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Is There a Difference Between Medicinal & Recreational Marijuana?

With all the changes with recreational and medicinal marijuana, we’re sure you have a question: Is there a difference between medicinal marijuana and recreational? Short answer: yes. There are a few differences between the two. We’re here to help debunk some of the questions you may have.


While marijuana is still illegal federally, both medicinally and recreationally, legality in each state varies. In states where only medicinal marijuana is legal, a medical ID card is required to purchase and possess marijuana. With that, the possession limits and at-home cultivation laws may be different in these states because states recognize that medical marijuana patients may require more cannabis than the average customer due to the severity of their medical condition.

Possession limits for recreational consumers may be smaller than those for medicinal consumers, and at-home cultivation may not be an option for recreational consumers either. Always be sure to check your state’s laws on at-home cultivation before you decide to try to grow your own buds.


Typically, medicinal marijuana contains higher levels of cannabidiol (CBD) since they don’t provide the same high effects as THC-dominant strains and is more popular among medical marijuana patients. THC is responsible for marijuana’s euphoric effects, and although these strains can be used to alleviate pain, they tend to be more popular among recreational marijuana users.

While the THC vs CBD content may be different in medicinal and recreational marijuana, that does not determine if it is medicinal and/or recreational.

Usage Purposes

Medical marijuana is used by patients for therapeutic purposes for certain medical conditions that have been recognized by their state. It is typically reserved for legal medical patients who have been diagnosed with a qualifying condition, and in some cases are adults 21 and older. Recreational marijuana is typically used by consumers for personal reasons not related to a medical condition.

Buying Experience

State regulations may require that recreational and medicinal marijuana be taxed at different rates. While it varies state by state, a lot of states tax pretty heavily on adult-use marijuana. In addition, a medicinal patient’s experience will be a little different from a recreational user’s because they’ll have gone to docs visits, filled out some paperwork, and received a medical ID card prior to going to the dispensary. In addition, those with medical IDs are able to purchase cannabis from dispensaries that are exclusively for medical marijuana patients.

Figuring out whether medical or recreational marijuana is better for you is entirely up to you! Of course, if you live in a state where you’re required to have a medical marijuana ID card to possess and consume marijuana, we can help you with some tips on how to get a medical ID card. Definitely discuss with your doctor first though.

As always, if you need happiness delivered Doobie is your go-to!

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How to get a Missouri Medical Marijuana ID Card

How to get a Missouri Medical Marijuana ID Card

Click here to apply for the Missouri Marijuana ID Card through Elevate Holistics.

Whether you are in St Louis, Kansas City or anywhere in between, applying for a Missouri Medical Marijuana card is quick and easy. You do not need to schedule an appointment and can begin immediately or come back at your convenience. You will not be billed until you are approved.

Here is how it works:

Step 1. Complete the short (30 second) medical history form. 

Your personal information is stored securely in a database that is fully in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Step 2. Provide your payment information. 

No charges will be assessed until after you meet with the doctor and are approved for a Medical Marijuana card. We have safe and secure payment processing.

Step 3. Speak with the doctor.

The doctor is extremely knowledgeable and will answer all your questions. 

Step 4. Your information is ready for you to submit to the State of Missouri.

You will receive your Missouri Medical Marijuana recommendation via email. Apply for your Missouri Medical Marijuana Patient ID by  visiting the DHAA website:

Read on to learn more about the Missouri Medical Marijuana Program:

On November 6, 2018, Missouri passed Amendment 2, which legalized medical marijuana and charged the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) with creating a regulatory framework for patient access. Missouri medical marijuana regulations enable patients with qualifying medical conditions to apply for a medical marijuana ID card to legally purchase medical marijuana. The Missouri Medical Marijuana Program has grown quickly as more patients seeking cannabis products for their medical conditions receive their Missouri Medical ID cards. As of June 2021, the DHSS has issued cards to more than 120,000 patients, 2900 caregivers, and over 26,000 cultivators. 

Applying for a Medical Marijuana ID in Missouri

Patients must first visit a licensed doctor, physician, or osteopath and obtain a physician certification. This document certifies that the patient has a qualifying medical condition for which medical marijuana could provide potential relief. The physician certification form also indicates the amount of cannabis per month a patient requires, either the standard 4 ounces or more if needed. If more than 4 ounces per month is required, a separate form must be completed. Patients younger than 18 years of age with qualifying conditions require the written consent of their parent or guardian to qualify.

