Illnesses Covered in the Illinois Medical Marijuana Program

As we have discussed in previous blogs, medical marijuana is becoming a popular alternative to many prescription opioids and steroid treatments for moderate to chronic pain. A majority of the states in the US recognize the medicinal effects of medical marijuana, which has led to more states legalizing marijuana and cannabis for medical use. There are still a handful of states where marijuana is completely illegal, but hopefully, science will prevail, and these states will come to their senses.

In 2013, Illinois created the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. This act legalized the medical marijuana industry, allowing patients access to alternative treatment options that can yield more effective results for pain management. Since the inception of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, there has been a battle to determine which illnesses or conditions qualify a patient to receive access to medical marijuana.

For instance, former Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner was extremely hesitant to expand the medical marijuana program; however, he did allow the program to continue through 2020. There are still some patients who suffer from conditions that don’t want or cannot get treated with opioids. Depending on their condition, they still may be excluded from having access to medical marijuana.

At Salveo Health & Wellness, we are always advocating for patients to have access to alternative medicines to treat their conditions. Whether you suffer from chronic pain related to a back injury or you or a loved one has Parkinson’s, be sure to visit our website today to learn about the medicinal properties of medical marijuana. We are always interested in helping potential patients find the right solution to their condition. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to reach out to us by calling at 309-204-3904.

What Conditions are Currently Covered?

One of the biggest obstacles to patients getting access to medical marijuana may or may not have been former Governor Rauner. Rauner was especially not receptive to adding post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of covered conditions; however, a 2016 ruling made by a Cook County judge ordered that the state add PTSD to the list of conditions covered by the medical marijuana program.

One of the biggest expansions to Illinois’ medical marijuana program was the inclusion of opioid patients. The Alternative to Opioids Act allows patients who are currently prescribed opioids for pain management to try medical cannabis and marijuana as an alternative method of pain management. This act will hopefully allow thousands of Illinois opioid users to transition to medical marijuana to decrease their dependence on prescription drugs.

The Alternative to Opioids Act also will hopefully increase the awareness and popularity of comparatively healthier alternatives to opioids. There were close to 5 million opioid prescriptions given to 2 million patients in 2017. This amount seems alarming for some, so the hope is that the Alternative to Opioids Act will curb the rise of opioid prescriptions in the state of Illinois. Another benefit to the Alternative to Opioids Act is that it does away with the fingerprinting and background checks typically required to apply for a medical marijuana card in Illinois. To learn more about the Alternative to Opioids Act, be sure to visit the rest of our website.

Currently, there are 41 covered conditions in the medical cannabis and marijuana program. These programs cover everything from cancer to HIV/AIDS to Lupus. Some of these conditions are relatively obscure, while other conditions are widespread.

How To Get a Med Card in Illinois

The process of getting a medical marijuana card in Illinois is one of the most regulated processes in the US. If you are looking for help in applying for a medical cannabis or marijuana card in Illinois, Salveo Health & Wellness has a variety of resources that can help you. We believe that everyone with chronic medical conditions should have access to medical marijuana.

While you are filling out your medical marijuana card application, be sure to include Salveo Health & Wellness as your preferred dispensary if you live in the Canton, Illinois area. Depending on the extent of your pain and your condition, you can also have a caregiver purchase and administer your medical cannabis for you.

It is important that if you are interested in getting a medical marijuana card that you select a preferred dispensary where you will purchase your medical marijuana. While there are plenty of dispensaries across the state of Illinois, you can only legally purchase marijuana from one of the dispensaries. If you want to change your preferred dispensary, you will need to apply to change your preferences. Once you receive confirmation that the state received your application for change, you must wait 24 hours before visiting your new preferred dispensary.

What if my Condition is not Covered?

Do not panic if your condition or disease is not covered under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. If your condition or disease isn’t listed, the Illinois Department of Public Health has created a way for patients to petition to add a debilitating condition. The one catch to this process is that the petitions are only read once a year during the month of January. If you send a petition in after January 31, the petition will be returned to the sender and not considered.

