Employees of medical marijuana dispensaries advocate the use of marijuana for treating glaucoma, a position that is counter to recommendations of the American Glaucoma Society1 (AGS) and current glaucoma literature.
When it comes to the treatment of glaucoma, patients should be properly educated during clinical encounters about marijuana.
The use of medical marijuana by adults more than doubled in the United States between 2001 and 2013 with the legalization of the drug in a number of states across the country, one of the first of which was Colorado in 2000.
In 2009, a position paper issued by the AGS advised against the use of marijuana for treating glaucoma. However, patients continue to ask about the drug’s possible benefits, according to Jordan Stanley, MD, an instructor/fellow, department of Ophthalmology, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO.
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1. Hasin BS, et al. Prevalence of marijuana use disorders in the United States between 2001-2002 and 2012-2013. JAMA Psychiatry 2015;72:1235-1242