The stereotypical pot smoker is someone who is walking around with puffy, bloodshot eyes. The funny thing about stereotypes is that they are usually based on some element of the truth. So what is it about smoking pot that makes your eyes red? Can you do anything about it? Is it harmful for your eyes?
Let’s take a look at the reasons your eyes get red from pot in the first place.
Why Your Eyes Are Red After Imbibing
While bloodshot eyes are a common side effect of marijuana use for many, there are reasons using weed results in red eyes. And it might be surprising to some that it isn’t the smoke itself that causes your eyes to turn red.
Many pot smokers wonder if they can switch to edibles to keep their eyes from getting red. But it’s the cannabis itself that causes the redness, not the way you consume the pot. Regardless of how you get the TCH in your system, it will impact your entire body, so you’ll still get red eyes.
One of the main reasons this happens is also the reason why marijuana provides such an effective treatment to those who are suffering from the eye disease glaucoma
: The THC in pot lowers blood pressure, and this causes blood vessels and capillaries to dilate. Some of these capillaries are the ones in your eyes. These are known as ocular capillaries. As THC goes through your system, your ocular capillaries dilate, which increases the flow of blood—so your eyes look red.
Another less common reason for red eyes resulting from using marijuana is the possibility of an allergy. Some people might find that their eyes are irritated from the smoke, but the smoke itself isn’t a direct cause of the red-eye.
The good news is that getting red eyes from cannabis use is harmless, but many people don’t want to walk around broadcasting the fact that they are stoned.
What You Can Do About Red-Eye
Here are some tips you might try to reduce the red-eye:
- Try a lower or non-THC strain of weed. Strains high in CBD and CBN are best if you want to avoid red-eye completely.
- Use eye drops. Many brands are available that specifically address red eyes. The brand Rohto is the most popular among marijuana users.
- Drink a lot of water. Staying hydrated can help with red-eye.
- Wait it out. Over time, the redness will dissipate.
Remember, there is no harm to your eyes when they turn red after using weed. If you are really self-conscious about it, just plan your weed sessions at a time where others won’t be around so no one will notice the red-eye.
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