Glaucoma and Medical Marijuana

"These glaucoma-induced headaches come on like freight trains - like, BOOM, my head starts hurting, my eyes start bugging, my whole body starts to tense up. But then I find [Sippy, the vape pen], and it relaxes everything and calms everything. It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful."   Whoopi Goldberg


Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that typically result from elevated pressure in eyeball fluid that damages the optic nerve.  If left untreated, this condition results in visual difficulties and blindness.  While this disorder is common in older adults, anyone can be afflicted.


It is commonly thought that the effects of glaucoma are permanent, but recent scientific findings more than suggest that Medical Marijuana can not only halt early stage symptoms of glaucoma, it can regenerate optic nerve damage.


Symptoms of Glaucoma treatable or reduced with MMJ include:

  • Severe headache
  • Eye pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Halos around lights
  • Eye redness


Top 5 Medications Prescribed for Glaucoma -2015

  • Combigan       
  • Diamox           
  • Acetazolamide
  • Brimonidine / timolol   
  • Pilocarpine


Combigan Side Effects Include: slow or uneven heart rate; pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest; shallow breathing, feeling like you might pass out; severe swelling, redness, or discomfort in or around your eye; eye pain or increased watering; or numbness or tingly feeling in your hands or feet. and drowsiness, tired feeling; mild itching, redness, or irritation of your eyes; or mild stinging or burning when using the eye drops. Source:


Glaucoma Drug Side Effects - Information and Statistics


Glaucoma and Medical Marijuana

The effectiveness of Cannabis in treating Glaucoma helped popularize the belief that Medical Marijuana is legitimate,helping paving the way toward re-legalization (MMJ legal 1690-1930's).


Medical Marijuana works in Glaucoma by activating receptors that control inflammation and relaxation of circulatory system components.  Large and tiny blood vessels, eye muscles and ducts can all be effected to dilate and relax - which reduces eye pressure. Researchers have found that Cannabinoids, the components responsible for most of Pot's medicinal effects, are also instigated in nerve regeneration.  Meaning that it may be possible not only to stop the advancement of Glaucoma, it may reverse the disease.


Open-angle glaucoma, acute angle-closure glaucoma and other forms are now commonly treated  with Cannabis based drugs.  Unfortunately, only 25% of California doctors have been exposed to Medical Marijuana in practice, but many now know that MMJ helps Glaucomas.  Still, for a new MMJ patient, the odds are that their doctor won't know what to do when it comes time to write a legal Recommendation for Medical Marijuana.


With more than 100,000 physicians practicing in the State of California, there are thousands of doctors that can help clients with MMJ.  One only needs to find a proper MMJ Specialist.


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"The only thing worse than being blind - is having sight but no vision." Helen Keller



Medical Cannabis Wiki

Research Note: Marijuana Derivative for Canine Glaucoma

Pot Science: Top Marijuana Findings of 2015

Glaucoma Mayo Clinic


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