Cannabis Statistics 2020 – Market size, Consumption & Production

We’ve collected interesting and useful statistics and resources for business research purposes. This year, we’ve created graphs and charts to help better visualize key statistics.

General Statistics & Facts

  • Marijuana is the most widely cultivated, trafficked and used “illicit” drug. (source: WHO)
  • About 150 million people, 2.5+% of the world population, consume cannabis at least once per year, compared with just 0.2% consuming cocaine and 0.2% consuming opiates. (source: WHO)
  • About 50% of all drug seizures worldwide are cannabis seizures. (source: WHO)
  • In late 2018, Mexico’s supreme court ruled the prohibition of unconstitutional. However cannabis in general, is still illegal in Mexico. (sources: WayofLeaf, Wikipedia)

CBD and Hemp Stats

How Big is the CBD Market? Retail sales in the US surpassed 1 billion dollars in 2019, and some are forecasting that number to increase 10-fold to over 10 billion by 2024.

CBD consumer usage by age range – According to a 2019 Consumer Reports survey of 4000 people:

  • 40% of people ages 18-29
  • 32% of people ages 30-44
  • 23% of people ages 45-59 … have tried CBD
CBD consumer usage by age group

Hemp Crop Usage

According to the FSA’s 2019 Crop Acreage Report. US Farm hemp production was processed into:

77% – cannabinoid (CBD) extraction, 18% – seed and grain, 5% – hemp seed oil

Cannabis Retail Sales Statistics

Stats Canada hasn’t been publishing data as readily in the past, but did finally do their first major update since Covid began with a full breakdown of retail sales stats in April 2020.

Cannabis Retail Sales – Flower, Extracts or Edibles? According to Health Canada, the latest retail sales (April 2020) show dried cannabis flower is still the most purchased type of product, but extracts & edibles are climbing as well.

  • Dried Cannabis (flower) 73% of total sales
  • Cannabis extracts 14% of total sales
  • Edible cannabis 12% of total sales

Historical Data Archive

The following statistics are here for archival purposes, and for easily doing year on year comparisons.

Canadian Consumption Statistics – Historical

  • Canadians spent $5.7 Billion on marijuana in 2017 –  Source: Statistics Canada
    • Compared to
      • Alcohol $22 billion
      • Tobacco products $16 billion
  • 5 million Canadians spent money on marijuana in 2017
    • The average consumer spends  $1,200 a year on marijuana
  • 90% of Canadian marijuana consumption estimated to be illegal

Canada Production Statistics – Historical

  • The marijuana industry is now bigger than Canada’s beer or tobacco industries.
  • Canada Produced about $3.4 billion worth of cannabis in 2014
    • Compared to $2.9 billion in the brewing industry
    • $1 billion in tobacco products
  • Canada exported $1.2 billion worth of illegal cannabis in 2017

Pricing Statistics – Historical

  • Statistics Canada calculated that the price of marijuana has, on average, increased by about 3.3 percent per year since 1967.
  • The price for a gram of cannabis peaked at $12 in 1989, and has declined by an average of 1.7 percent per year since, because of oversupply.
  • In 2017, the price is estimated to be $7.50 a gram.
  • Canada is cheaper than the USA, but more expensive than Uruguay. – source

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