Gotta give some credit to stoners . . . they have everyone believing that pot is good for glaucoma, and for the eyes in general. The truth is that no studies have shown significant benefits of ingesting marijuana, or it’s active ingredient Tetra-hydro cannabinol (THC) in glaucoma, lowering eye pressure or eye health in general. So where did this urban myth come from?
There are several types of glaucoma, one of the rarer types called narrow angle or angle closure glaucoma. Angle closure glaucoma has an acute onset accompanied by intense eye pain and extremely high eye pressure. The pain in this type of glaucoma is so intense it is sometimes accompanied by nausea. Nausea is something that marijuana has been shown to be effective in treatment.
It’s a reach to say that marijuana is beneficial to eye health, but perhaps we shouldn’t discount the possibility of it being beneficial in the treatment of diseases of the eye and other parts of the body, but for now, if you’re going to get high, don’t do it because it’s good for your eyes!
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