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Robert Jappie, a partner at the law firm Ince, said the ruling was “a big win” for the CBD industry.

“The national court must assess available scientific data in order to make sure that the real risk to public health alleged does not appear to be based on purely hypothetical considerations,” the court wrote.

In recent years there has been a marked growth in the use of CBD oils, tinctures, creams and other products by people seeking to relieve stress and anxiety and to reduce inflammation. A study in the European Journal of Pain suggests that skin-applied CBD can help lower arthritic pain, but there is a lack of clinical evidence for its overall efficacy, and concern over the unregulated nature of the CBD market.

Antonin Cohen, who faced the charges along with his fellow KanaVape co-founder Sébastien Béguerie, said the lack of clear regulations on CBD prevented safe market development.

Under French law, only the fibre and seeds of hemp – a variety of the cannabis plant containing less than 0.2% of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC – may be put to commercial use, not the flower.

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It noted that two key UN conventions classifying illegal drug do not specifically mention CBD, although they mention “cannabis extracts”.

Several legal events are at the origin of the current situation, which will certainly change again in the years to come with, perhaps, the arrival of the therapeutic cannabis by 2023.

In France, you can therefore freely sell, buy and consume CBD cannabis without risk of being worried by any control. However, two things remain prohibited:

2017: CBD is banned in France

Scheduled earlier, but delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the first experimentation with medical cannabis in France is finally launched in March 2021. It concerns initially 3000 patients suffering from pain related to multiple sclerosis, epilepsy or cancer. First, light cannabis oils, capsules and dried flowers will be used (through a plant material spray, smoke cannabis, even legal, which remains banned in France), for two years. If validated, this experiment could well put an end to the false reputation of CBD banned in France and target a patient population of one million French people.

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