4 reasons you shouldn’t self-medicate with recreational marijuana

4 reasons you shouldn’t self-medicate with recreational marijuana
Tara Owen

Self-medicating is risky and inefficientThere are over 1000 different strains of cannabis and over 100 different terpenes within the cannabis plant – all of them have different effects. It’s very likely that only some strains will help with your medical condition. In fact, depending on the condition being treated, some strains could actually make your medical condition worse.Choosing the right strain is just the beginning, only an experienced medical professional can prescribe the appropriate dosage for you.

CBD won’t be prioritized in recreational marketOne of the most important components of medical cannabis treatment is cannabidiol (CBD). CBD has been used in medicine by the Chinese for well over 1000 years, and before prohibition was also prescribed by doctors to alleviate common ailments. This cannabinoid is currently used to help treat a multitude of conditions such as depression, anxiety chronic pain, PTSD, and more.

Because CBD is non-psychoactive (i.e. you don’t get high from consuming), it will have little utility in the recreational marijuana market. Accessing pure CBD with no THC will also not be possible through recreational marijuana stores.

Medical marijuana can be claimed on your taxes

Medicinal cannabis is tax deductible when purchased from a licensed producer, where recreational cannabis is not.

Consumption in public

You can consume your medical cannabis in public with a valid prescription. The laws will vary across provinces, but some recreational users will be confined to consuming marijuana in their homes and can face an initial fine up to $1000 for consuming in public and up to $5000 for subsequent offences.

Have questions about medical cannabis? We’re here to help. Call us at 1-844-852-0020 or email info@mftgroup.ca.


Tara Owen

Tara Owen has been a cannabinoid therapy educator with Marijuana for Trauma since February 2018. Tara comes from a background in geriatric nursing for the past 5 years. She is a Licensed Practical Nurse.

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