Medical Marijuana for Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can damage the optic nerve. The optic nerve carries information from the eye to the brain.
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Though marijuana is illegal in many states, some people with glaucoma are turning to the drug to help relieve their symptoms. Glaucoma is a condition that causes increased pressure within the eye, which can lead to vision loss over time. While marijuana has not been conclusively shown to help glaucoma, some people claim that it does provide relief from symptoms. In this article, we will explore the evidence for and against marijuana as a treatment for glaucoma.
Keep reading to learn more.
What is Glaucoma and What are the Symptoms?
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that can damage the optic nerve. The optic nerve carries information from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma can cause vision loss and even blindness. There are no early warning signs for glaucoma, so it’s important to have regular eye exams.
One of the symptoms of glaucoma is high eye pressure. Eye pressure is usually measured during a routine eye exam. Other symptoms of glaucoma include:
- seeing halos around lights
- blurred vision
- difficulty distinguishing colors
- pain in the eye
Glaucoma can be treated with medications, surgery, or a combination of both. Treatment often starts with medications to lower eye pressure. If medications don’t work, surgery may be needed.
How Does Weed Help Glaucoma?
There is some evidence that weed may help to lower the pressure in the eyes of glaucoma patients. This is likely because weed can help to reduce inflammation and open up the blood vessels.
Side Effects of Using Weed to Treat Glaucoma
Weed may help to lower intraocular pressure in people with glaucoma, but it can also cause a number of side effects, including:
- Dry mouth
- Red eyes
- Slowed reaction time
- Impaired judgment
- Anxiety or paranoia
These side effects can be bothersome and may interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery. If you experience any of these side effects, talk to your doctor about whether using weed to treat your glaucoma is right for you.
Best Strains for Glaucoma
There are a few strains of marijuana that are known to be effective for treating glaucoma. Some of the best strains include AC/DC, Harlequin, and Jack Herer. AC/DC is a high-CBD strain that is effective in reducing intraocular pressure. Harlequin is a sativa-dominant strain that is also high in CBD. Jack Herer is a hybrid strain that is known for its ability to reduce eye pressure.
Is Weed a Better Treatment Option than Prescription Medications?
There is no definitive answer to this question as the use of medical marijuana for glaucoma is still relatively new and there is not a lot of research on the subject. However, some preliminary studies have shown that marijuana may be helpful in reducing the pressure in the eyes of people with glaucoma. It is important to note that marijuana can have side effects, so patients should always discuss any potential treatment options with their doctors.
Contact ReThink-Rx today to learn more about how to get medical marijuana.