Medical Marijuana for Glaucoma in Plantation, Florida

The Green Life Health and Wellness is ready to help you find relief from Glaucoma with medical marijuana in Plantation, Florida.


What is Medical Marijuana?

Cannabis is the Latin name that most pharmaceutical companies use to refer to Medical Marijuana. Medical cannabis is the whole marijuana plant that is used for specific medicinal purposes. 

Cannabinoids are substances derived from cannabis that acts on cannabinoid receptors (cells in the body). Two types of cannabinoids are:

  • THC, tetrahydrocannabinol, which creates the relaxing, euphoric effect
  • CBD, cannabidiol, which has shown to have positive effects on various body systems (does not create a euphoric effect)

What is Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a severe condition that causes damage to your eye’s optic nerve, which is responsible for transferring images to your brain. Glaucoma can effect one or both eyes and it only gets worse as time progresses. Glaucoma is the deterioration of the optic nerve, which is caused by high pressure of the aqueous humor (fluid) on the front of the eye. Increased fluid means increased intraocular pressure (IOP) and this is what can damage the optic nerve. If left untreated, glaucoma can cause total blindness in as little as 2 years.

Glaucoma results from the eye(s) inability to drain fluids. Glaucoma is one of the most cited reasons for the use of Medical Marijuana, which is one reason why the Florida government granted permission for compassionate marijuana use in 2018. Medical marijuana has significantly less adverse side effects than conventional glaucoma medications.

Symptoms of Glaucoma:

  • Blurred or foggy vision
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Severe throbbing pain in the eye
  • Headaches behind the affected eye
  • Halos around lights caused by inflammation inside the eye
  • Discomfort caused by bright lights, or light sensitivity
  • Dilated pupil


There are two main kinds of Glaucoma:

Open-angle glaucoma also known as “wide-angle” glaucoma and is the most common type, with over 90% of glaucoma cases being diagnosed open-angle. The eye’s drainage canals, called the trabecular network, become clogged over time. The fluids put stress inside the eyes and as a result, pressure builds up on the optic nerve. Mydriasis, or dilated pupils, is a common open-angle glaucoma symptom, but many other symptoms may not occur until you lose a significant amount of your vision.

Angle-closure glaucoma is less common in the US than in Asia. Also known as acute, chronic angle-closure, or narrow-angle glaucoma, the eye doesn’t drain correctly because the space between the iris and cornea becomes too narrow to function properly. Headaches, blurred vision, severe eye throbbing pain, dilated pupils, and nausea and vomiting are all symptoms of angle-closure glaucoma.

Closed-angle glaucoma affects around 10% of glaucoma patients. These patients experience extremely stinging pain in the eyes and faster loss of vision due to the trabecular network’s complete blockage. Patients often describe closed-angle glaucoma as the worst eye pain in their entire life. Closed-angle glaucoma is considered a medical emergency, as damage to the optic nerve can begin in as little as a few hours. Left untreated, closed-angle glaucoma can cause permanent enlarged pupil in the affected eye, and permanent vision loss or blindness can happen as quickly as 6 to 12 hours.

Ocular hypertension is higher than normal pressure in the eye(s) doesn’t mean you have glaucoma. that doesn’t cause damage to the ocular nerve. the high-risk factor for glaucoma.

To diagnose Glaucoma early, you should receive an eye exam every 1-2 years. Glaucoma results from various factors but elderly people are more likely to develop the condition since the patients’ average age is 75 years in the United States. Individuals at the highest risk for glaucoma are those with Caribbean, African and Asian ancestry.

Scientific studies with real results on medical marijuana and glaucoma.

Many patients find it hard to handle traditional glaucoma treatments and medications. These treatments include some pretty harsh side effects including shortness of breath, palpitations, tachycardia, and altered mental states.

In the year 1964, Professor Manley West and Dr. Albert Lockhart conducted a study in Jamaica to examine use of medical cannabis in glaucoma symptoms treatment. The two went on to invent the cannabis-based eye drops treatment called Canasol to treat glaucoma in 1987.

Studies have proven that medical cannabis lowers intraocular pressure (IOP). The reduction of pressure is important in glaucoma treatment because ocular hypertension is a high-risk factor for glaucoma. Medical marijuana has miotic qualities, meaning it reduces hypertension. This reduction promotes drainage of aqueous humor fluid into the trabecular network, releasing pressure on the ocular nerve.

Studies have also shown that medical marijuana is an effective pain reliever, an important treatment for people suffering from closed-angle glaucoma. Lastly, the National Eye Institute and Federal National Institute of Health has supported use of the herb in glaucoma treatment since the year 1970.

If you have glaucoma, you can qualify for medical marijuana in the state of Florida.

The treatment of Glaucoma requires the reduction of eye pressure 24 hours a day. Medical marijuana is safe to use multiple times per day, and has no adverse side effects. Taking a traditional medication numerous times per day can increase the risks of adverse effects of the medication.

Cannabis, especially the THC in cannabis, reduces eye pressure due to glaucoma by 25 to 30 percent. That result is as good as any current FDA-approved medication for glaucoma. Marijuana with a low-dosage of THC is just as effective for glaucoma as marijuana with a high-dosage of THC. The euphoric effects caused by using a high-dosage of THC numerous times per day can be bypassed by using a low-dosage of THC and still be just as effective in the treatment of Glaucoma.

There are multiple ways of treating with medical marijuana: tinctures, oils, extracts, and flowers. These treatments can oral, like a sub-lingual drop or in pill form, edible cannabis, or smoke-able medical marijuana. Speak with your doctor at the Center for Health and Wellness to see if a medical marijuana recommendation would help ease your symptoms of glaucoma.

Medical Marijuana Interactions

Before you begin using medical marijuana, you need to inform your medical marijuana doctor about any other prescriptions and medications you may be taking. This includes over the counter dietary supplements, counter drugs, prescription drugs, illicit drugs, and alcohol that could interact with medical marijuana and cause problems.



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The Center for Health and Wellness provides medical marijuana evaluations and certifications for eligible Florida residents


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8201 Peters Rd, STE 1000 Plantation, FL 33324

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