Average age of French marijuana users has increased, study shows

Fewer young French people are smoking marijuana, though the overall number is stable, with 10.6% of the population consuming it in the past year
Le Monde (France)
Tuesday, December 20, 2022

france cannabis2The latest study on cannabis use among the adult population by the French Observatory of Drugs and Addictive Tendencies (OFDT) is painting a picture that sometimes goes against conventional wisdom. Among under-25s, all indicators have been on the decline since 2017, whether they concern experimentation – down 5.5 points compared to the 2017 study, from 53.5% to 48% – or habitual use, which is down 2.1 points between 2017 and 2021, from 8.4% to 6.3%. Conversely, more people are reporting cannabis use over the age of 35, and even more so over 45. Despite the recent decline in the appeal of cannabis among under-25s, France remains firmly established as one of the European countries where this drug is most widely used.