Glaucoma is an eye condition that occurs when there is too much pressure in the eye and results in the damage of the optical nerve. The health of the optical nerve plays a vital roll in having healthy vision. Patients with glaucoma are at risk of becoming blind if left untreated and the pressure in their eyes not brought back to a stable healthy level.
The primary goal of doctors in the treatment of glaucoma is to lower the pressure in the eyes to a safe level with an aim of halting damages the high-pressure level causes. The treatment options generally include prescription medications, surgery and use of laser treatments.
Most states have already legalized the use of cannabis for medical purposes and it is now among the hot topics among glaucoma patients. Some studies have shown that smoking of cannabis can reduce the pressure in the eyes of people suffering from glaucoma. Individuals who cannot tolerate the typical medications for glaucoma can use marijuana to lower their eye pressure as an option.
Scientific studies have shown that marijuana lowers eye pressure effectively but the effects only last for 3-4 hours. Therefore, the patients need to smoke or administer the drug every 3 hours. Due to the mood-altering effects of marijuana, patients who smoke it after every 3-4 hours might not be able to drive for work, operate heavy machinery or do any job that requires attention to details. Smoking marijuana is known to contain chemical compounds that can damage the smoker’s lungs, but there are options available to patients that do not involve smoking.
Scientists have conducted numerous studies to know whether medical practitioners could administer the active marijuana compound, THC, in a different way. Patients can also obtain the same benefits by consuming the product sublingual, applying eye drops or by simply swallowing a capsule.