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November 13, 2019
CBD is extremely popular right now. Many products that use CBD claim to have various benefits, including stress and anxiety relief, acne reduction, and heart disease prevention. 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.
It is a common misconception that cannabidiol eye drops (CBD eye drops) can be used to lower eye pressure. If this were true, it would be fantastic news for those most at risk of 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 actually 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.
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:
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