02/24/2019 | Health + Wellness

Cannabis as an Opioid Alternative

With the launch of Illinois’ Opioid Alternative Pilot Program, many more residents of the State of Illinois will have access to medical cannabis as an alternative to an opioid prescription. Dispensaries across the state, including Greenhouse, are expanding hours and getting ready for an influx of patients due to the new pilot program. Essentially, the program allows those who are prescribed opioids to access medical cannabis, once they follow the instructions for the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program.

What Does the Program Entail?

Essentially, the program allows doctors to authorize medical cannabis for any patient who has a medical condition for which an opioid has been or could be prescribed by a physician. The doctor will then need to submit a physician certification on-line with the State of Illinois.

After this is completed, patients will be able to register for the Opioid Alternative Pilot Program through their website or seek help at a health department or a dispensary. Patients will need a valid state ID or license, a passport-style photo, and will have to pay $10.00. There are a few additional steps that our experts at Greenhouse will be able to walk you through step by step!

The Benefits

The United States is experiencing an opioid epidemic, with an estimated 130 people overdosing on prescription pain killers every day. More and more studies are showing that cannabis could be an alternative, either to reduce the number of painkillers patients take or to completely wean someone off opioids.

To learn more about the science of cannabis as an alternative to opioid use, read this article.

Contact Greenhouse Today!

In the State of Illinois, certain chronic pain conditions, such as Fibromyalgia and MS are approved conditions and now there is a program where patients are able to gain access to medical marijuana over opioids. To learn about the pilot program and how it can benefit you, speak to one of our team members at Greenhouse!

Courtesy of: Chicago Tribune