Best CBD Products for Glaucoma
Posted by Glenn Beierle on 06/01/2018 in Ailments and Conditions
Updated on January 30, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
When you have glaucoma, the fluid in your eye doesn’t drain properly, building up and creating intraocular pressure (IOP). IOP, the pressure put on your optic nerve, can damage the optic nerve, reducing or eliminating your vision. Doctors typically recommend a combination of medical treatments and lifestyle changes to patients with glaucoma to reduce the fluid buildup as much as possible. But, sometimes these treatments don’t work effectively or cause side effects like headaches or low blood pressure.
As an informed patient, you want to know about all the treatment options available to you. Medical marijuana works as an alternative therapy to pharmaceutical medications and offers a variety of remedies. Many patients use cannabidiol (CBD) medicine to avoid the “high” associated with cannabis and benefit from numerous types of symptom relief. Discover four of the most effective methods of taking CBD for glaucoma.
1. CBD Eye Drops
Thanks to medical cannabis research and development, patients may soon have access to effective CBD eye drops. Before they could find the right formula, researchers had a difficult time figuring out how to create eye drops that could deliver CBD to the inside of the eye. Since cannabinoids dissolve better in fats than in water, they don’t penetrate eye tissue very well on their own. Researchers have found that certain formulas can increase how much CBD goes into eye tissue and will hopefully apply this knowledge to new medicine.
If you do find CBD eye drops online or at a dispensary, make sure to talk about it with your doctor before using them. Physicians who have medical marijuana training can help you determine if the eye drops you want have an effective formula. They can also advise you of any potential interactions with your current pharmaceutical eye drops. Once you find the perfect fit, CBD eye drops can offer some of the most effective glaucoma relief out of all these products.
2. Tinctures and Oils
Tinctures consist of CBD dissolved in an alcohol or glycerin solution and come in a convenient dropper. Use the dropper to place the recommended dose under your tongue. Since tinctures absorb quickly into your bloodstream, you can feel their effects soon after taking them. The medicine travels throughout your body, providing neuroprotective benefits and IOP reduction.
To take CBD oil, you can ingest it as-is or add it to food and drink. When you swallow cannabis medicine, it has to travel to your stomach before going into your bloodstream and the rest of your system. Oil might not give you as potent an effect as a tincture, but it can be more user-friendly or accessible for some patients.
3. Edibles and Pills
Edibles and pills have a very straightforward administration method. Since edibles come in the form of infused food and drink, you eat or drink them on their own. Take CBD pills like you would any other pill. Both these kinds of CBD medication offer a familiar way to medicate for patients intimidated by other methods.
A similar principle applies to pills and edibles as it does oils — the medicine inside must go through your stomach to reach the rest of your body. Edibles do take longer to kick in since your digestive system must break down the food for you to feel its effects. Don’t make the mistake of taking too many edibles before giving them time to take effect. Even though CBD doesn’t have psychoactive results, you should still take care when eating an edible or taking a pill.
4. CBD Patches
Patches containing CBD continuously release medicine into your system, eliminating the need to take doses throughout the day. Just apply a patch on an area of your body with plenty of blood vessels, like a wrist or ankle. Using a patch works great for patients who need constant pressure and pain reduction in their eyes.
Two Medication Methods to Avoid
As we’ve learned, just about any form of CBD medicine works to reduce glaucoma symptoms. But, there are two methods of use that can irritate your eyes — smoking and vaping. Unfortunately, the two most popular ways to medicate with marijuana can negatively affect glaucoma symptoms.
Where to Get CBD Medication
The United States has tricky regulations surrounding CBD. While it’s technically illegal under federal law, you can still use it legally in some states. Many of the rules depend on the source of the CBD. If it comes from medical marijuana plants, it gets regulated in the same way that other cannabis medicine does in that state. So, states without legal medical marijuana don’t allow marijuana-derived CBD. On the other hand, CBD that comes from industrial hemp is considered a dietary supplement and tends to receive more legal leeway. Before buying CBD online, read your state’s laws carefully and research the product.
If you do live somewhere that allows cannabis-derived CBD, you may still need to get a medical marijuana card. Once you have the right paperwork ready, you can buy the CBD products legal in your state. Some or all of the product types mentioned in this guide could be available for purchase, so keep multiple options in mind when purchasing medicine.
When you buy CBD online, do your research and make sure it comes from a reputable source. Even as a non-certified patient, you can consult a doctor or dispensary to see if they know anything about hemp-based CBD.
More Resources for Patients With Glaucoma
MarijuanaDoctors.com serves as a comprehensive source for all knowledge related to cannabis medicine. For more information on medical marijuana and glaucoma, check out these pages: