Although glaucoma is common, if it goes undiagnosed and untreated it can eventually lead to blindness. In general, glaucoma is a very gradual degenerative disease and as a result regular eye examinations are recommended for anyone above the age of 30.
There are 4 types of glaucoma:
Glaucoma can physically manifest in a range of ways, including:
Factors that may increase your risk of developing Glaucoma:
Studies conducted in 1971 showed that 65% of test patients with glaucoma experienced a 30% decrease in intraocular pressure after using medicinal cannabis, with effects lasting three to four hours after dosage administration. The reason behind the drop in intraocular pressure is how the THC component binds to the CB1 receptors in the eye, reducing aqueous outflow and as a result lowering overall pressure.
Unlike other conditions treatable by medicinal cannabis, glaucoma does not rely on THC interacting with the central nervous system, instead the reaction happens in the eye itself which makes eyedrops a plausible option for administration.
Some of the cannabis products that have shown to be beneficial treatments to Glaucoma sufferers include:
They can be consumed as an oil, vape liquid, sprays and wafers.
If you or a loved one are suffering from Glaucoma and are considering medicinal cannabis as a potential treatment, please speak to your GP or to one of our SAS accredited doctors here.