More than 3 million Americans suffer from Glaucoma. It’s considered to be the second most prevalent cause of blindness, along with other blindness-causing diseases like diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and cataracts.
Glaucoma is the most recurrent factor in the development of blindness in people over the age of 60, and if left untreated, Glaucoma can be unimaginably uncomfortable and incredibly crippling. That’s why it’s important to recognize the potential indicators of Glaucoma, of which there are two kinds:
- Patchy blind spots in your side (peripheral) or central vision, frequently in both eyes
- Tunnel vision in the advanced stages
Acute angle-closure glaucoma:
- Severe headache
- Eye pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Halos around lights
- Eye redness
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to act fast to get diagnosed by an opthamologist as soon as possible. There is no cure for Glaucoma, but under proper care, the condition can be controlled and vision maintained. If Glaucoma hasn’t progressed to a point where blindness is irreversible, conventional medical treatments can help treat the disease: prescription eye drops, laser surgery, and microsurgery.
On the other hand, if you or someone you know is currently dealing with Glaucoma, medicinal cannabis may be of some help to relieve some of the more aggravating and painful symptoms. There are 5 potent strains of cannabis that have been shown to be beneficial in helping patients coping with Glaucoma live with more relief from their condition.
Best Strains for Treating Glaucoma
- Rollex OG Kush (from the Indica cannabis strain): To help manage the symptoms of headache and fatigue, which can often accompany Glaucoma. The strain is a hybrid form of cannabis that is more Indica-dominant in its composition. It produces a cerebral, mental psychoactive reaction that helps patients manage symptoms like severe headaches better. The THC content of the Rollex OG Kush strain is 20-23%.
- Santa Sativa (from the Sativa cannabis strain): Glaucoma patients experiencing pain, nausea, appetite loss, and depressed moods will find the Santa Sativa strain of cannabis for medicinal use ideal for relieving these symptoms. Santa Sativa is a very potent strain that’s packed with THC, which helps lift moods, reduce pain, and more importantly, diminishes feelings of nausea as it also increases appetite. It’s been regarded as the ultimate go-to drug alternative for patients who endure adverse symptoms with Glaucoma. Santa Sativa is almost like a wonder drug when it comes to treating Glaucoma symptoms, and it has a THC content of 16-21%.
- Hashplant Haze (from the Sativa cannabis strain): If you or someone you know has had positive experiences in treating Glaucoma with medical cannabis, this strain shows results in the way of reducing eye pressure and pain, along with easing stress. The strain itself is energizing, which may also be attractive to new users who may be open to trying it for the first time. The THC content of this Sativa variety is 18-21%.
- LAPD (from a Hybrid cannabis strain): One of the most universal symptoms affecting Glaucoma patients is pain, which is a hurting kind of pain. The 50/50, well-balanced cannabis hybrid LAPD helps to instill a calm and relaxing sense of being, while its chief benefit is that it relieves pain. Another good benefit of LAPD is that it generates a sensation of euphoria that helps slow down a rapid heart rate so a patient can breathe easier but not so much that they fall asleep. The THC potency of LAPD is 24-26%.
- Mad Dawg (a Hybrid Strain): Another common symptom of Glaucoma is dealing with headaches or migraines regularly. Mad Dawg is a medical cannabis strain that can help reduce the intensity of headaches or migraines and is quite popular with patients who use medical cannabis and especially with those who continually have to deal with headache and migraine pain. This hybrid is relaxing but at the same time provides delicate bursts of energy that makes one feel uplifted. Mad Dawg has a THC content of 18-24%.
Medical cannabis is steadily increasing its validity as a viable alternative to prescribed, traditional pharmaceuticals to treat and help manage the symptoms of many different medical conditions. It’s not just for getting stoned anymore!
The real strengths of cannabis are being discovered every day, and in many cases, being studied and tested in hopes of it gaining wider acceptance in the medical community.
In deciding to adopt cannabis as a means of treatment for symptoms of medical conditions, it’s important to consult with a marijuana doctor who can match patients with the appropriate strain and dosage recommendations for consuming medical cannabis. Taken responsibly, medical cannabis can provide the relief many Americans are seeking.