By: Ncw Staff
Cannabis and Glaucoma – by Chris Wehage
Glaucoma is a condition where the ocular pressure in the eye is significantly greater than normal. The increase in pressure strains the optic nerve, over time one’s vision can become distorted and can cause an array of implications. In severe cases, chronic pain issues can emerge as well as total vision loss. Traditional treatment methods include eye drops, which regulate the eye pressure. Surgery is also used in more advanced stages. Unfortunately, each of these treatments comes with side effects.
For over 40 years, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been used in the treatment of glaucoma. THC, which is a cannabinoid, has been shown to decrease ocular pressure up to 25%, however it does have some psychoactive side effects. Cannabinol (CBN), which is also a cannabinoid, is growing in popularity. Both THC and CBN have proven effectiveness in treating glaucoma; however, CBN might prove to be more favorable because unlike THC, it has less psychoactive properties.
There are several ways to treat glaucoma using THC and CBN. Research has shown that inhalation lowers ocular pressure the most effectively. This can be achieved by smoking or vaporizing. Treatment plans for glaucoma vary, but most patients find relief by smoking/vaping Sativa flower during the day to stay energized, and smoking/vaping indica flower during the evening hours to relax.
Another form that has proven effective by providing a steady flow of cannabinoids is the use of tinctures or edibles. THC and/or CBN tinctures provide a steady flow of medication without any intoxicating effects. These methods can be combined to provide extra relief.
Although THC and CBN are helpful cannabinoids, not all cannabinoids are alike. Some should even be avoided when treating glaucoma. Believe it or not, the main cannabinoid to avoid is cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is actually linked to increased ocular pressure according to a recent study.
If one is seeking alternative methods to treat glaucoma, medical cannabis is a low-risk option. THC and CBN have both been clinically proven to reduce ocular pressure up to 25% while providing pain relief. — Chris Wehage
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