A Brief on Recreational and Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Marijuana is a medicinal plant that has many benefits for certain medical conditions and diseases. The plant can be processed in many different ways to include flower (buds), oils, concentrates, edibles, creams, and many more items. The marijuana plant contains over 100 known chemicals. These are called cannabinoids. This is what creates the different feelings of euphoria and works on certain body systems.

What are the two most famous cannabinoids commonly found in weed and how do they differ?

The two main cannabinoids in the cannabis plant are Tetrahydrocannabinol, THC and Cannabidiol, CBD. THC creates the psychoactive effect which produces a high like feeling. CBD doesn’t have a psychoactive effect but rather works on different body systems to produce a medicinal benefit. The marijuana plant contains both THC and CBD, but you can extract CBD solely out of the plant in order to avoid THC. This is great for people that are children or seizure patients.

With so many states legalizing recreational or medical marijuana it can be intimidating going to your first doctor or dispensary visit. You may have a lot of questions. Luckily most of the people in the marijuana industry are here to help everybody. A good bud tender or doctor can answer basic to advance questions about the topic. The first thing you will need to know is the laws in the state you are seeking cannabis in.

What are the differences between visiting a recreational cannabis dispensary versus a medical marijuana dispensary?

There are many differences between medical and recreational marijuana. Medical marijuana is under the recommendation from a physician, where as recreational marijuana applies to those who are 21 years and older. This means you do not need a recommendation from a doctor in recreational marijuana states. Each state has different laws for marijuana. Some states have both recreational and medical marijuana, others strictly have medical marijuana, and some states do not allow marijuana or even its CBD derivative. On a federal level it is illegal by both the DEA and FDA.

Recreational marijuana dispensary is allowed without a medical validation. All though most people would think recreational is all about getting “high,” it is not. For some simply the lack of needing a yearly doctor visit and possible registration with the state for medical marijuana makes recreational appealing. Some of costs associated with medical marijuana compared to recreational, before entering the dispensary can be upwards of $200-$500.

What are the main species of cannabis and how do these different types of weed differ?

Most dispensaries will offer a wide variety of buds and products with different THC contents. There are also 3 types of marijuana breeds. These are indica, sativa, and hybrid. Indica is great for those seeking a more heavy high, where as sativa is great for those wanting relief without the heavy high affect. A hybrid is a mix between the two. A bud tender should be able to point you in the right direction for your needs.

Recreational and Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Most dispensaries will offer a wide variety of buds and products with different THC contents. There are also 3 types of marijuana breeds. These are indica, sativa, and hybrid. Indica is great for those seeking a more heavy high, where as sativa is great for those wanting relief without the heavy high affect. A hybrid is a mix between the two. A bud tender should be able to point you in the right direction for your needs.

What do I need to be able to visit a medical cannabis dispensary?

With medical marijuana you will need a recommendation by a licensed physician. Most medical marijuana physicians are not associated with main stream doctors. You will not go to your local hospital or clinic to get a recommendation, but rather a doctor who specializes in medical marijuana. The recommendation will have to be for a qualifying condition such as nausea, chronic pain, seizures, anxiety disorders, and lots of other ailments. Each state has different qualifying conditions, so check with your state or medical marijuana doctor. Some states will have you register with them before getting the ok on going to the dispensary. Other states the recommendation and valid ID is all you will need. Several states or medical marijuana dispensaries will only allow licenses in the state in which you are in, check the laws or dispensary first.

There tends to be a greater limit on the amount of weed one can have in possession or grow compared to recreational marijuana. This is why some people choose to keep their medical marijuana card in recreational states. Medical marijuana can also allow for bigger grow limits; whereas recreational will have lower amount of plants or not have an option at all. The main differences between medical and recreational marijuana are the recommendations, possession, and grow limits.

How do age limits differ among recreational marijuana dispensaries and medical cannabis dispensaries?

Medical marijuana will be only sold to those of 18 years of age and up. Therefore minors using medical marijuana cards must be purchased by the parent or caregiver. Some states allow for minors to get a medical marijuana card but this varies from state, so be sure to research the laws.

 Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

With recreational marijuana you will need to be over 21 to purchase. A valid ID will confirm your age and must be brought to the dispensary every single time you go. In some states, you can also possess and grow if you’re over the age of 21. Some states do not allow for recreational grow in which you will want to research the laws before doing so. The dispensaries will let you know what the legal limits of recreational marijuana are which are generally allowed per day.

There will be both recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries along with solo recreational or medical only dispensaries. You can only buy marijuana from a regulated dispensary for both medical and recreational. So your friend selling you weed out of his house, is not allowed in any state medically or recreational. This will be considered an illegal transaction on a state and federal level.

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