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How do I apply for a card?
You must be 18 years or older. You must be an Illinois resident and provide two documents with proof of residency You must have a diagnosis with one of the current qualifying conditions with your Physician’s recommendation. You must submit with a $100 nonrefundable fee to the Department of Health. This fee is reduced to $50 for Veterans or persons enrolled in federal Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income. For parents acting as caregivers for minor children, two Physician recommendations are required. You must submit a current photograph for your card. You must submit fingerprints which can be done at any Live Scan Fingerprint vendor. If you need help with any of these steps, call our dispensary and we will guide you.
Which strain is best for my condition?
When you visit Nature’s Care Dispensary, you will meet with a knowledgeable patient care specialist who will conduct an “intake” session to help you determine the strains and methods best suited to your particular illness. Go to our illness tab on this site to see a few of the medicines that address the specific illness you are treating.
What delivery system should I use?
Medical cannabis is much more than smoking dried flower. Many types of new consumption or absorption methods exist. You can still find it in dried flower format that can be smoked in a pipe or rolled in paper and smoked like a cigarette. There are many exciting advancements in extraction technology that allow the dried flower to be converted to oils, tinctures, baked into foods, infused into patches, and filled capsules.
What are potential side effects?
Cannabis affects everyone differently. Different strains and methods of consumption give patients different effects. You may feel slightly light-headed the first time you use it, not unlike other Pharmaceutical drugs you have taken. There is zero risk of overdose. It is important to discuss any medications you are currently on in your “intake” session, so one of our patient care specialists can help guide you into a program that best addresses your particular ailment.
How do I pay?
We currently accept payment in cash and via Hypur. Until cannabis is removed from Schedule I substances by the Federal Government, we are prohibited from taking credit cards or checks.
What if my medical condition isn’t listed?
The State is continuously evaluating conditions that may qualify for a medical cannabis card. We need your help to voice your opinion and concern to your elected officials and the Governor’s office. We have recently been trying to add 11 very serious conditions to the list, including PTSD and have been turned down by the Governor’s office. Our website and the State site will detail the current approved conditions. If you would like to lend your support for added conditions, visit the Medical Cannabis Alliance website www.mca-il.com.
Should I keep my Physician involved in this treatment?
Absolutely! While they are not technically “prescribing” cannabis, they are writing a recommendation that acknowledges you may benefit from the use of it. This entire industry needs more data on patients and the effects it can provide. It is important for you to keep a log of what you are taking to know which ones to repeat and to avoid. You should definitely share this with your Physician. You will be given a log on your “intake” session to provide this feedback.