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

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

Any substances produced by the cannabis plant (the marijuana plant, basically) are known as cannabinoids. In spite of their recent legalization (in some states), we’re still discovering new things about cannabinoids. It’s a common notion that cannabinoid compounds have widespread healing properties. There have been conflicting studies about cannabinoids and tinnitus but research suggests there might also be negative effects like a strong link between cannabinoid use and the development of tinnitus symptoms.

Various forms of cannabinoids

There are numerous varieties of cannabinoids that can be utilized presently. Whatever name you want to give it, pot or weed isn’t the only form. These days, THC and cannabinoids are available in pill form, as inhaled mists, as topical spreads, and more.

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

The problem 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 impact your hearing are prime examples.

Studies connecting hearing to cannabinoids

Whatever you want to call it, cannabinoids have long been linked with helping a wide range of medical disorders. According to anecdotal evidence vertigo, nausea, and seizures are just a few of the afflictions that cannabinoids can benefit. So researchers made a decision to see if cannabinoids could help with tinnitus, too.

But what they found was that tinnitus symptoms can actually be triggered 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. And tinnitus symptoms within 24 hours of consumption were 20-times more likely with marijuana users.

Further studies indicated that marijuana use may worsen ear-ringing symptoms in individuals who already have tinnitus. In other words, there’s some fairly compelling evidence that cannabinoids and tinnitus don’t really work well together.

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

Unknown causes of tinnitus

The discovery of this connection doesn’t expose the underlying cause of the relationship. It’s fairly clear that cannabinoids have an influence on the middle ear. But it’s much less clear what’s causing that impact.

There’s bound to be additional research. Cannabinoids today are available in so many selections and forms that comprehending the fundamental connection between these substances and tinnitus might help people make wiser choices.

Don’t fall for miracle cures

Recently, there has been lots of marketing publicity surrounding cannabinoids. To some extent, that’s because of changing attitudes surrounding cannabinoids themselves (and, to some extent, is also an indication of a desire to get away from opioids). But some negative effects can come from cannabinoid use, especially with regards to your hearing and this is demonstrated in this new research.

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

But this research undeniably indicates a powerful link between tinnitus and cannabinoids. 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 advertisements for CBD oil you might come across. 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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