Why Does Marijuana Cause Red Eyes?

As more and more patients turn to a natural, alternative treatment options, it’s important that we continue to educate both those new and familiar with medical marijuana. At Mary and Main, we believe in cannabis education in efforts to end the marijuana stigma and help patients find relief. This week, we are turning our focus on how cannabis reacts with our bodies. While treating ailments and illnesses with medical marijuana, you may have noticed your eyes to become bloodshot after consuming the cannabis. Why does marijuana cause red eyes? There are a number of factors that may cause red eyes after consuming marijuana. 

What Causes Red Eyes After Smoking Cannabis?

The main reason you may experience red eyes after consuming medical marijuana is due to THC lowering blood pressure, causing blood vessels and capillaries to dilate. When the capillaries in our eyes dilate, it increases the blood flow to the eyes and relieves pressure. Because of this, cannabis is known to help treat glaucoma

Can I Get Rid of Red Eyes from Smoking Cannabis?

Experiencing red eyes as a result from consuming medical marijuana is harmless. However, if you prefer to reduce the redness, there are simple steps you can take! 

  • Consider a strain with lower THC
  • Use eye drops that are formulated to reduce red eyes  
  • Stay hydrated 
  • Plan your smoking time when you are in the comfort of your home 

Mary and Main is a fully licensed and certified medical marijuana dispensary located in Capitol Heights, Maryland. Founded by doctors and experienced caregivers, Mary and Main provides safe, premium quality medical cannabis products with exemplary and compassionate service to all certified patients who are suffering from a number of chronic debilitating illnesses. 

Consult with our staff professionals to determine the best opiate-free, addiction-free treatment plan for your needs. 

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