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Tinnitus is a condition that borrows its name from a Latin word which literally means ringing, since this health condition can be characterized by a ringing sound. Ringing, chirping, clicking, swishing, buzzing, whistling, hissing, squealing, roaring and other sounds which originate in the head or ears are the primary symptoms of tinnitus. This condition stems from an underlying cause and may not pose any serious threats to one’s health; however it causes constant discomfort and nuisance.
Common causes of this condition include ear injury, circulatory system issues, foreign objects within the ear and hearing loss due to ageing. Tinnitus can be categorized into two distinctive types, the first is objective and the second is subjective. While objective tinnitus can be heard by doctors during examination, subjective tinnitus plagues only the individual and cannot be heard by others. This seemingly harmless condition contributes greatly towards problems such as depression, isolation and irritability; hence its treatment is an absolute must.
Side effects of medication
Pharmaceuticals used for the treatment of tinnitus are often associated with a variety of side effects. While pharmaceuticals are moderately successful in reducing the intensity of the ringing sounds they do not possess the potency to cure this condition entirely. Some commonly used medication and their side effects are listed below:
- Tricyclic antidepressants including notriptyline and amitriptyline cause blurred vision, dry mouth, heart conditions and constipation.
- Alprazolam including Xanax and Niravam may cause nausea, drowsiness and dependency issues.
Interestingly, some medicines may cause tinnitus in individuals as a side effect. Furthermore, the prices of these seemingly innocuous yet dangerous medications are exorbitant and since regular use is advised financial strain is inevitable. These factors and the effectiveness of MMJ or medical marijuana, has compelled numerous individuals to adopt MMJ and enjoy the health benefits offered. Contrary to popular belief and brilliant marketing of the health industry MMJ is actually quite beneficial when consumed correctly
Benefits of cannabis
In the light of the new discoveries pertaining to benefits of MMJ, medical marijuana is now being prescribed for conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cancer, ADHD, glaucoma, asthma, depression, epilepsy and tinnitus as well. Since, medical cannabis is said to reduce the intensity of underlying medical conditions it is able to alleviate the suffering brought on by tinnitus. Moreover, other complications posed by this condition are being treated and cured using medical cannabis. Some of these complications are difficulty in concentrating, irritability, insomnia, anxiety and depression. This is precisely why cannabis or MMJ have become popular alternative treatments for tinnitus and several other ailments. Also, this mild form of treatment is free from the various side effects caused by pharmaceuticals.
The potency of medical marijuana is such that tinnitus as well as co-occurring health conditions are effectively treated through it. The best example is certainly the effective and straightforward treatment that soldiers receive for tinnitus and PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. MMJ is increasingly being considered a multipurpose drug owing to the numerous benefits it provides while treating many different conditions.