Updated on January 30, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
Glaucoma is a debilitating disease that threatens the vision of more than three million Americans. For many patients, the possibility of losing your sight — or already being blind — can leave you prone to depression and stress, in addition to the effects of glaucoma. While many patients must rely on traditional treatments due to state legislation, others are soothing their symptoms with success using medical marijuana.
Since the 1800s, treatments for glaucoma have been available. Today, there are many treatment options available. In most cases, however, physicians recommend a multi-prong approach, asking patients to use prescription drugs and shift their lifestyle.
Examples of typical treatments for glaucoma include:
While effective, many of these approaches to glaucoma can cause severe side effects, discomfort or interruptions to your life. Medical marijuana is an appropriate alternative that yields the same — or better — results without the negative effects.
Studies to understand why medical cannabis alleviates glaucoma symptoms are limited — however, research shows the anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties of medical weed, which come from cannabinoids like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), reduce intraocular pressure and pain by connecting with receptors in these areas.
Choosing to make medical cannabis part of your glaucoma treatment plan offers many benefits, including:
Another advantage of medical marijuana for glaucoma symptoms include the fact that it’s a natural option.
Patients are provided with many options when it comes to administering medical cannabis, including:
Due to glaucoma’s side effects, such as increased eye pressure and inflammation, many patients opt not to smoke or vaporize medical weed, as the fumes can cause additional eye irritation. Edibles are often an ideal choice since they’re long-lasting, but speak with your medical cannabis physician to find the best option for you.
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