Recreational and Medical Marijuana: Is There a Difference?

These days, more and more countries are approving the use of marijuana for medical use. And, for many marijuana users, this seems to be good news. However, not a lot of these people may know that there’s a huge difference between the marijuana that is used therapeutically against the marijuana that is being recreationally used in almost all parts of the world.

So, what really is the difference between medical marijuana and recreational marijuana? Let’s take a closer look.

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What is Medical Marijuana?

First of all, marijuana is composed of over 500 different chemicals that are known as cannabinoids. Each of these chemicals have different effects on your body. However, for the medicinal application of marijuana, there are two main chemicals that are involved:

  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is a compound in marijuana that is responsible for its psychoactive effects, the one that produces the so-called “high.”
  • Cannabidiol (CBD). This is a substance that has more therapeutic benefits but is not involved in producing any “high” or psychoactive effect.

Medical marijuana has a higher CBD content, so that when you take marijuana medicinally, you don’t really feel the high associated with it.

The cannabinoids in medical marijuana have many medicinal benefits, including alleviating pain and improving your mood.

Medical marijuana is used for the following:

  • appetite loss
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Cancer
  • Eating Disorders
  • Mental Health Conditions
  • Glaucoma
  • Muscle spasms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pain
  • Nausea relief

What is Recreational Marijuana?

Recreational marijuana, also more commonly known as pot or weed, is the one used without any medicinal or therapeutic justification. This is usually available with a higher THC content than its medicinal counterpart.

The THC in recreational marijuana is more prone to many negative side effects, such as anxiety, psychosis, and increased schizophrenic symptoms for those with schizophrenia.

You  may read up on the dangers of recreational marijuana in this blog.


If you or someone you know may be suffering from addiction to  marijuana or weed, seek help. Get in touch with us at 09175098826.

 

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