Should you be using CBD eye drops for glaucoma, eye pain, and irritation or itching? We look at all the details in this video!
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This might seem like common sense, but you definitely don’t want to put CBD Oil directly into your eye. To provide direct topical relief to the eye several companies have started to develop CBD eye drops that are advertised to help ocular pain, irritation, and even glaucoma.
One of the difficulties of putting CBD directly in your eye is that cannabinoids like THC and CBD are highly lipophilic, meaning they don’t dissolve in water. Eye drops, on the other hand, are made up of mostly water so they will penetrate the tear layer that protects the cornea.
Some of the leading manufacturers of CBD products have developed water soluble CBD technology, allowing CBD to mix much better with water.
These solutions allow manufacturers to make water-based CBD eye drops that combine CBD with more traditional eye drop ingredients for fast, targeted relief.
Is CBD Good for your Eyes?
As with almost everything concerning CBD, the use of CBD for your eyes is still under researched.
That being said, the obvious reason to use CBD eye drops are for conditions you would normally use eye drops for.
If you are experiencing dry eyes then an eye drop with CBD will work just as well, if not better, for lubricating the eye. Same with irritation in the eye. In fact, CBD should help more than traditional eye drops because it will work with the receptors in the eye to lubricate the eye and relax the nerves being irritated and causing the pain or itching.
There are also early studies that link CBD eye drops with mood support. Because the eyes are so close to the brain the theory is that drops will reach the brain faster than other delivery methods, delivering mood boosting relief directly to the brain.
Concerns with CBD Eye Drops
As we mentioned earlier smoking THC-rich cannabis has been used since the early 70’s for glaucoma, with the belief that it helped to reduce pressure in the eye socket, which is one of the big risk factors for the disease.
While CBD and THC are similar cannabinoids, they do have some key differences. In some instances, they appear to act in concert with each other, but in others early research seems to say they counteract one another.
For glaucoma sufferers, this leaves them unsure about the efficacy of CBD eye drops. Companies selling CBD infused drops are saying that CBD reduces eye pressure linked with glaucoma. The leading eye care and glaucoma organizations do not support CBD use though.
This is in large part due to a 2018 study of glaucoma and CBD showed that the substance may actually increases eye pressure by up to 18%, and was not a good substitute for medical marijuana to treat the condition.
In summary, if you are looking for relief from dry eyes, ocular pain, or common irritation then CBD eye drops should bring welcome relief. If your goal is to treat glaucoma, we would recommend going with medical marijuana and other more traditional treatment options.