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Why CBD shops started to flourish in Orleans

Following a change in the law, CBD shops have started to be opened across France. In Orleans, a third point of sale will be open, right in the city center. The products sold in these shops must have less than 0.2% THC content and can only be sold for infusion. In total, in addition to cannabis oils, hemp rum and cookies, some 17 different varieties of cannabis are offered.

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A third shop selling CBD-based products, the “legal cannabis”, opens this Saturday, March 27th, in Orleans. The products on sale must not contain more than 0.2% of THC, the active molecule with the euphoric effect.

Shops selling CBD-based products are flourishing at the moment in the cities of France. Although these products are almost impossible to differentiate from those containing a larger amount of THC. However, the cannabis on sale in these stores contains no, or very little, THC, the molecule that causes the euphoric effect. In Orleans, a third point of sale opens this Saturday, March 27th. After Zad Orleans, street Bannier, and Deli Hemp, street of the cross of Malta, Weed Paradise settles in the city center. 

To be authorized for sale in France, the cannabis must contain less than 0,2 % of THC. The police controls are numerous, as well as the closings of these types of shops. “We do not fear because we are really in the legality, with a product below 0.2% of THC,” assured Maxime Cottin, one of the co-managers of Weed Paradise. “We have no fear about that, we trust our supplier. There are two laboratory controls that justify the less than 0.2%.” 

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Cannabis to be consumed as infusion

In total, in addition to cannabis oils, hemp rum, and cookies, some 17 different varieties of cannabis are offered. “People know that these are products that will not give the same effects as products containing a higher amount of THC. That’s why we have people buying them. The effects of THC, could make people consuming it a little paranoid, a little soft. CBD is completely different: it will de-stress, remove anxiety, soothe,” continued the manager of Weed Paradise. Among his customers are people who want to reduce certain pains, osteoarthritis, back problems, but also a bad sleep. “Or otherwise people who want to quit using cannabis with a high THC content.”

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This product is prohibited from smoking, it can only be consumed in the form of herbal tea. “In France, the legislation requires that we sell it for infusions. After buying it, the customer does what he wants,” recognized Maxime Cottin, who assured however “if you want to smoke it I say no, I do not sell it so that you smoke it.”

In addition to cannabis, there are many CBD derivatives, such as cookies or cannabis oils. 

“It is a product with a future. Every day there are openings of CBD shops,” according to the former restaurateur, who has therefore converted late and already wants to open a new store soon on the side of Rennes. 

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Sharon Harris is a feminist and a part-time nomad. She reports about businesses primarily involved in tech, CBD, and crypto. She started her career as a product manager at a Silicon Valley startup but now enjoys a new life as a personal finance geek and writer. Her primary aim is to provide readers with a new perspective on the overlapping world of finance and technology.