“Leisure” versus “medical” marijuana


In the past, the term “recreational marijuana” was generally used to denote the illicit use of cannabis for high purposes. Nowadays, patients can use cannabis to treat specific diagnoses and diseases under the guidance of a doctor. They are given a medical marijuana card (because doctors nationwide are banned from writing a prescription for it), and their treatment with cannabis is called “medical marijuana.” Later, marijuana also became legal for “recreational use” in states like Colorado, which meant patients could legally buy it but didn’t need a doctor’s marijuana card approval. This recreational use has been seen as the purpose of obtaining high level non-medical treatment, just as alcohol can be used to get drunk.

These two categories of marijuana can be confused and incorrectly categorized. For example, patients given medical marijuana cards can use marijuana to get high. Alternatively, patients who buy marijuana illegally on the street can use it to self-medicate their pain or anxiety. The interesting thing about marijuana is that the high it produces doesn’t exactly feel good. In fact, it can feel uncomfortable and cause paranoia and rapid heartbeat (palpitations). Still, many patients appreciate the high because it helps reduce anxiety and stress. It is also widely used to induce sleep and provide a good night’s sleep. It is for this reason that most cannabis is actually used as medicine, even if it is traditionally considered a recreational drug.

Prices may vary in states that have legalized recreational and medicinal marijuana. Because of this, patients often see a doctor for a medical marijuana card. This gives them access to medical marijuana (the quality of which is usually similar to recreational marijuana) at lower prices than the alternative. That saves the patient a lot of money. The cost of a doctor’s appointment is far less than the cost of getting a marijuana card.


Beth Edmonds