To qualify, you must be at least 18 years of age and be an Illinois resident, with proof of residency. You must also be diagnosed by a physician with one of the following debilitating medical conditions that are specifically identified under state law:
There are a number of eligible conditions diagnosed from patient-reported symptoms, rather than clinical test results. These conditions afflict many people for decades before being diagnosed. Here are some reasons why you probably qualify for medical cannabis in Illinois, even if you don’t think you do.
A recent study showed the potential effects of cannabis for post-concussion syndrome. Elements in cannabis can reduce the swelling in the brain. Swelling causes pressure, damage, and pain. A traumatic injury to the brain releases toxic chemicals that cause some of the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome. Marijuana can help clear those chemicals and protect the brain from further damage.
In a recent study, it was found that cannabinoids could be used to aid patients who have found that other therapeutic measures have been insufficient in treating the symptoms of a chronic spinal cord injury.
Since there is no cure for fibromyalgia, effective pain management is essential for helping patients cope with fibromyalgia. Medical marijuana is very effective in relieving pain & it is a natural alternative to traditional pain medications often prescribed to fibromyalgia patients.
Studies have shown that medical marijuana can help treat PTSD symptoms in even treatment-resistant cases. Cannabinoid receptors are located in various places throughout the body and brain, so both mental & physical symptoms can be altered or alleviated with medical marijuana treatment.