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All you need to know: Medical vs Non-medical cannabis 1

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, weed or pot, is a psychoactive drug from the cannabis plant. With its origin in Central and South Asia, cannabis has been used for recreational and medical purposes for centuries. 

Cannabis contains THC, the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis and one of at least 113 total cannabinoids identified on the plant. In other words, THC is the chemical compound found in a marijuana plant that gives you a sense of euphoria and causes psychoactive effects, affecting people’s moods and behaviour. 

Cannabis also contains CBD, which is mainly known for its therapeutic use. CBD doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The usual CBD formulation is oil, but it is also sold as an extract, a vaporized liquid and an oil-based capsule. Food, drinks and beauty products are among the many CBD-infused products available online. If you want more detailed information, read this article on the differences between CBD & THC.

Medical and recreational cannabis are the two categories of legal cannabis in Canada. In this article, we will indicate the difference between medical vs non – medical cannabis, how people use recreational cannabis besides getting high, the difference between THC & CBD levels in medicinal and recreation

What is Medical Cannabis?

Medical marijuana uses the marijuana plant or chemicals to treat medical conditions such as cancer, chronic disease, insomnia, depression, muscle spasms, etc. 

Medical marijuana can be consumed in many different ways. You can either smoke it, inhale it through a vape pen, eat it in the form of gummies or chocolates, apply it to your skin, or even place a few drops of a liquid under your tongue. How you decide to consume medical marijuana depends on your preferences; however, something to keep in mind is that the effect is different for each method. For example, if you smoke or vape medical marijuana, you might feel the effects very quickly; if you eat it, the effects might take longer, from 1- 2 hours.

What is Non-Medical Cannabis?

Non-medical cannabis, or recreational marijuana, is for 21+year-old people who are interested in experiencing mind-altering effects, such as the feeling of joy, relaxation and increased appetite. Recreational marijuana contains high levels of THC, and same as medical cannabis, it can be consumed in different ways, such as smoking, vaping, edibles and topicals.

How Do People Use Recreational Cannabis (Besides Getting High)?

Cannabis users are often portrayed as unmotivated, lazy “stoners.” However, recent research has demonstrated that most people use cannabis as a rational choice to enhance their quality of life, from their mental health to their spiritual well-being. Researchers also find that responsible cannabis use can be correlated with healthier life choices. Marijuana can be an effective substitute for alcohol, improve sexual enjoyment, and be used for spiritual practice. 

The social factor contributes a lot to recreational cannabis. People often use cannabis for specific activities and occasions, making them more enjoyable. Cannabis consumers have reported that marijuana helps them enjoy socializing, watching movies, playing sports, etc. Find out how marijuana can improve your social skills.

Difference in THC/CBD Levels in Medicinal and Recreational Cannabis

There are more than 100 active compounds in a marijuana plant called cannabinoids. The most common ones are THC & CBD. As previously mentioned, THC is the primary mind-altering chemical compound found in a marijuana plant that gives people a “high” or “euphoric” feeling. CBD is not intoxicating but does have medical or therapeutic uses. 

It is believed that both recreational cannabis is high in THC and low in CBD. Most smokable cannabis products have more than 15% THC and minimal amounts of CBD, so if you’re buying cannabis for either medical or non-medical reasons, you will likely find many high-THC products. Something to keep in mind is to start with a low dose and then work your way up, as cannabis affects everyone differently depending on factors such as age, weight, gender and the quantity and strength of the weed strain you choose.

Difference in THC/CBD Levels in Medicinal and Recreational Cannabis

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