Cannabis in France: Weeding out the facts from the fiction
30 June 2021 | 10:34 am
Cannabis itself remains illegal in France, but in recent months its "wellness" derivative, CBD, has become something of a green Eldorado. So where exactly is the line between therapeutic, medical and recreational use? We take a closer look. And to find out more about the use of cannabis for medical purposes, we speak to hospital psychiatrist Nicolas Authier. In March 2021, with the health minister by his side, he signed the country's first ever cannabis prescription as part of a limited, nationwide trial.
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