All the different kinds of marijuana could leave a person confused. So is there a difference between recreational and medical marijuana, and if so what are they? This article explores the solid, as well as the blurry lines that separate the two most popular ways to use cannabis.
Wherever in the world we have seen laws changing in favour of marijuana, we see it doing so with medical marijuana in mind (although many of us go on using it recreationally). As the marijuana industry continues to grow, so, too, do the different varieties, strains and uses for it. In fact, there are numerous differences between medical marijuana and recreational marijuana. Even within the medical marijuana industry, other branches of the cannabis kingdom have sprouted.
The more popular weed becomes, the blurrier the line gets between what exactly medical marijuana and recreational marijuana is. And there are probably people out there using medical marijuana recreationally. Everything lies in the intention with which it is being used, and when you’re clear on that you can be really clear about which kind of weed you’re choosing to use!
The most popular recreational drug worldwide
Marijuana has been listed as the most popular recreational drug worldwide for a long time, although it’s earliest uses date back to medicinal use. Human beings have always loved using weed, whether for fun, for medicine or even for religious and spiritual purposes. Ultimately, until the legalization of weed, there was no real avenue through which to experiment with different medical strains. As a result, this global revolution towards marijuana legalization has given more people around the world a better understanding of what they buy before they use it.
This opens doors for all kinds of marijuana enthusiasts – whether they have realized the medicinal benefits or not. So when we talk about medical marijuana, we are usually talking about different strains and different methods of administration. The choice lies entirely with the user as to whether they use marijuana medically or recreationally.
The most revolutionary products to arise out of the medical cannabis industry are those containing extremely low THC content, and a much higher CBD content. Marijuana strains are normally rich in THC, which is responsible for the cerebral high or the stoned effect that weed gives. Although it contains a lot of medicinal properties, there are other cannabinoids in marijuana that also provide medicinal benefits. That other main cannabinoid is called CBD, which contrary to THC, does not give a psychoactive effect. This means that CBD products can be used by all people (including elderly and children) to treat a wide range of medical ailments, without frying the brain. For example, CBD oil is a CBD rich concentrate taken from either the hemp or marijuana plant, and is often used as a medical treatment for younger children for whom marijuana containing THC is not appropriate.
A lot of the medical marijuana strains are high CBD strains, and err on the very low THC side. This definitely puts a spin on the anti-weed campaign that medical marijuana is a way stoners can justify using weed. It doesn’t get you high – it just cures your epilepsy, or your PTSD, or your loss of appetite. CBD-containing marijuana products make it an incredibly accessible medicine for people of all ages and walks of life. These products also take the stigma out of what is generally associated with marijuana use, because the stoner stereotype gets eliminated.
Different ways to take weed
The oldest, and still most popular way to use marijuana is to smoke it. When we were still wearing plants as underwear, and didn’t have all of the magnificent tools we have today, all we had was a bud and a leaf to roll up in. People still use medical marijuana by smoking it, although it’s not the recommended way to use cannabis if it is being used medically.
Because of the risks involved with combusting and inhaling the fumes of anything, smoking isn’t recommended for medical marijuana use. It is widely more accepted that a medical marijuana patient will indulge in edibles, oils, tinctures or vaporizers. What is being treated usually plays a role in deciding the method of ingestion, too. Having said that, recreational marijuana users are also taking advantage of edible and drinkable weed.
Is everybody using medical cannabis?
The undeniable truth is that marijuana has medicinal benefits, which arguably means that everybody out there is using medical cannabis. Marijuana is a medicinal plant! So even recreational users are getting the benefits of medicinal marijuana, even if they don’t know it! There’s really no way to take the medicinal properties out of marijuana, and that is why it has made its spectacular return through the medical industry. The trick is to use responsibly!