More research is needed to better understand the possibilities
The benefits of cannabidiol (CBD), one of the main cannabinoids found in cannabis, are still being uncovered. While science is helping the discovery on many levels, real-world cases are also providing a great deal of support. There is beginning to emerge, albeit only on a small scale currently, evidence to support the use of CBD to fight an affliction that has no cure – tinnitus.
The CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain have been identified as possibly controlling balance and hearing. They have also been shown to be positively impacted by CBD, which could be the impetus needed to produce more studies between cannabis and tinnitus. Previous studies have been extremely limited and have only produced mixed results.
However, CBD is known to help combat stress. Tinnitus patients often deal with a substantial amount of mental distress due to the constant ringing in the ears and this revelation will certainly give those patients something to think about.
Glenn Schweitzer, an author and tinnitus sufferer, writes, “It’s funny because I had this idea going in that CBD was just some silly health craze that wouldn’t really amount to anything. I honestly thought it was going to be like the antioxidant fad a few years back, when supplements with ‘superfood’ ingredients like acai berries were all the rage but ended up being all hype and no substance.”
He further states, “Most people take CBD oil sublingually, letting it absorb under the tongue, but I didn’t know that at the time. I just swallowed the oil and 30 minutes later, my anxiety disappeared entirely. It blew my mind. I’ve struggled with anxiety for most of my life, and it was just gone. That tight feeling in my chest and stomach just melted away. But I wasn’t sedated, high, or impaired in any way.”
Since scientific evidence is still lacking, it’s best to proceed with caution. However, with all the other benefits provided by CBD, it can’t hurt to try the compound in an effort to find relief from tinnitus.