at least once a year.