Purchasing medical marijuana in Missouri

Purchasing medical marijuana in Missouri is easy and convenient with Doobie. We are a one-stop cannabis shopping platform offering an exceptional customer experience and dependable delivery. Do you have lots of experience buying weed? You will find shopping on Doobie a breeze, as you can quickly navigate the Doobie platform. All of your favorite brands and products are available – flower, pre-rolls, edibles, concentrates, beverages, tinctures, topicals, etc. 

Are you new to purchasing medical marijuana? You can feel confident in your purchases by speaking or chatting with Doobie’s expert Cannabis Consultants before you make your purchase.

Medical Marijuana & The Chemical Structure of CBD

Cannabis & Its Promising Medicinal Future

The Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, has a long history of human cultivation and use. Most ancient cultures didn’t use cannabis recreationally, but instead, realized the benefits of marijuana as herbal medicine. In some cultures, cannabis was smoked as part of religious ceremonies and special rituals. 

Today, medicinal marijuana is used all over the world, in many therapies and medical treatments. The essential elements of the cannabis Sativa plant, cannabinoids, and terpenes are currently being studied for their efficacy in helping with a variety of conditions such as pain, anxiety, and sleep disorders.

The Rise of Commercial CBD

CBD, which is the abbreviation for Cannabidiol, is one of the cannabinoid or chemical compounds found in marijuana or hemp.  Interest in CBD has grown rapidly as people are discovering that they can benefit from many of the therapeutic benefits associated with it, without any feeling of being high or stoned. The research on CBD is expanding, but there are currently few clinical studies on the effects of CBD oil. 

One particular form of childhood epilepsy called Dravet syndrome is practically impossible to control but in some cases responds to a CBD-dominant strain of marijuana called Charlotte’s Web. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta shared the story of one child’s treatment with CBD Oil containing Charlotte’s Web in the 2013 CNN documentary Weed. It is advisable to consult with a doctor or medical professional to find out if CBD is right for you.

THC & Other Cannabinoids

Beyond Cannabidiol, Marijuana has more than 100 additional active components. THC, which is an abbreviation for Tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical that gives the “high” that goes along with consuming cannabis. THC itself has proven medical benefits in particular formulations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved THC-based medications, dronabinol (Marinol®) and nabilone (Cesamet®), prescribed in pill form for the treatment of nausea in patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy and to stimulate appetite in patients with wasting syndrome due to AIDS. 

Uses of Medical Marijuana

The most common use for medical marijuana in the United States is for pain control. In particular, many sources report that it is quite effective for the chronic pain that plagues millions of Americans, especially as they age. The best part is that in many cases, Marijuana may be safer, and have fewer negative side effects than opiates. In addition, medicinal cannabis can be used instead of NSAIDs such as Advil or Aleve, for people who can’t take them due to other medical issues. Check with your doctor before replacing prescribed medications with Cannabis.

Researchers continue to study the medical benefits of marijuana. In some cases, cannabis has seen promising results in treating:

  • Acne
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Drug addiction and withdrawal
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Inflammation
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle spasms
  • Parkinson’s disease

Because cannabis can make you hungry, it’s also shown promise in treating conditions or side effects related to a loss of appetite. Medical marijuana is sometimes used as a symptom reliever, and it can make you feel better, and improve your quality of life.

Ways to Take Medicinal Marijuana

Medicinal Marijuana can be taken in a variety of form and applications. The most common include: 

  • Inhalation: vaping and smoking
  • Oral ingestion: oils, tinctures, capsules, and edibles
  • Topical: salves, balms, and patches
  • Suppositories: rectal or vaginal suppositories

Your doctor will determine the frequency of medical marijuana use. Working with a qualified cannabis clinician can help you determine the right treatment route and cannabinoid profile for you.

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Doobie Rolls Into St. Louis, Missouri

Doobie Rolls Into St. Louis, Missouri

Doobie is entering the St. Louis, Missouri market, and we wanted to provide a little history on the Missouri relationship with the cannabis plant and the latest status of cannabis legalization in the Show Me “Your Weed” State.

Cannabis Legalization History

So is marijuana legal in Missouri? Not quite. While recreational cannabis use is still illegal for residents of Missouri, the state has been making progress recently towards full cannabis legalization. In 2014, through Senate Bill 491, cannabis was decriminalized to some extent, but the bill did not take effect until January 2017. While SB 491 reduced penalties for some cannabis offenses, possession of cannabis was still treated as a misdemeanor crime. 

