I’ve experienced debilitating back pain off and on for over a decade. When the pain gets bad enough, I alternate between taking Aleve and Norco, an opioid which was prescribed for me by an orthopedic surgeon.
Norco makes me feel like I’m floating on a lovely white cloud. I completely understand why people get hooked.
I’m not crazy about taking either Aleve or Norco, but as I said, sometimes I do. But lately, I’ve been hearing more and more about the benefits of medical marijuana, or cannabis, as many call it.
Since the Illinois Department of Public Health refers to medical marijuana as medical cannabis, I’m going to do the same from here on out.
I’m no expert about medical cannabis. But I talked to someone who is: Leslie Kahn, a cannabis activist and writer. In full disclosure, Leslie is also a friend and a fellow blogger.
If you live in Illinois and are also thinking about giving medical cannabis a try, after you read this blog post, you may want to bookmark it for future reference. Also, be sure to read Leslie’s blog. It’s a treasure trove of cannabis information.
Below you’ll find answers to some basic questions about medical cannabis. In fact, think of this post as a sort of Medical Cannabis for Dummies. The information was culled mainly from discussions with Leslie and Kirsten Velasco from Illinois Women in Cannabis as well as the Illinois Department of Public Health website.
The information is current as of today. Things may change in the months and years ahead, especially if JB Pritzker is elected governor.
1. How do I qualify to purchase medical cannabis in Illinois? You must be diagnosed with one of 41 medical conditions such as Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis or Rheumatoid Arthritis to purchase medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary.