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

Public opinion about marijuana and cannabinoids has changed significantly over the past several decades. Cannabinoids, marijuana, and THC products are now allowed for medical use in many states. The idea that some states (fewer) even allow the recreational usage of pot would have been unimaginable a decade ago.

Cannabinoids are any compounds derived from the cannabis plant (basically, the marijuana plant). In spite of their recent legalization (in some states), we’re still learning new things about cannabinoids. We often think of these specific compounds as having widespread healing properties. But research implies a strong link between the use of cannabinoids and tinnitus symptoms but there are also conflicting studies.

Numerous forms of cannabinoids

At present, cannabinoids can be used in lots of forms. Whatever name you want to give it, pot or weed isn’t the only form. Other forms can include topical spreads, edibles, pills, inhalable vapors, and others.

Any of these forms that contain a THC level higher than 0.3% are technically still federally illegal and the available forms will vary by state. That’s why most people tend to be rather careful about cannabinoids.

The long-term complications and side effects of cannabinoid use are not well known and that’s the issue. A good example is some new research into how your hearing is impacted by cannabinoid use.

Research into cannabinoids and hearing

Whatever you want to call it, cannabinoids have long been connected with improving a large number of medical conditions. 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 treat tinnitus, too.

But what they found was that tinnitus symptoms can actually be activated by the use of cannabinoids. According to the research, over 20% of study participants who used cannabinoid products documented hearing a ringing in their ears. And tinnitus was never previously experienced by those participants. What’s more, marijuana users were 20-times more likely to describe experiencing tinnitus symptoms within 24 hours of consumption.

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

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

Unknown causes of tinnitus

Just because this link has been discovered doesn’t automatically mean the root causes are all that well known. It’s pretty clear that cannabinoids have an influence on the middle ear. But it’s much less evident what’s producing that impact.

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

Don’t fall for miracle cures

There has certainly been no shortage of marketing publicity around cannabinoids recently. That’s partly because perceptions about cannabinoids are swiftly changing (this also demonstrates a growing wish to get away from the use of opioids). But some negative effects can come from the use of cannabinoids, especially regarding 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 especially aggressive lately.

But a strong connection between cannabinoids and tinnitus is definitely indicated by this research. So regardless of how many ads for CBD oil you see, you should avoid cannabinoids if you’re worried about tinnitus. The link between cannabinoids and tinnitus symptoms is unclear at best, so it’s worth using 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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