Marijuana Controversy And EyeCare Professionals

Medical Marijuana

The Amcon Gazette did this article on Marijuana Rx, which I thought was interesting in light of the fact legalizing marijuana is a hot political topic right now: I asked a few OD’s, if optometrists could prescribe marijuana or if that would be a possibility in the future. He said no but one could recommend someone!  According to the latest research Marijuana Requests have jumped. What do our readers think- Should marijuana be legalized? Have you ever recommended marijuana for eye health?

Eye Bogglers

  • According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2007, 14.4 million Americans aged 12 or older used marijuana at least once in the month prior to being surveyed, which is similar to the 2006 rate. About 6,000 people a day in 2007 used marijuana for the first time—2.1 million Americans. Of these, 62.2 percent were under age 18.
  • Researchers found that 42% of people surveyed in the U.S. had tried marijuana at least once, and 16% had tried cocaine. About 20% of residents surveyed in the Netherlands, by contrast, reported Full story at Time Magazine (July 2008)

Amcon Article

Traveling with my ophthalmologist father-in-law, Dr. Tom, this week, I was surprised to learn that he is occasionally asked for a marijuana prescription from his glaucoma patients. Since medical marijuana is illegal in the state of Virginia, (where he practices), and he believes there is little benefit, he has never actually written a prescription for pot.

But why in the world would a patient suffering from glaucoma be asking for marijuana? A quick search on the Internet revealed why. Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes increased fluid pressure inside the eyes.  Some studies have demonstrated that smoking (some forms) of marijuana reduce ocular pressure. However none of these studies have shown that it is more effective than current treatments on the market.

The other issue, is that glaucoma is a chronic condition. So to have the desired effect of sufficiently lowering ocular pressure, glaucoma patients would  have to be ingest marijuana every 3-4 hours. So, as my father-in-law so eloquently put it… “you would be pretty gorked up.”  What else am I going to learn on this trip??

Amcon offers several traditional glaucoma related drugs for optical professionals to administer to their patients.  Please visit the Amcon website for a complete listing of our pharmaceuticals.

Resources

Sources: http://www.eyecareamerica.org/eyecare/treatment/alternative-therapies/marijuana-glaucoma.cfm, http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4673720_marijuana-glaucoma.html

www.healthexpertadvice.org/forum/Other-Health/Does-smoking-marijuana-affect-your-eyesight-if-so-what-can-I-do-to-get-my-eyesigt-back-to-normal-174587.htm

http://www.kgbanswers.com/does-smoking-enough-weed-improve-your-eye-sight/4699796

http://www.chacha.com/question/does-smoking-pot-make-your-eye-sight-bad

Medical Coding Certification Did a Article on the 30 Best Blogs To Learn About Medical Marijuana

Here are a few about the Health and Medical from His Site

Health and Medical

These blogs focus more on the health and medical benefits and programs for patients using marijuana.

  1. Medical Marijuana Blog: Learn about dispensaries, cooking with marijuana, state laws and the benefits of marijuana for different diseases and disorders. Recommended posts: “How to Find the Best Medical Marijuana Doctors” and “Top Five Reasons to Get a Medical Marijuana Card.”
  2. The Cancer and Marijuana Blog: If you want to learn more about how and why marijuana is used in helping cancer patients, read this blog. Recommended posts: “Does Cannabis Truly Help AIDS Patients” and “Marijuana as Medicine is nothing new!”
  3. Medical Cannabis of Southern California: Topics covered on this medical marijuana blog include medical ethics, medical marijuana laws, and the different conditions that can benefit from medical marijuana. Recommended posts: “Medical Marijuana and Withdrawal Symptoms” and “Medical marijuana patients show up on time: a friendly reminder.”
  4. Medical Marijuana Blog: Posts on this blog go into scientific detail about how marijuana is used for medicinal purposes. Recommended posts: “Is Medical Marijuana Coming to New York?” and “Medical Marijuana and Alzheimer’s.”
  5. Marijuana Reviews: Learn about different strains of marijuana and how they help. This blog also includes forums and free medical marijuana instructional videos. Recommended posts: “Grape Punch” and “Black Cherry.”
  6. Faded Fools 2.0: Find out what these faded fools are smoking to ease the pain. Detailed photographs accompany reviews, so it may be NSFW. Recommended posts: “Venom OG Kush” and “Exclusive Master Kush (Indica).”
  7. Medical Marijuana Blog: Get news stories but also learn how to find medical marijuana in certain states. Recommended posts: “Five Little Known Facts About Medical Marijuana” and “California Medical Marijuana Laws and Prop 19.”
  8. Medical Marijuana USA: Read up on dispensaries: how to open one and how to find them. Also find links to other resources for learning about medical marijuana. Recommended posts: “How to get a medical marijuana card in Colorado” and “How to Open a Medical Marijuana Dispensary.”
  9. Cannabination: Find scientific research reports and other studies on medical marijuana here. Recommended posts: “Cannabinoid Receptors: A Link Between Genetic Variations and Depression” and “ Scientists Find New Sources of Plant Cannabinoids.”
  10. The Marijuana Blog: Blog categories here range from growing marijuana to sharing news updates to highlighting videos from YouTube explaining the medical benefits. Recommended posts: “Going to Pot: Would Legal Marijuana Take Bite Out of Crime?” and “US CO: Delay Sought in Medical Pot Issue.”
  11. Marijuana Policy Project Blog: Visit the MPP blog for information on voting issues, licenses, collectives and health benefits. Recommended posts: “Bringing Out the Marijuana Vote” and “Mike Meno Marijuana Use Rarely Leads to Emergency Room, Study Shows.”
  12. Medical Marijuana Tracker: Get practical answers to questions you may have about how medical marijuana is used, and what all the jargon means. Recommended posts: “The Future of Marijuana in America” and “What are marijuana cannabinoids?.”

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  1. Since we’ve clung to the antiquated term “dispensary”, maybe it’s time to combine the new and the old. Welcome to RedEyes Optical & Marijuana Dispensary.

  2. That was funny! No need for Twilight Zone contacts- get your Red Eyes Here!

  3. lsdemme2001 says:

    I am a 51 year old male in good health. Recently I started smoking a few puffs of marijuana on weekends before going to bed. Haven’t smoked it in over thirty years before starting recently. Besides the increased sex drive and improved sleep, I have noticed that I can see the printed graphics on the television, clear across the room, for hours after I have smoked. Can’t even make out the print graphics the rest of the time. I do believe that smoking some pot, even as little as I do, has shown temporary but noticeable improvement in my vision.