What is the Difference Between Recreational and Medicinal Cannabis?

You may know about the differences in your retail experience when purchasing cannabis for medicinal vs. recreational reasons, but did you know that many growers specifically cultivate their plants to serve the specific needs of both types of cannabis consumers?

Recreational or Medicinal Cannabis Plant
Recreational cannabis tends to have a higher percentage of THC.

Medicinal cannabis is usually cultivated with the cannabinoid profile in mind. Growers aim to achieve a balance between THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids to highlight the anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, anti-anxiety, or other medicinal effects. Cannabis grown for medicinal reasons will generally have a lower amount of THC, but it will be high in other cannabinoids and beneficial terpenes.

Recreational cannabis is typically cultivated with the high in mind. Growers will aim to bring out crazy flavors and sky-high THC levels with the intent to elevate the consumer’s smoking experience. Recreational cannabis will most likely not contain significant levels of other cannabinoids like CBD, CBN, or CBG. Recreational cannabis will also be cultivated to taste sweet, fruity, tropical, or pungently gassy with a strong nose and full flavor profile that will make the experience of smoking this bud as psychedelic as the high.

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