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

Public opinion surrounding marijuana and cannabinoids has transformed remarkably over the past several decades. Many states now allow the use of marijuana, THC, or cannabinoid products for medicinal purposes. The concept that some states (fewer) even allow the recreational usage of pot would have been hard to imagine a decade ago.

Any compounds derived from the cannabis plant (the marijuana plant, essentially) are known as cannabinoids. And we’re still discovering new things about cannabis despite the fact that it’s recently been legalized in a number of states. It’s a common idea that cannabinoid compounds have extensive healing properties. But research implies a strong link between the use of cannabinoids and tinnitus symptoms but there are also contradictory studies.

Various forms of cannabinoids

At present, cannabinoids can be used in a number of varieties. It isn’t only pot or weed or whatever name you want to give it. Other forms can include topical spreads, edibles, inhaled vapors, pills, and more.

The forms of cannabinoids available will differ state by state, and many of those forms are still actually illegal under federal law if the THC content is over 0.3%. So it’s important 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 research into how cannabinoids impact your hearing are prime examples.

Research connecting hearing to cannabinoids

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

But what they discovered was that tinnitus symptoms can actually be caused by the use of cannabinoids. Ringing in the ears was documented, according to the study, by 20% of the participants who used cannabinoids. And that’s in individuals who had never experienced tinnitus before. And tinnitus symptoms within 24 hours of consumption were 20-times more likely with people who use marijuana.

And for those who already cope with ringing in the ears, using marijuana may actually exacerbate the symptoms. So, it would appear, from this compelling research, that the link between tinnitus and cannabinoids isn’t a positive one.

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

Unclear causes of tinnitus

Just because this connection has been discovered doesn’t necessarily mean the underlying causes are all that well known. That cannabinoids can have an influence on the middle ear and on tinnitus is rather obvious. But it’s a lot less evident what’s causing that impact.

Research, obviously, will carry on. Cannabinoids today are available in so many varieties and forms that comprehending the fundamental connection between these substances and tinnitus might help people make wiser choices.

Beware the miracle cure

Recently, there has been lots of marketing publicity surrounding cannabinoids. That’s in part because mindsets about cannabinoids are swiftly 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 produce some negative effects, especially if you’re concerned about your hearing.

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

But this research certainly indicates a powerful connection between tinnitus and cannabinoids. So if you have tinnitus–or if you’re worried about tinnitus–it may be worth steering clear of cannabinoids if you can, no matter how many adverts for CBD oil you may come across. The connection between cannabinoids and tinnitus symptoms is unclear at best, so it’s worth exercising 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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