Glaucoma Can Lead to Blindness
The eye is the part of the body that’s most sensitive to touch. Aqueous –the fluid surrounding the eye ball that helps to protect it from dust and light– must be kept at the correct pressure to prevent optic nerve damage. When the intraocular pressure (IOP) increases to an unsafe level, optic nerve damage may occur which can lead to blindness.
Lack of Symptoms
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in developed countries. Because glaucoma can sneak up on you and cause irreparable damage long before you’re even aware of it, it’s a good idea to have your eyes checked on a regular basis. A “comprehensive dilated eye exam” (in which eye-drops are placed in the eye to dilate the pupil so the eye doctor can examine the back of the eye using a highly-magnified lens) is the best way to get an early assessment of your eye health.
In Glaucoma, side vision is greatly obscured due to optic nerve damage. Depending on the severity of the problem, intraocular pressure can be relieved with pharmaceuticals. Unfortunately, in some cases, surgery may be the only solution. This is why alternative treatments for glaucoma are being actively sought out by those who suffer from it.
Cannabis Reduces Intraocular Pressure
Since the 70’s, researchers have known that marijuana reduces IOP and helps relieve pain. As a result, many glaucoma sufferers have used medical marijuana as a treatment to decrease pressure in the eyes for a period of as much as four to six hours at a time.
The “Stoner” Effect
THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is not only the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, it is the compound in weed that reduces intraocular pressure and the pain associated with it. So, while those who use medical marijuana can greatly appreciate the noticeably positive effects on their eyes, many don’t welcome the stoner effect caused by the THC.
Since glaucoma is a disease that should be treated around the clock and marijuana effectively lessons IOP for only three to six hours, it means the glaucoma patient would need to ingest it several times a day and throughout the night to protect their eyes.
The question is: Is there a way to maintain the positive effects of THC on glaucoma and lesson the side effects of being high and paranoid?
Minimise the High with CBD Oil
Cannabinoid which occurs naturally in weed has a calming effect on the THC, which is why recreational marijuana tends to have lower levels of CBD. That means the high levels of CBD (cannabinoid) in CBD Oil help to lessen the effects of THC.
CBD Oil is a phytocannabinoid compound found in marijuana with a low occurring rate of 0.3% THC.
Benefits of CBD Oil
- Reduces Inflammation
- Reduces Anxiety
- Relieves Depression
- Relieves Pain
- Eases Nausea
- Relieves Seizures
The canabidiol in CBD Oil balances out the effects of THC ingested with frequent medical marijuana use.
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