“Why do I have red eyes?” is a very common question you surely have asked yourself if you’ve ever smoked cannabis and got stoned eyes. And not only when smoking cannabis, if you’ve ever consumed cannabis in any of its presentations you are very likely to have had your eyes as red as Scott’s from the X-Men. Then, what’s the reason behind all this?
Is it Normal to Get Red Eyes after Smoking?
Yes. The main reason for this to happen is the active component of cannabis: tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC. THC reduces blood pressure, producing dilatation of the blood vessels as well as an increase in blood flow. Once you’ve smoked, blood will flow faster all over your organism.
So, it isn’t due to the smoke, as many people believe. The effect will show up no matter the method you use for consumption. Either vaporization of cannabis, consumption of an edible product or any other way will have the same effect as long as the THC has been exposed to the minimal temperature (which is very low) required for its activation.
Blood pressure impacts the arteries found in the eyeballs directly. They respond by expanding themselves, which increases the blood flow inside them. When an artery expands blood can flow in a freer way. Red eyes are just the result of blood flow intensification.
In Some Cases it can be a Positive Effect
People tend to worry a lot about the stoned eyes caused by smoking. Truth is that it has been found to be very helpful for patients suffering from glaucoma. Glaucoma is an illness caused by intraocular pressure that can result in permanent damage to the eyeballs, even leading to total blindness. Even though cannabis hasn’t been scientifically proved to be a solution, the increase of blood flow causes a relief of intraocular pressure, Mitigating glaucoma effects and helping the patient to live with it.
To the date, cannabis is the only effective medication for glaucoma. Therefore, its use for ocular diseases treatment has been approved in many countries. THC helps to alleviate intraocular pressure by 25%.
How to Ease the Effect of Stoned Eyes
Eye drops are a very common and effective way to counter red eyes. Specialists also recommend eating products which are known to be vasoconstrictive products such as:
- Coffee (or any product containing caffeine)
- Salty food
Another useful tip is to put a couple of cucumber slices or a wet towel over your eyelids for a few minutes. Even though it’s not a scientifically proved method, it’s a very popular one and it’s usually referred to as very effective.
Nevertheless, you should keep in mind that we all react differently. For some people, it is quite hard to get rid of the red eyes. If this is your case, just chill. It doesn’t represent a menace for your health and will not damage your eyes or keep you from doing what you usually do.
Regular consumers tend to develop a higher grade of acceptance to the substance. It’s also important to test the effect of different strains. Not all of them contain the same amount of THC.
As a last resource, surely a pair of sunglasses will make you look awesome!