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Active Ingredient In Marijuana May Stop Vision Loss

New findings suggest marijuana’s main ingredient may prevent you from going blind.

Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018
Texas Marijuana Policy Advocacy Workshops — January 2018

Retinitis pigmentosa is a genetic eye disease that leads to severe vision loss and blindness. The disease affects 1 in 4,000 people and worsens as cells in the retina, called photoreceptors, die off.

But a study published this month in Experimental Eye Research shows chemicals in marijuana, known as cannabinoids, may be able to slow this down. Read more

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Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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  1. Nicholas Lucier
    February 17, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    So, this is not about the long term benefits of ingesting cannabis. For the second time my lady has lost her vision not more than a minute after taking a hit. The context is a stuffy, warm environment inside a venue. She was slightly dehydrated (though not extraordinarily), and had shared two glasses of wine. The first time this happened we were able to get her to fresh air within 20 seconds, but she lost vision completely for a short period. The second unfortunately occurred in the middle of a crowd at a packed venue, and before I could get her to fresh air, she passed out. I caught her and carried her to fresh air, but this seems out of the ordinary, and extremely alarming for me personally. My thought is possibly short term oxygen deprivation, or taking into account the combination of factors, standing for a long period of time, low blood pressure? If anyone has any insight on this, it would be greatly appreciated. I would like to never again experience what I had the night she passed out.

    Thank you