Illinois is one of the 33 U.S. states that have legalized medical marijuana for patients with severe or debilitating health conditions who wish to pursue alternative treatment. Though not a lot of research has been done at the federal level with regard to the benefits of medical marijuana and CBD oil, more than a million patients nationwide have found relief with medical cannabis. What’s amazing about this is that people of all walks of life have been able to manage their pain and alleviate symptoms of a number of different health conditions, from cancer and HIV/AIDS to multiple sclerosis, seizures, and more.
At Medical Cannabis Outreach, our mission is to help patients gain access to the Compassionate Use Of Medical Cannabis Program with a streamlined medical marijuana licensing process. Unlike other medical card providers in Savoy, Chicago, and the surrounding areas, we offer everything patients need to get a medical cannabis card in Illinois. Visit one of our medical cannabis clinics today to get approved and evaluated by our in-house physicians, who are more than happy to help you fill out a medical card application if you qualify.
Qualifying Health Conditions
Though our medical marijuana card process is quick and easy, we take all patient evaluations very seriously and comply with the state and federal laws regarding which medical conditions are allowed to be treated with medical cannabis. Our clinicians recommend doing some research and gathering your medical records before visiting us for an evaluation so you know ahead of time whether or not you qualify for medical cannabis treatment. That being said, medical cannabis patients must have one of these severe or debilitating health conditions to apply for a medical card in Illinois:
- Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
- Agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Arnold-Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia
- Cachexia/Wasting Syndrome
- Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Type I; Formerly RSD
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Type II
- Crohn’s Disease
- Fibromyalgia (Severe)
- Fibrous Dysplasia
- Hepatitis C
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Nail-Patella Syndrome
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post-Concussion Syndrome
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Residual Limb Pain
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
- Seizures (Including Those Associated With Epilepsy)
- Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA)
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Spinal Cord Disease (Including but not limited to arachnoiditis)
- Tarlov cysts
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Tourette’s Syndrome
In the state of Illinois, prospective medical cannabis patients are required to get a physician’s written recommendation for a medical marijuana license, which must be received by the Illinois Department of Public Health Division of Medical Cannabis within 90 days after their application has been submitted. The primary reason for this is to ensure that patients do indeed have a qualifying medical condition and that they have consulted a healthcare professional about whether or not they could benefit from medical marijuana and/or CBD oil.
Another main reason why the state requires a written physician’s recommendation for patients who apply for medical cards is that the benefits of medical marijuana are still being researched at the federal level and are not yet fully recognized. As of now, the FDA has not approved marijuana or CBD oil for any medical use, except for Epidiolex®, a cannabis-based medication for epileptic seizures. Though cannabis and CBD oil have been used for centuries in traditional medicine and holistic healing, marijuana legalization is still a fairly new concept in the U.S., so the laws remain strict about who qualifies for treatment and where.
Apply For A Medical Card In Savoy & Chicago!
If you are an Illinois resident with a health condition that qualifies you for medical cannabis treatment, our in-clinic physicians would be more than happy to get you approved and evaluated for a medical card. At Medical Cannabis Outreach, we understand that it isn’t always easy to have a conversation with your primary care physician about medical marijuana treatment, which is why we have a staff of cannabis-friendly physicians at each of our clinics. We believe in the natural healing power of medical cannabis and CBD oil, and we’re here to help you get the treatment you need to live a comfortable life. Contact us today to learn more, or visit one of our six medical cannabis clinics in Illinois!