Case Reports: Cannabis Smoking Associated With Spontaneous Remission Of Restless Legs Syndrome

FRANCE: Cannabis inhalation alleviates symptoms in patients with restless legs syndrome (RLS), according to a series of case reportspublished in the journal Sleep Medicine. Up to ten percent of the US population is estimated to suffer from RLS.

French researchers reported on the experience of six patients with treatment-resistant RLS following cannabis inhalation. All patients reported “total relief of RLS symptoms as well as complete improvement of sleep quality” following their use of marijuana.

“To our knowledge, this is the first report on the efficacy of cannabis in RLS,” investigators concluded. “Robust clinical trials are required to test the adequate profile of the effectiveness and safety of cannabinoids in RLS.”

French Marijuana E-Vaporizer To Go On Sale

FRANCE:  Electronic cigarettes with cannabis extracts are set to go on sale this month. The French makers claim their product is legal, as it lacks the chemicals that cause the mind-altering effects of marijuana. French law is firmly against the use of cannabis.

The “legal cannabinoids vaporizer” was developed by three Frenchman in search of bringing “many of the benefits of cannabinoids without the psychotic effect of THC” – the chemical in marijuana that’s responsible for the mind-altering effect, according to the product’s website.

“By using only hemp with 5 percent CBD (Cannabidiol) and no THC, KanaVape provides you a unique cannabinoids experience” that will help you relax, the firm says.

The electronic device similar to e-cigarettes, and will allow users to inhale cannabis vapor without the combustion and smell of smoke, the makers say.


'First Ever' Bill Proposes Legal Cannabis In France

FRANCE:  France is no Amsterdam when it comes to marijuana laws.  In fact, it has some of the toughest possession statutes in Europe,  but a first of its kind bill proposed this week could change that. The lawmaker behind the legislation tells The Local why marijuana should be legalized in France.

People smoking a joint in France face a maximum penalty of a year behind bars and a €3,750 fine for the first offence, yet 13.4 million French people admit to sparking up at least once in their life. Even France’s top cop, Interior Minister Manuel Vallls, said in a recent interview, he’d tried it “maybe once.” [Read more…]

Heroin Dealers Can Deduct Samples On Their Taxes, But Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Can't Deduct Rent?

FRANCE:  A convicted heroin dealer has a tax problem. He’s still in prison, mind you, but he also owes taxes. In fact, he owes 80,000 euros, although the French authorities did ease up on how they computed the tax bill. After all, every business has expenses, including illegitimate ones.