If you do have a condition that is currently covered by the medical cannabis program in Illinois, be sure to apply for a medical marijuana card if you are looking for an alternative treatment for your pain. There are a wide variety of different ways to consume medical marijuana, as well as a variety of different types of marijuana — each one with distinct benefits. For more information, be sure to visit Salveo Health & Wellness today or call us at 309-204-3904.

How to Determine What Strain Type is Right for You

Every single marijuana plant is different. Even when you think one strain is identical to another, you’ll be surprised to know that the chemical composition of each medical cannabis strain is unique and different. There are a variety of terpenes and ratios of CBD to THC that can affect the impact each strain has on you.

One of the quickest ways to break down the differences in medical marijuana strains is by grouping them as either indicas, sativas, or a hybrid of the two. Understanding these three categories will give you a basic understanding of the different effects of marijuana strains. Each category will impart specific benefits, and each category has some general characteristics that we will get to soon.

If you are in the Canton, Illinois area, and are looking for a licensed medical marijuana or cannabis dispensary, be sure to visit Salveo Health & Wellness. We have an incredibly friendly and informed staff who is here to help you find relief from your medical condition. For more information about the medical marijuana application process or about our store, feel free to visit our website or call us today at 309-204-3904.

Different Types of Strains: An Overview

Before we dive into the multitude of different strain types, it is important to have a firm grasp of the general characteristics of each strain type. Depending on the medical condition you have been diagnosed with, you may find that certain strain types are more helpful than others. It is always beneficial to experiment and test which strain type is right for you.

Sativa Strains

Heavy Sativa

Heavy Sativas are known for being great in the daytime. Medical marijuana strains that fall into the heavy sativa category are going to provide an intense and euphoric body high, while simultaneously stimulating creativity. Some patients experience greater levels of energy, which is beneficial for those who have been diagnosed with depression or anxiety.

Because heavy sativas are more uplifting and energetic, many patients find that using them during the day is the ideal way to gain confidence and a lively attitude going about their work or life. However, medical marijuana in this category can be very powerful, so do use caution when you are trying these medical marijuana strains.

Clear Sativa

Clear sativas, unlike their heavy sativa relatives, are known for having similar mental effects without a euphoric body high. For some patients, especially those diagnosed with anxiety disorders, the body effects of a heavy sativa can be overstimulating. For those folks, trying a clear sativa can be a game changer that imparts the same benefits without the added physical overstimulation.

Clear sativas, like heavy sativas, are great for daytime use because they impart energy and creativity. For patients who have a hard time finding motivation or incentive to accomplish tasks in their day-to-day lives, a clear sativa is a great way to feel euphoric and motivated without the physical effects of an intense body high.

Indica Strains

Heavy Indica

When picturing the effects of a heavy indica, imagine the goofy, couch-lock caricatures of stoners. Heavy indicas are great for providing relaxation and relief from the stress of the day. Many medical marijuana patients who consume heavy indica strains prefer to use them at night because it encourages sleep and provides moderate pain relief.

For medical marijuana patients who struggle with sleeping, nausea, and pain from a variety of medical conditions, a heavy indica strain will provide full-body effects that will wash over your body. These strains are ideal for use at night because they are a perfect segue into a deep, restful sleep.

Clear Indica

For something that isn’t quite as intense as a heavy indica strain, many patients use clear indicas. Clear indicas have all of the same benefits of a heavy indica without the intense couch-lock or physically relaxing effects. You will still be able to experience pain relief, but you won’t feel the same sedating effects.

This strain is perfect for evening use. If you want to find relief from your day or are experiencing anxiety, this strain type will calm your mind without making you exceptionally sleepy like a heavy indica. Think of a clear indica as the more functional of the two indica types.

Hybrids

A 50/50 Hybrid

A 50/50 hybrid, also known as an even hybrid, is a balanced combination of a sativa and an indica. Strains that fall into this category are all unique. While they may be an even hybrid, there are still certain characteristics of a sativa or indica that may be favored over other characteristics.

The main thing to remember about even hybrid strains is that they will differ based on patient preference. Many medical marijuana patients report that even hybrid strains are good for any time of day, and almost have an adaptogenic quality to them — if you are feeling tired, an even hybrid strain can energize you and balance out your energy levels.

