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

Public opinion about marijuana and cannabinoids has transformed significantly over the past several decades. Cannabinoids, marijuana, and THC products are now legal 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 substances produced by the cannabis plant (basically, the marijuana plant). Despite their recent legalization (in some states), we’re still learning new things about cannabinoids. It’s a common notion that cannabinoid compounds have extensive healing attributes. There have been contradictory studies about cannabinoids and tinnitus but research indicates there may also be negative effects like a strong connection between cannabinoid use and the development of tinnitus symptoms.

Many forms of cannabinoids

There are many forms of cannabinoids that can be utilized presently. Whatever name you want to give it, pot or weed is not the only form. Other forms can include topical spreads, edibles, inhaled vapors, pills, and more.

The forms of cannabinoids available will vary state by state, and most of those forms are still actually illegal under federal law if the THC content is over 0.3%. So it’s essential to be cautious with the use of cannabinoids.

The issue is that we don’t yet know very much about some of the long-term side effects or complications of cannabinoid use. A great example is some new research into how your hearing is impacted by cannabinoid use.

Research linking 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 conditions that cannabinoids can help. 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 caused by the use of cannabinoids. 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 people who had never experienced tinnitus before. Furthermore, marijuana users were 20-times more likely to report experiencing tinnitus symptoms within 24 hours of consumption.

Further research suggested that marijuana use may worsen ear-ringing symptoms in those who already suffer from tinnitus. In other words, there’s some fairly convincing evidence that cannabinoids and tinnitus don’t really mix all that well.

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

Causes of tinnitus are not clear

Just because this link has been found doesn’t automatically mean the root causes are all that well understood. It’s fairly clear that cannabinoids have an impact on the middle ear. But it’s far less clear what’s causing that impact.

Research, undoubtedly, will carry on. Cannabinoids today are available in so many selections and types that comprehending the root link between these substances and tinnitus could help people make smarter choices.

Don’t fall for miracle cures

In recent years, there has been a great deal of marketing hype around cannabinoids. In part, that’s due to changing attitudes surrounding cannabinoids themselves (this also reflects a growing wish to get away from opioid use). But this new research makes clear that cannabinoids can and do cause 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 devotees.

But a powerful connection between cannabinoids and tinnitus is certainly implied by this research. So no matter how many ads for CBD oil you see, you should avoid cannabinoids if you’re worried about tinnitus. 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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