Tinnitus is the perception of a sound when no external noise is present is an extremely common and often debilitating problem. In fact, around 50 million Americans experience some form of tinnitus and 2 million suffer from such severe symptoms, they struggle to function on a day-to-day basis.
While there are several measures you can take to improve tinnitus symptoms, there is currently no cure for the condition. Seeking relief, some tinnitus patients are trying hemp-derived products.
Hemp is used for a variety of conditions, including stress and anxiety. But is there a link between cannabis and tinnitus relief? And what are the potential causes of the condition?
- age-related hearing loss
- regular exposure to loud sounds
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- middle ear muscle spasms
- having too much ear wax
- middle or inner ear damage
- medications, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), some antibiotics, cancer medications, and diuretics
- head and neck injuries
- temporomandibular joint disorders
- Meniere’s disease
- ear or auditory nerve tumors
How is Tinnitus Treated?
Treatment for tinnitus typically involves treating the underlying cause. Your doctor might recommend removing excess earwax and stopping medications that might be causing your tinnitus.
Unfortunately, it can sometimes be tough to pinpoint the cause for ringing in the ears. Although hemp has been used by many individuals to help relieve the condition, it may benefit individuals living with tinnitus.
How Does Hemp Work?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) consists of endocannabinoid receptors throughout the body. Your body has two main endocannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2. It also makes molecules called endocannabinoids which are like cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
When endocannabinoids bind to either CB1 or CB2 receptors, this produces effects depending on the location of the receptors. For example, endocannabinoids produced by your body might bind to immune cell receptors to let your body know it’s experiencing inflammation.
When endocannabinoids work correctly, enzymes break them down.
For many, the health benefits of CBD outweigh any negatives. It’s non-psychoactive, doesn’t produce a high and appears to offer relief from the symptoms associated with certain medical conditions.
CBD helps patients relax, reducing stress and anxiety. When offered alongside counseling, it can be highly effective in improving their overall quality of life.