Cannabis for Intraocular Pressure Relief and Glaucoma
Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 10/31/2014 in Medical Marijuana Research
People have known about the connection between cannabis and treating glaucoma. The reason is because cannabis helps alleviate intraocular pressure when ingested.
Today we’ll dive a bit deeper behind how this actually works and show our readers that cannabis treatment for your glaucoma is a good choice.
How Cannabis helps
The compound within the cannabis plant believed to be responsible for helping with intraocular pressure relief is CBG or Cannabigerol. What’s even crazier is that this compound is not labeled under the Controlled Substance Act however research into it is stifled due to Marijuana being on the Schedule I status.
Nonetheless many studies have found that smoking cannabis helps drop Intra Ocular Pressure (IOP). While the mechanics behind it is still very unknown, there has been some advances in understanding how it works.
Most scientists agree that it is the CB1 receptor that has the greatest impact on IOP. Within the eye there are CB1 receptors in the tissues, and scientists have found that by applying it topically there is a greater reduction in IOP.
The cannabis compounds are difficult to administrate to the eye topically since it is lipid base (oily). By “watering it down” you will lose a lot of the medicinal qualities however recently microemulsions and cyclodextrins (macrocyclic oligosaccharides) have been shown to improve the corneal penetration of cannabinoids.
Federal Marijuana Patients
While it’s hard to believe that the Federal Government has marijuana patients, it’s true. In fact, it was Robert Randall that first fought for medical cannabis in the 70’s after being diagnosed with glaucoma. He was eventually caught and was brought in front of a judge, where he claimed “medical necessity” as his defense.
He asked the question: “If you are going blind, wouldn’t you break the law if there was a treatment to help prevent it. (paraphrased)
His defense held true and in turn the Federal government has been supplying Mr. Randall with 300 pre rolled “marijuana joints” to treat his condition. Randall must smoke ever three to four hours to maintain his IOP regulated.
Future for Glaucoma
While cannabis hasn’t officially been accepted as a treatment for glaucoma, many people have used it successfully. It is absolutely imperative that cannabis is legalized in order to further explore the medicinal qualities of this plant. If we have the ability to treat something as severe as glaucoma and the treatment is illegal, it is our duty to change the law to allow research to go unhindered!