A 31-year-old member asked:
how can smoking weed help glaucoma patients?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Richard Bensinger answered
52 years experience Ophthalmology
Lower pressure: Glaucoma is a problem with internal eye pressure. Studies show that about 40% who use marijuana will experience a lowering of the pressure and so it might be an addition to other medications. However smoking is an unreliable delivery system as the amount into the body is unpredictable and the types of mj vary. Discuss this with your ophthalmologist.
Answered on Jun 1, 2015
Dr. Constance Okeke answered
21 years experience Ophthalmology
Not exactly sure: It is actually known that hemp components of marijuana can actually lower eye pressure. However, these products are less effective than medicines prescribed by an eye doctor. The number of significant side effects generated by long-term oral use of marijuana or long-term inhalation of marijuana smoke make marijuana a poor choice in the treatment of glaucoma.
Answered on May 26, 2015
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