From a medical standpoint, it just comes down to how you choose to use it.
Some people are looking to get high off of marijuana. Then, there are others that don’t want to get high off of marijuana and are simply looking to get a medical benefit from it.
Every medication has a dosing range. There’s the subtherapeutic dose, where the dose is too low and it’s not really having an effect at all. Then, there’s the toxic dose, where the the dose is too high and you’re experiencing side effects. This is typically the dose that falls within recreational use. Finally, there’s the therapeutic dose where the dose is just right, and you’re getting the medical benefits without the side effects. This is typically the dose that falls within medical use.
Otherwise, there’s a legal difference between recreational and medical marijuana. And, the difference is ultimately going to lie on how your state or country in which you live defines the differences.
Specifically in the United States, states fall into 1 of 3 categories.
Those that have legalized marijuana for recreational use. In these states, there’s typically a greater tax on marijuana products that are designated for recreational use than marijuana products designated for medical use.
Then, there are states that have legalized marijuana for medical use.
Generally, in both the states that have legalized marijuana for medical and recreational use, to get access to the medical marijuana products that have been designated specifically for medical use only, you need documentation from a doctor to get access to these products.
How a product is designated as for medical use only varies according to the rules and regulations the state has in place.
And, finally there are states that still consider the possession of marijuana a criminal act.
That’s pretty much all there is to it.
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