One of the most inspiring people I have ever met is a guy named Nelacey Porter. Nelacey is funny, talented, can roll a blunt better than anyone I’ve ever seen, and is an amazing athlete. Nelacey is also blind. Nelacey wasn’t born blind. His vision started deteriorating when he was 11 years old. I met him in college and he would always explain to me that he wished he could go back in time and use cannabis at an earlier age because he thought it would have slowed down the progress of his vision loss.
It appears that Nelacey might be right. Per Medical Jane:
For years medical marijuana has been used to help treat certain conditions that can cause vision loss. The most common example of this is glaucoma, but it is not the only condition for which cannabis may be beneficial.
In fact, a group of researchers from Spain’s University of Alicante published a study earlier this month in the journal Experimental Eye Research that supports this claim. It suggests that cannabinoids may help slow vision loss in the case of retinitis pigmentosa.
The marijuana plant never ceases to amaze me. Marijuana is medicine. If you know someone that is suffering from vision loss, you should recommend that they try cannabis. I look forward to more research involving vision loss and marijuana, and hope more states adopt vision loss as an approvable condition for medical marijuana.