Marijuana has been around for quite a while. Even though marijuana is just now starting to become legal in more states than it is illegal to purchase, the substance itself has been in the United States for many years. There is even historical evidence that suggests that it was used as far back as 2737 in ancient China. Even though cannabis is nothing new as far as nature is concerned, it is still something that the general public is still learning about.
Recreational marijuana is just starting to gain a foothold in the United States, and with that a desire for more information, for more knowledge is spreading. People can purchase marijuana at a dispensary for recreational as well as medical use, but many do not quite understand what the difference is between the two. So let’s examine and demystify the differences here.
There is a lot more that separates medical marijuana from recreational marijuana other than just the label. Of course there is a difference in intention behind the consumption of it: some people are using it to treat symptoms of an illness while many others are using it to get high. However, there are many forms of medical marijuana that do not contain the psychoactive chemical THC, which is what causes the feeling of euphoria in marijuana. This type of cannabis is often higher in a different chemical, called cannabidoil. This can help relieve symptoms in patients without the stereotypical high that is often associated with marijuana. It is in this form that medical marijuana can be administered to children or people with seizure disorders or even schizophrenia.
There are also many legal differences between medical marijuana and recreational. Many states have chosen to legalize the use of medical marijuana while keeping its recreational use illegal. This means that a person has to have a prescription given to them by a doctor in order to be able to legally purchase and use it. In states where both recreational and medical are legal, there are often differences in the tax rates that are administered to purchases, with less or no tax being added onto sales of medical cannabis. For a patient that is seeking treatment, the price tag is also better as medical cannabis can be cheaper and is often able to be purchased in larger quantities.
While this often tends to be the speculation of the consumer, many people believe that medical marijuana plant strains are much more intense than recreational. In some cases this may be true, but it is important to remember that many people that are purchasing medical cannabis are opting for strains with very low amounts of THC which means that they are not experiencing the same kind of body high that a recreational user is getting.
While many people will gravitate towards one kind of cannabis versus the other, at the end of the day there are more similarities than differences between the two types. Each option also has a multitude of different strains that you can choose from in order to find your perfect high.