Cannabis FAQs

Q: What’s the difference between THC and CBD?

A: Although THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) are both active elements found naturally in the cannabis plant, they act very differently in the body and brain. THC is the part of pot that gets you “high”. THC is psychoactive. CBD is a cannabinoid compound that is not psychoactive, so with CBD you won’t experience the same sense of euphoria or high that you feel when consuming marijuana products containing THC. Click here to learn more about CBD.


Q: Do I need a medical marijuana card or a doctor’s prescription in order to legally buy pot in Alaska?

A: No, you don’t need a medical marijuana card to buy pot in Anchorage or any other Alaska city. Unlike other states that rely on a medical card system, the state of Alaska doesn’t distinguish between medical and recreational cannabis sales. While there are companies in Alaska that do provide medical cards, they’re not actually necessary in order to legally purchase cannabis and cannabis products.


Q: Can I use marijuana products in public?

A: No. It’s illegal to use marijuana and marijuana products in public in Alaska. Marijuana can be consumed in the privacy of your home or on-premise within businesses that have a special endorsement for on-site marijuana consumption. (If you aren’t sure whether or not a business location has an on-site consumption endorsement, please ask them.)


Q: What part of the marijuana plant are you actually smoking or ingesting?

A: The greatest concentration of THC, CBD, and other active elements is actually found in the flower (or bud) of the marijuana plant. If you’ve ever heard marijuana called “bud” or “flower”, now you know why!


Q: How old do you have to be to legally use cannabis products in Alaska?

A: You have to be at least 21 years old (and show valid government-issued photo identification upon entering the dispensary) to purchase cannabis and cannabis products in Alaska.