Article by Jessica Leone, Marijuana Resources
Marijuana is generally an easy to consume herb that is uplifting, relaxing and inspiring, yet it’s known to come with a few side effects. There are a handful of side effects of marijuana that are commonly experienced by most users. While the symptoms may be odd and even somewhat embarrassing, they are basically harmless. The very typical side effects of marijuana are cottonmouth, the munchies and red eyes; all things that are commonly experienced even without consuming marijuana, but often not all at the same time. Each symptom has a rational explanation and only lasts for a couple of hours. In some cases, these side effects of marijuana are actually health benefits for various illnesses too.
Red Eyes: Unattractive But Beneficial for Glaucoma
In American pop culture, red eyes are often portrayed as a telltale sign that marijuana has been consumed. Yet one of the most beneficial health benefits of marijuana is the underlying cause of this marijuana side effect: THC, one of the main active ingredients in marijuana, known to produce the euphoric high associated to the herb. It has also been known to reduce blood pressure. A reduction in blood pressure is immensely important to health. It can decrease the likelihood of heart attack and other cardiovascular disorders and it can also help to relieve pressure in the head.
While bloodshot eyes can give the impression of pressure in the head, in actuality, it is a lack of pressure in the head that causes the problem. Studies indicate that marijuana reduces eye pressure by up to 25 percent. This reduced pressure, in turn, allows the little veins in the eyes to expand, increasing blood flow and ultimately making the eyes look red. In truth, this unattractive side effect of marijuana is the reason it is so beneficial for a variety of eye problems. In particular, it is why it is so beneficial for glaucoma.
This embarrassing side effect can be dealt with easily by using simple eye drops purchased from the drug store, such as Clear Eyes. A few drops in each eye can drastically reduce the problem, allowing you to go out into the world without everyone knowing your business while you maintain a clearer healthier glow. Foods such as caffeine and chocolate are also known to constrict the blood vessels which also helps to reduce the effect as they counteract the effects of the THC. Alternatively, you can simply wait it out. Red eyes will go back to normal within a couple of hours.
Cotton Mouth: Get the Crushed Ice, Chewing Gum, and Mustard
The dry mouth feeling and thirst that sets in after consuming cannabis is known as cotton mouth. It can be an extremely uncomfortable side effect of marijuana that can leave a person feeling a little constricted, sticky and dry in the mouth. Cotton mouth was a mysterious side effect of cannabis until recently. Researchers at the University of Buenos Aires have gotten to the bottom of the phenomena to discover the root cause of the cotton mouth problem. As it turns out, THC affects the body’s endocannabinoid system. There are 2 submandibular glands under the floor of the mouth that produce 70 percent of the saliva in the mouth. These glands both have CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors. When THC enters the blood stream, it binds itself to the cannabinoid receptors in the body.