France is known for having very tough cannabis laws but the nation the French have one of the highest rates of marijuana consumption in EU. Due to the increased demand for cannabis in France, some companies in France have discovered a method of satisfying the demand for marijuana in a technique that is following the law.
Coffee shops are emerging across France, selling cannabis and hemp products. However, the products contain only CBD infused products.
Many shoppers in Paris are lining up outside CofyShop, a cannabis store offering CBD infused products.
Most of their products including tinctures, syrups, vape juice, edibles, topicals, and even herbs, contains a small amount of THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the marijuana compound that delivers the euphoric sensations also known as ‘high.’
However, the CofyShop won’t offer products containing more than 0.2 percent THC. Instead, they will provide different types of CBD products, mostly produced from hemp.
But cannabis consumers aren’t happy that the cannabis coffee shops lack THC infused products which can make a user high.
According to Marc, a 21-year-old who stood outside the shop, he needs to see if the stuff they’re selling gets you stoned. Theoretically, the products being sold have less than 0.2 percent THC, but CBD found in it should be useful in making a user more relaxed.
One of the primary compound in the cannabis plant is Cannabidiol or CBD. CBD can help in the treatment of stress and anxiety.
Researchers worldwide are examining how CBD can be used in the treatment of neurological diseases, seizures, cancer, and inflammation. Their discoveries continually prove the effectiveness of CBD as a treatment for various illnesses.
The access to CBD infused products all over France is because the nation has reduced some cannabis laws. Rising awareness about the legality of CBD has played a role in the coffee shop sensation.
A few months ago, French President Emmanuel Macron appointed Agnès Buzyn as Minister of Solidarity and Health. And in November 2017, Buzyn said something concerning the legality of cannabis and products derived from hemp.
Buzyn favors the use of medical cannabis and has established a conversation based on how to expand access to it. In 2013, France legalized marijuana for medical use, but the limitation of the program makes it a non-starter for many patients.
However, in November, Buzyn declared that CBD had been legalized for public consumption under two conditions. Firstly, products should contain only 0.2 percent THC. Secondly, producers and retailers should stop making any health claims about the products.
French administrators are also closely monitoring the activities of these shops, to ensure that they don’t sell any illegal products in their shops.
CBD products have gained wide popularity across France, leading to criticism from some and support from others. However, the administration wants people to believe that CBD products are just “low strength” versions of THC infused cannabis.
According to marijuana critics, legal CBD is the gateway to illegal THC products. Advocates are happy to have access to high quality, CBD products.
The cannabis products found in French cannabis coffee shops are imported from neighboring Switzerland.