Medically Speaking: Marijuana & Glaucoma

Mary Jon

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Glaucoma is one of the most prevalent eye diseases worldwide, with over 60 million people living with it. Glaucoma is also the most common cause of blindness. Although marijuana can assist with some of the symptoms, it is not the best alternative to traditional medicine for glaucoma patients. Doctors indicate one would need to be constantly puffing on a joint to feel the effects that common medicines provide.

Glaucoma is an eye disease that affects one’s eyesight. It breaks down into four major types: open-angle, or chronic, glaucoma; angle-closure, or acute, glaucoma; congenital glaucoma; secondary glaucoma. The intraocular pressure, or increased pressure in the eye, damages the nerves and leads to blindness. The symptoms, according to the US National Library of Medicine, include not having any, slow down of peripheral vision, if advances can lead to blindness, severe eye pain, cloudy vision, nausea, rainbow-like halos around lights, red & swollen eyes, sensitivity to light and tearing. Glaucoma is a terrible eye condition that requires therapy and proper medicine.

Some symptoms of glaucoma have been regulated through the use of cannabis, or medical marijuana. Although weed assists with some glaucoma conditions, the benefits do not outweigh laser treatments or modern-day medicine. Marijuana is registered as a Schedule I drug, indicating that it may “have a high potential for abuse and no medical application or proven therapeutic value,” according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation. The GRF goes on to state that, “Advocates of medicinal marijuana cite evidence that hemp products can lower intraocular pressure (IOP) in people with glaucoma. However, these products are less effective than medicines prescribed by an eye doctor. The high dose of marijuana necessary to produce a clinically relevant effect on IOP in the short term requires constant inhalation, as much as every three hours.”

There you have it. Although medical marijuana may not be the most effective way to relief one’s glaucoma symptoms, it does have positive effects on the condition.

Please do not use this article as medical advice. For more information on anxiety disorder and medical marijuana benefits, please see your Physician.