Medical vs. Recreational Marijuana

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You can’t easily separate the medical and recreational use of marijuana. As the world’s most popular recreational drug, stoners love the benefits it brings. But long before people used it like that, the medical field understood the wide range of health benefits the drug could bring.

Today, the controversy surrounding the issue and varying legal statuses across the country causes confusion for many. What is the difference? Is there even a difference?

Ultimately, it’s marijuana whether you get it from your doctor or your dealer.

But you can find a few differences between the two in terms of quality, purpose and legality. Let’s take a few moments to discuss the key differences between medical and recreational marijuana.

Quality Control

When you purchase medical marijuana, you can trust you’ll receive a high, consistent quality with every purchase. The medical field has standardized requirements when it comes to the plant’s growth, which helps produce a high-quality product.

Recreational purchases do not abide by those same standards. Your dealer may or may not abide by a quality code for the weed they sell. And you probably won’t receive consistent quality from one batch to the next. And it could get laced with other drugs or cut from other products like vegetation and herbs.

Pursued Outcome

Theoretically, a person receiving medical marijuana doesn’t just want to get high. They have some sort of pain or illness that drives their desire to receive the drug. Because of the several health benefits, a patient could receive relief from a variety of symptoms all at once. Although getting high may serve as an added benefit, medical marijuana users have other things on their mind as well.

On the flip side, recreational users have a very different outcome in mind. Whether you’re at a party, trying to brainstorm a new idea or just hanging out at home, one this is certain: you want to get high. Marijuana gives an altered state of consciousness and a whole new perspective. Recreational users will find stronger, more potent versions of the drug to achieve the desire effect.


As it stands, you can legally acquire medical marijuana in twenty-three states. Meanwhile, five places: Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Washington D.C and Alaska, legalized recreational marijuana. In addition to these five, ten other states are taking legalized recreational use under consideration.

The marijuana industry’s growth will continue to skyrocket in the coming years. Although the drug is illegal at the federal level, the future is bright for medical and recreational users alike.

Smokers Unite!

Whether you refer to her as marijuana, cannabis or weed, statistics reveal her popularity among the population. She will continue to grow across the world and serve both the medical and recreational users alike.

So, just keep on keepin’ on!