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Learn | 04.11.2022

How Does Medical Marijuana Aid With Glaucoma?

Breaking down this common eye disease and why medical marijuana is the leading treatment for it.

Reports from Glaucoma Today highlight that even though cannabis is an illegal drug (federally), it’s not only the most commonly used illegal drug but the most common treatment for glaucoma.

According to The GrowthOp, cannabis presents many healing benefits for treating the eye disease, which is also said to be the leading cause of blindness in the United States.

What Is Glaucoma

Mayo Clinic reports that glaucoma is the category for a group of eye conditions that harm the optic nerve, which is usually caused by increased pressure in the eye.

The most worrisome aspect of glaucoma is that there aren’t many symptoms before getting the disease; it can come out of nowhere with “no warning signs.”

Once an individual is diagnosed with the eye disease, it causes a gradual change in vision that usually doesn’t happen until the disease is advanced.

Some of the most common symptoms of glaucoma include,

  • blind spots in peripheral or central vision
  • Tunnel vision
  • Severe headache
  • Eye pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Halos around lights
  • Eye redness

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How Cannabis Helps Treat Glaucoma

There’s a reason why medical marijuana is the most common substance used to treat this gradual eye disease.

The Growth Op reports that different cannabinoids inside the cannabis plant can be a great tool for lowering the eye’s production of fluid, thereby relieving pressure on the optic nerve.

Many different strains and cannabinoids promote incredible healing benefits like anti-inflammation, which is another common reason to dose the plant when looking to reduce pain, redness, and other damage.

Furthermore, there are countless detoxifying cannabinoids in cannabis, which is reportedly a common tool to help remove toxins from cells within the eye to enhance better vision.

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