Why Does Cannabis Make Your Eyes Red?
It’s one of the telltale signs that someone’s been smoking cannabis – the dreaded red-eye, AKA weed eyes. If you’re trying to keep it on the down-low, handling the smell of cannabis is a tall enough order. Add bloodshot eyes into the mix, and you’ll have a hard time fooling anyone. But why does marijuana use cause many people’s eyeballs to turn that familiar reddish hue, and is there anything you can do to combat it? Does Only Smoking Weed Cause Red-Eye? If you’re hoping switching to edibles or another method of consumption might eliminate red eyes, it’s bad news. Many people believe that it’s the smoking of the cannabis that makes your eyes red, and that would appear to have a nugget of common sense to it as smoke, in general, can cause the eyes to redden via irritation – but in fact, it’s the active ingredient and chief cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in cannabis that leaves so many people looking like a recently-bereaved Basset Hound. Regardless of your route of ingestion, if you’re one of those people who get red-eye, you will get red-eye. That’s not to say smoke isn’t a factor in why your eyes are red, but switching to another means of ingesting THC is unlikely to stop it from occurring, be it edibles, vape, bong or concentrate. It’s one of the effects of cannabis rather than the ingestion method. What Causes Red Eye? In simple terms, ingesting THC will cause changes in your body. It will raise your heart rate and lower blood pressure, and low blood pressure causes dilation or widening of blood vessels and capillaries – the smaller, thinner blood vessels that connect arteries and veins. Capillaries serve as a route for oxygen, nutrients, carbon dioxide and waste products to travel to and from…
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