UK daily newspaper the Star reported over the weekend

We spoke to one who smuggles potent marijuana strains from the US state and sells it in Liverpool and Manchester.

He said: “I’ve had loads of new buyers who don’t normally smoke weed but need something to replace the hit they get off booze. Forget Dry January, this is high January.”

Showing us a box of several bags, ordered off the dark web, he added: “These are 3.5g bags, people are paying £80-£120.

“Demand right now is for the stronger Cali stuff.”

Ganja dealers are setting up accounts on Instagram and encrypted sites like Telegram.

One UK Telegram seller known as The High Supplier pledged: “Stealth packaging. 1-3 days delivery.”

Elsewhere a Bloomreach study found online searches for CBD oil products, including “edibles”, soared 1,300% last year, with 31,000 this month alone.