91% of patients on France’s medical cannabis trial support legalisation

91% of patients on France’s medical cannabis trial support legalisation
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Over 90% of patients taking part in a landmark medical cannabis trial in France are in favour of full legalisation. The nationwide trial, launched by the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) in March 2021, was designed to evaluate how medicinal cannabis could be prescribed and dispensed legally in France. According to local media, 91% of patients have indicated that they are in favour of general legalisation. The majority have reported positive outcomes in terms of symptom management, particularly for pain relief and palliative care. A government report, submitted to parliament at the end of September 2022, was in favour of the widespread provision of medical cannabis, but found that GPs had too little involvement in the treatment process. No issues of cannabis abuse or diversion were reported. The scheme allows up to 3,000 patients to access free cannabis products on prescription, for five approved indications. These include: refractory neuropathic pain, drug-resistant epilepsy, spasticity in multiple sclerosis (MS), cancer-related symptoms and palliative care. Nathalie Richard, director of the trial at the ANSM, told local media that there are currently 1,453 patients participating, including; 792 with refractory neuropathic pain, 215 with MS-related spasticity, 181 with drug-resistant epilepsy, 105 oncology patients, 104 receiving palliative care and 56 with spasticity in conditions other than MS. Positive clinical outcomes  While the purpose of the trial is not intended to ‘assess the effectiveness of medical cannabis,’ according to Ms Richard, the data indicates that it is having a positive effect on the symptoms of these conditions. Dr Nicolas Authier (Clermont-Ferrand) presented the first findings 12 months on from the launch of the trial. In 80% of cases, patients are prescribed CBD first, with THC introduced at the three month point.  At the beginning of the trial, 81% of patients had…

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