In a debut column for The Denver Post’s cannabis blog, award-winning actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg explains why she prefers medical marijuana for dealing with glaucoma.
“These glaucoma-induced headaches come on like freight trains – like, BOOM, my head starts hurting, my eyes start bugging, my whole body starts to tense up,” Goldberg wrote in last week’s essay for The Cannabist.
That’s when Whoopi Goldberg turns to her cannabis vaporizer, which she calls “one of the more important figures in my day to day.”
“But then I find her, and it relaxes everything and calms everything. It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out.”
Goldberg says she’s careful about medical marijuana laws in different states, since it is still illegal under federal law. But after being introduced two years ago to vaporizing, the actress no longer relies on Advil to manage her pain.
“I used to take Advil by the handful for this very reason, and I don’t take Advil anymore – not for my eye. You’re not supposed to eat Advil every day, and I was eating them every day, these man-made things. But I can do this without hurting myself,” she writes.“I used to take Advil by the handful for this very reason”Approximately 200,000 Americans suffer from glaucoma, a disorder that causes a build-up of fluid in the eye. The condition damages the optic nerve, causing severe eye and head pain and, over time, vision loss and blindness.
Yet numerous studies have shown that smoking marijuana can relieve eye pressure in patients with the disorder, according to the American Glaucoma Society.
One drawback to medical marijuana is the short duration – its effects only last about 3 to 4 hours. But, as Goldberg explains, carrying a vaporizer in her purse allows her to easily manage her dosing.
“With the vape pen, you have more control over how much THC you ingest. If my headache is just starting, I know a short sip will take care of it. If the pressure inside my head is pounding, then two or three sips is a better prescription.”
“It’s important for people to know that there are alternatives out there to pain management,” she adds.
Goldberg was recently invited to write for The Denver Post’s new website, The Cannabist, by editor Ricardo Baca, who admits the actress is “very pro-medical” but not as pro-recreational when it comes to marijuana use.
Whoopi Golberg’s marijuana column will run once every two months.