Why do people smoke weed for glaucoma?

I’m sure you’ve heard of the old story from stoners to police officers, “it’s my medicine, i’ve got glaucoma” The rumor was tied to the famous Snoop Doggy Dogg, but that has yet to be verified by his medical records. Word on the streets is that he will reveal them when Trump reveals his taxes haha!

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a disease that damage your eye’s optic nerve. It most commonly occurs when fluid builds up in the front part of the eye. This can not only be discomforting, but also painful at times. It can also eventually can reduce side vision, and perhaps even lead to blindness in the worst cases. One of the primary casues of potential damage is higher-than-normal pressure within the eye, which is referred to as “intraocular pressure”, or “IOP” for short.

How Does Marijuana Help Glaucoma?

Marijuana, also known as Cannabis, has been shown to reduce intraocular pressure in patients suffering from glaucoma. The downside is that it only works for 3-4 hours. The upside is, most stoners get high about that often anyways, at least in my personal experience. In conjunction with medicated eye drops, and even surgery, it can be a great alternative and/or complementary treatment for glaucoma.

History of Cannabis Treatment for Glaucoma

The use of cannabis for glaucoma dates back to the 1970s. Studies conducted then showed that the ingredients in cannabis were helpful in treating glaucoma, but it was not a recommended treatment, likely due to the constant need to medicate, along with the negative effects of smoking cannabis (no vaporizers back then – which reduce that those effects down to practically zero)

 

Best Marijuana Treatments & Medicine for Glaucoma

Many glaucoma sufferers suggest smoking/vaporizing/dabbing are the only ways to alleviate symptoms. They do not believe edibles help. On the contrary though, studies have shown that edibles containing thc also have the same positive effects for patients.

We suggest finding high quality cannabis for the best treatment of glaucoma. Without the high content of thc/cbd/terpenes/etc found in top shelf marijuana, the effects will likely not be as significant. Leafly and other websites have weed databases of user suggestions for particular conditions, including glaucoma.

Justin Meerkat

Cannabis Entrepreneur & Cofounder GetHigh.com | Follow @justinmeerkat on Instagram

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