Indica-Dominant Hybrid

Indica Dominant or Indica-forward hybrids are known to favor the indica qualities more than the sativa qualities in a hybrid strain. Medical marijuana patients tend to favor indica-dominant hybrids for night use, although there are some who need the full-body pain relief of an indica without the sedating effects.

An indica-dominant hybrid will feel more clear than a clear indica, mostly because it has some characteristics of a sativa. Like all hybrids, it truly depends on personal preference and what you need from your strain.

Sativa-Dominant Hybrid

Sativa-dominant hybrids are going to be somewhere between a clear sativa strain and an even hybrid strain. The body effects with a sativa-dominant hybrid should be noticeable but not overwhelming. These strains are known to have cerebral or “heady” highs with some minor body highs.

For patients who are looking for an energy boost with moderate pain relief, a sativa-dominant hybrid is a perfect strain. If you need to stay awake, this strain type is a better alternative to an indica-dominant hybrid or an even strain.

In order to find out which strain works best for you, the best practice is to talk to an experienced medical marijuana dispensary budtender. These medical marijuana professionals have a wealth of knowledge that can help you find relief from your medical condition.

At Salveo Health & Wellness, we have a dedicated staff of professionals who are here to help you find the right solutions to your medical conditions. We have a large selection of medical marijuana and can help you discover your ideal strain type. For more information, visit our website today or call us at 309-204-3904 if you have any questions.

Vaping Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana can impart a variety of benefits to many of its users. Whether you have been diagnosed with depression, multiple sclerosis, or insomnia, many cannabis users find relief from their symptoms by using medical marijuana.

While using medical marijuana can help patients live happier, fuller lives, there are some downsides to smoking marijuana. Recent studies show that there are a handful of carcinogens and toxins that are found in marijuana smoke. These carcinogens and toxins can lead to respiratory complications — something that is less than desirable for medical marijuana patients. Because of this, many medical marijuana users are looking for alternatives.

One popular alternative is ingesting medical marijuana in the form of edibles; however, edibles can be unpleasant and unpredictable compared to smoking.

Perhaps the most popular alternative to traditional combustion of marijuana is vaping. While early proponents of vaping claimed that it produced a more mellow, level-headed high, there is very little research to suggest that vaping does just that. Vaping does produce less smoke, smell, and coughing fits, though.

If you are in the Canton, Illinois area and are looking for a medical marijuana dispensary that is licensed, reliable, and well-stocked, be sure to visit Salveo Health & Wellness in downtown Canton. We have a huge selection of medical marijuana and we would love to work with you to find the right medical marijuana solution to your medical condition. Contact us today for more information by calling 309-647-9333.

Wandering as a Cloud: Vaping 101

Vaping has numerous benefits to regular combustion of medical marijuana. While the health benefits are not clear just yet, we want to focus on some of the peripheral benefits that will help you make an informed decision on whether vaping is the right move for you and your medical condition.

Does Vaping Smell?

For starters, vaping produces significantly less of that classic skunky smell. You can do a vape session in a room for an hour and the room might get a little hazy, but the smell will mostly be negligible. There are also plenty of strains that aren’t as “loud.”

Vaping is perfect for any situation where you need to practice discretion or you don’t want to draw attention to the fact that you are consuming medical marijuana. For medical marijuana patients who need access to their medicine immediately to relieve painful symptoms, using a vape can afford them ease of access.

What do Marijuana Vapes Taste Like?

Just like combusting medical marijuana in a joint or water pipe, the taste of your vape will largely depend on what strain of medical marijuana is used. For some, vaping medical marijuana in the form of flower will allow greater flexibility and nuance, unlocking certain terpenes that have a pleasant but not overpowering taste. Because you aren’t combusting the marijuana, you don’t get any ashy notes on your tongue.

For those that choose to vaporize distillates or concentrates, there are still some nuanced flavor profiles that you can taste. One of the most delicious and enticing examples is the Buddha’s Hand strain that is used in certain distillates. This strain, even when it is turned into pure THC/CBD distillate, is incredibly floral and smells like the tropical fruit it was named after.

