Cannabis for Glaucoma

Medical Marijuana Doctor Issuing Recommendations for Patients Near Tampa, St. Petersburg and All of Florida

Glaucoma patient getting an eye exam in St. PetersburgGlaucoma robs you of your vision. Cannabis – also called marijuana – is an option for improving quality of life when you have glaucoma. This eye disease is one of the qualifying conditions for a cannabis card in Florida. To learn more, and to arrange an eligibility evaluation, please call Access Marijuana RX at 727-209-5470.

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma damages the optic nerve of your eye. It typically arises when there is increased eye pressure caused by a buildup of fluid. This fluid is called aqueous humor, and normally it drains from your eye. When it does not drain properly, it causes increased intraocular pressure which damages the optic nerve. It is progressive and causes more damage over time.

The optic nerve is essentially what sends images to your brain. Glaucoma that advances untreated can lead to total blindness. The most common treatments are eye drops and surgery aimed at lowered intraocular pressure.

Florida Medical Marijuana Card for Glaucoma In St. Petersburg, FL

MMJ for gluacoma infographicMarijuana lowers the pressure in your eyes, at least for several hours. This finding dates back to landmark studies conducted in the 1970s. In those studies, the participants smoked marijuana. Today in Florida, legal medicinal uses of marijuana include tinctures, oils, pills, vaping and edibles. Today's medical marijuana also allows for choosing a CBD-rich product, which, unlike THC, is not associated with creating a high. Some patients with glaucoma do not want to feel high, dizzy or disoriented. Talk to our doctors about your expectations.

Marijuana also lowers blood pressure. Some experts believe this means marijuana reduces the blood flow to the optic nerves, which could potentially compound the problem of glaucoma. More clinical research is needed to examine the pros and cons of marijuana for this eye disease, but many people have found that cannabis temporarily reduces eye pressure. It may be used in combination with eye drops and other glaucoma treatments. Our physicians will discuss all of your current treatments with you and help you decide the best course of action.

People with advanced glaucoma may experience nausea, pain and poor appetite. Medical marijuana can help with these side effects.

The only way to know if it is a beneficial option for you is to visit the doctors at Access Marijuana RX. We are committed to the optimal well-being of each of our patients. Once we learn more about your glaucoma, we can discuss the pros and cons of using cannabis. If our doctors decide to recommend medical marijuana for you, you will be entered into the state's database and should receive your I.D. soon after. Our doctors only recommend marijuana if it will be beneficial and after careful consideration of how it will affect your glaucoma.

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What Should I Expect if I Have Glaucoma and Never Smoked Marijuana?

Many people are nervous about smoking cannabis or using a cannabis product for the first time. You may have heard from friends or relatives about how cannabis relieves their glaucoma symptoms, and therefore you may have been convinced to try it! But many people want the benefits without the high, without any chance of paranoia, and without any adverse effects. Our doctors are personally committed to each of our patients. Although individual reactions to cannabis products vary, we will discuss with you how you may feel and what to expect. If you do not want to feel high, we will help you find a product that works without that effect.

Can I Smoke Cannabis for Glaucoma Without Getting High?

THC is the main cannabinoid that makes people high. If you do not want to feel high, we can certainly help you find a product that achieves that. There are many products with a variety of cannabinoids that will have a beneficial effect on glaucoma symptoms without the high.

Are There Alternatives to Smoking Marijuana for Glaucoma?

Absolutely. Florida medical cannabis products include oils, tinctures, pills, vaping, and edibles. We will help you find a product that works well for your priorities and for the experience you want. Many people, especially those with serious health problems, prefer not to smoke, which we completely understand. Fortunately, today’s growing medical marijuana industry has the answer with a variety of products that do not need to be smoked or inhaled.

The Cannabinoids that treat Glaucoma 

There are many different types of cannabinoids. The most familiar of these compounds are THC and CBD. THC in particular seems to lower intraocular pressure. Working with our experienced doctors, you can find a medical marijuana product that works for your glaucoma. Oftentimes, the right option is not one-size-fits-all. Many products contain a combination of cannabinoids.

What Are the Best Strains of Marijuana to Help with Glaucoma?

There are various indica, sativa, and hybrid strains that may be beneficial for glaucoma, including:

  • Sour Diesel
  • Blueberry
  • Grape Drink
  • Cherry Blossom
  • Blue Heron
  • Pop Rox

This list is not exhaustive. Pretty much all strain types may provide the cannabinoids and terpenes that may lower intraocular pressure. Much more important than worrying about the specific strain is to work with a doctor whose credentials you trust. Our experienced doctors have been working with medical marijuana patients in Florida for years. We will talk to you about all aspects of choosing a medical marijuana strain that is right for you. It’s not uncommon to try out different products in order to ultimately find the single option that works best.

How often you wll need to Consume Marijuana for your Glaucoma

Dosing will vary. Because our doctors have been caring for patients with glaucoma for some time now, we know how to get you started on a medical marijuana recommendation given your symptoms, diagnosis, and medical background. Then, once you’ve had a week or longer to try out our recommendation, we can make adjustments to dosing and frequency as needed. We work with you to find the right medical marijuana usage plan.

Arrange Your Evaluation Today

If you are trying to obtain a medical marijuana card for glaucoma in Florida, the first step is to arrange an eligibility evaluation with a state-certified physician. Dr. Lora Brown and Dr. Michael MacMillan proudly serve the areas of Tampa, St. Petersburg and all of the surrounding cities. To schedule your appointment at Access Marijuana RX, please call our staff at 727-209-5470.