Residents, physicians look to marijuana as medical treatment – Northwest Herald

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Marc Drummond of the Natural Pharmacy in Yorkville holds two brands of cannabidiol oil he carries in his pharmacy. CBD oil is derived from hemp and is used for a variety of conditions, applied orally and on the skin, Drummond said.Tony Scott – [email protected]

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One of the pet products carried by the Natural Pharmacy in Yorkville includes cannabidiol oil. This product helps soothe anxious dogs, pharmacy owner Marc Drummond said.Tony Scott – [email protected]

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Rick Niksic, an education and outreach representative with Greenhouse, a licensed medical marijuana dispensary and pharmacy in Morris, speaks to a group Oct. 24 at the Oswego Senior Center about medical marijuana use.Tony Scott – [email protected]

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A crowd at the Oswego Senior Center listens Oct. 24 as Rick Niksic with Greenhouse, a licensed medical marijuana dispensary and pharmacy in Morris, gives a presentation about medical marijuana in Illinois.Candace H. Johnson for Shaw Media

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Nicole Conley, 26, uses different strains of marijuana to control her epileptic seizures, as shown by her sister, Danielle, at their home in Island Lake. In Springfield, there are efforts for a potential change in the law to expand it to cover more conditions or to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Pat Sechrest of Boulder Hill suffers from spinal stenosis, a painful narrowing of the spine, and she has tried a variety of treatments.

“I’m doing everything I can,” Sechrest said. “I do acupuncture, massage, yoga, tai chi, exercise, stretching. I take Aleve. I’ve been advised by my doctors not to have surgery for different reasons. I keep as active as I can and don’t want to do surgery, and I’m in pain almost all the time.”

That’s the reason she attended a presentation Oct. 24 at the

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