What Are Some Other Benefits to Vaping Medical Marijuana?

One of the most beneficial aspects of vaping medical marijuana is that you can vape pure CBD distillate. While there isn’t an option to vape or smoke a CBD strain that only has CBD, vaping medical marijuana in the form of CBD distillate allows you to receive the benefits of CBD without feeling any of the psychoactive effects of THC.

Vaping medical marijuana can also save you money in the long run. Because the plant matter doesn’t combust, you end up using more of the cannabinoids found in the plant instead of having them turn to ash. Some people also encourage the use of making edibles with the plant material that has already been vaporized to utilize all of the possible THC and CBD.

If you are ready to experience vaping, or you want to talk to a medical marijuana professional, feel free to contact Salveo Health and Wellness in Canton, Illinois. As one of Illinois’ best medical marijuana dispensaries, Salveo Health and Wellness has a large selection of vape products and other medical marijuana products. Call us today at 309-647-9333 to learn more.

Trending Medical Marijuana Strains of 2019

There are over 500 marijuana strains. 500. That’s a lot of marijuana.

Within those hundreds and hundreds of marijuana strains, it seems that every strain has a medicinal purpose that is hyper-specific to certain needs. While some people may not be able to notice the subtleties of each strain, others have grown very fond of certain varieties because of the flavor, scent, medicinal value, or all three.

At Salveo Health and Wellness, we want to make sure that every medical marijuana patient in Canton, Illinois, is able to find their favorite strain. That’s why we are compiling a list of some of our top-trending medical marijuana strains of 2019 so far. Each one of the medical marijuana strains on this list is different, and each one imparts a specific medical benefit.

If you are ready to try the wonderful medicinal effects of medical marijuana, and you are located in the Canton, Illinois area, make sure you have access to a medical marijuana card, and once you do, stop by Salveo Health and Wellness to purchase some high-quality, medical marijuana to treat your conditions. If you need help submitting or completing the application for a medical marijuana card, feel free to contact us at 309-204-3904 today.

Medical Marijuana Strains

Without further ado, here is our list of some of the best trending medical marijuana strains of 2019. Remember to use medical marijuana responsibly and to only use it if you have a valid medical marijuana card in the state of Illinois.

G6 (Jet Fuel)

For a high-powered, focused, and euphoric medical marijuana strain, you can’t go wrong with G6. This sativa-forward hybrid strain combines some incredibly potent Diesel strains to create an overall unforgettable medical marijuana experience.

When you aren’t too busy taking note of the earthy, diesel scent that this strain exudes, you’ll notice it is effective in treating conditions like depression and anxiety — and don’t worry, this strain isn’t known for causing paranoia, but do make sure to stay hydrated to avoid cotton mouth.

Cannalope Kush

Cannalope Kush is another sativa-dominant hybrid strain that affords an incredible balance between an indica and a sativa. While arguably not as energetic as G6, Cannalope Kush is known for imparting the same benefits with an underlying current of mellow indica vibes. Cannalope Kush has an unmistakably fruity and earthy scent and flavor that results in a balanced euphoria.

Cannalope Kush is effective at treating stress, depression, pain, and fatigue, although it can make some patients anxious after using it. Best to try this strain in small doses until you feel comfortable with its potent effects.

Bio-Jesus

If you are in need of pain management and are looking for opioid alternatives, be sure to try this wacky-named strain. Bio-Jesus is an indica-dominant hybrid that claims heritage from the Colorado Medical Marijuana Harvest Cup award-winning Bio-Diesel strain. Similar to G6, Bio-Jesus will have a diesel-like quality to its scent, but it also has a peppery, herbal spice flavor to it, rounding it out as an incredibly delicious strain.

Bio-Jesus is notorious for its ability to reduce inflammation and reduce certain types of pain. If you are looking for pain relief or a healthier alternative to opioids, Bio-Jesus is an effective strain that should not be ignored. The intense physical sensations patients experience come with little anxiety or paranoia, and it slowly gives way to a cerebral hazy calm that will help you manage your pain effectively.

