At least 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus. There is no cure for this ringing sensation, which is caused by an audiological and neurological condition. Those who suffer from this ailment are forced to find what relief they can. Some individuals have turned to cannabidiol, or CBD.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol is just one of several chemical combinations that can be derived from the Cannabis plant’s buds, flowers, and leaves.
CBD is different from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive drug in marijuana. CBD users do not experience a high. CBD can be turned into gels, oils, tinctures, or sprays.
The Acceptance of CBD
In 2018, the Agricultural Improvement Act was passed by Congress, which withdrew hemp from the Controlled Substance Act. This allowed the non-narcotic elements of the plant to be marketed to the public.
Today, many companies advertise CBD claiming it has medicinal benefits such as relieving pain or treating conditions which include acne, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and tinnitus. Accurate research from the medical field is currently missing for the treatment of these conditions. The omission would be two rare types of epilepsy, both which can be treated with a drug that contains CBD known as Epidiolex. This drug has been approved by the FDA.
A Study on Tinnitus and CBD
CB1 and CB2 are two receptors found in the brain that react to CBD being present. These two receptors have been shown to possibly be responsible for restoring balance and hearing. These results have led some to speculate as to whether CBD may help those who have hearing disorders like tinnitus. So far, that information remains unknown.
On Trying CBD
Since tinnitus patients typically suffer from high amounts of mental distress, due to the consistent ringing in their ears, anything that would relieve the ringing would tempt them to try it.
One man documented his experience of using CBD to treat his tinnitus. He had doubts that the CBD would help him. After his first dose of CBD, he felt the effects in just 30 minutes. His anxiety was gone, and he had no feeling of being sedated, high, or impaired.
Results May Vary
It would be advised to do research before consulting your primary care physician, and then use a small dosage if the doctor believes it would benefit you.
Everybody has a different reaction to CBD. Some may notice an immediate effect, while it may take at least a week for others to notice a difference. Some may not have a reaction to it at all.
Please be cautious when using CBD. There are no tests that CBD products need to pass in order to be considered effective. The laws are vastly different for each state, and the FDA does not regulate the compound. This means that the condition of supplements with CBD are not verified. It is important to determine whether CBD can be legally obtained where you live before buying or ingesting products that claim to have the compound, and talk with your primary care physician about any concerns that you may have.
It would be best to arrange an appointment with a hearing health care professional who specializes in tinnitus. They will most likely suggest a range of solutions. This may include hearing aids that can conceal tinnitus and help you feel some relief from your symptoms.
If you, or a loved one, suffer from tinnitus and would like to use hearing aids as a solution, please contact us to set up an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.