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

Over the past several decades the public perception of cannabinoids and marijuana has transformed significantly. Many states have legalized the use of marijuana, THC, or cannabinoid products for medicinal reasons. Far fewer states have legalized marijuana for recreational reasons, but even that would have been unthinkable even just ten or fifteen years ago.

Cannabinoids are any substances produced by the cannabis plant (essentially, the marijuana plant). In spite of their recent legalization (in some states), we’re still discovering new things about cannabinoids. It’s a common idea that cannabinoid compounds have extensive healing qualities. There have been conflicting studies about cannabinoids and tinnitus but research suggests there may also be negative effects such as a strong connection between cannabinoid use and the development of tinnitus symptoms.

Cannabinoids come in numerous forms

There are numerous forms of cannabinoids that can be used presently. Whatever name you want to give it, pot or weed is not the only form. These days, THC and cannabinoids are available in pill form, as inhaled mists, as topical spreads, and others.

The forms of cannabinoids available will differ state by state, and most of those forms are still technically illegal under federal law if the THC content is above 0.3%. So it’s essential to be careful when using cannabinoids.

The problem is that we don’t yet know much about some of the long-term side effects or complications of cannabinoid use. Some new studies into how cannabinoids impact your hearing are prime examples.

Studies linking hearing to cannabinoids

Whatever you want to call it, cannabinoids have long been connected with helping a large number of medical conditions. According to anecdotal evidence vertigo, nausea, and seizures are just a few of the conditions that cannabinoids can help. So researchers decided to see if cannabinoids could help with tinnitus, too.

Turns out, cannabinoids might actually trigger tinnitus. According to the research, more than 20% of study participants who used cannabinoid products reported hearing a ringing in their ears. And tinnitus was never previously experienced by those participants. What’s more, marijuana users were 20-times more likely to report experiencing tinnitus symptoms within 24 hours of consumption.

Further research suggested that marijuana use may exacerbate ear-ringing symptoms in individuals who already have tinnitus. So, it would appear, from this persuasive evidence, that the relationship between cannabinoids and tinnitus isn’t a beneficial one.

The research is unclear as to how the cannabinoids were used but it should be pointed out that smoking has also been connected to tinnitus symptoms.

Causes of tinnitus are unclear

The discovery of this link doesn’t expose the root cause of the relationship. That cannabinoids can have an impact on the middle ear and on tinnitus is fairly obvious. But it’s much less clear what’s producing that impact.

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

Don’t fall for miracle cures

There has certainly been no shortage of marketing hype around cannabinoids in recent years. That’s partly because perceptions surrounding cannabinoids are quickly changing (this also shows a growing wish to get away from the use of opioids). But this new research clearly demonstrates that cannabinoids can and do cause some negative effects, particularly if you’re concerned about your hearing.

Lately, there’s been aggressive advertising about cannabinoids and you’ll never avoid all of the cannabinoid devotees.

But a strong link 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 connection between cannabinoids and tinnitus symptoms is unclear at best, so it’s worth exercising some 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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