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Cannabinoids or CBD is not a miracle cure, it can cause hearing issues.

Public opinion surrounding cannabinoids and marijuana have transformed incredibly over the last few decades. Many states currently allow the use of marijuana, THC, or cannabinoid compounds for medicinal applications. Not as many states have legalized pot for recreational uses, but even that would have been unimaginable even just a decade ago.

Cannabinoids are categorized as a group of substances that comes from the cannabis or marijuana plant. Regardless of their recent decriminalization in certain states, we’re still uncovering new things about cannabinoids. We usually think of these particular substances as possessing universal healing properties, but current research suggests there could also be negative impact such as a strong link between cannabinoid usage and the occurrence of tinnitus symptoms.

Cannabinoids Have Several Kinds

Nowadays, cannabinoids can be consumed in lots of forms. It’s not just pot (or Mary Jane, or grass… ok, let’s just all agree right now that marijuana has many nicknames and move on). Nowadays, THC and cannabinoids can be obtained in pill form, as lotions, as inhaled vapor, and more.

Every state has it’s own laws regarding what types of cannabinoids you can buy, and many of those varieties are still officially illegal under federal law if the amount of THC is over 0.3%. So it’s still normal for people to be very cautious about cannabinoids.

We still require more study and experience before we will really comprehend the long lasting and side effects of cannabinoids. A good example is the new information about how cannabinoids impact your hearing.

New Studies Into Cannabinoids And Hearing

Whatever you want to call it, cannabinoids have long been associated with helping a large number of medical conditions. Vertigo, nausea, seizures, and more seem to be helped with cannabinoids, according to anecdotally available information. So is it possible that cannabinoids assist with tinnitus? That’s exactly what researchers decided to find out.

Seems as if cannabinoids could actually cause tinnitus. Based on the research, more than 20% of study participants who employed cannabinoid products reported hearing a ringing in their ears. And that’s in individuals who had never had tinnitus before. Furthermore, marijuana users were 20-times more likely to report having tinnitus symptoms after 24 hours.

And for those who already suffered from tinnitus, marijuana use caused it to get worse. So, it seems rather certain that cannabinoids and tinnitus aren’t very compatible.

How Cannabinoids Make Tinnitus Worse

Your tinnitus can be intensified by cannabinoids in a couple of tangible ways. To start with, the incidents of tinnitus symptoms can become more consistent, you could notice the ringing or buzzing in your ears more persistently. Cannabinoids can also cause tinnitus symptoms to become more overwhelming. The discomfort from the ringing might become more intense or harder to ignore.

Cannabinoids have also been found to trigger the onset of tinnitus symptoms. To put it a different way: after you begin using cannabinoids you may develop tinnitus symptoms even if you had no symptoms before.

The Causes of Tinnitus Are Unclear

We understand there is a connection between tinnitus and certain triggers but we’re still uncertain what the actual underlying causes are. It’s apparent that cannabinoids can have an impact on the middle ear and tinnitus symptoms. But what’s causing that impact is much less evident.

But we know that marijuana use, as opposed to other mood altering substances such as alcohol, will cause tinnitus.

Research, invariably, will continue. Cannabinoids nowadays come in so many options and forms that learning the underlying link between these substances and tinnitus should help people make better choices.

The Miracle Cure Beware

Lately there has been lots of hype created around cannabinoids by marketers. That’s partly because perceptions are transforming about cannabinoids (and, to some extent, is also a reflection of a desire to move away from opioid use). But cannabinoids can and at times do produce unwanted results, according to this new research, and this is especially true concerning hearing.

The marketing about cannabinoids has been very aggressive and you can’t totally escape all of the enthusiasts.

But this new research definitely indicates a strong link between cannabinoids and tinnitus. So if you have tinnitus, or if you’re concerned about tinnitus it may be worth avoiding cannabinoids if possible, no matter how many adverts for CBD oil you may run into. It’s worth being cautious when the link between tinnitus and cannabinoids has been so firmly established.

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