When most people think of getting stoned in Europe, their minds immediately wander to the Netherlands and the cannabis-friendly coffee shops lining Amsterdam’s city streets. And if you’re looking for easy access cannabis tourism, you’re probably right, but if you’re looking to find some real, authentic European stoners, a new study says you might be better off taking a trip to Paris or Prague.
According to a new report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), the highest concentration of cannabis users in Europe come from France and the Czech Republic, with 11% of respondents in each country admitting to marijuana use in the past year.
In the Czech Republic, those numbers are higher than years past, adding to a trend that has seen all types of European drug use increase over the last decade, including a spike in opiate use, reminiscent of the similar, but much worse problem in the U.S.
“Long-term analysis indicates that the estimated total number of problem drug users has increased by more than 50 % over the last 10 years, with slight increases noted for all types of drugs, including injecting drug use.” The report…