Medicinal Marijuana & Glaucoma
4-20 marks a day that sparks national marijuana smoke outs across the country including students on the campus of University of Colorado at Boulder.
In recent years, the illegal herb has become legal in some places as a cure for ailments. Marijuana is used in California for treating diseases like glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve. Medicinal marijuana helps out with that. Dr. Summerow, of New Vision Eye Care told NewsCentral, "Number one it has been shown and proven that medicinal marijuana can lower the inner-ocular pressure of the eye. It's one of those things that we know works.
But Summerow says that there are other things are more effective. "Well right now we still know that the drops that we have still works, the efficacy and the way it works way better."
Several people have begun to believe that marijuana is the only option is the only option for relief for some aliments. It's actually a last resort.
"In some cases though, when they have tried everything else. I mean literally they have gone down the list of other medical treatments, they do go to medicinal marijuana." said Dr. Summerow.
The use of medicinal marijuana in Georgia is illegal. When asked how close to being legal it was? "I think it's far far away, it's a long way away." Dr. Summerow believes.
Though far away as a cure for glaucoma in Georgia, It's still a request the New Vision Eye Care receives often. "That's a question I get just about every day. For many patients it's more of a joke." said Dr. Summerow.
Whether it’s a joke or not, for now, Medicinal marijuana is just not a choice in Georgia.