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

Public opinion surrounding marijuana and cannabinoids has changed remarkably over the past several decades. Cannabinoids, marijuana, and THC products are now allowed for medical usage in many states. Far fewer states have legalized marijuana for recreational reasons, but even that would have been unthinkable even just ten or fifteen years ago.

Any compounds produced by the cannabis plant (the marijuana plant, essentially) are known as cannabinoids. And we’re still discovering new things about cannabis in spite of the fact that it’s recently been legalized in several states. We often think of these particular compounds as having widespread healing qualities. There have been contradictory studies about cannabinoids and tinnitus but research suggests there may also be negative effects such as a strong link between cannabinoid use and the development of tinnitus symptoms.

Cannabinoids come in numerous forms

There are many varieties of cannabinoids that can be used presently. Whatever name you want to put on 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.

Any of these forms that have a THC level over 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 long-term complications and side effects of cannabinoid use are not well known and that’s the problem. A great example is some new research into how your hearing is affected by cannabinoid use.

Research linking hearing to cannabinoids

A myriad of conditions are believed to be effectively managed by cannabinoids. According to anecdotal evidence vertigo, nausea, and seizures are just a few of the afflictions that cannabinoids can benefit. So researchers decided to find out if cannabinoids could treat tinnitus, too.

Turns out, cannabinoids might actually cause tinnitus. According to the research, more than 20% of study participants who used cannabinoid products documented hearing a ringing in their ears. 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.

Further studies suggested that marijuana use may exacerbate ear-ringing symptoms in those who already suffer from tinnitus. So, it would appear, from this persuasive evidence, that the relationship between cannabinoids and tinnitus is not a positive one.

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.

Unclear causes of tinnitus

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

Research, obviously, will continue. Cannabinoids today come in so many varieties and types that understanding the root connection between these substances and tinnitus could help people make wiser choices.

Beware the miracle cure

There has undeniably been no lack of marketing publicity associated with cannabinoids recently. To some extent, that’s because of changing perceptions associated with cannabinoids themselves (and, to an extent, is also an indication of a desire to turn away from opioids). But some negative effects can result from the use of cannabinoids, particularly regarding your hearing and this is demonstrated in this new research.

You’ll never be able to avoid all of the cannabinoid enthusiasts and evangelists in the world–the marketing for cannabinoids has been particularly intense 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 steer clear of 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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