Glaucoma and Cannabis/Marijuana

Posted by Lacy @lacy2, Mar 9 7:03pm

I have glaucoma and live in Canada and watching my very first Webinar ! It is a Doctor from Glaucoma Research Society of Canada…and he is answering questions. Not sure if this has been discussed in any other section but someone asked about Cannabis use. I remember couple years ago they were saying Cannabis lowered eye pressure. This Dr. has just explained that they thought it did, drop pressure, but then found out CBD does not. Its is the THC and would have to take a lot to have effect and (basically would be high most of the time). I was interested in this because lots of people suggest I use cannabis and I could for other reasons, but not for Glaucoma… really enjoyed first Webinar and will listen to more on various subjects in the future. Just thought might be of interest if not already discussed? J

@lacy2 Webinars are a wonderful way to receive information.

You will notice that I added the word marijuana to the title question. I did this so you could more easily connect with members that may be searching one of the other keywords.

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@erikas

@lacy2 Webinars are a wonderful way to receive information.

You will notice that I added the word marijuana to the title question. I did this so you could more easily connect with members that may be searching one of the other keywords.

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Thank you !

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@lacy2

Thank you !

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@lacy2 Below I have linked previous related discussions where members @charlena @peach414144 @jakedduck1 have made comments on this topic.

– Medical marijuana: Got approved, but still leary https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/medical-marijuana-1/
– Medical marijuana for neuropathy https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/medical-marijuana-3/
– glaucoma https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/glaucoma/

Am I correct in assuming you have glaucoma? You said you could use cannabis for other reasons. May I ask those reasons?

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@erikas

@lacy2 Below I have linked previous related discussions where members @charlena @peach414144 @jakedduck1 have made comments on this topic.

– Medical marijuana: Got approved, but still leary https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/medical-marijuana-1/
– Medical marijuana for neuropathy https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/medical-marijuana-3/
– glaucoma https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/glaucoma/

Am I correct in assuming you have glaucoma? You said you could use cannabis for other reasons. May I ask those reasons?

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@erika Good morning. Poor choice of words… I meant: from the Webinar it said cbd doesnts bring down eye pressure but thc does but dose would be too much… but were it not for raising eye pressure, I would try the cbd for aches and pains, etc. My daughter wants me to try the cbd with a "touch" of thc in for my extreme sadness and body pains, neuropathy etc. etc. but of course it would affect my eye pressure…. Yes I have Glaucoma and it is "narrow angles" and I was warned not to take anything that would raise eye pressure – many many medications, even a very dark room like movie theatre, dilation at eye dr. I lived in fear…. then had the recommended Iridotomy, which is 2 tiny holes by laser…. and I thought then I could take any meds etc., but now read on medication warnings: do not take if have Glaucoma.! There are different types. There was a question and answer 45 minutes on the Webinaire but I didnt have a chance to ask: I have narrow angle Glaucoma; but now I have had the Iridotomy surgery, do I still have narrow angle Glaucoma or only Glaucoma and why can't I take meds that raise my eye pressure if I have had the surgery. But they ran out of time.
It was interesting that some people with high eye pressure do not have Glaucoma, and some people with low eye pressure do! IMO thats why its good to have other tests such as "field of vision" etc. especially if it runs in the family….I dont know how many times doctors have prescribed meds that raise eye pressure even after I have told them my concerns. So, no, doubt I will every use cbd/thc but many people have said how it has helped them, especially for sleep, so I am not anti canabis. ­čÖé

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@erikas

@lacy2 Below I have linked previous related discussions where members @charlena @peach414144 @jakedduck1 have made comments on this topic.

– Medical marijuana: Got approved, but still leary https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/medical-marijuana-1/
– Medical marijuana for neuropathy https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/medical-marijuana-3/
– glaucoma https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/glaucoma/

Am I correct in assuming you have glaucoma? You said you could use cannabis for other reasons. May I ask those reasons?

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thanks for the links

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@lacy2

thanks for the links

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Hello! I truly understand your dilemma. I have peripheral neuropathy (pain), arthritis pain, and a long history with glaucoma. Prednisone and other steroids to treat my body and autoimmune disease have worsened the glaucoma. Fortunately, the glaucoma meds I take are keeping the pressures stable, and I am also using medical cannabis for pain. I stick with a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD, which is working so far. But I've had glaucoma for a long time. Don't know if this is helpful or what you already understand, but I wish you all the best in managing your eye condition and your pain. It can be very frustrating!

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