Alien Rock Candy

The sweet, citrusy, candy-like quality of Alien Rock Candy make it a stand-out strain on our list. As a indica-dominant hybrid, this medical marijuana strain can provide you with optimal relaxation and pain relief. This strain is usually low-energy and perfect for those suffering from insomnia and general stress.

While Alien Rock Candy has some reported uplifting effects, it is mostly used as a peaceful segue into sleep. Whether you have a high-intensity job, hypertension, or insomnia, this strain is perfect for some quality rest and relaxation.

If you’re interested in learning more about Salveo Health and Wellness’s medical marijuana strains, be sure to visit our website today!

Terpenes 101

There has been an increase in attention given to the organic components of marijuana beyond tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). One of the most recently talked about element of marijuana is terpene content. If you have been following trends in health and wellness, you may have noticed that essential oils are being championed for their medicinal value. Interestingly enough, many of these essential oils contain terpenes, which are the main reason why these oils have various, although subtle, effects. Today, we are going to define terpenes as well identify what they have to do with medical marijuana and how they impact you.

Medical marijuana patients deserve access to some of the best medical marijuana products. At Salveo Health and Wellness, we take a holistic approach to treating your condition. Whether you are looking for a topical cream with CBD or need a rarer indica strain, Salveo Health and Wellness is here to help medical marijuana patients receive access to the latest and greatest the medical marijuana industry has to offer. Visit our website for more information or give us a call today at 309-204-3909.

What Are Terpenes?

If you have ever smelled the marijuana flower, or “bud,” you may have noticed a distinct smell. If you have smelled different strains of marijuana, you may have noticed that each one smells different; sometimes the differences are subtle, while other times they are extreme. Patients describe certain smells as having lots of citrus notes while others are closer to berries or lavender. This is largely in part due to the naturally-occurring terpenes in the marijuana.

Terpenes aren’t just found in marijuana. Terpenes are found in all essential oils and are the reason why certain things smell the way they do. Terpenes are a large class of organic compounds, and they can be broken down into two basic categories: monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. These two types of terpenes have different effects on the mind, and many aromatherapists have written about the subtle effects of smelling and diffusing terpenes through essential oils.

Monoterpenes include limonene (responsible for citrus-like smells in lemon, bergamot, carrot, and fennel), pinene (responsible for woodsy smells in coriander, cypress, eucalyptus, pines, and oregano), and camphene (also responsible for wood-like smells in pines, juniper, fir, and spruce). If you have ever smelled a marijuana strain like Lemon G or Cinex and immediately thought of lemons, that might be due to the high limonene content in these strains.Aromatherapists tend to note that monoterpenes provide a warming energy and sensation to the mind and skin when inhaled or applied topically.

While monoterpenes are known for their warming and energetic properties, sesquiterpenes are known for their calm and soothing effects. Sesquiterpenes are found in lavender, sage, marjoram, patchouli, chamomile, and so much more.

Terpenes and Marijuana

There have been over 100 different terpenes identified in cannabis plants, and every strain has a completely different terpene profile. The idea behind caring about terpenes in your medical marijuana is that terpenes can have synergistic interactions with cannabinoids. It is possible that terpenes help regulate and mediate our body’s interaction with other cannabinoids, meaning that each strain will have a unique effect on your body that is subtly different from another strain.

Researchers are still trying to index and identify which terpenes in marijuana, combined with the THC and CBD content, provide specific sensations or mental reactions. For example, marijuana strains with a high linalool content (linalool can be found in basil, lavender, thyme, ginger, and oregano, just to name a few) may induce greater levels or relaxation, while strains with high levels of limonene can impart a feeling of elevated mood.

Terpenes for Sale

You can purchase essential oils, which include a whole host of terpenes in them, and then diffuse the oils so you can feel the impact of the terpenes. You can also feel the impact of certain terpenes when you ingest medical marijuana. The analysis and development of terpene identification in marijuana has brought a new level of horticulture and awareness of the effects of marijuana.

If you are in the Canton, Illinois area, and you are a medical marijuana patient looking to experience the positive, synergistic effects of terpenes in marijuana, be sure to visit Salveo Health and Wellness. Our staff will help find the right strain for you and your medical condition. Visit our website today to learn more.