According to many studies recently published, large promise of medical marijuana as a possible treatment for glaucoma. Statistics aggregated by the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness show that more than 4 million Americans have glaucoma eye glaucoma with 178,000 new cases diagnosed each year. It is the leading cause of blindness in the United States is prevalent in all age groups, most often seen in people over the age of 65. Or chronic open-angle glaucoma is one of the most common form of glaucoma is characterized by an increase in IOP (intraocular pressure) in the eyes of potential damage to the optic nerve if the condition is not treated and control type effectively.
There as glaucoma or narrow angle glaucoma that both primary treatment with surgery. The combination of oral medicines and topical preparations used to control 90% of cases of open-angle and narrow-angle glaucoma. Approximately 10% of all cases of failed or controlled effectively treated with prescription medications available currently.
These glaucoma medications known to trigger side effects such as insomnia, anxiety, blurred vision, kidney stones, headaches, burning sensation in the eyes headache,, fidgets nervously and cardiac arrhythmias that cause patients to stop their use. Principal investigator in controlled studies at UCLA, Dr. Robert Hepler, reported that compared with conventional medicine, medical marijuana is more effective in reducing eye pressure. On average, patients who smoke MMJ has experienced 30% reduction in eye pressure depending on the dose and the effect lasts at least 4-5 hours.
Medical marijuana could eliminate the need for surgical intervention decent Americans are estimated to 8,800,000 USD per year. A pharmaceutical company in the West Indies developed eye drops containing synthetic marijuana. However, currently available in the United States. Several other pharmaceutical companies are currently investigating the drug chemical similarity to various psychoactive ingredient in marijuana may have glaucoma applications.
Currently perhaps, the only one approved to use medical marijuana at the federal level is a synthetic form of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is a part of the most active marijuana called Marinol. Manufactured in capsule form, can be taken orally and was originally developed as an antiemetic in chemotherapy treatment. Natural marijuana on a regular basis lowers IOP as synthetic THC is only effective for short time.
There currently 16 states that have laws allowing the purchase and possession of Medical Marijuana for use in the treatment of disease. According to the medical implications of medical marijuana research for the treatment of symptoms of glaucoma. Advised to check with the government agency in your country about the legality of the use of medical marijuana in your area.