France

Thu
25
Feb

The top pot-loving countries

Marijuana legalization has been a political issue in the United States for some time, and while it remains illegal in most states, others have softened their stance in recent years. Colorado and Washington both passed initiatives by popular vote to decriminalize and legalize cannabis in 2012. In 2014, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., followed suit. Many states including Massachusetts, California, Missouri, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada and Ohio have flirted with legalization for a few election cycles, with buzz growing.

The United States isn't the only country where people use marijuana legally or illicitly. In fact, it isn’t even the country with the highest reported marijuana use.

Sat
20
Feb

France: Cannabis market of 1.1 billion euros difficult to stop

For a week, seizures and arrests follow one another to try to stem the traffic. But France remains one of the largest consumers of cannabis in Europe. Regular smokers are becoming more numerous, 1.4 million in 2014, a market worth over a billion euros and very difficult to control.

Fri
05
Feb

Here are the Countries Where Marijuana Is Legal in Some Form

The global tide concerning marijuana legalization is slowly turning. Amsterdam, with its famous coffeeshops where smoking cannabis is OK, was once the international city most associated with legally smoking marijuana. But more countries are passing legislation either decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana in some form. In fact, almost half the states in the United States have legalized marijuana somehow — with more likely to follow suit. 

Mon
01
Feb

Big Pharma's Cannabis Pill Is Killing People

Big Pharma’s attempts to synthesise cannabis into an artificial pill form are not only failing, but killing people in the process. 

Medical research shows that our bodies are able to synthesise endocannabinoids naturally. Endocannabinoids are the chemical compounds that activate the same receptors as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active component of marijuana. 

Big Pharma have attempted to patent this natural herb via a chemical alternative pill in order to cash in on the market. 

Tue
19
Jan

France Drug Trial Update: Latest Death Case Not Linked to Marijuana Abuse

News emerged that a drug trial case which was done in France led into several serious incidents last Friday. As per Independent's report, six men were rushed to the hospital after having negative effects from the drug that they were given during the drug trial which took place in north-western France.

Sun
17
Jan

Man dead after taking part in drugs trial in France

A man died in a French hospital on Sunday after taking part in a drug trial for a painkiller based on a compound similar to cannabis.

The Rennes University Hospital announced the death in a statement but did not identify the patient, who had already been in a state of brain death.

He was among six male volunteers between 28 and 49 hospitalised last week after volunteering to take the experimental drug.

French health authorities said three of the hospitalised volunteers face possible brain damage and an investigation is under way into what French health minister Marisol Touraine called "an accident of exceptional gravity".

Sat
16
Jan

Drug Trial That Left One Man Brain Dead Has Nothing to Do With Cannabis

On Friday several French agencies opened an investigation into a clinical drug trial that has hospitalized six men in the last week, leaving one permanently brain dead and three in critical condition, likely with permanent brain damage.

Sat
16
Jan

French Health Minister: Botched Drug Trial Causing “Brain Death” Had Nothing to Do With Cannabis

Although a number of media reports have suggested that an experimental cannabis-based painkiller is what caused a “serious accident” during a clinical drug trial this week in France, leaving one person brain-dead and hospitalizing at least five others, the nation’s health ministry has confirmed that the tragedy was not the result of a medication containing cannabinoids.

Sat
16
Jan

What we know so far about the clinical trial disaster in France

One person is brain-dead and five more have been hospitalized after a phase I clinical trial in France went horribly wrong. At least three of the patients may suffer irreversible brain damage if they survive, a doctor treating them said today.

The patients were previously healthy volunteers who participated in a study, conducted by Biotrial, a private company in the city of Rennes, to test the tolerability of a candidate drug. French officials haven't announced which drug, and it's not yet clear why many others who participated in the study since it began in July apparently haven’t experienced similarly severe side-effects.

Fri
15
Jan

Six in hospital after French pain relief drug trial goes wrong

Six people have been hospitalised after a drug trial went terribly wrong at the Pontchaillou Hospital in Rennes in France. One has been declared brain-dead, and four others are in critical condition. Ninety participants in the trial have been asked to contact the hospital.

According to preliminary reports, the trial was of a drug aimed at inhibiting the brain enzyme that degrades endogenous cannabinoids, chemicals produced naturally by the brain that resemble the active compounds in cannabis.

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