The macula is the central area of the retina that provides the most intricate details of sight. It is an oval area that acquires images that travel through the cornea and lens and provides visual communication to the brain.

Signs & Symptoms of Macular Degeneration
• No Symptoms. In the early stages, there may be little to no symptoms
• Changes in vision may start to become more noticeable
• Blurred vision or distorted lines and shapes may occur
• Central vision loss
• Hole in vision that appears dark or with whiteout
• Blindness

In adults over the age of 50, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness. It is estimated that more than 10 million Americans have some degree of AMD, and unfortunately, there is still no cure for the disease. But there are several treatment options available.

Standard Treatment
In AMD, the macula becomes damaged, leading to loss of vision, distortion or the appearance of blind spots in central vision. Although it is a very complex disease and still not completely understood, it can be brought on by both hereditary and environmental factors. There are treatment options to prevent further vision loss, but once the damage is done, there is no cure to bring your vision back. To help maintain sight, the standard treatments are medications, eye drops, laser and traditional surgery.

Recent studies have shown evidence that CBD and THC can block some of the causes of macular degeneration like cytokines, which are proteins that cause inflammation and retinal thickening. They can also slow down the growth of VEGF (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factors). VEGFs abnormal blood vessel growth can exacerbate retinal damage, leading to macular degeneration.

If you have been diagnosed with macular degeneration, it’s imperative that you know there are alternative options with medical marijuana that you can add to your current treatment.

Medical marijuana can alleviate symptoms and add visual longevity in two unique ways. To explain in detail, the endocannabinoid system, which we naturally house in our bodies, regulates inflammation, neuroprotection, our immune systems, pain signaling and many other bodily functions and factors. Numerous cannabinoid receptors are located in the eyes. By naturally decreasing inflammation with medical marijuana and our ocular cannabis receptors, vision loss in remarkably delayed. The other benefit of medical marijuana is due to the natural neural protective properties of medical marijuana. By adding Medical marijuana therapy, you not only delay vision loss, but also manage the source of the root cause.

By adding medical marijuana to your current optical treatments, you will most likely increase the longevity of your optic nerve, retinal health, and sight protection longer than with just standard methods of care.

Medical marijuana is made up of THC, CBD, and terpenes. The CBD is known to bind to receptors and is thought to regenerate cells and brain function, while THC helps to relax and alleviate the physical symptoms of apprehension. There is a synergistic effect of these chemicals when taken together.

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