Recreational Marijuana is Legal in Illinois in January 2020!
As more and more states explore the power of the flower in a recreational capacity, our team at Rise Cannabis is excited to announce our new recreational marijuana Illinois locations. Founder Ben Kovler and our dedicated team are proud to be on the forefront of this exciting “Wellness Movement,” serving as a helpful resource for all things cannabis. Regardless of experience with cannabis, our team can help to expand your cannabis knowledge as recreational legalization in Illinois takes hold.
As of January 1st, 2020, Illinois joins Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Alaska, Michigan, Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Keep an eye out for our Illinois marijuana dispensary menus on our website.
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Need-to-Knows About Recreational Marijuana
Understanding the facts about recreational marijuana may help you feel more comfortable about using it. Marijuana comes dried flowers of Cannabis sativa, meaning that the chemicals found in marijuana come directly from the leaves and flowering shoots. The most common chemical found in the marijuana plant is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. This is a psychoactive compound that gives users the “high” feeling, and it can be consumed in a variety of ways, including consumption through smoking, gummies and other edible treats, supplements, gels, oils, extracts, and more.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is another natural compound found in the marijuana plant. It has become increasingly popular in recent years because of its wide variety of benefits to users, including anxiety relief, pain relief, alleviating cancer-related symptoms, benefitting heart health and so many more. You can also consume CBD in multiple different forms, such as an oil, a gummy, a balm, etc.
The potential benefits of cannabis are seemingly endless; anxiety reduction, pain relief, nausea and vomiting control, relaxing tight muscles, stimulating appetite, slowing tumor growth, killing cancer cells and so much more.
What Happens When You Consume Marijuana?
If you’ve never consumed marijuana before and you’re interested in learning more about how it will feel, we encourage you to look to our team. We know that it can be intimidating to explore a nontraditional avenue of medicine but we will help educate you so you feel more confident about the process. From cultivating the plant using leading horticultural methods to consistently checking on the quality of our product, our goal is to help advance wellness through the use of marijuana. Plus, we can help recommend specific dosage levels and products to help ensure your first experience is positive.
If you are using cannabis for the first time, here are some potential side effects you may feel:
- Joy, relaxation
- An increased sense of appetite
- sight and hearing
- A loss of coordination, so driving a car or operating machinery after you have consumed marijuana is not safe
- A false sense of time
- Trouble thinking or problem solving
- Feeling overly suspicious, distrustful
- Difficulty walking
- Red, bloodshot eyes
- Short-term memory problems
So, Who Can Benefit from Marijuana Usage?
Our recreational and medical cannabis dispensaries in Illinois can be a source of relief for a multitude of health-related symptoms. Outside of recreational users who want to experience the benefits of our products, we suggest products for those who are seeking relief. For example, those with Alzheimer’s disease may benefit from marijuana usage to help reduce the amount of beta amyloid in the brain; this is a well-known characteristic of Alzheimer’s that is linked to the disease. Those who suffer from minimal appetite as a side effect of particular medications or treatments can also benefit from marijuana to help stimulate their appetite. Sufferers from cancer, Crohn’s disease, glaucoma, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, cachexia and muscle spasms may also benefit from cannabis use.
Beyond helping your physical body, the power of the flower extends to improving mental health as well. Those who suffer from mental health conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia may benefit from cannabis as well.
Choose a Dispensary You Can Trust
Not all marijuana products are created equal, so it’s crucial that you choose products that has experience cultivating only the highest-quality plants and transforming them into effective yet affordable cannabis products. At Rise, all of our cannabis products are from a select list of trusted vendors; we don’t offer products that we wouldn’t use ourselves. Our menu is constantly changing to feature innovative, effective, and finely tuned products, all of which you can shop online as well. RiSE to a higher standard thanks to our Illinois dispensary locations.
Do you have a particular question about our products or marijuana in general? Read below to find answers to some of our most commonly asked questions. Feel free to contact us directly for more helpful information.
Q: How does marijuana help my illness?
A: The naturally found properties from the marijuana plant may provide a natural solution to many common illnesses and ailments. Our team will work with you to help you find the right products and dosages to potentially help manage your condition.
Q: Where can I buy recreational marijuana in Illinois?
A: As weed becomes legal in the state of Illinois, more and more dispensaries will be opening, including our Rise locations! Make sure to check our website in upcoming weeks for an updated list of our Illinois locations.
Q: What are the side effects of medical marijuana?
A: Most users report an increased feeling of joy and relaxation after using medical marijuana. Depending on the specific dosage and your condition, side effects may include an increase in hunger, an increased awareness of sight, smell and taste, a loss of coordination, or tiredness. Everyone reacts to marijuana differently, so it is hard to give an exact prediction of how you will feel.
Q: When does recreational marijuana go into effect in Illinois?
A: As of January 1st, 2020, recreational marijuana will be legal in the state of Illinois.
Q: How old do you have to be to purchase recreational marijuana in Illinois?
A: In order to legally purchase recreational marijuana in Illinois, the individual needs to be at least 21 years old.
Q: How do I store my cannabis?
A: The method in which you store your cannabis is important in its effectiveness. Mold and mildew thrive in temperatures between 77 degrees and 86 degrees, so try to store your cannabis in a cool, dark place for best results. Ideal humidity levels are between 59 percent and 63 percent.
Q: Is it safe to consume alcohol and cannabis together?
A: Marijuana and alcohol are two of the most commonly used substances, but can they be safely used together? In short, the answer is no. Alcohol is a depressant that impacts your central nervous system while weed impacts the part of your brain that is responsible for time perception, thinking, pleasure, time perception and sensory perception. Mixing them could cause you to feel the effects of one or both substances faster than you would otherwise. Alcohol widens your blood vessels in the gastrointestinal tract, allowing your body to absorb THC even faster. We do not recommend mixing these substances.
*Medical disclaimer: If you have specific concerns about the use of marijuana, we advise you to talk to your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.