Because state laws treat them so differently, the cannabis industry often
makes a clear distinction between “medical” and “recreational” users. But the two categories may actually have a lot of overlap, a new study has found.

People who buy cannabis at legal “recreational” dispensaries may actually be using it for health reasons — for example, to sleep better or treat pain. That’s based on research by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and the University of Miami in Florida, which surveyed 1,000 customers in Colorado.

A majority of these customers reported using cannabis to replace prescription or over-the-counter medications, the researchers found.