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elevele® fosters a safe, secure and supportive environment for interested patients to ask questions, explore options, and learn about medicinal cannabis. If you are a qualified Illinois patient or caregiver with a registry identification card, we can help you find your level and get back to feeling like yourself again.
Illinois – like 32 other states and the District of Columbia – has legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes. Illinois residents that have one of the qualifying illnesses, and a patient card are able to purchase a limited amount of marijuana from a licensed dispensary according to state law. Cannabis is still illegal on a federal level and is classified as a Schedule 1 drug. However, the position of the Federal government in recent years has been to not interfere in state-legalized cannabis markets. In 2014 the U.S. Senate passed a spending bill blocking the Department of Justice from spending money on prosecuting state-compliant medical marijuana businesses and patients.
There has never been a recorded death due to overdosing on cannabis. In fact, in states that legalized medical marijuana for pain relief, overdoses due to prescription narcotics like Vicodin and OxyContin have been shown to drop by as much as 25%. Marijuana is not only safer than currently available prescription narcotics, but it is also safer than publicly available substances like alcohol or cigarettes.
Use of THC-heavy strains of cannabis can result in a high that affects perception and reflex, so patients should take precautions similar to prescription-strength painkillers or alcohol. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking high-THC strains of medical cannabis.
Cannabis is less chemically addictive than currently available prescription painkillers, cigarettes, alcohol, or even coffee.
The main ways to take medical cannabis are by smoking, vaping, ingesting, or applying topically, as a cream or lotion.
When smoked or vaped cannabis takes effect within 1-3 minutes and usually lasts 1-3 hours.
When eaten cannabis takes effect within 30-120 minutes and can last 8 hours or more.
When used topically cannabis takes effect in 5-20 minutes and lasts 1-3 hours.
Sativa is a type of cannabis plant. It typically grows taller than indica with lighter green leaves. Sativa plants tend to have more THC, and the high is often described as more energetic.
The human body naturally produces certain substances called endocannabinoids that play a part in a wide variety of functions including memory, appetite, energy, stress response, immune function, the nervous system, pain sensory, and sleep. The cannabis plant naturally produces a set of chemicals called cannabinoids that mimic the effects of the substances our bodies create. To date over 80 cannabinoids have been identified in cannabis, and the most commonly known are THC and CBD. Though each cannabinoid creates a specific reaction in people it’s speculated that they work best in combination with each other creating an “Entourage Effect”.
CBD (or cannabidiol) is the chemical in cannabis that is considered to have the widest scope of medical applications. It is not psychoactive so it does not result in a high however it has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and pain-relieving effects, in addition to providing relief to various conditions involving the nervous system. CBD-heavy strains of cannabis have been used to treat conditions relating to spasms and/or seizures.