France

Fri
24
Apr

EU Cannabis: when prohibition does not equal lower consumption

In Europe, the legislation varied from one country to another. And the most stringent laws do not necessarily produce the best effects.

According to the French Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (OFDT), nearly one in two French smoked cannabis. However, France has one of the toughest laws on drug use, even so-called "soft" drugs. In Europe, laws differ. On one hand the countries that decriminalize, are tolerant, do not condemn. And conversely those which are very severe. Scientific studies are struggling to establish links between the laws in force and the actual consumption of drugs. If consumption is sometimes tolerated in different forms, the sale and cultivation of cannabis are of course mostly misdemeanors.

Countries that tolerate

Wed
22
Apr

France Drug Study: Increase in cannabis use among young people

According to the recent study published by the French Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (OFDT), by the age of 17 one in two have tried cannabis in 2014. More worrying, they are almost one in ten do make it a habit.

"It is not serious at 17 years", wrote Rimbaud. But how? For the first time in a decade, is cannabis use bullish among French adolescents.

If the study published Tuesday by the French Observatory of Drugs and Drug Addiction does not tell us much more about the reasons for this increase, the figures are nonetheless revealing.

47.8% of young people have already tried cannabis

Fri
17
Apr

Marijuana for Appetite Stimulation in Cancer and HIV Patients

Why do we all salivate and desire flavour when smoking cannabis? Are ‘the munchies’ caused by the substance or does our body need the extra energy?… obviously not. A team of European neuroscientists led by Giovanni Marsicano from the University of Bordeaux found that, in mice, THC fits into receptors in the brain’s olfactory bulb, significantly increasing the animals’ ability to smell food and leading them to eat more of it.

Tue
14
Apr

Students banned from cannabis coffee shops 'more likely to pass exams,' a Dutch study claims

The 'partial-prohibition' sought to ban smokers from France and Luxembourg

Students who were banned from smoking legal cannabis in Dutch coffeeshops were found to be more likely to pass exams, specifically maths-based ones, according to researchers.

The findings were worked out during a temporary “partial-prohibition” of cannabis cafes in the city of Maastricht, in which people were not allowed to enter on the sole basis of their nationalities.

Tue
07
Apr

Cannabis use is increasing among young in France

The French Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (OFDT) and the National Prevention and Health Education Institute (INPE) released on Friday a report on the levels of use of illicit drugs in France in 2014. The the study shows that cannabis use among young people has increased.

34% of young men aged 18 to 25 surveyed say they have consumed cannabis at least once in 2014. In 2010 it was 29%. Among young women, although less likely to have used cannabis in the past year (23%), the change is even more significant (+6 points since 2010).

Regular use (at least 10 uses in the 30 days preceding the survey) also relates to 11% of young men aged 18 to 25 years and 6% of young women.

 

Increased supply

Tue
07
Apr

France: Declined in the Senate

On 2 April, the Senate closed the door on the possibility to legalize cannabis in France proposed by Senator EELV Esther Benbassa. Exit selling it alongside cigarettes and stamps in tobacco. Exit? Not for long.

They had argued, detailed and demonstrated the benefits of the legalization of cannabis in France, but the bill of Senator EELV went up in smoke April 2 before the Senate. Esther Benbassa encouraged to not give up.

Mon
06
Apr

The CannaTest, first ever European street test of cannabis.

Today we release the first test of all the cannabis we purchased on the streets in order to get a better idea of its quality.

Lots is being said about the quality of cannabis around the globe. THC-levels, lack of CBD especially for medicinal use, the presence of pesticides and other contaminants, some used to increase weight.

Cannabis News Network is introducing the CannaTest, a test which shows which compounds are present in the plant. Reporters from all over the EU will gather weed from street dealers which will be tested in one testing facility.

The goal? To monitor, record and report the state of cannabis in Europe. 

Mon
06
Apr

Scotts Miracle-Gro jumps into the marijuana market with deal for hydroponics company

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. offshoot that targets young, urban gardeners has acquired a Santa Rosa, California-based hydroponics company popular with marijuana growers.

Hawthorne Gardening Co., a Scotts subsidiary formed in October, purchased General Hydroponics Inc. and Bio-Organic Solutions Inc.

Terms were not disclosed, but the acquisition should position the company in the growing marijuana market.

 

Mon
30
Mar

Hemp Based Batteries Could Change The Way We Store Energy Forever

As hemp makes a comeback in the U.S. after a decades-long ban on its cultivation, scientists are reporting that fibers from the plant can pack as much energy and power as graphene, long-touted as the model material for supercapacitors. They’re presenting their research, which a Canadian start-up company is working on scaling up, at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.

Although hemp (cannabis sativa) and marijuana (cannabis sativa var. indica) come from a similar species of plant, they are very different and confusion has been caused by deliberate misinformation with far reaching effects on socioeconomics as well as on environmental matters.

Tue
24
Mar

Abou Dhabi: Experts defend the electronic cigarette to an anti-smoking conference

Health experts have defended the electronic cigarette during a Friday anti-smoking conference in Abu Dhabi, dismissing concerns that she could promote adolescent addiction to nicotine. Most of these experts, however, agreed that it should regulate the use of e-cigarettes because its effects are still too little known.

A real support tool for weaning?

Konstantinos Farsalinos, researcher at the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens, AFP quoted a study which nearly 19,500 respondents, mainly the United States and Europe, 81% reported having stopped smoking thanks to the electronic cigarette. "On average, they quit in the first month of using the e-cigarette," he said. "We do not see that with any other method to help stop smoking."

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