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French cannabis laws are conservative, without even a medicinal cannabis programme in place yet. Yet cannabis use is prevalent. Here’s more info! Are they like the stems where you can obtain a little THC from each one? Or are they more like the roots? Useful but not to get high. Here's everything you need to know about smoking weed from choosing the right method for you to properly packing a bowl.

Cannabis in France – Laws, Use, and History

French laws are conservative when it comes to cannabis use and possession. Unusually for an EU country, they do not yet have a medicinal cannabis programme. However, the introduction of Macron’s ‘on the spot fine’ for cannabis users indicates a gradual shift in attitude. Despite their strict laws, France remains a major producer of hemp and cannabis.

    • CBD Products
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    • Recreational cannabis
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    • Medicinal cannabis
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    Cannabis laws in France

    Can you possess and use cannabis in France?

    Cannabis possession and consumption were, until recently, subject to prosecution under French law. On September 1 st , 2020 the Macron government announced the introduction of a lump-sum fine to replace penalties. Any adult found with up to 100 g of cannabis is now liable for a fine of €200 (€150 if paid within 15 days, €450 if paid after 45 days).

    Although the government presents it as a deterrent to drug trafficking, this new measure remains among the most repressive in Europe, despite the fact that the French are the largest consumers of cannabis in Europe.

    Can you sell cannabis in France?

    Like many other countries, France has taken a tough approach to cannabis sellers and distributors.

    It should be noted that, in addition to discouraging cannabis possession and consumption, the lump-sum fine is also intended to tackle trafficking. However, as it applies only to adults, in practice it reinforces the role of minors in trafficking.

    People accused of trafficking face prison sentences of up to 10 years and a fine of €7.5 million. Fines can be doubled in the case of sales to minors or close to schools.

    Can you grow cannabis in France?

    Despite the fact that France has a thriving industry in hemp and cannabis production, it is still illegal for people in the country to grow cannabis plants. If caught doing so, the offender could be liable to up to 20 years in prison, or a fine of up to €7.5 million.

    The law doesn’t make exceptions on this. Even if the individual only uses the cannabis grown for personal, medicinal purposes, it is still regarded as a punishable offence. However, in reality, very few cannabis cultivators have received the maximum penalty. Those who receive large prison sentences are usually those who are involved in large-scale growing activity.

    Is CBD legal in France?

    CBD oil doesn’t contain enough THC (the substance responsible for the ‘high’) to be psychoactive. Therefore (technically), the French government permits the use and sale of CBD products in the country. The Interministerial Mission Against Drugs and Addictive Behaviour (MILDECA) has clarified that it’s only permitted if:

    • the THC levels are 0.2% or less
    • the products are made from approved types of (low-THC) hemp plants.

    Can cannabis seeds be sent to France?

    Cannabis seeds can be purchased and sold in most European countries, which includes France. They can also be sent into the country via the post. However, it’s illegal to germinate the seeds, so it’s not allowed to grow plants from them.

    Medicinal cannabis in France

    France has always taken a very conservative approach to medicinal cannabis, and still has no recognised programme. On October 9 th , 2020, Health Minister Olivier Véran announced a decree authorising the first trial with cannabis for therapeutic use.

    This trial, which will involve a total of 3,000 hospital patients in a highly controlled and restricted setting, was scheduled to start in September 2020, but was then postponed to January 2021. Cannabis smoke has been excluded from the trial, which will instead focus on cannabis oils, capsules, and vaporizing dried flowers. The trial sample only includes patients suffering from serious conditions, such as epilepsy, neuropathic pain, side effects of chemotherapy or palliative care, and multiple sclerosis.

    The aim of the trial is not to determine the therapeutic effectiveness of cannabis, but rather to evaluate the viability of the cannabis supply chain, i.e., prescription, dispensing, provision and monitoring.

    Sativex is available on prescription, but its use is strictly limited to the treatment of patients with multiple sclerosis.

    It is estimated that between 300,000 and one million patients in France would benefit from cannabis-based medicinal products. Since it cannot be made available to all of them on prescription, the concern is that a large proportion of these patients may turn to the black market for their purchases.

    Industrial hemp in France

    France has been cultivating hemp for centuries. Until the 1800s, over 100,000 hectares of French land was used to produce it; and the harvested hemp was turned into linen, rope, natural oil and fabric.

    After this time, hemp production started to decline, until it reached just 700 hectares in 1960. There are a few reasons for this. Sail boats were no longer widely used (hemp was ideal for creating sails and rigging), and synthetic fibres started dominating the market; not to mention cotton and other fibres arriving from overseas.

    Since then, the industry has recovered. At the start of the 21 st century, there were around 6,000 hectares of hemp plantations; mostly in La Loire and La Sarthe. Most of the hemp was used to produce paper.