Also in July 2014, the Missouri Medical Marijuana Bill (House Bill 2238) was signed into law by Governor Jay Nixon. This bill legalized the use of CBD oil to treat seizures. The measure set a 4 percent tax on medical cannabis sales with proceeds earmarked for services for military veterans. This legislation “allows the Department of Agriculture to grow industrial hemp for research purposes and allows the use of hemp extract to treat certain individuals with epilepsy.” HB 2238 only allows hemp extract that contains at least 5% cannabidiol (CBD) and no more than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

In November 2018, Missouri residents made a giant step towards Missouri marijuana legalization and approved Amendment 2 to legalize the medical use of cannabis. Passing with 66% of the vote, the ballot measure allows qualified patients to purchase no less than 4 oz of cannabis per month and to grow up to six cannabis plants.

On October 17, 2020, Missouri had its first licensed sale of medical cannabis.

More recently, as reported by Marijuana Moment and Fox, Republican Representative Shamed Dogan introduced a joint resolution (HJR 30, or the Smarter and Safer Missouri Act) in December 2020, where voters in Missouri could decide in 2022 whether to legalize marijuana. The proposal would replace the existing medical cannabis law and replace it with a simpler system that would cover both patients and adult consumers. Both the House and Senate would need to approve the legislation for the legalization question to go to voters. HJR 30 would legalize marijuana for adults 21+ and establish a commercial cannabis industry, taxing legal sales at 12 percent. Regarding social equity, there is no mention in the proposal.

Drogan is proposing low tax rates to prevent Missouri residents from buying from the illicit market. “If you make that tax too high, then you still have a pretty robust black market,” Dogan said.

St Louis Cannabis Legalization History

Named after King Louis IX of France, St. Louis is referred to as the Gateway to the West. With a population of almost 300K, St. Louis is the 2nd most populous city in Missouri behind Kansas City. 

In St. Louis, there had been some earlier reductions in sentencing for crimes of cannabis. In April 2013, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen voted to allow police to cite individuals instead of arresting them for small amounts of cannabis. Cited persons would be subject to a fine and processed in municipal court versus state court. This law went into effect in June 2013. 

In February 2018, penalties were further reduced when the Board voted to set a $25 fine for possession of up to 35g of cannabis, and in April of 2021, St. Louis City Council voted to reduce the penalties for certain amounts of recreational cannabis possession (35g).  It is reduced from a fine of not more than $1,000 or one year in jail or both to a fine of not more than $100.

How To Get A Medical Marijuana Card

Getting your medical marijuana card in Missouri is a much easier process than in its neighbor, Illinois. Patients suffering from any chronic or debilitating condition for which pharmaceuticals are normally prescribed may be eligible for a medical marijuana card. The law allows patients to receive qualification through “the professional judgment of a physician,” which means a patient can get a medical card even if a doctor believes cannabis could help with an ailment that isn’t included on Missouri’s list of qualifying conditions listed below:

  • Migraines
  • Chronic pain
  • PTSD
  • Cancer
  • Terminal illnesses
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma

Also, Missouri doctors do not have to provide a long-term relationship with their patients to certify they have a qualifying condition to receive a marijuana medical card.

Patients can easily get their medical card online by visiting sites like Elevate Holistics or Heally, where for between $100-$150 for the year, patients can be certified to receive a medical card. After the online visit, the recommendation will be available within an hour for download. Patients must next register for the Missouri Medical Marijuana Program using the online Complia application portal. The Physicians Certification for Medical Cannabis Form will need to be submitted via the application portal on the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ online registry along with a $25 fee. The Missouri State Health Department will mail you a Missouri medical card in 30 days or less. 

Once fully approved by the state, patients can purchase up to 4oz of cannabis per month, and patients who register to grow have the option to grow up to 6 plants.

According to Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), as of January 2021, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported that the medical cannabis program had 100,000 patients registered, who are served by 56 approved dispensary facilities.

Doobie is partnering with Jane Dispensary in the St. Louis market, and they will be bringing their medical marijuana delivery service to several local cities and counties (including Saint Louis City, Saint Louis County, Saint Charles County, Franklin County, Jefferson County, Warren County, and Lincoln County). Getting marijuana from your favorite St. Louis dispensary just got a little bit easier.

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