Is Weed The Most Popular Drug In The World?

Is weed the most popular drug on the planet? It would come as no surprise given marijuana legalization has become a focus around the world.

Dec 4, 2015

The results are in, and weed is officially the most popular drug in the world. This comes as no surprise as marijuana cultivation becomes the focus of many individuals across the globe.

No longer do people feel they need to hide their affection for weed, so surveys are able to more accurately determine the range of marijuana use.

Iceland gets high

A recent survey conducted by the pro-drug treatment organization Recovery Brands reveals that marijuana is the most popular drug used in the world. Topping the list is Iceland with roughly 18% of its adult citizens consuming marijuana.

Interestingly, marijuana is illegal in Iceland, but like many European countries authorities often look the other way on simple possession issues. Further, weed is expensive in Iceland— an 1/8th of high quality herb can go for $175 compared to the $30 average in the United States.

Americans love drugs

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The survey also considers other types of drug use. The United States ranks in the top 5 of each category—cocaine, amphetamines, and opiates, but falls lower on the list for ecstasy use. Fortunately, medical marijuana is becoming increasingly popular as a substitute for opiate users, so as pro-marijuana legislation evolves in America, we may see a significant drop in other types of drug use.

Alcohol was not part of the survey, because it would likely skew the results. Alcohol is technically a drug, but centuries of consumption have led us to often consider it in a different vein than other “illegal” drugs.  Many people report regular use of marijuana and alcohol, but we are slowly seeing a reduction in American alcohol abuse, often citing marijuana substitution as the cause.

Really a drug?

FACT – Marijuana is the most popular drug in the world. Cannabis is popularly used for its medicinal qualities and is becoming increasingly accepted by modern medicine. Is it really a drug though? Of course THC has mind altering effects, like “drugs” often do, but tagging the little green buds with the negative word “drug” might be a little extreme.

Eventually marijuana may be considered like alcohol. Sure it can alter your state of mind, but so many people use it on such a regular basis that it might just become accepted as “normal”. Think about it, why was alcohol not considered on the list of most popular drugs? Likely because everyone drinks it, or because you can buy it everywhere.

Don’t forget that many nations prohibited the use of alcohol at one time or another for very similar reasons to marijuana prohibition.

The people have “smoken”

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Marijuana consumers are no longer treated like outcasts in today’s society. Countless studies have proven that weed is not detrimental to human health and countless more are sure to come.

The day that we are no longer concerned with how many people consume weed, will be a good day. We must continue to work to remove the stigma attached to marijuana consumption in order to move on to more important world issues.

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Dec 4, 2015