I waited a long time for recreational weed to be legalized in the state of Illinois, then since December 2020, adults 21+ have been allowed to purchase, possess and consume cannabis products, and i am relieved that I no longer need to go through the hassle and expense of qualifying for an MMJ card… The card expires after a single year, forcing me to go through the process and pay the fees again, and now, I have access to any of the recreational dispensaries located anywhere across the state; Living in Orland Park, there are various nearby weedshops. I am only about a half hour’s drive from Chicago, where there are various bigger dispensaries. I rarely make the trip. I am content with the smaller, boutique shop in Orland Park. They have everything I need. I suffer from arthritis in my hands. There are times when I don’t even notice it. Now and then, the flare ups cause my knuckles to swell and become undoubtedly painful. It becomes impossible to make a fist, open jars or even type on my PC. Since my job is handled legitimately by way of the laptop and online access, I need my hands in good laboring order. Plus, the weather in Orland Park requires shoveling snow in the winter, raking leaves in the fall, pulling weeds in the Spring and mowing grass in the summer, then my active lifestyle is hindered by symptoms of arthritis. I’ve found that CBD works wonders for me. I choose cannabis products with a higher CBD to THC ratio and look for those options that also provide CBN. Topicals can be applied directly to my hands for soothing relief. I purchase tinctures for fast-acting effects without dealing with smoke, ash or odors. They are discreet, easy and when stored properly, offer a long shelf-life.