Cannabis As an Alternative Treatment

Disease Profile: Glaucoma

Glaucoma is used to describe a group of diseases that deteriorates the eye’s optic nerve. Glaucoma may result in partial loss of vision or total blindness. This optic nerve plays an important role in sending visual information to the brain. The deterioration is present when the intraocular pressure (IOP) damages the optic nerve. With the routes between nerve receptors damaged, these interruptions lead to visual impairment.

Symptoms of glaucoma often include headaches, eye pain, and blurred vision. However, with early detection and treatment, prevention of the disease is possible.

The Role of Cannabis for Glaucoma

How does marijuana help patients with glaucoma?

Cannabis offers an abundance of healing properties for patients suffering from glaucoma. Studies have proven that the Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabinoid of marijuana can relieve optic nerve pressure, therefore reducing pain and damage being implemented.

THC has often shown to relieve the side effects related to glaucoma, such as migraines, vomiting, and painful eye pressure. Cannabigerol (CBG) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that helps to alleviate IOP by increasing fluid drainage in the eye. The use of cannabis is solely to delay the onset of glaucoma and cannot cure it.

Marijuana and Glaucoma

Treating this optic disease with marijuana has shown to lower IOP levels. It may need frequent intake to alleviate the pains associated with this disease. It’s important to note that if a patient seeks out this option they may not be able to drive or operate heavy machinery because of the psychoactive side effects of THC. With the many ways to take cannabis, ask your specialist or local dispensary about the best options for you.

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