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Cannabis Certification Questions

Who can benefit from medical marijuana?

While only people with one of the qualifying conditions can benefit from medical marijuana, there are many others that can benefit from CBD. There are some advocates who believe this non-intoxicating extract should be taken as a daily supplement along with vitamins. 

How do I get a medical cannabis card?

See our New Patient section for detailed instructions on obtaining your medical marijuana card.

Do I qualify for medical marijuana?

In Illinois you must have one of the qualifying ocnditions. If you think you have one of these but have not been diagnosed previously, come in for an evaluation. Even if you do not qualify, we hope to be able to help with your symptoms. 

Do I have to give up my FOID card? What about my conceal & carry?

No! According to Senate Bill 2529, which went into effect Jan 2017, patients with debilitating conditions are protected from revocation or denial of either a FOID or a conceal & carry. 

I have a history of a drug felony. Am I still eligible?

The short answer is “Yes”. It can be so confusing when one day you are told marijuana is a drug. Then the next day you are told it is not a drug, it is medicine. But you can not have any medicine because you like or have a history of liking drugs. Which this is not. Then the next day, you are told not only are you allowed to have this medication, but it is actually treating your love of other drugs. Crazy. So…yes. You are.

I have a history of heroin addiction. Am I disqualified?

Your history is not a factor. In fact, in Illinois, medical cannabis is now being used as a substitute for opiates. It might be a very good option for acute pain. You should discuss this option with your healthcare provider.

You may have heard that you could not qualify. This was true from the intiation of the program until August of 2018 when the Opiod Initiative was passed. Part of the bill went into effect immediately, including no more fingerprints and no more background checks. These steps were a bottleneck to the system and would have crippled the opiod program. It quite simply followed that if there was no background check, the background was no longer a factor.

What is the status of my application?

We have no idea! All paperwork is handled by the State of Illinois. They are already overworked and do not appreciate calls regarding the status of the application. We don’t know any more than you do.

Can I get an application fee refund if I no longer want to be a medical cannabis patient?

No. The state of Illinois does not offer a money back guarantee with this or any other healthcare service.

What is a Caregiver?

A caregiver can assist you with the use of medical cannabis. A caregiver MUST have a valid registry card to enter a medical cannabis dispensary with the patient. In simple terms, this is the only person you can ask to stop at the weed store on their way home from work.

Can I change my designated caregiver?

Yes. Just fill out a new caregiver application. The change takes effect when the application has been received and approved. Don’t forget to mention it to your former caregiver!

My card expires next year, can I do the extension now?

No. IDPH hates extra or premature paperwork. They will mail a letter with extension information to registered cardholders 60 to 90 days prior to the expiration. Wait for it.

Will my designated caregiver have to get an extension also?

Yes. Caregiver information will be included on the extension form that is sent to you.

Can I extend my registry identification card on-line?

Yes. Once you receive the letter from IDPH indicating you are able to extend your registry card, you must complete the extension on-line at https://medicalcannabispatients.illinois.gov

What is the fee for extending my medical cannabis registry card?

Extension Fee
$100 — One-Year Registry Card
$200 — Two-Year Registry Card
Reduced Extension Fee *The reduced fee is for qualifying patients enrolled in the Federal Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability programs, or Veterans.

$50 — One-Year Registry Card
$100 — Two-Year Registry Card

I paid a reduced application fee originally, do I need to send a SSI/SSDI/DD214 with my extension?

No. It’s on file.

What if I paid full price originally but qualify for a reduced fee now?

attach a copy of your DD214 or “Benefit Verification” letter from the Social Security Administration.

How often do I need to see the physician

Although your specific condition may warrant more frequent follow up, you will need to see the physician yearly. 

Integrative Medicine Services Questions

What is integrative medicine?

According to Dr Weil’s Center for Integrative Medicine, “Integrative Medicine (IM) is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies.”

The Defining Principles of Integrative Medicine

  1. Patient and practitioner are partners in the healing process.
  2. All factors that influence health, wellness, and disease are taken into consideration, including mind, spirit, and community, as well as the body.
  3. Appropriate use of both conventional and alternative methods facilitates the body’s innate healing response.
  4. Effective interventions that are natural and less invasive should be used whenever possible.
  5. Integrative medicine neither rejects conventional medicine nor accepts alternative therapies uncritically.
  6. Good medicine is based in good science. It is inquiry-driven and open to new paradigms.
  7. Alongside the concept of treatment, the broader concepts of health promotion and the prevention of illness are paramount.
  8. Practitioners of integrative medicine should exemplify its principles and commit themselves to self-exploration and self-development.

 

Who will integrative medicine benefit?

Everyone! Whether you have a chronic disease, an acute illness or simply suffer from the human condition you WILL BENEFIT. Through mindfulness, meditation, self care, community and the science of happiness, we can all live better and happier than we are right now. Don’t believe us? Contact us to find uout how you can live better!

