Over the last decade, the legalization of marijuana has increased in states all throughout America. Although there has been controversy over the subject, new laws are being passed and access to the plant is now greater than it has ever been.

Because of this increased awareness, the discussion around marijuana has become more sophisticated. For example, many wonder what are the similarities and differences between recreational and medical marijuana.

The most debated dialogue appears to be medical versus recreational potency. There are a few differences between the two types of cannabis. However, the potency and experience generally depend on the user’s needs and situation.

Medical marijuana was first approved for use in the early 2000s, and since then, recreational use has also been legalized in several states.

One of the most striking differences in the two markets is pricing. For recreational users, a trip to a marijuana dispensary will likely include tax on whatever form of cannabis they purchase. Someone visiting a medical dispensary may have a slightly different experience. Since the cannabis is used for medical purposes and deemed as medicine, there may not be tax added to the patient’s purchase.

Beyond tax, a heavily debated topic is medical versus recreational potency. Many consumers of each market may claim that their market has a stronger product, but there is more to it. For medical users, marijuana is used to treat ailments, so the focus is concentrated on CBD content, in addition to THC. This results in medical users being able to target specific uses for the plant.

For recreational users, the goal is generally to get a cannabis product with high THC content. Most users in this market desire a euphoric sensation that comes from higher THC marijuana.

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