On August 1, 2013, Governor Quinn signed The Compassionate use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act into Illinois state law. Dr. Chavez has been recommending qualified patients for the program since June of 2014 and has been an advocate for those seeking medical use of cannabis. Our staff is committed to helping patients with debilitating medical conditions use medical marijuana as an alternative and adjunct to traditional therapy.
The certifying process is a time sensitive and occasionally frustrating process, There are two ways to obtain a medical marijuana recommendation:
Virtually - schedule two virtual visits (see virtual care) online from home without having to step into a doctors office. Email your medical records. If you qualify, our office will email your recommendation.
Clinic visit -schedule a routine clinic visit online or by calling the office for an appointment
Our staff will guide you through this process and monitor your progress throughout the way with follow-up exams and recommendations. If you do not qualify, our office will work with you to help you qualify. If you are interested in Medical Marijuana and have a qualifying condition, call 773-227-3303 for an appointment.
Opioid Alternative Pilot Program
This program allows patient access to medical cannabis for those with chronic pain conditions who are on opioid medications or who could benefit from opioids. To qualify, patients must meet these criteria.
· Have a current prescription for an opioid, or could be prescribed an opioid based on generally accepted standards of care
· Must be 21 years of age or older at the time of registration
· Patient cannot be a professional driver or have a School Bus Permit
There are several important differences in this program compared to the Medical Marijuana program that need to be recognized. If you are interested in this program or would like to see if you qualify, please call 773-227-3303.
Hemp and marijuana are both part of the cannabis family. They are completely different in their function and cultivation. It is chemically classified as industrial hemp under federal and state law. Hemp and marijuana were also different in their entire application until recently. Hemp contains less than 0.3% THC and because of this, its application as a source of CBD (cannabidiol) has made it a player in the rapidly growing CBD market, This is good news for those who see a benefit in CBD but cannot or refuse to use THC.
If you are interested in CBD, we can discuss its use and dosing in more detail and outline a plan for your individual needs. We recommend only 100% organic US grown plants processed under quality controlled environments. Give us a call at 773-227-3303 or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you.