Can Cannabis Treat Glaucoma?

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Photo Credit: Whaxy

Cannabis may have the ability to provide relief for those who suffer from glaucoma, an ocular condition affecting over 60 million patients that degrades the retina and optic nerve and disturbs Intraocular Pressure (IOP) of the eye. Glaucoma can eventually lead to blindness, and those who suffer from the condition may experience eye pain, blurred vision, visible halos around lights, excessive redness, and nausea and vomiting, all as a result of IOP imbalance.

According to a study dating back to 1971, cannabis successfully lowered IOP by 25-30 percent, but only for a short period of time which concerned physicians who cautioned against too frequent of a dosing schedule and feared the disruption of a patient's sleep cycle. For longer relief, a patient can choose to medicate using edibles. In addition, studies have shown topical applications that deliver cannabinoids directly to the eye effectively relieve glaucoma symptoms.

This information has been provided by Whaxy and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.