Illinois medical cannabis patient information

learn more about becoming a patient in illinois

At Ieso we understand there can be a lot of confusing information out there on medical cannabis and we would like to cut through the noise. One of the most important parts of treatment is to ensure comfort in choosing what is right for the patient. Please view our FAQs found below and speak with a Patient Care Representative at any dispensary. Feel free to contact us with any additional questions.


If you or a loved one is an Illinois resident and suffers from one or more of the qualifying conditions consult with your physician on medical cannabis as a treatment option. A list of the qualifying conditions can be found here.

After a physician certifies that a person has a qualifying condition they must then fill out a medical cannabis patient application and if needed an additional one for a caregiver as well. A caregiver is a person who is registered to make a purchase from a dispensary on behalf of the patient if they need assistance or are unable make it in themselves.

HOW DOES MEDICAL CANNABIS WORK?

The body contains an endocannabinoid system which has CB1 and CB2 receptors which allow for THC, CBD and other cannabinoids to bind to the body and have a physiological and psychological affect. There are over 80 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant and each have their own properties. One thing to consider when choosing medical cannabis is the 'entourage effect'. The entourage effect refers to a synergy that happens when different combinations of cannabinoids are paired along with different combinations of terpenes. This is why each strain has their own attributes and why some may be more beneficial towards specific conditions or symptoms. While Indica and Sativa are two species of cannabis they both contain similar if not the same building blocks of cannabinoids. To the right is an infograph on commonly treated symptoms and conditions along with which cannabinoids are shown to aid in treatment.
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HOW DO I GET REGISTERED AS A PATIENT?

LEARN HOW TO BECOME A MEDICAL CANNABIS PATIENT IN ILLINOIS.

 

If you or a loved one is an Illinois resident and suffer from one or more of the qualifying conditions, consult with your physician about Medical Cannabis as a treatment option. A list of qualifying conditions can be found below.
After a physician certifies that a person has a qualifying condition they must then fill out a medical cannabis patient application and if needed an additional one for a caregiver as well. A caregiver is a person who is registered to make a purchase from a dispensary on behalf of the patient if they need assistance or are unable make it in themselves.

there is hope!

Can medical marijuana help with opiate dependency?

 While the amount of research on this subject has been growing there has been enough success in other states to show that when a state has a medical cannabis program the amount of opiate overdose mortality declines. Commonly used to treat nausea, stimulate appetite, and relieve pain, cannabis has not only helped people with their qualifying conditions but also increased their quality of life in regards to opiate use. While many people may look to replace their medications with a healthier alternative it is important to note that you should not stop taking your prescriptions completely, and if looking to cut down opiate use discuss a safe plan with your physician.

what are the effects?

how will it make me feel?

 The only way to truthfully answer that question is to say maybe but not definitely. Different strains of cannabis contain different amounts of the psychoactive compound THC along with other compounds called terpenes. These compounds which are found in many other plants and fruits are responsible for the aroma and flavor of cannabis strains and also play a part in the effects one feels when using cannabis. Each terpene has its own profile and expected effects, when combined the effects can differ depending upon the combination. When it comes to finding what strain works for you a general rule of thumb is to think of them as pheromones, the more pleasant you find the scent of a strain the more likely it will have a beneficial effect for you.

qualifying conditions

How to qualify as a patient in illinois

 Agitation of Alzheimer’s Disease

HIV/AIDS

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Arnold-Chiari Malformation

Cancer Causalgia

Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy

Crohn’s Disease CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome Type II)

Dystonia

Fibrous Dysplasia

Glaucoma

Hepatitis C

Hydrocephalus

Hydromyelia

Interstitial Cystitis

Lupus

Multiple Sclerosis

Muscular Dystrophy

Myasthenia Gravis

Myoclonus

Nail-patella Syndrome

Neurofibromatosis

Parkinson’s Disease

Post-Concussion Syndrome

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Residual Limb Pain

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Seizures (including those characteristic of Epilepsy)

Severe Fibromyalgia

Sjogren’s

Syndrome Spinal Cord Disease (including but not limited to Arachnoiditis)

Spinal cord injury is damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity

Spinocerebellar Ataxia

Syringomyelia

Tarlov Cysts

Tourette Syndrome

Traumatic Brain Injury

Cachexia/wasting syndrome

Patient documents

what to do now.

Below, you will find a variety of documents for a variety of patient categories. Click any document and it will automatically download to your device. Fill out documents and mail in.


Medical Cannabis Patient Application  Caregiver Application                 Terminal Illness Application                   Minor Patient Application