    France’s hemp strains yield (on average) eight tonnes of straw per hectare. According to Prohibition Partners’ European Cannabis Report, the country is now the world leader in hemp seed production and is responsible for producing 59% of the world’s seeds. It also dominates the hemp fibre market, producing over 50% of all hemp-based pulp and paper in Europe.

    Political parties and cannabis

    French political parties in favour of the legalisation of cannabis are few, but the majority of people recognise its therapeutic benefits.

    Although France might consider the possible legalisation of cannabis for therapeutic use, President Macron is not in favour of legalising recreational cannabis. However, in June 2019, some 20 MPs tabled a bill on the controlled legalisation of the production, sale and consumption of cannabis. An op-ed article in the Nouvel Observateur, France’s leading magazine, was signed by 70 doctors, economists and national and local elected representatives, all of whom support legalisation.

    Good to know

    If you are travelling to France (or are a resident of the country), it is useful to know the following:

    Is it safe to smoke cannabis seeds?

    We often talk about how useful all of the various parts of the cannabis plant can be because there is virtually nothing that needs to go to waste, as everything has some sort of purpose if you’re willing to go the extra mile to make it happen, but what about cannabis seeds? Are they like the stems where you can obtain a little THC from each one? Or are they more like the roots? Useful but not to get high. We’re going to answer both of those questions and more as we guide you through the dangers to be aware of, and helpful ideas that might be more beneficial to use instead.

    What are cannabis seeds made of?

    We know that cannabis seeds contain the lifeblood and genetics of the plants that came before it, but when you look at one, and what it all contains, you’ll find that there isn’t much more than regular old plant matter alongside some nutrients, proteins, and oils that are great for the body, but only when they’re ingested. Cannabis seeds also tend to contain trace amounts of cannabinoids but not enough to give you the same benefits as smoking weed flower and other pot products.

    They won’t get you high

    That’s right! Though they might be one of the most precious and powerful parts of any cannabis plant, as they hold the genetics of many past generations, they won’t get you high, no matter how many you try to smoke. They might burn and they might even seem like they’re smoking as you cough over the harshness of it all, but they don’t contain enough of any cannabinoid to induce a euphoric sense of relaxation like what you’d expect from almost any other cannabis goods.

    They can explode and cause burns

    If the fact that they won’t get you high doesn’t turn you off enough to keep you from trying it, then it is important to consider the risks that can come from it. When you put cannabis seeds under extreme heat, it creates a pressure that quickly builds up inside of the shell, and eventually, once it gets to be too much, the hull will explode, and it doesn’t matter if it’s in a rolling paper, a bong, or a pipe, it will toss burning hot coals and destroy any cannabis that might be surrounding it in the process.

    What to do with cannabis seeds instead

    Since no one wants to get burns that come paired with literally no benefits whatsoever, you might be wondering what you should do aside from just tossing them out, but there is no reason to waste this incredible gift. You might not be able to smoke cannabis seeds without risking your skin, but you can try some of these neat suggestions instead.

    All the ways to smoke weed and which methods are least harmful

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    • If it’s your first time smoking weed, it can be difficult to decide which method is best for you.
    • Common ways to smoke cannabis include joints, blunts, bongs, and pipes.
    • Healthier alternatives to smoking weed include vaping, edibles, and tinctures.

    From joints and pipes to blunts and bongs, smoking is the most common way people consume cannabis.

    While getting high can be a therapeutic and fun recreational experience, you should know that like cigarette smoke, cannabis smoke contains irritating chemicals and tar associated with respiratory problems.

    Important: Cannabis use is illegal in some US states. Therefore, it’s important that you know the laws for your location before trying any of the smoking methods listed below.

    If you’re new to the world of smoking weed, you might find yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed with options and curious about the pros and cons of each method. Here’s what you need to know.

    1. Joints

    They’re made from packing cannabis into a rolling paper “typically made of hemp, rice, or paper,” says Stacia Woodcock, PharmD, Clinical Cannabis Pharmacist and Dispensary Manager for Curaleaf. You can also choose to add a filter to prevent burning your fingers while smoking.

    To roll and smoke a joint:

    1. Break down weed using an herb grinder or your fingers. Remove any seeds or stems.
    2. If you want to use a filter, cut out a small piece of thin cardboard (you need it to fit into your paper when rolled) and fold it “accordion-style” into a tip.
    3. While holding the rolling paper lengthwise, “hot dog style,” fill it with the crushed weed, placing your filter on either end.
    4. Pinch the filled paper between your fingertips and roll into a cone or tube shape.
    5. Light the end of the joint and inhale from the filter.

