Illinois Compassionate Cannabis Clinic
As cannabis became available in Illinois, I began studying the effects on PTSD nightmares, fibromyalgia and chronic pain flare-ups, and migraine treatment for my clients. As a previous hospice nurse, I knew the benefits of pain, treat wasting, irritable bowel or gastrointestinal distress in cancers, and end-of-life care. In my earlier work caring for those with spinal cord injuries, I saw the benefits of treating spasticity.
I spent my doctorate project focusing on safe-prescribing of controlled medications to lessen the deaths by opioids. In psychiatry, that means closely monitoring for overlapping medications such as opioids and benzodiazepines, Gabapentin, Baclofen, and hypnotics. I believe cannabis is a viable alternative to problematic medicines. In the right client, it can replace highly addictive, and cognition impairing medications like benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin) or be safer alternatives to sleeping pills (Ambien, Lunesta).
However, cannabis is not an end-all cure for all mental health conditions. It is also a medicinal with potential for side effects, especially in psychiatry. It can exacerbate psychotic symptoms in many people with schizophrenia, schizoaffective, or other mental health conditions that have psychotic features. It can affect the absorption of some psychiatric medications. Therefore, I believe a thorough psychiatric evaluation, including medications taken, present medications, and family history, can promote the safer use of cannabis.
We go over treatment options outside of cannabis and best uses for cannabis in mental health. If I feel cannabis is not an appropriate treatment for you or could cause problems in your life, I will let you know. I continue to maintain my refund policy that if people find we are not a good fit after the initial visit.
Compassionate Cannabis Clinic Policies
You will receive a full psychiatric evaluation. I can assess the following health conditions that are covered for medicinal use in Illinois:
• Agitation of Alzheimer's disease
• Anorexia Nervosa, Chronic pain
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Parkinson's Disease
• Post-Concussion Syndrome
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
• Severe Fibromyalgia
• Spinal cord injury damage to the nervous tissue with intractable spasticity
• Tourette Syndrome
• Traumatic Brain Injury
• Cachexia/Wasting Syndrome
This practice focuses on cannabis as an ALTERNATIVE to addictive medications, not in conjunction with them. Therefore, we do not prescribe marijuana for people taking daily benzodiazepine medications (such as Xanax, Alprazolam, Ativan, Lorazepam, Klonopin, Clonazepam, Valium, Diazepam) or long-term daily narcotic (pain) medications.
How does it work in Illinois?
1. We do our evaluation and determine if cannabis is a good fit.
2. I fill out the Health Care Professional Written Certificate Form and put it into a pdf and email it to you. At this point, you can contact your preferred dispensary and they will help you through the rest of the process.
3. You will upload that form I send you into the Illinois system with your application.
4. I enter your information into the patient registry. I will send you a text or email of what I filled out as it needs to match at the dispensary.
5. Call or Go to the dispensary and meet with medical staff who will walk you through the rest.