We’ve seen a lot of progress in an effort to express the idea of cannabis being something positive to a wider range of public in the past few years.
It is important to patiently wear down the stigma that has been pestering cannabis for a very long time. If nothing, people should at least get more educated on what cannabis actually is, what it can be used for, and learn more about positive effects and experiences rather than focus exclusively on the negative ones.
In this article, we’ll explain the difference between the two ways of legally consuming marijuana in some states, and different effects marijuana has on users.
You can acquire it for medical or recreational purposes in many states, in legal dispensaries like People’s OC in California.
Before venturing further you need to check your current state’s laws on marijuana and get informed where and how you can consume. For example, California has come as far as to completely legalize it, both for recreational and medical purposes and you can buy and have certain amounts in your possession from recreational and medical marijuana stores in California as long as you are 18 or older.
Compounds of marijuana
Before we talk about the difference between recreational and medical marijuana we need to mention what they have in common. The plant consists of plenty of different mixtures, but the key compound we need to consider are cannabinoids which directly affect receptors in the body when consumed and therefore produce the wanted effect.
The main two cannabinoids that interest us are THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) which has a psychoactive effect and is reserved for recreational use, and CBD (Cannabidiol) with therapeutic properties used for medical purposes. Both medical and recreational contain THC and CBD, but in different amounts, and it is up to you to pick the kind that suits you best.
This comparison translates well to a type of plant you want to consummate. Indica consists primarily of CBD and is preferred more by people who want to use it for medical purposes, meaning it affects your body, helps relax muscles and alleviate physical and mental stress.
Sativa is reserved more for recreational users as it is rich on THC and affects your brain directly to get you to the state of being high and experience a slight euphoria.
The CBD component in medical marijuana is used for treating different conditions ranging from physical pain to stress relief. The lack of THC or a small traces of it in medical marijuana makes it a perfect remedy to make you feel good, but without a psychoactive element that gets you high. This way you can function normally after the consumption without having any unwanted side effects.
Medicinal marijuana is used to treat pain, nausea, cancer, spasms, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Chron’s disease, loss of appetite, etc.
The important thing to note is that in order to acquire medicinal marijuana you need to get a recommendation for your condition by a doctor, and this recommendation needs to be renewed on a regular basis.
As mentioned above, recreational marijuana contains far more THC cannabinoids which provide the feeling of high.
As the name suggests, it is used recreationally to get your mind and body in that special state oh high rather than medicinal treatment of various physical conditions.
It is considered that the increased amount of THC helps people get a better sleep in comparison to CBD (more present in medical marijuana) which is intended for a more awake experience.
Another difference is that you don’t need a doctor’s recommendation in order to purchase recreational weed, you only need to be over 18. However, you should definitely double check what the laws regarding recreational marijuana are in your state.
Since the laws vary from state to state, the same rules mentioned in this article might not apply to your state, which could get you in trouble.