Does Marijuana Cure Glaucoma? | Marijuana

Does Marijuana Cure Glaucoma? | Marijuana

In the 1970s, a man named Robert Randall who
suffered from glaucoma sued the federal government because they had conducted studies showing
that marijuana could relieve the pressure, the intraocular pressure from the eye. That
is to say they federally funded studies done at UCLA showed when you actually used a medical
device, the pressure on the eye would go down when you inhaled marijuana. He had discovered
this himself and began to use it. He was a professor at, I believe, Rutgers University.
And one day he came back from a vacation and saw that he was under arrest or had to report
to the police station. So he did more research and found out that the science was there and
he ended up suing in federal court and winning. National headlines showed a man who had won
the right to use marijuana for glaucoma. And that’s part of how, in the 70s, we learned
about this indication. Since that time, we’ve begun to understand
exactly what was going on in Mr. Randall’s eye and the eyes of all the patients who have
been able to find relief with marijuana. And it turns out that there’s these two chambers,
an anterior chamber and a posterior chamber in your eyeball and they have a fluid back
and forth. And there’s a mesh called trabecular mesh that kind of gets tighter or loosens
up and helps to increase the flow from the anterior to the posterior chamber. In glaucoma
patients, that is disrupted, the flow and it builds up and it causes increased pressure
which can damage the retina and optic nerve. Turns out that there are chemical receptors
called cannabinoid receptors that are on the nerves, on the neurons that, you know, help
to regulate the strength of that trabecular mesh. And so if you inhale marijuana, you
get this cannabinoids in your body and those cannabinoids can go all throughout the body
into the bloodstream. And they go through the artery called the ophthalmic artery, which
is the artery that supplies blood to your eye, and they seep over there and they touch
that trabecular mesh. They bind to it and they can help to open it up a little bit and
reduce the pressure. That’s what’s probably going on in glaucoma patients at a basic molecular
level. And it turns out they may need to use several times a day. And a lot of ophthalmologists
argue there are other medicines that you can use with eye drops. But really we have done
no development. Some doctors once wanted to develop cannabis based eye drops, and unfortunately
was never brought to studies. So suffice it to say, we know in studies that
cannabis can reduce the pressure in the eye and a lot of glaucoma patients have discovered
that and a lot of medical marijuana states allow patients with this diagnosis to use
this under a doctor’s supervision and allow them to be treated that way. But we need to
do more research to develop better methods of delivering it so it can be effective and
last longer. But for some patients who have failed lots of treatments, this is the only
thing that keeps them from going blind.

36 thoughts on “Does Marijuana Cure Glaucoma? | Marijuana

  • thank you for that i know cannabis can cure many things but this is kinda new for me thanks for sharing 😉

  • All doctor prescribed glaucoma medicine did for me was to lead  to stronger eye drops and laser surgery. The only time doctor prescribed glaucoma medicine worked for me was when I used marijuana. I believe marijuana also works to fight diabetic retinopathy. 49 years of diabetes and 34 years of glaucoma have proved to me what works. Experience works, opinion does not.

  • Marijuana can lower eye pressures for 3 to 4 hours. It does nothing to protect against optic nerve damage or reverse nerve damage. Videos like this are misleading. And to the people saying "I want glaucoma" — no, no you don't.

  • I'm 64. I 1st smoked pot at 18 and have been a regular user since around 23. In late 1979 I was told by an eye Dr who I went to get a spark removed (welding Insp) that I had Pigmentary Dispersion, a form of glaucoma. since that time I have seen several other Eye Dr's for one reason or another but none of them saw anything till about 4 years ago when a VA Dr looked specifically for it. She was surprised that the Dr 32 YEARS earlier had seen it. Shortly after that I was given drops to take and 2 years ago had to wear glasses for driving.If I was not a pot smoker for all those years, how long ago would I have had to wear glasses and would I even be able to see today? One thing for sure if I have no plans to stop smoking. :]

  • Cannaboid eye drops were most certainly properly studied. They were debunked as a medication because of short duration an only a small effect on intraoccular pressure. Scientific review has showed that cannabis should not be considered for the treatment of glaucoma. There are 5 medications and several surgical interventions that can help manage glaucoma, all well studies and vastly superior in outcome to cannabis use.

  • Sadly I have Glaucoma at the age of 34.
    I smoke weed regularly and have to take medicinal eye drops for the rest of my life.

  • Intra-occular pressure is relieved by cannabis strains high in CBG…I said 'relieved'…I don't know about "cured"…so in effect this would be a 'treatment' and probably not a 'cure'…daily consumption, multiple times daily (probably 4X daily)…

  • I got pot oil I'm my eye once and it sucked. just as bad as bud in the eye. If they can make an eye drop that would be cool though. I have a ten year old cat that seems to have some sort of degenerative eye disease and would love to treat it without 4 grand out of my pocket at once, like if its 4 grand over the course of years from buying a monthly bottle of eye drops would be better.

  • My nose is crooked to the left and thus my right pupil gets dialated more than my left and I fear this will lead to glaucoma bc my eye gets irritated. The only solution to me is correcting my crooked nose so then my eyes have the same focus.

  • Marijuana has not kept any glaucoma patients from going blind. Marijuana may reduce pressure for short periods but studies show it does nothing to change the progression or outcome of the disease. Sorry marijuana worshipers!

  • my pressures we're like 24 and hurting the optic nerve. with a procedure done to my eyes the pressure went to 15. then about 6 mo later the press went up again and i have been on drops twice a day, press is now back to 15. pot may help to lower pressure but once the optic nerve is damaged its too late for THC. I believe that hight blood press and diabetes lead to more eye damage. ToXMoMo you can fix cataracts and get drops to lower the press, what is your problem?

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