Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes vision loss and possible blindness, and experts are saying that smoking marijuana significantly reduces the pressure buildup that glaucoma causes in the eye socket, which gives patients tremendous relief. However, smoking the required amount for effectiveness may result in an increase in glaucoma progressing. Research is still being done and federal laws make it difficult for experts to focus on marijuana treatment for glaucoma. But the tide is changing and the health care industry, along with other innovators who are jumping on the marijuana-for-health bandwagon, are investigating the health benefits of cannabis.
The Chinese have been using cannabis for medicinal purposes for more than 10,000 years, and marijuana was used for everything from medicine for pain to arrows for warfare. Surgeons used marijuana for anesthesia, and Confucius wrote on hemp paper made from cannabis. Now, scientists and doctors are again embracing possible remedies derived from marijuana as new research on how marijuana can help glaucoma patients continues.
Marijuana may help dementia patients
While studying marijuana for treating glaucoma, doctors and scientists found that having glaucoma may be a predictor of Alzheimer’s Disease. Experts say that out of every four Alzheimer’s patients, one will also have glaucoma. Scientists found a connection between glaucoma and other neurodegenerative illnesses like Alzheimer’s Disease, but doctors do not know the cause of glaucoma and are still researching what causes it and how to best treat it.
Doctors have found that patients with Alzheimer’s may benefit from marijuana to alleviate behavioral problems that dementia patients sometimes exhibit, including agitation, aggression, and violent tendencies. They found that THC slows down the buildup of toxic plaques that targets neural tissue in Alzheimer’s patients, and that marijuana’s anti-inflammation qualities could help slow cognitive degeneration. Scientists are also studying to see if cannabidiol (CBD) can stimulate cells to grow in the area of the brain that controls memory.
They are also studying how to stop or slow the death of cells. The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease reported a discovery that THC extracts assisted Alzheimer’s patients with their symptoms ranging from delusions and aggression to lethargy and sadness. The trial took place in Israel, and researchers gave 11 Alzheimer’s patients cannabis oil for one month and found a considerable decrease in symptoms in 10 of the patients. The eleventh didn’t complete the trial. They believe the reduction in toxic plaques and mood enhancement qualities contributed to the reduction in symptoms.
Can marijuana treat glaucoma?
Doctors and ophthalmologists do not support medical marijuana for early- to mid-stage glaucoma patients. They say that although it lowers the eye pressure and relieves pain, its benefits are short-term and it increases the risk to losing sight more rapidly because smoking also lowers blood pressure. But for patients with glaucoma in the later stages, experts say that it is more important to treat the symptoms than the disease. In these cases, experts say that patients can benefit from marijuana to get pain relief.
Entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the marijuana health market and are coming up with new and creative ways for marijuana to be ingested without smoking it, and there are a multitude of options. To meet the demand for more convenient ways to deliver cannabinoids to consumers who prefer edibles or who can’t smoke it (such as glaucoma patients), new businesses are sprouting up everywhere. They are experimenting with extracting cannabidiols from the cannabis plant to make low-THC and high-CBD treatments without the side effects of marijuana, as well as making products with high THC and CBD content.
Ways to consume marijuana
One popular way people consume marijuana to treat glaucoma in while in the end stages is by taking cannabis oil. It comes in a gel pill that resembles a fish oil supplement and it helps to alleviate pain from eye pressure for end-stage glaucoma patients. People have been using cannabis oil for pain relief since the days of the Vikings, who used marijuana for toothaches and child labor. It is also used to alleviate chronic pain for people suffering from multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and cancer. Cannabis oil sprays are also an effective oral treatment, and you can even get flavored hemp oil spray. Crystalized cannabidiol cannabis (hemp powder) can be ingested by putting it on food or in beverages.
Another option for getting your medicine is consuming cannabis syrups. They come in a variety of flavors and can be blended with drinks or food. They are concentrated and extremely potent. Experts suggest that patients start on the lowest dose and wait at least one hour before trying more. Beverages are a popular way to consume marijuana these days, and the folks at a company called BrewBudz made cannabis-infused coffee pods that are compatible with Keurig single-serve coffee makers. People are calling them Marijuana K-Cups and they cost $7. The company also makes marijuana cups infused with tea and hot chocolate. Their tea comes in regular or decaffeinated black tea. You can find more cannabis-infused products here.
Article by: Niko Mann