CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the 500 substances found in the cannabis plant. Often assimilated to THC, a psychotropic substance, CBD has long suffered from the negative image of recreational cannabis with its high effects. Since its recent legalization in France, CBD has continued to gain market share. The one that was still dividing a few years ago is now seduced by its many beneficial properties. Have you just discovered the existence of cannabidiol? Here are 6 things to know about CBD.
CBD and THC are two completely different molecules
Although CBD and THC come from the same plant, they are two completely different phytocannabinoids.
THC is the source of the well-known high and psychotropic high in recreational cannabis.
CBD, on the other hand, is less famous. However, it has many virtues much more interesting than THC. It has relaxing, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It acts on the endocannabinoid system of our body by regulating and modulating the messages transmitted to the nervous system.
If there is one thing to know and remember about CBD, it’s this: You can consume CBD without the risk of getting high. You will feel more peaceful but you will keep all your mental and cognitive faculties!
CBD prescribed as medicine
Even if it cannot be prescribed as a drug at the moment, the medical profession has long recognized the benefits and effectiveness of CBD on certain pathologies such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease or pathological tremors.
It is good to know that France has been experimenting, since March 2021, with CBD treatments for 5 therapeutic indications, as well as the method of prescription and the schedule for dispensing the product. During this 2-year trial, 3,000 patients will be able to use medical cannabis to relieve their pain and better endure the disease.
This is a great step forward for France, especially since in parallel with this test, research work is underway at the Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse to find the best manufacturing process for medical cannabis made in France.
CBD available everywhere in France
The success of CBD is such that many online stores sell CBD products. In addition, shops dedicated to CBD have flourished all over France in recent years, following the removal of the molecule from the list of narcotics.
Today, therefore, it is very easy to obtain CBD, regardless of the desired form.
CBD in all its forms
It is good to know that CBD comes in many forms: sublingual oil, e-liquid for vaping, capsule to swallow, edible paste, cream to apply on the skin, chewing gum, etc.
You are spoiled for choice when it comes to consuming your CBD. All you have to do is decide which CBD product to choose?
The economic potential of CBD
One more thing to know, France is the leading producer of hemp on a European scale. Enough to revitalize the country’s economy thanks to “Made in France” CBD.
This is probably one of the reasons that motivated 30 MEPs to propose the partial relaxation of the regulations on cannabis, last February. Indeed, a decree of 1990, still in force, prohibits the exploitation of hemp leaves and flowers. This decree therefore prevents any extraction of CBD in France, which is a shortfall for all.
By freeing the commercialization of CBD, the French market would go from 200 million euros to more than 1 billion by 2023.
CBD at the agricultural show
Just before the 2019 health crisis, the agricultural fair opened its doors to hemp farmers. Between tasting jams and seeds, hemp growers have made a place for themselves.
“Green oil”, as it is called, has motivated many farmers over the past 3 years. Today there are more than 8,000 hectares of land dedicated to the cultivation of hemp in France.
The revision of the regulations relating to the CBD could accelerate economic development, help the agricultural sector but also replenish the state coffers.