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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 idea that some states (fewer) even allow the recreational usage of pot would have been unimaginable a decade ago.

Any compounds derived from the cannabis plant (the marijuana plant, basically) are known as cannabinoids. In spite of their recent legalization (in some states), we’re still learning new things about cannabinoids. We often view these particular compounds as having universal healing qualities. But research implies a strong link between the use of cannabinoids and tinnitus symptoms but there are also contradictory studies.

Numerous forms of cannabinoids

There are numerous forms of cannabinoids that can be used today. Whatever name you want to give it, pot or weed is not the only form. Other forms can include topical spreads, edibles, inhaled vapors, pills, and others.

The forms of cannabinoids available will vary state by state, and most of those forms are still technically illegal under federal law if the amount of THC is over 0.3%. That’s why most individuals tend to be rather careful about cannabinoids.

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

Research into cannabinoids and hearing

A myriad of disorders are believed to be effectively managed by cannabinoids. According to anecdotal evidence vertigo, nausea, and seizures are just a few of the conditions that cannabinoids can benefit. So the researchers wondered if cannabinoids could help treat tinnitus, too.

Turns out, cannabinoids might actually trigger tinnitus. According to the research, over 20% of study participants who used cannabinoid products reported hearing a ringing in their ears. And tinnitus was never formerly experienced by those participants. And tinnitus symptoms within 24 hours of consumption were 20-times more likely with people who use marijuana.

And for individuals who already experience ringing in the ears, using marijuana would actually worsen the symptoms. In other words, there’s some rather persuasive evidence that cannabinoids and tinnitus don’t really mix all that well.

The research isn’t clear as to how the cannabinoids were consumed but it should be pointed out that smoking has also been linked to tinnitus symptoms.

Causes of tinnitus are not clear

The discovery of this link doesn’t expose the underlying cause of the relationship. It’s quite clear that cannabinoids have an influence on the middle ear. But what’s causing that impact is a lot less evident.

There’s bound to be more research. Cannabinoids today are available in so many varieties and types that understanding the underlying connection between these substances and tinnitus could help individuals make better choices.

Beware the miracle cure

There has undeniably been no lack of marketing publicity around cannabinoids recently. That’s partly because perceptions about cannabinoids are quickly changing (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 create some negative effects, particularly if you’re concerned about your hearing.

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

But a powerful connection between cannabinoids and tinnitus is certainly implied by this research. So if you are dealing with tinnitus–or if you’re worried about tinnitus–it may be worth avoiding cannabinoids if you can, no matter how many advertisements for CBD oil you might come across. The link 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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