Medical marijuana refers to the use of marijuana for to treat a disease, condition or symptoms. Medical marijuana has gained popularity in the US since the latter half of the 1990’s, when voters in 8 states showed support for marijuana prescriptions and/or doctor recommendations.
Currently, 23 states and Washington DC have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana, with several other states enacting “cannabidiol bills”, which allow for low THC and high CBD medical marijuana prescriptions.
Keep in mind medical marijuana and recreational marijuana are not physically different plants, although some varieties of marijuana may be more popular amongst medical users than recreational users, and vice versa.
Standard medical marijuana strains vary in their cannabinoid content, but consistently contain THC levels between 10% and 30%. CBD and other cannabinoids may also be present in significant quantities.
Medical Marijuana Indications
Each medical marijuana state law includes specific indications for which medical marijuana may be prescribed. Common conditions include nausea and vomiting, cancer, dementia, diabetes, epilepsy, glaucoma, tourette’s syndrome, pain, HIV/AIDS, neurological problems and more.
In states where medical marijuana is legal, the products are purchased by consumers through dispensaries, as well as through delivery services, to consumers who have the required authorization from a doctor.
Medical marijuana products are available in a variety of forms, and are most popularly purchased as smokable marijuana flowering buds. Additionally, vaporizers have gained significant popularity because of the perception that smoking has unhealthy side effects that are avoided when vaporizing. Other popular medical marijuana products include pills, liquid extracts, edibles and topical creams.
The Difference between Medical Marijuana and CBD Hemp Oil
Some strains of medical marijuana can be bred for high CBD content and significantly lower THC content. These strains can then be processed into the same varieties of products as regular medical marijuana. However, these products are still illegal in states where medical marijuana (and cannabidiol from marijuana) are illegal, because they are derived from marijuana.
CBD hemp oil, on the other hand, is legal in all 50 states as it is derived from industrial hemp.