Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is a plant that has been used for centuries for medicinal and recreational purposes. In recent years, the legalization of marijuana for both medical and recreational use has become a hotly debated topic around the world. While some people believe that medical marijuana and recreational marijuana are the same thing, there are actually significant differences between the two.
What Is Medical Marijuana?
Medical marijuana is a term used to describe the use of the marijuana plant or its derivatives to treat symptoms of a medical condition. It is typically prescribed by a licensed healthcare provider and is used to help manage symptoms such as pain, nausea, seizures, and anxiety. Medical marijuana is regulated by state laws and requires a recommendation from a licensed healthcare provider to obtain.
What Is Recreational Marijuana?
Recreational marijuana, on the other hand, is used for non-medical purposes and is typically consumed to achieve a desired high or sense of relaxation. It is also regulated by state laws and can only be obtained by individuals over the age of 21 in states where it is legal.
What’s The Difference?
One of the key differences between medical and recreational marijuana is the level of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, in the product. THC is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that produces the “high” that users experience. Medical marijuana products typically have lower levels of THC than recreational products. This is because medical marijuana is meant to treat symptoms rather than produce a recreational high.
Another difference between medical and recreational marijuana is the way in which it is consumed. Medical marijuana is typically consumed through methods such as vaporization, edibles, tinctures, and capsules. These methods allow for precise dosing and can provide longer-lasting relief of symptoms. Recreational marijuana is often consumed through smoking, which can produce a quick onset of the desired high but can also be harmful to the lungs.
The legal status of medical and recreational marijuana also differs. While both are legal in some states, medical marijuana is legal in more states than recreational marijuana, including Florida. This is because medical marijuana has been shown to have therapeutic benefits for a range of medical conditions, and many states have passed laws allowing its use for medical purposes. Recreational marijuana, on the other hand, is still a topic of debate and is not legal in all states.
While medical and recreational marijuana both come from the same plant, there are significant differences between the two. Medical marijuana is used to treat symptoms of a medical condition and is typically prescribed by a licensed healthcare provider. It has lower levels of THC and is consumed through methods such as vaporization, edibles, and tinctures. Recreational marijuana, on the other hand, is used for non-medical purposes and is typically consumed through smoking. It has higher levels of THC and is only legal in some states. Understanding these differences is important for individuals who are considering using marijuana for either medical or recreational purposes. Interested in learning more, or believe medical marijuana could be useful for you and your condition? Contact us today either online or give us a call at 561-270-4040.