Treating Glaucoma in CA with MMJ

Glaucoma is a disease that isn’t fully understood and affects 3 million Americans. It’s marked by increased pressure within the eyeball (intraocular pressure) that builds up to painful levels and can cause long-term damage to the optic nerve leading to permanent blindness. Glaucoma is one of the conditions approved for medical marijuana treatment in California.

Is There a Cure for Glaucoma?

Unfortunately, there is no long-term “cure” for this disease and the onset can be rather quick. Early detection is only possible with regular eye exams and, once detected, the progression of the disease can be slowed down or even halted entirely with regular treatment. Surgery has been used with some success to alleviate pressure. 

Persons with glaucoma have been known to live without pain or permanent blindness using medical cannabis in conjunction with a series of drugs known to reduce pressure within the eye. Most doctors in CA will approve medical marijuana for the alternative treatment of glaucoma and will suggest the best course of action for you. Your doctor will also assist you in getting your medical cannabis treatment card.

How Does Medical Marijuana Treat Glaucoma?

Studies have shown that THC can effectively reduce intraocular pressure when used responsibly, regularly and over time.  This effect lasts between three and five hours, so the user must medicate at regular intervals throughout the day. 

THC also acts as an analgesic, reducing pain and alleviating the anxiety it causes.  Many studies have shown that cannabis is extremely effective when used properly to halt the progression of glaucoma with fewer side effects than prescription drug use.

What Strains of Cannabis can be Used?

Different strains effect every individual body. It’s recommended that those who suffer from glaucoma start with a hybrid strain that’s rich in THC and CBD in order to medicate throughout the day. CBD counteracts some of THC’s psychoactive properties without reducing its effectiveness in alleviating pressure and pain. This makes it best suited for regular daily medication. Through experimentation, users tend to find the strain that allows them to function throughout the day and still enjoy relief from glaucoma symptoms. Before bed, users tend to prefer a high-THC indica, as these strains also have the added benefit of inducing sleep. 

The strains that seem to be most often recommended for those that suffer from glaucoma are:

  • Cherry Kola
  • Maui Waui
  • Blueberry
  • Jack the Ripper
  • The Black

Point Loma Patient Consumer Co-Operative

If you suffer from glaucoma and live in San Diego, cannabis is just a few clicks away. Be sure to check regularly on PLPCC’s weekly specials to experiment with the strain that works best for your needs.

Glaucoma is a disease that isn’t fully understood and affects 3 million Americans. It’s marked by increased pressure within the eyeball (intraocular pressure) that builds up to painful levels and can cause long-term damage to the optic nerve leading to permanent blindness. Glaucoma is one of the conditions approved for medical marijuana treatment in California.