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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 changed significantly. Many states have legalized the use of marijuana, THC, or cannabinoid products for medicinal reasons. The idea that some states (fewer) even allow the recreational use of pot would have been unimaginable a decade ago.

Any substances produced by the cannabis plant (the marijuana plant, basically) are known as cannabinoids. And we’re still learning new things about cannabis despite the fact that it’s recently been legalized in a number of states. It’s a common notion 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 contradictory studies.

Cannabinoids come in numerous forms

At present, cannabinoids can be utilized in many forms. Whatever name you want to put on it, pot or weed is not the only form. Other forms can include topical spreads, edibles, inhaled vapors, pills, and more.

Any of these forms that contain 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 important to be careful when using cannabinoids.

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

Research into cannabinoids and hearing

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

But what they found was that tinnitus symptoms can actually be activated by the use of cannabinoids. Ringing in the ears was reported, according to the study, by 20% of the participants who used cannabinoids. And tinnitus was never formerly experienced by those participants. What’s more, marijuana users were 20-times more likely to report experiencing tinnitus symptoms within 24 hours of consumption.

And for individuals who already cope with ringing in the ears, using marijuana may actually exacerbate the symptoms. Put simply, there’s some rather convincing evidence that cannabinoids and tinnitus don’t really mix all that well.

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

Just because this connection has been found doesn’t necessarily mean the underlying causes are all that well known. That cannabinoids can have an affect on the middle ear and on tinnitus is fairly clear. But it’s much less clear what’s producing that impact.

There’s bound to be more research. Cannabinoids today are available in so many selections and types that comprehending the root connection between these substances and tinnitus might help individuals make better choices.

Don’t fall for miracle cures

There has certainly been no shortage of marketing publicity around cannabinoids recently. In part, that’s the result of changing perceptions associated with cannabinoids themselves (and, to an extent, is also an indication of a desire to get away from opioids). But this new research clearly demonstrates that cannabinoids can and do produce some negative effects, particularly if you’re uneasy about your hearing.

You’ll never be able to avoid all of the cannabinoid aficionados and devotees in the world–the marketing for cannabinoids has been especially aggressive lately.

But a powerful link 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 might be worth avoiding cannabinoids if you can, no matter how many adverts for CBD oil you may come across. It’s not completely 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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