Differences between recreational and medical marijuana

What is the difference between medical and commercial pot?
Claire E,
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The difference is not necessarily in the marijuana or the way that it is grown, but in how it is used. Recreational marijuana users are looking for novel states of consciousness that are pleasant and interesting. Connoisseurs seek different highs for different circumstances and to create different moods.

Medical marijuana users seek varieties that either modify conditions such as nausea or glaucoma, or act as analgesics or as pain separators. People who use it for psychological reasons look for qualities that relieve their gnawing symptoms.

Often, patients seek milder varieties than recreational users, since they aren’t interested in the same type of potency. They may prefer a variety that is potent in its treatment of their symptoms but delivers a milder psychoactive experience.

Eventually, researchers will find overlap between the recreational and medical qualities but specific varieties will be developed for various medical symptoms.

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  17. shmeebs on

    its depends on the weed some are a head high witch will realeave the head ache others cause body highs. i would recamend a more legal substance called black momba its a spice that is laced with synthetic thc and it is known for releaving head aches and is less harsh then weed to smoke

  18. david on

    Hi – thanks for posting this.

    My wife suffers from chronic head ache due to a botched spinal tap – we would like to test the effects of marijuana.
    Can we assume that if the recreational marijuana relieves her pain that the medicinal marijuana would do the same ?
    Is the “active ingredient” the same ?

    Thanks – david