Should You Be Smoking Marijuana To Treat Your Glaucoma?
Smoking marijuana for the treatment of glaucoma is one of the commonly discussed alternatives. Although marijuana can lower eye pressure, its effect on eye pressure only lasts 3-4 hours, and it is less effective and reliable than most available eye drops.
Furthermore, marijuana’s mood altering effects prevent the patient who is using it from driving, operating heavy machinery, and functioning at maximum mental capacity. Marijuana cigarettes also contain hundreds of compounds that damage the lungs, and the chronic, frequent use of marijuana can damage the brain. There is currently no indication for its use in glaucoma treatment.