Researcher examining leaves of cannabinoids that have been linked to tinnitus.

Public opinion about marijuana and cannabinoids has changed significantly over the last several decades. Cannabinoids, marijuana, and THC products are now allowed for medical usage in many states. The concept that some states (fewer) even allow the recreational use of pot would have been unimaginable 10 years ago.

Cannabinoids are any compounds derived from the cannabis plant (basically, the marijuana plant). In spite of their recent legalization (in some states), we’re still learning new things about cannabinoids. It’s a common idea that cannabinoid compounds have extensive healing properties. But research suggests a strong link between the use of cannabinoids and tinnitus symptoms but there are also conflicting studies.

Numerous forms of cannabinoids

There are many forms of cannabinoids that can be utilized presently. It’s not just pot or weed or whatever name you want to give it. Other forms can include topical spreads, edibles, inhaled vapors, pills, and others.

Any of these forms that have a THC level higher than 0.3% are technically still federally illegal and the available forms will differ depending on the state. So it’s essential to be careful with the use of cannabinoids.

The long-term complications and side effects of cannabinoid use are not well understood and that’s the issue. Some new studies into how cannabinoids impact your hearing are prime examples.

Research into cannabinoids and hearing

Whatever you want to call it, cannabinoids have long been connected with improving a wide range of medical conditions. According to anecdotal evidence vertigo, nausea, and seizures are just a few of the conditions that cannabinoids can benefit. So researchers made a decision to see if cannabinoids could help with tinnitus, too.

But what they found was that tinnitus symptoms can actually be caused by the use of cannabinoids. According to the research, more than 20% of study participants who used cannabinoid products reported hearing a ringing in their ears. And that’s in individuals who had never experienced tinnitus before. And tinnitus symptoms within 24 hours of consumption were 20-times higher with marijuana users.

Further research suggested that marijuana use could exacerbate ear-ringing symptoms in individuals who already suffer from tinnitus. So, it would seem, from this persuasive research, that the relationship between tinnitus and cannabinoids is not a positive one.

It should be mentioned that smoking has also been associated with tinnitus and the research wasn’t clear on how participants were consuming cannabinoids.

Causes of tinnitus are unclear

The discovery of this link doesn’t reveal the underlying cause of the relationship. That cannabinoids can have an impact on the middle ear and on tinnitus is fairly clear. But what’s causing that impact is a lot less evident.

Research, undoubtedly, will carry on. Cannabinoids today are available in so many selections and forms that comprehending the underlying link between these substances and tinnitus could help individuals make wiser choices.

Don’t fall for miracle cures

Recently, there has been lots of marketing hype surrounding cannabinoids. To some extent, that’s due to changing attitudes surrounding cannabinoids themselves (this also reflects a growing wish to get away from the use of opioids). But this new research clearly demonstrates that cannabinoids can and do produce some negative effects, especially if you’re uneasy about your hearing.

You’ll never be capable of avoiding all of the cannabinoid aficionados and evangelists in the world–the marketing for cannabinoids has been especially intense lately.

But a powerful connection between cannabinoids and tinnitus is definitely indicated by this research. So regardless of how many ads for CBD oil you see, you should steer clear of cannabinoids if you’re concerned about tinnitus. The link between cannabinoids and tinnitus symptoms is uncertain at best, so it’s worth using a little caution.

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References

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/lio2.479
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5855477/
https://www.medpagetoday.com/meetingcoverage/aaohnsf/82180

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