A benefit to medical marijuana is that it can help people with ocular hypertension, which can be a sign of glaucoma by lower eye pressure. Studies have shown that substances within medical marijuana when taken via inhalation or orally have shown the ability to lower intraocular pressure. There have also been cases where people with glaucoma found traditional medicine not effective and turned to consuming medical cannabis through smoking or edibles to successfully stop their vision loss. Medical marijuana has already been playing a large role with people suffering from late stage glaucoma to treat the pain and nausea that is usually associated with it. Researchers are still trying to nail down the best way to treat glaucoma with medical marijuana, and see a high THC level eye drops as the best and most effective way to provide future treatment on patients with glaucoma.
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, it is a disease that causes damage to the eye’s optic nerve and can lead to vision loss and blindness. It usually comes with no noticeable symptoms and gradually causes a loss of vision. There is no cure and once vision loss happens due to glaucoma it is irreversible, which is why it is important to get regular eye screenings and seek treatment if you experience any symptoms such as redness in the eye, blurred vision, nausea and severe eye pain. Glaucoma is usually associated with a high pressure within the eye that leads to damage to the optic nerve although some people with high eye pressure will never develop glaucoma while optic nerve damage can still happen under normal eye pressure. The increase in eye pressure is due to a buildup of the fluid that normally flows through the eye. Due to the overproduction, the fluid cannot flow properly and increases the pressure within the eye.