September 8, 2016
Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Glaucoma?
Cannabis is an effective treatment for Glaucoma.
Glaucoma was one of the first issues that was shown to be treatable by cannabis.
For temporary relief of eye pressure and other symptoms related to glaucoma, ingesting cannabis appears to help ease the pressure and reduce the symptoms.
Ingesting Cannabis has been shown to lower the risk of pressure to the eye and that kind of treatment helps prevent the development of glaucoma and also helps reduce pre-existing Glaucoma related damage preventing it from getting worse over time.
There are plenty of treatments out on the market for treating Glaucoma, treatments that are meant to lower eye pressure in the form of eye drops or maybe laser treatment but all those may come with side effects. Most people don’t want to go through the side effects so most patients seek an alternative out. The alternative has come in the form of Cannabis.
What are some of the Treatment Alternatives?
Smoking marijuana has been one of the alternative treatments of Glaucoma due to the fact that it has been shown effective in lowering the pressure in the eye.
A minor con of smoking marijuana to relieve pressure in the eye is that the effect only lasts around 3-5 hours so the person suffering will have to smoke multiple times a day to relieve pressure throughout the day often as much as 7 times a day or more.
Smoking marijuana also has other side effects on people depending on the person. They may get paranoia symptoms, alterations in their mood, they may not be able to function completely normal under the influence of marijuana. Smoking may also cause damage to the smoker’s lungs depending how they smoke and how often they smoke. There are other ways to ingest marijuana such as edibles, oils or tinctures.
Eye drops that contain THC are in the works but there hasn’t been a successful one made yet that contains enough concentrated amount if THC to cure the patient.
Ingesting marijuana in other ways other than smoking eliminate the effects to the lungs but have the same side effects that come with the psychedelic effects that come from ingesting THC or tetrahydrocannabinol into the system.
Using Cannabis to Lower Pressure
Cannabis although it lowers the pressure in the eye it also has another problem, it lowers the person’s blood pressure as well.
A side effect of lower blood pressure is the blood supply to the optic nerve can be reduced drastically, which might in turn be harmful to the eye.
There has been a lot of backlash against marijuana and its benefits but the people that have used it have said that the results have been much better than using medicine that have chemicals in them with much worse side effects than the use of cannabis. Now that it has become legal in so many states across the nation the way people used to view cannabis has changed in some so the efforts being put into finding cures that come from cannabis treatments will be brought more to light and we may see some great treatments and medicines being produced in the near future.
Glaucoma is an eye condition in which the optic nerve becomes damaged over time, reducing side vision. It sometimes leads to blindness. One cause of optic nerve damage in glaucoma is higher-than-normal pressure within the eye (intraocular pressure or "IOP").
Currently, the only way to control glaucoma and prevent vision loss is to lower your IOP levels. Typically an ophthalmologist can prescribe medication to treat glaucoma, some of the things that are prescribed are eye drops, or surgery, depending on the severity of the glaucoma.
Marijuana became known for treating Glaucoma back in the 1970s. There were studies conducted which showed that smoking marijuana lowered the IOP of people with glaucoma. More studies were conducted to further examin if marijuana was the reason that the IOP was lowered or if it was the active in gradient in Marijuana which was THC. The National Eye Institute which is a division of the federal National Institutes of Health confirmed that this was a valid study and the results were valid as well.
The research confirmed that marijuana did lower the IOP but it only did so for a short period of time, which was about 3 to 5 hours depending on the amount ingested, and the potency of the marijuana strain.