If you've been considering getting a medical marijuana recommendation from a physician, you may be wondering about the difference between medical and recreational marijuana.
When people speak about medical marijuana, they're talking about using the whole unprocessed plant or the chemicals contained within it to alleviate the symptoms of certain conditions or diseases. It’s important to note that the FDA does not approve or recognize the plant as a medicine.
The marijuana plant is comprised of over 100 chemicals, known as cannabinoids, with each of these having different effects on your body. The two main chemicals used in the medicinal application of marijuana are Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC and Cannabidiol, or CBD ; the former produces the "high" and the latter does not produce any psychoactive effects.
However, just because medical cannabis is high in CBD, this doesn't necessarily mean it's low in THC. Why is that? THC in conjunction with other cannabinoids has shown to help people deal with mental and physical ailments.