A pizzaïolo in Lille (Hauts-de-France) has created the city’s first ever legal pizza dough made with cannabis.Claudio Nigro, chef at the VIP Pizzeria in Saint-André, has managed to keep the meal legal by using hemp flour, purchased from a local organic food shop, rather than leaves or oil of cannabis itself.Hemp, which originally comes from the cannabis plant and has the botanical name of “Cannabis Sativa L”, is legal in France.
I started with bran, then rye, and then recently I’ve put in hemp. It is just like any other flour [but] has an added nutty taste
It contains less than 0.2% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive element in cannabis that causes users to become “high”.
Despite this, orders for the pizzas have risen by 30% since the new flour’s introduction, and have even attracted a visit from four local police officers keen to check out the legality of the new dish.Chef Mr Nigro said: “They came to check that everything was legal. In France, we are still at the stage where this sort of thing makes people scared. It’s like I’ve offended a religion. But there is nothing extraordinary about it. I know that in ten years, this will be normal. I want to be a trailblazer in this area.” [ . . . ]
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