France is not a country known for cannabis. Most smokers there only have access to hashish, which is widely known by its slang name, shit. (Sadly, sometimes this moniker proves accurate; a recent analysis of some European hash has found it to be tainted with nasty fillers such as tar, dirt and even human feces.) However, there is a rich tradition of beautiful Moroccan and Indian hashish being smuggled into the country for hundreds if not thousands of years. In the mid-19th century, there was the famous Club des Hashischins in Paris, a secret haven where writers such as Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas and Honoré de Balzac met in private to smoke and philosophize. The French have always loved their hashish.

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