Medical Marijuana Specialist

Cermak Immediate Care

Immediate Care & Primary Care Practice located in Cicero, IL

Over the course of the last decade, more than half of the United States have legalized marijuana for both recreational and medical use. Though many people think marijuana is just for getting high, the plant does offer a variety of medicinal properties. Ruchir Thakkar, DO, and the team at Cermak Immediate Care, in Cicero, Illinois, proudly offer medical marijuana to patients suffering from chronic pain and other similar ailments. To see if you qualify, call or click and make an appointment today.

Medical Marijuana Q & A

What is medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana uses the marijuana plant, as well as the chemical compounds inside of it, to treat diseases or medical conditions. Medical marijuana is the same as recreational marijuana, the only difference is that it’s prescribed for medical purposes. 

The marijuana plant contains more than 100 different chemicals known as cannabinoids. Each type of cannabinoid has a different effect on the body. For example, Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) produces the “high” people feel after consuming marijuana, while cannabidiol (CBD) has no psychoactive properties. THC and CBD are the two most common cannabinoids used in medical marijuana treatment. 

What ailments can medical marijuana help treat?At Cermak Immediate Care, the team regularly prescribes medical marijuana for:

  • Pain management
  • Appetite loss
  • Cancer
  • Eating disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Nausea
  • Muscle spasms

Medical marijuana may also benefit certain mental health conditions including schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

How does medical marijuana work?

The active chemicals in medical marijuana, known as cannabinoids, mimic chemicals in your body that assist with appetite, memory, movement, and pain. When you smoke marijuana or consume it in an edible form, the cannabinoids enter your bloodstream and interact with your nervous system.

A growing body of evidence suggests cannabinoids can reduce anxiety, relax tight muscles, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain. 

How do I get a medical marijuana card?

To get a medical marijuana card, you need a written certification from a licensed medical provider like the team at Cermak Immediate Care.

Following a physical exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your symptoms, your doctor can make a recommendation. However, in order to obtain a card, you must have what is considered by law as “a debilitating medical condition” that qualifies for medical marijuana use. Illinois also requires medical marijuana users to obtain a medical marijuana card. Once you have a card, you can visit a dispensary to pick up your prescriptions. 

I don't want to get high, can I still benefit from medical marijuana?

If you’re worried about the “high” that marijuana produces, simply let your Cermak Immediate Care provider know. The team can offer cannabis treatments with CBD, a cannabinoid that has no psychoactive properties. Rest assured, the team will work with you to find a treatment that meets your needs. 

Learn more about medical marijuana by making an appointment at Cermak Immediate Care. Call or book an appointment online today.