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.