On March 23, a state-licensed dispensary of medical marijuana products, Elevele, opened its doors to customers and patients in Highland Park. The dispensary will provide marijuana in the form of flowers, oils, and infused edibles to patients and those with the special registry ID card. Andy Hunt, one of the owners of the dispensary, claims that after the successful eligibility verification, Elevele’s staff will have the right to advise patients to choose either sativa-dominant or indica-dominant strains of cannabis depending on the unique symptoms of each patient.
Hunt says that sativas are commonly used in the daytime, as they relieve the unwanted symptoms and raise your energy level and mental activeness. In contrast, indicas are more like the nighttime medicine, as they provide total muscle relaxation and a calming effect. Patients that have to go to work but want to treat the pain can take sativa. Afterward, when their activity slows down, they may switch to a relaxing indica strain. Also, patients that deal with cancer are often looking for alternative natural pain killers, as chemical medicines cause adverse side effects. That is when medical marijuana steps in to help them.
However, it is important to remember that the only thing that the staff of Elevele can do is suggest. Everyone is different, and one drop of cannabis tincture may sound like a joke to one patient and be too strong for another one. Tincture is marijuana in a liquid form; you consume it by placing it in your mouth with a dropper. It is always better to start with a low dosage and build up your tolerance.
The state rules have approved 39 illnesses in the case of which people may use marijuana legally. Patients who suffer from one or more of conditions from that list can apply for the permitting card, which, by the way, requires authorization from the patient’s doctor.
These conditions include such illnesses as cancer, glaucoma, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and others. To be able to control the purchases of patients and guard against abuse, the state requires patients to choose a dispensary prior to making their first purchase of marijuana products. Patients can legally buy up to 2,5 ounces of medical marijuana or 35 grams per week. The owners of Elevele are proud of how far they have come to help people.