“It Ain’t the Smoke”
Red eyes causes
What is it about that telltale sign of smoking that most can’t seem to figure out? Why does smoking give you the appearance of someone who’s trying to get by on 2 ½ hours of sleep? Although it’s normally the joint that takes the blame for sending you to catch the red eye because of smoke irritation, it’s actually THC that’s responsible (Red eyes causes).
Despite the fact that it is a harmless side effect, it’s often stigmatized by a little bit of misinformation. How can you point the finger at someone’s bloodshot peepers and automatically assume they just left a puff-puff pass cypher? You can’t. Because one has nothing to do with the other. “It Ain’t the Smoke” baby.
Although there are some people who just experience allergic reactions to smoke be it tobacco, cannabis or incense, don’t let anyone convince you it is specifically because of marijuana smoke. Regardless of which method cannabis is ingested via smoking, vaping, edibles etc., the effect of your eyes turning red is usually inevitable. There may be certain circumstances where is doesn’t apply, which I will mention. But for the most part…consume cannabis, your eyes are likely to turn red. But why?
To be as non-scientific as possible, it’s as simple as vasodilation. Vaso what?! Vasodilation. Vaso: pertaining to vessels. Dilatation: being made wider or larger. And that means what? After partaking in the delectable, and THC enters the bloodstream it raises blood pressure for a short period of time. It is then followed by a decrease in pressure causing it to decline. When your blood pressure plunges the ocular capillaries- the blood vessels in your eyes begin to widen. Remember? Dilate? This is what allows more blood to flow freely through your eyes. Hence, causing the whites of your eyeballs to turn red.
It is for this reason why some physicians endorse and even prescribe the use of cannabis to treat glaucoma and other eye diseases. Although there is no concrete scientifically proven evidence or approval from American medical associations, many researchers and studies have shown the reduction of ocular pressure the THC causes it is found to be medically beneficial to patients. Obviously, smoking weed is not a cure for glaucoma. In order for loss of vision to be prevented that pressure would have to be constantly managed all day every day. It takes more than a smoke break or a few gummies in order to effectively reduce the eye pressure anywhere close to a permanent way. That is why it is normally administered for temporary relief. It’s just not practical to consume the amount of marijuana needed to effectively treat glaucoma long term. Always consult your ophthalmologist before making any decision regarding any treatment of your eye care.
Does everybody’s eyes turn red every single time they consume cannabis? No. Much like many other substances, it would be determined by one’s body chemistry. Your weight and height along with how the THC was absorbed and how much was consumed. So, how do you stop it? There is no secret tip to getting around it. You just let it take its course. There are a few preventive measures that can be taken to lessen the effect, like choosing something that is not so TCH potent. Just a lower strain perhaps. If you are not hell bent on getting the high that TCH provides, an alternative can be to consider something with higher strains of CBN or CBD instead. But the short of it is that it is harmless, and there is no 100% escape route from it. The most helpful would probably be to stay hydrated to avoid the eyes from drying out, and maybe keeping redness reducing eye drops, and a stylish pair of sunglasses on hand.