The Relationship Between Glaucoma and CBD

CBD benefits for glaucoma

The Relationship Between Glaucoma and CBD

While there have been many different lifestyle changes that you could make to help preserve your vision, and eye supplements you could take, this is one case where we don’t really know much yet about CBD benefits for glaucoma. In fact, CBD could actually make glaucoma worse, in some cases! This is bad news, but not surprising when you look at the other things that scientists have known for a long time about this mind-blowing little plant. Not only does it stop most forms of cancer, including glaucoma, it has also been shown to help with things such as:

Chronic pain. It has been shown to ease the negative effects of glaucoma in many scientific studies. One particular paper reported that patients given medicinal marijuana experienced a reduction in eye pressure after just a few months. It has also been shown to reduce intraocular pressure, relieve pain related to glaucoma, and even help treat symptoms related to nausea and vomiting. Some of these medical marijuana users even say that CBD makes nausea go away!

Vision loss. Glaucoma is associated with around 50% of cases of total blindness caused by damage to the optic nerve. In rare cases, it can cause complete blindness. However, even if vision damage is severe, doctors still would not necessarily recommend treatment for patients suffering from glaucoma. It is primarily because glaucoma is a disease that come on slowly over time, often without notice, and it can affect any portion of the visual system. While eye drops may help alleviate pressure on the optic nerve, they may not do much to help vision loss itself.

As mentioned, some research even suggests that the efficacy of THC in reducing eye pressure may benefit people with glaucoma, but further research is needed to support this claim. Other studies have shown that taking a CBD supplement does not decrease eye pressure by as much as those who smoke marijuana. But it seems likely that the CBD reduces eye inflammation, which are one of the symptoms of glaucoma, as well as reducing the effects of the chemicals and compounds that create the problem. This means that other, non-phthalmological treatments might be more beneficial for patients with glaucoma.

Pain relief. Studies have shown that CBD reduces eye muscle spasms, which relieves pressure from under the eyes, allowing for more comfort and relaxation of the patient. This may help alleviate some of the discomfort associated with glaucoma, which in turn allows patients to experience less pain and stress related to their condition.

Pain management. Studies also suggest that CBD may help relieve the negative side effects of glaucoma, including pain, swelling, and redness associated with the disease. However, further studies need to be conducted to confirm these claims. But for now, medical marijuana continues to be one of the few topical medications that can control intraocular pressure effectively, safely, and efficiently.

Cannabidiol is the “happy” herb in marijuana. It has a lot of similar properties to THC, the main ingredient in pot. But when absorbed into the body, the CBD does not produce the same intense and persistent high as the THC does. In order for cannabidiol to perform its beneficial effects in reducing intraocular pressure, it must enter the bloodstream through the lungs. To do this, it must be administered through oral or topical means. Oral intake can achieve this end through the use of CBD oils, or CBD capsules.

But although CBD seems to be relatively harmless, its possible side effects should be taken seriously. As with any medication that is taken internally, there may be some serious side effects, especially if taken at high doses. Some patients may have an adverse reaction to CBD, including anxiety, vomiting, nausea, and confusion. For these reasons, it is important that medical marijuana users consult their eye doctors before taking this “happy herb” to treat glaucoma.