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How to Prevent Red Eyes When Using Marijuana

How to Prevent Red Eyes When Using Marijuana

You have to show you qualify for a Missouri Marijuana Card to get one, and you have to show that card in order to buy medical marijuana, but you shouldn’t have to show everyone you meet your private medical information just by letting them see your face.

And if you’d prefer that people not know when you’ve been medicating, the itchy, red eyes so often associated with marijuana can be an embarrassing give away.

Fortunately, those red eyes are in no way dangerous or a sign of some health problem, and you can take steps to minimize them.

Red Marijuana Eyes Might be Embarrassing, but They’re not Unhealthy

Understanding how marijuana makes your eyes red can make it easier to understand how to minimize them, and it can also be a comforting reminder that those red eyes aren’t a symptom of some health problem. We get it if you’d just rather keep your eyes clear for aesthetic or privacy purposes, but you’re not risking your health if you choose to just live with them.

What Causes Red Marijuana Eyes?

Cannabis gives you red eyes for the same reason that it is such an effective treatment for glaucoma: The THC in marijuana lowers blood pressure, causing blood vessels and capillaries to dilate.

And it just so happens that some of those capillaries are in your eyes. These ocular capillaries dilate as THC enters your system, which allows for increased blood flow, and therefore reddening.

Are You Sure it Isn’t Just the Smoke?

Yes, some of the redness in your eyes can be a result of smoke irritation or even an allergy, but in that case you should experience the same effect when you’re exposed to any smoke.

So you can go ahead and try an edible instead of smoking, but if you’re ingesting a sufficient dose of THC, it doesn’t matter how it gets into your system: You can expect your eyes to redden.

Fortunately, you can also expect them to be less red by following some simple tips.

Dealing with Red Marijuana Eyes

While there is nothing unhealthy or dangerous about your marijuana eyes, you can take some steps to keep everyone you see face-to-face from learning that you’ve been medicating. The following tips will help you prevent, alleviate, and hide your medicine usage.

  • Try a low or non-THC strain: It’s the THC that’s causing your red eyes, so take less or no THC, and you’ll get less or no red eye. If you’re unsure about changing medications, discuss your needs with the staff at your preferred dispensary, and they should be able to help identify the strains that will give you the least red eyes.

  • Get some eye drops: There are of course eye drops meant to counter red eyes, the best known of which are the popular brands Visine and Clear Eyes. The brand Rohto may be less well known in general, but it’s a popular choice among cannabis users.

  • Wait it out, or adjust your medication time: Your red eyes will fade to white within hours at the most, so you could just wait to face the world after you’ve medicated, or adjust your medication times so that you won’t have to see anyone shortly afterwards.

Or Show Off Those Red Peepers with Pride

Of course you might want to let those red eyes show with pride. After all, they just mean that you’re one of more than 100,000 Missourians who are now finding relief they were once wrongly denied. What’s wrong with being proud of the Missouri Mississippi Card that allows you to take control of your own healthcare decisions?

And if You Haven’t Gotten a Missouri Marijuana Card, Why are You Waiting?

Suffering from red eyes is a small price to pay to stop suffering from one of the qualifying conditions that can legally be treated with medical marijuana in Missouri.

If you’ve been wondering if you could benefit from medical marijuana, let us help you find out. Book an appointment with one of our qualified, compassionate doctors today.

You’ll meet with your new doctor virtually using your smartphone or computer for a telemedicine appointment. The two of you will discuss your condition and decide together whether medical marijuana might be right for you.


Doctors Who Care. Relief You Can Trust.

At Missouri Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

Call us at (877) 303-3117, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

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