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Medical vs. Recreational Marijuana

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Understanding Medical vs. Recreational Marijuana

At Strains Dispensary in Perris, CA, we take the stance that cannabis will always be a plant regardless of its medical or recreational consumption. The only real difference between medical and recreational marijuana is the reason for its use or application, how it is regulated. 

It is important to remember that we are discussing a plant with wildly broad usefulness in medical and recreational applications. The same cannabis strain that might be effective for medical patients can also be effective for recreational users. 

The only real difference between medical and recreational marijuana are the quality assurance standards guiding the growth and sale. Medical-grade cannabis undergoes stricter regulatory controls that can improve its quality. It is often tested to confirm its potency before being sold. Recreational marijuana is also regulated but usually less essentially. This does not mean it is less safe or effective!

 

Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana is marijuana used for medicinal purposes, such as reducing nausea among cancer patients, anxiety, and depression.  Although there is a growing interest in studying specific cannabinoids for efficacy treating specific medical conditions and disease, the medical field often lacks research in terms of making a medical prescription. An example of this is the general recommendation that medical users ideally use a higher-CBD marijuana strain; however, there is also growing evidence that cancer patients might benefit from a high-THC strain or one with a 1:1 CBD to THC ratio. 

We believe that one-day specific cannabinoids will be prescribed for particular diseases; however, at this point in progress, medical marijuana is best defined as high-quality marijuana that has passed regulatory scrutiny and is being used by medical patients for a diagnosed ailment. 

 

Recreational Marijuana

Recreational marijuana is marijuana consumed by recreational users as the plant remains the same no matter who is using it. 

Recreational marijuana is not subjected to the same strict standards as medical marijuana, which often leads consumers to believe it has reduced quality, although this isn’t true in most cases! The legality of both vary you can learn more about that here. If you’re interested in the highest-quality recreational marijuana, we will point you toward our award-winning, state-compliant, and chemical-free marijuana products. 

 
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