Steve Berke and Ophthalmologist Dr. Linda Kaplan on Benefits of Medical Marijuana

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Smoking weed, for example, is "not a good way to lower eye pressure," she says. "The marijuana can be processed and made into an eyedrop, and that's far more effective."

However, medical marijuana research is uncommon, and the eyedrop isn't available to treat the estimated 2.2 million Americans suffering from glaucoma.

"Not too many people want to do the work on illegal drugs," says Dr. Kaplan, though she personally favors "testing any molecule that has been found to be effective for lowering eye pressure" for patients with glaucoma.

"[Dr. Kaplan] is awesome," Berke says, admitting it took a few days before the ophthalmologist agreed to make a cameo in the video.

"[Steve] told me that [the video] was about marijuana. He asked me what I thought about marijuana for glaucoma, and I said, 'In fact, it does work. That is medically proven.'"

As luck would have it, it's also been medically proven that pot's not as bad as the federal government says it is.

"If you want to smoke marijuana recreationally, complete an eye exam by your ophthalmologist and make sure that your optic nerve is not comprised," says Dr. Kaplan. "As long as your optic nerve is not comprised, go ahead."

Puff. Puff. Pass.

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"Comprised" ? Do you mean compromised ? Because I can't find a medical term on-line for a "comprised optic nerve" ?


There are no miracle drops for cataracts, therefore I'm under the impression that there are no miracle drops for glaucoma.

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