    Keep in mind that many commercially available rolling papers — particularly those labeled as fast-burning, bleached, or flavored — contain harmful pollutants and chemicals, which could damage your lungs. Therefore, opting for rolling papers that are unbleached, unflavored, and unrefined may lessen your chances of exposure. And if you’re really worried about chemical exposure, consider using a paper-free smoking method, like a bong or pipe.

    2. Blunts

    Blunts are typically larger and last longer than a joint, but they’re made in a similar fashion. The difference is that blunts are made from a blunt or cigar wrap as opposed to rolling paper.

    Blunt wraps are made of tobacco leaves, which means they contain nicotine. According to a 2010 study, the nicotine in blunts caused a greater build-up of carbon monoxide, a toxic chemical, in the study subjects’ blood, leading to side effects like nausea, dizziness, and headaches.

    1. Break down weed using an herb grinder or your fingers. Remove any seeds or stems.
    2. Use a blade to slice open the cigar or blunt lengthwise. Or if using a blunt wrap, unroll the wrap with your fingers.
    3. If necessary, empty the tobacco from the middle of the cigar or blunt.
    4. Moisten the wrap by dipping your fingers in a bit of water.
    5. Fill the wrap with weed.
    6. Pinch the wrap between your fingers, rolling and tucking to form a tube shape.
    7. Use a lighter or match to light one end.

    3. Pipe

    Make sure to pack bowls lightly so there’s still air pockets throughout the weed. Stefan Malloch/Getty Images

    Pipes, also referred to as spoons or bowls, are one of the simplest ways to smoke.

    Pipes consist of a hollow bowl, a “stem,” and a mouthpiece through which you inhale. Some pipes also have a carb hole — a small hole next to the bowl that you cover and uncover with your finger while inhaling in order to clear the pipe of smoke.

    1. Break down weed using an herb grinder or your fingers. Remove any seeds or stems.
    2. Loosely pack the bowl about halfway with crushed weed. Make sure not to pack the bowl too tightly or it might be hard to take a hit.
    3. Light the bowl with a lighter or match and inhale from the mouthpiece.
    4. If the bowl has a carb, cover it with your finger as you light it and first inhale. This will cause the smoke to build up in the pipe. After that, lift your finger off the carb to “clear” the pipe and inhale the smoke into your lungs.

    Quick tip: If you’re sharing a pipe with multiple people and want to minimize the spread of germs and bacteria, you can clean the mouthpiece with rubbing alcohol before each use. While this may be a tedious task, it can protect you from infectious disease.

    4. Bong

    Bongs, also referred to as water pipes, are smoking devices that use water to cool and filter smoke. Because the smoke is cooled, people tend to take larger hits and produce more smoke than when using joints, blunts, or bowls.

    Bongs consist of a bowl as well as a cylinder glass piece called a “downstem.” When you hit a bong, smoke travels down the downstem and is filtered through water before traveling up the bong’s neck to the mouthpiece.

    While some users believe bongs are the healthiest smoking method, they may not be all that effective at reducing toxins,” says Nicolas Schlienz, PhD, Research Director at Cannabis Education organization Realm of Caring.

    1. Pour water into the water chamber to submerge the bottom of the downstem.
    2. Break down weed using an herb grinder or your fingers. Remove any seeds or stems.
    3. Lightly pack the bowl about halfway with weed.
    4. Put your mouth on the mouthpiece, then use a lighter or match to light the bowl as you suck in in with your lungs.
    5. When the chamber is filled with smoke, slide the bowl out of the downstem and inhale to clear the smoke.

    Alternatives to smoking weed

    • Vaping: Vaping involves heating cannabis flower or concentrate to a high temperature in order to convert it to vapor. “If inhaling cannabis is the chosen method, then vaping is a great alternative to smoking,” Woodcock says. “It doesn’t produce harmful hydrocarbons (harmful chemicals produced when you smoke) and is gentler on the lungs.” However, be sure to buy from reputable dispensaries to avoid harmful ingredients.
    • Edibles: Edibles in the form of cannabis-infused foods, candies, oils, and tinctures are a smoke-free way to enjoy weed. However, keep in mind that edibles take longer to kick in and the effects last longer (4-6 hours) than smoking.
    • Topicals: Topical cannabis extracts are applied to and absorbed through your skin. They come in various forms including lotions, creams, balms, patches, and oils.

    Insider’s takeaway

    While weed has plenty of benefits to offer, doctors agree any form of smoking can irritate your throat and lungs.

    “Individuals with respiratory or cardiovascular conditions may consider consuming cannabis orally (via edibles or tinctures) to reduce the potential for experiencing adverse health effects,” Schlienz says.

    Lia Tabackman is a freelance journalist covering health and science topics for Insider.com. She can be found on Twitter @LiaTabackman.

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