Do CBD Eye Drops Help Glaucoma?

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November 13, 2019

CBD eye drops

CBD oil is extremely popular now.  Some products using the oil claim to have benefits.  Some benefits are stress and anxiety relief, acne reduction, and even help with the prevention of heart disease. Among the new products with CBD are CBD eye drops. Many believe that CBD eye drops can help treat eye conditions like glaucoma. Let’s find out if there’s any truth to this theory.

How do CBD eye drops affect your eyes?

Many people believe cannabidiol eye drops (CBD eye drops) can be used to lower eye pressure. If this were true, it would be good news for those most at risk for getting glaucoma because high eye pressure is the biggest risk factor for this disease.

Unfortunately, the American Academy of Ophthalmology reports CBD eye drops are more likely to increase your eye pressure rather than lower it. A recent study testing the effects of CBD eye drops on rats found the drops raised eye pressure by 18%. At this time, the AAO and American Glaucoma Society do not endorse CBD eye drops as an effective means of treating or preventing glaucoma.

Can THC eye drops be used to treat glaucoma?

You may be wondering, “If CBD eye drops don’t work, what about THC or another cannabis product?” Unfortunately, the AAO and AGS both discourage the use of THC and other cannabis products for treating glaucoma. There are several reasons for this:

  • To treat glaucoma, eye pressure must be controlled 24 hours per day, and it would be very difficult to do this with cannabis products while maintaining a normal routine.
  • Experts estimate you would need to take between 18-20 mg of THC between 6-8 times per day to effectively control your eye pressure. This amount of THC would severely impact your ability to drive, work, and engage in other regular activities.
  • In tests, THC eye drops have not been shown to lower eye pressure, and they cause burning, irritated eyes.
  • Marijuana products lower your overall blood pressure, which could damage your optic nerve as blood flow decreases.

How can you best treat glaucoma?

A licensed ophthalmologist can help you determine the best treatment options for your glaucoma.

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