What is the difference between medical and recreational cannabis?
Licensed medical cannabis producers and most of the recreational cannabis producers are authorized and regulated under federal and provincial laws to produce cannabis products.
They must adhere to rigorous production, safety, quality, security, testing and monitoring standards.
Here are some key differences between medical cannabis and recreational cannabis:
- Medical cannabis is prescribed by a health care practitioner; recreational cannabis is not.
- Medical cannabis has dosing and monitoring that is led by healthcare practitioners; recreational cannabis does not.
- Medical cannabis is obtained through a federally-regulated process; recreational cannabis can be obtained through a provincially-licensed retailer, amongst others.
Your pharmacist is an unbiased source of information who knows you and your health. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions on cannabis, its potential impacts on your health or how it can interact with your current medication.
The information contained in this article is based on the research and studies available at the time of its publication (October 17th, 2018).
The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide complete information on the subject matter or to replace the advice of a health professional. This information does not constitute medical consultation, diagnosis or opinion and should not be interpreted as such. Please consult your health care provider if you have any questions about your health, medications or treatment.