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

Over the last several decades the public opinion about cannabinoids and marijuana has transformed a lot. Many states now allow the use of marijuana, THC, or cannabinoid products for medicinal purposes. Far fewer states have legalized marijuana for recreational reasons, but even that would have been unimaginable even just ten or fifteen years ago.

Any substances produced by the cannabis plant (the marijuana plant, basically) are known as cannabinoids. And we’re still discovering new things about cannabis in spite of the fact that it’s recently been legalized in numerous states. It’s a common idea that cannabinoid compounds have widespread healing properties. There have been contradictory studies about cannabinoids and tinnitus but research suggests there may also be negative effects like a strong connection between cannabinoid use and the development of tinnitus symptoms.

Various forms of cannabinoids

Today, cannabinoids can be utilized in lots of varieties. It’s not only pot or weed or whatever name you want to put on it. These days, THC and cannabinoids are available in pill form, as inhaled mists, as topical spreads, and others.

Any of these forms that contain a THC level above 0.3% are technically still federally illegal and the available forms will vary depending on the state. So it’s essential to be careful when using cannabinoids.

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

Studies About cannabinoids and hearing

A wide array of disorders are believed to be successfully treated by cannabinoids. 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 treat tinnitus, too.

Turns out, cannabinoids may actually trigger tinnitus. According to the research, over 20% of study participants who used cannabinoid products reported hearing a ringing in their ears. And that’s in people who had never experienced tinnitus before. Furthermore, marijuana users were 20-times more likely to report experiencing tinnitus symptoms within 24 hours of consumption.

Further investigation suggested that marijuana use could worsen ear-ringing symptoms in individuals who already have tinnitus. Put simply, there’s some rather convincing 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 mentioned that smoking has also been connected to tinnitus symptoms.

Causes of tinnitus are unclear

Just because this connection has been uncovered doesn’t automatically mean the underlying causes are all that well known. That cannabinoids can have an impact on the middle ear and on tinnitus is pretty clear. But it’s far less evident what’s producing that impact.

Research, undoubtedly, will continue. People will be in a better position to make better choices if we can make progress in comprehending the connection between the many varieties of cannabinoids and tinnitus.

Beware the miracle cure

Recently, there has been a great deal of marketing publicity surrounding cannabinoids. To some extent, that’s due to changing attitudes surrounding cannabinoids themselves (and, to an extent, is also an indication of a wish to turn away from opioids). But this new research clearly demonstrates that cannabinoids can and do cause some negative effects, especially if you’re uneasy about your hearing.

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

But this research undeniably suggests a strong connection between tinnitus and cannabinoids. So regardless of how many ads for CBD oil you see, you should steer clear of cannabinoids if you’re concerned about tinnitus. It’s not exactly clear what the link between tinnitus and cannabinoids so exercise 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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