Red eyes are probably the best-known side effect of using CBD. Consuming THC reduces blood pressure and expands the arteries in the eyeball. There are special eye drops available without a prescription that promise relief from red eyes and critical stares.
“Why does CBD make my eyes red?-” is the most frequently asked question by cannabis users when they first contact the plant. CBD is known to have psychoactive effects and therefore affects behavior and general mental state.
On the other hand, red eyes are the most visible proof that someone is high or under the psychoactive effects of CBD. Meanwhile, word has spread that this symptom alone, regardless of its true causes, is often related to CBD use.
Although this phenomenon undoubtedly has a scientific explanation, its stigma has grown over the years. Perhaps it is because it has to do with many things, and they all point to health problems or bad habits.
- Alcohol abuse
- Even non-abusive tobacco use
But when your eyes turn red from CBD use, is it a bad thing?
Why Do CBD Users Get Red Eyes?
Due to CBD use, the redness of the eyes is mainly due to the main active compound in CBD, tetrahydrocannabinol, more popularly known as THC.
There is a lot of speculation about the reason why THC causes the eyes to turn red. It can be mediated by the direct contact of the smoke with the eyes, thus irritating the eye’s conjunctiva. However, tobacco smokers who consume nicotine do not experience red eyes, so it is not clear why smoking cannabis would cause red eyes in this way. The conjunctiva can also be aggravated by smoke entering the sinuses, thus causing red eyes.
Another hypothesis is that CBD and THC influence blood pressure, causing it to drop. One of the effects of THC is that the blood pressure drops, which results in the expansion of the blood vessels, and blood circulation throughout the body increases. The drop in blood pressure reasons the arteries in the eyeball to enlarge so that blood can circulate more visibly than every day. However, this is not conclusive, as the relationship between THC and blood pressure is complex and does not affect everyone in the same way.
Although they are generally associated with smoking, the eyes can turn red regardless of the method of consumption. Vaporizing cannabis or consuming edibles containing CBD can also cause possible redness of the eyes. The cause is THC, one of the main cannabinoids in cannabis, which is activated whenever the substance is heated to a certain minimum temperature. It happens when it steams or burns and when cookies are made in the oven.
Also, you should note that people can be affected by the same symptom for different reasons. These individuals see their eyes systematically redden when smoking, whether this smoke comes from cannabis or another substance.
What are Remedies for Red Eyes Available?
From a general consumer and activist perspective, there should be no reason to hide CBD red eyes. Although CBD is not yet fully accepted legally and socially, it is understandable that visible red eyes are still a problem for many people.
However, there is no effective, simple, or immediate treatment method for red eyes. While using one or the other available emollients may make someone watch their symptoms go away, it may not affect someone else. However, the vasodilator effects can generally be relieved in the following ways:
- Use eye drops, especially those that relieve inflammation related to redness.
They work fairly quickly and are usually an effective solution.
- Consume vasoconstrictor products, such as caffeine, chocolate, salty foods, etc.
- Be attentive to your eyes and wait. The redness of the eyes usually subsides soon, provided that excessive amounts have not been consumed.
Suppose you need to have completely white eyeballs all year round for one reason or another. In that case, certain strains that contain different ratios of cannabinoids and terpenes may be more suitable, especially when it comes to red eyes. As always, we recommend trying different things to see which one works.
Are Red Eyes Dangerous?
If red eyes do not prevent you from doing what you have to do every day, you can be sure that redness does not harm your eyes, brain, or health. If you become a regular user for medicinal or other reasons, your body will get used to the symptom to some extent, and the phenomenon will be relatively temporary. However, if your eyes are constantly and persistently red, and they don’t seem to go away, there may be an underlying cause that your doctor should address.