In the Netherlands, in case of glaucoma or cataracts, the doctor may prescribe cannabis for homeopathic treatment. This is due to the lack of conventional treatment to cure the disease, apart from surgery. However, THC and CBD cannabinoids act against symptoms and are recognized as an alternative treatment. How is that possible? We explain in this article.
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a chronic disease of the eye due to the overproduction of fluid inside the eye or poor drainage. The eye is then under pressure causing damage to the optic nerve. In addition to the pain sometimes present, the field of vision is partially affected. For a long time, the disease is undetectable due to the absence of symptoms, and it is often too late when glaucoma is detected. With irreversible consequences. In severe glaucoma, the field of vision decreases considerably and sometimes even to permanent blindness. Glaucoma is even the leading cause of blindness worldwide. In France, glaucoma affects more than one million people over the age of 40. That’s a significant percentage.
CBD improves blood circulation
To date, there is no known treatment for glaucoma. However, there are drugs and the possibility of surgical operations to fight chronic symptoms. Cannabis for homeopathic use is in addition to traditional medicines to reduce high eye pressure. In glaucoma, the nerve cells in the outer layer of the retina die. A study published by the British Journal of Ophthalmology shows that the antioxidant properties of CBD can save nerve cells from certain death. CBD allows nerve cells to stay alive, thus preventing symptom worsening. It also appears that cannabinoid improves blood circulation in the eye. These two factors have a positive effect on eye tension.
Research on Glaucoma treatment
The use of cannabis for the treatment of glaucoma is not new. Research on the subject was recently published in the Journal of Medical Association. This study shows that cannabinoids could reduce tension in the eye by up to 25% in 60 to 65% of cases. This effect can be verified by the red coloration (blood vessels) of the white of the eye.
CBD for glaucoma: it’s worth a try!
We must inform you that THC is obviously a cannabinoid. THC is, therefore, an important factor in the treatment of glaucoma symptoms. However, the role of CBD oil should not be underestimated and deserves further research