Illinois Cannabis Expo Target Medical Providers

Illinois Cannabis Expo Target Medical Providers

By Ed Coghlan.

“We simply need more medical providers who understand the medical benefits of cannabis.”

Those words from Mahja Sulemanjee Bortocek who will speak at the Illinois Cannabis Education Expo on Sunday, April 22nd at the Hilton Hotel in Northbrook, IL.

She will be conducting three 3 Continuing Education Unit (CME) sessions for the professionals such as nurses, social workers, dental hygienists, medical cannabis dispensary employees. Ms. Bortocek is the only person in the entire state currently qualified to conduct CEU sessions on cannabis!

The Expo will also feature 3 CME sessions that will be conducted by nationally-known Dr. Jay Joshi of National Pain Centers. He is the first in Illinois to offer a CME platform on Cannabis.

“I will emphasize the safety of cannabis and how it is a safe alternative to opioids for chronic pain patients,” Bortocek told the National Pain Report.

She is currently Director of Marketing & Outreach for the Greenhouse Group which dispenses medical cannabis also provides a wide range of holistic services designed to help patients maintain a healthy lifestyle, reduce stress and manage pain, such as yoga and therapeutic massage.

“There’s so much more for medical providers to learn,” she said. “As they do and begin to see the improvement in their patients we can see real progress.

For Expo organizer, Gracie Bagosy Young, the Expo is an opportunity to not only educate medical providers and patients about medical cannabis but also

“In Illinois, physicians do not prescribe Cannabis. Their role is to verify their patient’s qualifying condition, which is exactly what they do every day for insurance companies. They should be qualified to verify their own patient’s medical conditions.”

 Bagosy-Young is a chronic pain patient advocate and believes as more patients start to learn about medical cannabis, their providers need to be ready for that conversation.

“Patients need to be able to discuss this treatment openly with their physicians. In order to do that, they need to be adequately trained. Our CME and CEU platforms are the 1st in the State to provide this essential education to better serve their patients.”

Earlier this year, an Illinois judge ruled that intractable pain be added to the list of what medical cannabis can be prescribed to treat.

If you wish to attend, the Expo either in person or online (the event will be live streamed), you need to register for the event.

You can register here.

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Absurd US DEA policy maintains two legal fictions.
1. That amphetamines are a safer ADHD treatment than cannabis.
2. That synthetic THC is medically useful, but cannabis plants containing THC are not medically useful.
To enforce these two legal fictions, DEA proposes to revoke the prescribing license of every doctor who prescribes medical cannabis.

That’s what has driven state legislators to ask doctors to “verify a patient’s qualifying condition” and passively “monitor” use, rather than advise patients on what to use.

Every other medicinal plant in use today, be it digitalis for treating heart disease or penicillin for treating infections, goes through a process of chemical standardization. Someone measures how much of the active ingredient is present in each batch of plants, before they are processed into pills of known strength.

The DEA insists that chewing on cannabis leaves or lighting them on fire and inhaling the fumes, gives a less-reliable dose of medicine than one gets when using standardized medicines. They make that argument, as a reason why the plant should remain prohibited.

And then DEA has the nerve to pretend that their policy of prohibiting doctors from prescribing the active ingredients in cannabis, has nothing to do with the lack of standardization that would occur if doctors were allowed to start prescribing those ingredients.

There are well over 100 substances in the cannabis plant that may be medically useful. Ending DEA’s legal fictions is necessary, if scientists are to identify ways to use them. Right now, the DEA is half correct in asserting that cannabis could be made safer and more effective. The missing half of the whole truth, is that the problems in cannabis therapy are entirely the result of absurd DEA policy that obstructed medical research for 48 years.

Wasn’t going to comment, thought I’d simply pass this one up. Then I read “A safe alternative to opioids”! ( I KNOW THEY WORK and are NOT DANGEROUS!!.) NOT when that SAFE alternative is marijuana. I smoked the stuff for years in my early 20s. I DON’T like it now at all and DON’T want that to be my ONLY choice either.
Now before some of you go and get mad just wait a minute. If it works for you that’s absolutely terrific!!! if that is what takes your pain away then absolutely!!! Though some of us who have spent the last 10 + years taking opioids for chronic pain relief and have received such relief; I say if it’s not broke don’t fix it!!
Yes I’m well aware that it apparently seems broken right now with this ridiculous crisis at hand. Although some are fighting to get medical marijuana approved, some of us will remain fighting to keep our opioids in which we know what works best for us. Now that doesn’t mean we know what works best for others. Sad shame is I know someone that knows someone that could get me a bag of the stuff in an hour, but I DO
NOT want it. What I DO NEED for my chronic pain and want back I CAN’T get because our government decided to play doctor. I STILL refuse to GIVE UP, I will continue to FIGHT this battle on my knees and any other way possible!!! Enough said.