WGN: CBD is exploding in the marketplace, helping humans, animals with aches and pains

Recently Innovative Wellness & Dr. Rahul Khare were featured in a news story from WGN. Dr. Rahul Khare, a former Northwestern Memorial Hospital emergency room physician, who recently opened Innovative Wellness, cautions users. “There are some horror stories where some CBD has THC in it. People get tested, and they fail their drug test, so you have to be very careful about where you purchase your CBD,” Khare said. Khare provides lab reports and so does McFeely for her products, […]

Understanding CBD: A Clinical Overview of Cannabidiol

by Dr. Rahul Khare, Founder of Innovative Care & Board Certified Emergency Room Physician Cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, is a new and relatively understudied medical treatment for pain, including back pain. CBD seems to reduce back pain for some people and does not come with the high or psychogenic effects of marijuana.   How Does CBD Treat Back Pain? Research indicates that CBD may reduce back pain by: Reducing inflammation[1] Combating anxiety, often associated with long-lasting or chronic […]

3 Reasons to Still Get Your Medical Cannabis Card in IL Following Legalization 

A long awaited day for Illinoisan’s everywhere finally arrived last week as the House and Senate passed a bill legalizing adult use recreational cannabis in the state. While 29 states have cannabis laws in place, Illinois was the first to pass a bill legalizing marijuana through their legislature. Billionaire businessman and IL Governor, J.B. Pritzker, has said he plans to sign the bill. Progress is On the Horizon in IL Indeed, there is much to be excited about as this […]

How Hemp is Empowering Patients to Combat Chronic Pain & Battle the Opioid Epidemic

Chronic Pain is a Growing Problem Across the Globe Chronic pain continues to grow into a serious public health concern in industrialized countries.1 In the United States alone, Americans consume “80% of the world’s supply of prescription opioid analgesics (POAs), and opioid prescriptions have climbed by 300% since 1991.”2 Opioids are a class of drugs, which include morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and heroin. They are effective in the short-term treatment of acute pain, but carry significant risks of dependence, abuse, and […]

CBD, Natures Anxiolytic: Exploring How Hemp Can Treat Anxiety (Instead of Causing It)

Anxiety: It’s More Common Than You Think Your gut starts churning and you’re overwhelmed by a sensation of butterflies. Feelings of dread, paranoia and fear envelope you, making it hard to breathe. While moments of anxiety are a normal part of the human condition, over one third of the population suffers from anxiety disorders that make living with some degree of anxiety an everyday struggle.1 The most common drugs prescribed for this mood disorder are benzodiazepines and anti-depressant medication, both […]

Opiate Alternative Pilot Program

  A new way of treating patients with chronic pain, the Opiate Alternative Pilot Program (OAPP) will give the people of Illinois more options with medical marijuana. Here are some details of this groundbreaking new project: Do You Qualify? To qualify, you must: Be 21 years of age or over. Must have been prescribed an opiate within the last year (Norco, Vicodin, Oxycontin, Suboxone, Tramadol, and many others) or have a condition that warrants an opiate, based on generally accepted standards of […]

The ABCs of CBD – What You Should Know About the Popular Hemp Product

  CBD has hit the shelves at health food stores, gyms, yoga studios and vape shops across the city. You can even sip CBD infused cocktails at some Chicago establishments. But is the hemp product worthy of its hype? In short, yes, but there are some things consumers should know. While the scientific evidence is still lacking, anecdotal evidence to support using CBD is strong. I have many patients who incorporate CBD into their treatment plan to help lower anxiety […]

Medical Cannabis for Chronic Pain

Chronic Conditions Managed with Medical Cannabis Pain relief is the most cited reason for using medical cannabis. Most states that have legalized medical cannabis have a list of specific conditions that are eligible for a physician recommendation. These conditions are called qualifying conditions. Generally, qualifying conditions are determined by state appointed medical boards that are then signed into law. Qualifying conditions are typically characterized by chronic pain with one or more of these symptoms: Severe nausea Severe or persistent muscle spasms […]

Marijuana Miracle | Special Report, The Jam

MARIJUANA MIRACLE: Patients, doctors and insiders say pot is saving lives. Is medical cannabis the solution to our nation’s opioid crisis?