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Red eyes are a common side effect of smoking cannabis but it doesn’t always occur. Some people are more affected by it than others and some people rarely experience this side effect. This side effect is actually a direct result of the reason marijuana is known for helping glaucoma patients. Red eyes, for some people, is an undesirable effect as it also carries a negative stigma with it. Here are some steps you can take to help get rid of red eyes from cannabis use.
The primary cause for reddening of the eyes after smoking cannabis also happens to be the main reason that the plant is famous as a treatment for glaucoma. In short, THC lowers blood pressure, which in turn causes blood vessels and capillaries to dilate. The ocular capillaries dilate, which increases the flow of blood to the eyes and reduces intraocular pressure. Increased blood flow creates the redness, while the decrease in pressure is the same effect that benefits glaucoma patients.
How to Get Rid of Red Eyes from Cannabis
The cause for red eyes from cannabis is a harmless, even perhaps beneficial one, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a welcome reaction to all. There are a few simple steps one can take to minimize or reduce redness of eyes during or after smoking.
- Opt for low or no THC strains. Strains high in CBD, CBN, and the like may be a desirable alternative for those looking to lessen red eyes when toking.
- Have eye drops on hand, especially brands specially formulated to reduce eye redness.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Increasing your fluid intake may help alleviate the dryness you experience.
- Simply let it run its course and plan smoke sessions for leisurely moments spent at home. Ultimately, red eyes are not harmful and come with no negative outcomes (other than the dated stigma associated with them).
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