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

Public opinion surrounding marijuana and cannabinoids has changed significantly over the past several decades. Many states now allow the use of marijuana, THC, or cannabinoid products for medicinal purposes. Substantially fewer states have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, but even that would have been unimaginable even just ten or fifteen years ago.

Cannabinoids are any compounds derived from the cannabis plant (basically, the marijuana plant). And we’re still learning new things about cannabis despite the fact that it’s recently been legalized in numerous states. It’s a common belief that cannabinoid compounds have widespread healing properties. There have been contradictory studies about cannabinoids and tinnitus but research suggests there might also be negative effects such as a direct link between cannabinoid use and the development of tinnitus symptoms.

Various forms of cannabinoids

Today, cannabinoids can be consumed in a number of forms. Whatever name you want to give it, pot or weed isn’t the only form. These days, THC and cannabinoids are available in the form of a pill, as topical spreads, as inhaled mists, and others.

Any of these forms that contain a THC level over 0.3% are technically still federally illegal and the available forms will vary depending on the state. That’s why many people tend to be quite cautious about 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 perfect examples.

Studies linking hearing to cannabinoids

Whatever you want to call it, cannabinoids have long been linked with helping a wide variety of medical disorders. 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 manage tinnitus, too.

Turns out, cannabinoids might actually cause tinnitus. 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 higher with people who use marijuana.

Further research indicated that marijuana use could exacerbate ear-ringing symptoms in individuals who already suffer from tinnitus. So, it would appear, from this persuasive research, that the relationship between tinnitus and cannabinoids is not a beneficial one.

It should be mentioned that smoking has also been linked with tinnitus and the research wasn’t clear on how participants were using cannabinoids.

Unknown causes of tinnitus

Just because this link has been discovered doesn’t necessarily mean the underlying causes are all that well comprehended. That cannabinoids can have an influence on the middle ear and on tinnitus is pretty obvious. But it’s much less evident what’s producing that impact.

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 people make smarter choices.

Don’t fall for miracle cures

In recent years, there has been plenty of marketing publicity around cannabinoids. That’s partly because attitudes associated with cannabinoids are rapidly changing (this also shows a growing desire to get away from opioid use). But some negative effects can result from the use of cannabinoids, particularly regarding your hearing and this is reflected in this new research.

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 strong link between cannabinoids and tinnitus is certainly implied by this research. So if you have tinnitus–or if you’re concerned about tinnitus–it might be worth avoiding cannabinoids if you can, no matter how many advertisements for CBD oil you may come across. The link between cannabinoids and tinnitus symptoms is unclear at best, so it’s worth using 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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