Top 5 Strains For Glaucoma
With over 3 million Americans living with glaucoma, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most requested illnesses for medical marijuana applications. Glaucoma is an eye disorder caused by increased pressure on the eye. For decades now, doctors have known that marijuana is effective in reducing this pressure, providing relief for those who suffer from glaucoma.
Both the THC and CBD content in marijuana reacts with the cannabinoid receptors in the eye to reduce the pain and discomfort that accompanies glaucoma. Strains that have a high THC and CBD content will be most effective in reducing the pressure from glaucoma. We’ve rounded up five of the most common strains used by patients for glaucoma. If you are looking to use these strains for yourself, inquire about its potency rather than the strain name. While these strains are recommended, the THC and CBD content will vary depending on the grower.
It’s also important to note that while some glaucoma patients find that higher THC content is more effective, others report that CBD-rich strains are better. At the end of the day, finding the right strain for glaucoma relief requires some trial and error on your part.
Maui Waui is the most popular cannabis strain used for treating glaucoma. It has all the trimmings of a classic sativa profile and will make you feel like you’re sitting on a tropical beach thanks to its delicious flavors - hence the name. In fact, the Maui Waui strain was originally developed out of volcanic soil. This strain is beginner-friendly; for first time patients who are looking for immediate relief from glaucoma without fear of getting too stoned this is the strain for you. The THC content of Maui Waui ranges from 15-20%.
Cherry Kola is a world-famous indica strain that is loved not just for its sweet cherry flavor but also for its medicinal properties. Cherry Kola gives users a calming yet euphoric high without numbing the body too much - you can still be creative and get things done when you use Cherry Kola. However, it’s also notorious for giving the munchies. Cherry Kola is an excellent choice for patients who want to manage pain from glaucoma as well as depression, stress, and anxiety.
Blueberry has been around since the 1970’s yet this legendary strain continues to win hearts all over the world. The sweet blueberry flavor of this strain will definitely make you smile with each puff. Blueberry is widely used among the medical marijuana patients because it has powerful pain-killing properties that very few strains can surpass, highly recommended for those who experience debilitating pain as a result of glaucoma.
Headband is a wonderful strain if you are looking for long hours of relaxation combined with powerful pain-killing properties. Headband will chill you out so well that you’ll forget about your glaucoma. This strain make you feel good, and it’s well-loved for its uplifting and feel-good high. Some users report feeling sleepy, so it’s a good choice for those who are also suffering from insomnia. Headband is known for being one of the strongest hybrids in the market; we recommend that you take it easy if it’s your first time to try this strain.
Purple Kush is a world-famous strain, known for its mild grape undertones and potent pain-killing abilities. In fact, Purple Kush is simply legendary when it comes to pain - it’s no wonder this is a favorite among patients who have glaucoma. However, Purple Kush is very strong so it’s not recommended if you are required to perform tasks or go to the office. This strain is best enjoyed when you’re at home so you can easily melt into a soothing sleep if you feel like it.
Both sativa and indica varieties are beneficial for patients of glaucoma; these things are only a matter of personal preference. There are no studies proving that THC or CBD is better than the other when it comes to providing relief from glaucoma-related pain although anecdotal evidence tells us that both work in their own unique ways.
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