Glaucoma, Cannabis, and Medical Marijuana
Published study suggest cannabis helps ease intra-ocular pressure by 25% in glaucoma patients
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness, damaging the optic nerve, which is responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain. High pressure within the eye is one of the main risk factors for this optic nerve damage.
There currently is no cure for glaucoma. Marijuana helps relieve the pressure within the eye, thus preventing damage.
(1) J.E. Joy, S.J. Watson, J.A. and Benson, Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base (National Academy Press, 1999).
“In a number of studies of healthy adults and glaucoma pressure, IOP (intra-ocular pressure) was reduced by an average of 25% after smoking a marijuana cigarette that contained approximately 2% THC — a reduction as good as that observed with most other medications available today.””