Do I qualify for medical marijuana?

In Illinois you must have one of the qualifying conditions. If you think you have one of these but have not been diagnosed previously, come in for an evaluation. Even if you do not qualify, we hope to be able to help with your symptoms. 

I have a history of heroin addiction, am I disqualified?

Your history is not a factor. In fact, in Illinois, medical cannabis is now being used as a substitute for opiates. It might be a very good option for acute pain. You should discuss this option with your healthcare provider. 

You may have heard that you could not qualify. This was true from the intiation of the program until August of 2018 when the Opiod Initiative was passed. Part of the bill went into effect immediately, including no more fingerprints and no more background checks. These steps were a bottleneck to the system and would have crippled the opiod program. It quite simply followed that if there was no background check, the background was no longer a factor.

Will you hold a clinic in my area?

Probably! Mindful Medicine Clinic wants to expand access in Illinois! There are logistics involved, of course. But if we CAN be there, we WILL be there.

Do you accept insurance?

Unfortunately, we are not set up to take insurance at this time. We will be able to print a superbill that you can submit for reimbursement. 

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling involves the insertion of a thin filament needle to stimulate the healing process of soft tissues (muscle “trigger points”, fascia, tendons and ligaments, etc.). The result of dry needling is pain relief and restoration of healthy physiology.

What is a "trigger point"?

A “trigger point” is a hyperirritable point in a muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule, or “knot.” This area becomes painful at the site and can also “radiate” in predictable patterns.

Does dry needling hurt?

A healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of this needle. However if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject will feel a sensation like a muscle cramp (the “twitch” response).

What is the difference between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

The objectives and philosophy behind the use of dry needling by physical therapists is not based on ancient theories or tenets of traditional Chinese medicine. The performance of modern dry needling by physical therapists is based on Western Neuroanatomy and modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.

Both Dry Needling and Acupuncture do, however, use the same tool; a solid needle filament.

Who can benefit from Dry Needling?

Almost anyone experiencing a variety of pain problems including, but not limited to:

  • Acute/Chronic injuries
  • Headaches
  • Neck/Back pain
  • Tendinitis
  • Muscle Spasms
  • “Sciatica”
  • Hip/Knee pain
  • Muscle strains
  • Fibromyalgia
  • “Tennis/Golfer’s Elbow”
  • PFPS
  • Overuse injuries

Are there any side effects to Dry Needling?

Side effects may vary among individuals. Typically, only mild muscle soreness or skin bruising.

Is Dry Needling covered by my health insurance?

In most cases, no. It is usually a fee or cash-based service.

What is clinical genomic testing? How is it different than some of the tests that I can order by myself?

You may have seen commercials for companies that provide DNA tests and health reports to the general public, often piggybacking on consumer interest in genealogy and ancestry. We appreciate that their marketing efforts have brought the concept of genomics and health into the public eye. However, direct-to-consumer tests and reports are not medically comprehensive. In other words, they don’t tell the whole story.

IntellxxDNA™ provides your clinician with in-depth, evidence-based, science-focused genomic intelligence. When your test results are ready, you will meet with your clinician to discuss the risks and benefits within your genomic profile, and review potential prevention or intervention strategies to help you achieve optimal health and wellness. The entire process supports an informed interpretation of test results and an understanding of next steps.

What do IntellxxDNA™ reports tell me?

IntellxxDNA™ reports don’t make decisions for you. Instead, they provide unprecedented insight into your unique genetic make-up to assist your clinician in developing true, personalized care. How?

Your DNA contains variants, or SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms), that may signal potential benefits as well as risks. Our reports examine the complex interplay between these variants and how they can affect your quality of life. We include evidence-based, well-researched potential intervention strategies – encompassing environment, lifestyle, nutrition, supplements and medications – that will serve as a basis of discussion between you and your clinician. 

Knowing risks in my DNA feels scary. Do I really want to know? And if I do know, what can I, really, do about it?

Your DNA is not your destiny. In fact, understanding your genomic profile empowers you to make intelligent health and wellness choices now that may impact your future quality of life.  Your clinician will review your genomic profile as one of several factors of consideration when making clinical decisions to help you achieve optimal health.

Should my genetic test results be included in my health record?

Genetic information within medical records are subject to review by providers of life insurance, long-term care insurance and disability insurance.  If your IntellxxDNA™ report uncovers a risk that may be important to include in your health record, discuss the pros and cons with your licensed health care professional. IntellxxDNA™ provides guidance to clinicians regarding best practices.

Live Better.

Our clinic does not accept insurance at this time. If you are entitled to coverage, we will provide you with the necessary documentation to submit your insurance claim.