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How to Prevent Red Eyes When Using Marijuana

How to prevent red eyes when using your medical marijuana

What to Do About Your Red Marijuana Eyes

Seeing red because everyone is seeing the red in your eyes?

For Old Dominion residents who have decided to get a Virginia Marijuana Card but who also value their privacy, having everyone they meet know from their red, bloodshot eyes that they’ve been medicating can be majorly embarrassing.

Fortunately, this can be fixed with some minor solutions. And for those of you unconcerned about broadcasting your medicine use, don’t think twice about those red eyes, as it’s a completely harmless phenomenon.

Tips for Dealing with Red Marijuana Eyes

The following tips should help you minimize or even eliminate the embarrassment of marijuana eyes

Just Wait for the Red to Fade, or Change Up When You Medicate

It won’t take more than a few hours at most for your red eyes to go white, so you could always just medicate privately and then wait to go out and face the world. You can also try adjusting your medication times so that you don’t have to go out shortly afterwards.

Use Some Eye Drops

Standard, over-the-counter eye drops for red and irritated eyes can also help alleviate the redness caused by marijuana. Well known brands like Visine and Clear Eyes should do the trick, but you can also try lesser known brands like Rohto, which enjoys popularity among marijuana users.

Switch to a Medication That’s Lower in THC

It’s the THC in marijuana that’s to blame for your red eyes, so if all else fails and you just can’t stand the redness, you can try looking into a strain of cannabis that is low in THC.

Now you may have believed that the redness is caused by irritation from marijuana smoke, and that can certainly contribute to the issue. But as flower marijuana is only just now hitting our dispensary shelves, most of you have probably been using a lot of the topicals, cartridges, and edibles that have thus far been available to Virginia Marijuana Card holders, or perhaps you’ve experimented with some DIY edibles.

Regardless, many of you have probably noticed by now that the delivery system for the medication is irrelevant: Smoke, vaporize, or eat enough THC, and your eyes will go red no matter how you consumed it.

THC causes your blood pressure to drop. That in turn causes blood vessels and capillaries, including those in your eyes, to dilate. This dilation then leads to increased blood flow to those ocular capillaries, resulting in those red marijuana eyes. And so less THC means less trouble with red eyes.

If you’re unsure about what strains might work for you, let the staff at your marijuana dispensary know what you’re trying to accomplish, and they should be able to steer you towards the right products for you.

Or You Could Always Just Learn to Love Your Red Eyes

Marijuana eyes aren’t a symptom of some health problem, nor are they themselves hurting you. As long as you’re unbothered by what other people think of your medicine of choice, why not just show them off?

After all, your red eyes are just an indication that you are seeking out much needed relief that you were once unfairly denied. Why not be proud of using your Virginia Marijuana Card to reduce your suffering and improve your quality of life?

Red Eyes are a Small Price to Pay for the Relief of Medical Marijuana

Wouldn’t you rather have red eyes than continue to suffer from one of the qualifying conditions that are recognized by Virginia’s medical marijuana program?

If you do have one of the qualifying conditions, and you haven’t looked into medical marijuana, then what are you waiting for? Schedule an appointment with one of our compassionate doctors today to learn if medical marijuana might be right for you.

You and your new doctor will meet virtually in a telemedicine appointment. You’ll discuss your condition over your smartphone or computer, letting you explore the relief medical marijuana has to offer right from the comfort and safety of your own home!


Doctors Who Care. Relief You Can Trust.

At Virginia Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to MMJ. 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 (888) 633-5808, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

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