Using Marijuana for Glaucoma

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Using Marijuana for Glaucoma

Medical marijuana to treat glaucoma: does it work, or is that just wishful thinking?

Nope, sorry. Medical marijuana is not effective against glaucoma. So keep using your glaucoma meds to stave off vision loss!

Some people with glaucoma use marijuana because research conducted in the 1970s found that it had a small, short-term effect in lowering intraocular pressure. However, no research has found that marijuana is anywhere near as effective as legal glaucoma medications.

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The American Academy of Ophthalmology, among other authoritative sources, says the risky side effects of marijuana (such as lowered blood pressure, increased heart rate, poor pregnancy outcomes, poor motor coordination, impaired memory and increased risk of cancer and emphysema) far outweigh any benefit.