Tinnitus refers to the sensation of hearing a sound even through there is no external noise. For a lot of people, it may feel akin to hearing a constant ringing in your ears. However, tinnitus sufferers could also hear humming, whooshing, or buzzing in the ear. It may seem like it is in one ear or both, and can occasionally be very hard to pinpoint. It isn’t unusual for someone to believe there is a real noise, only to later discover that they are the only person that can hear it.
According to the American Academy of Audiology, up to 30 million Americans may have tinnitus. Although the condition is often associated with hearing loss, this is not the case for approximately 44% of individuals with tinnitus. Unfortunately, up to 20% of people with the condition say it is ‘disabling’ or ‘almost disabling’.
How Could Cannabis Help?
When you seek medical help for your tinnitus, your primary physician will attempt to find an underlying cause and treat it. If they find nothing, the next step is to consider one of the following:
- Ear wax removal
- Medication changes
- Alternative medicine
- Treatment of blood vessel conditions
In recent times, medical marijuana has been looked at as a possible tinnitus treatment option. According to one theory, tinnitus is potentially a type of sensory epilepsy caused by hyperactivity in the cochlear nucleus in the brain. As a result, antiepileptic drugs have been mooted as a possible treatment option.
In a study by Middleton et al., published in the May 2011 edition of PNAS, the research team found that cannabis reduces the symptoms of tinnitus in mice. In theory, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) helps control the elasticity of the brain in humans and mice. As a result, it could reduce, or at least mitigate, tinnitus symptoms. To date, trials have only been conducted on mice, but early signs are promising. In this article, we look at five of the best marijuana strains that could potentially treat tinnitus.
1 – Death Bubba (This Marijuana Strain is a Knockout)
Although Death Bubba is a marijuana strain potentially capable of helping with tinnitus symptoms, we have to warn you to tread carefully! With a THC content of up to 27%, this indica-dominant (70%) hybrid is capable of sending even the most experienced user into a different realm. It is a cross of Death Star and Bubba Kush, bred by Vancouver-based Sea and Sky.
Its effects begin with a rapid and powerful energetic head high that boosts your mood, and clears the mind. You should also feel more energetic and motivated. However, the indica part of Death Bubba soon takes hold and you are swamped with a potent body high. You retain the uplifting feeling but will now be eager to lie down and relax. It is an ideal night time strain because it helps you drift off to sleep.
As insomnia is one of the negative aspects of tinnitus, Death Bubba could be a lifesaver if it proves the difference between sleepless nights and waking up well-rested and full of energy. It is normal for users to wake up without realizing that they just enjoyed a great night’s sleep! This strain is also used as a painkiller.
2 – Candy Jack (The Cannabis Cup Winning Marijuana Strain)
Only special strains win an award at the Cannabis Cup, and Candy Jack definitely fits into this category, having won the coveted prize. There is a significant difference between the potency of Candy Jack strains on the market; you could receive a strain with 15% THC or one with a whopping 27%. If you end up with the latter, this balanced hybrid could send you into la-la land, which is one way to alleviate tinnitus symptoms!
Candy Jack is a cross of Skunk #1 and Jack Herer, and is the ideal strain if you need an energy boost during the day. It offers a tingling sensation that helps your body remain in a state of perpetual motion for hours. You benefit from a strong cerebral high, along with a lift in your mood, and even a boost in creativity.
If you have a full-time job, the tiredness you’re likely to feel is only exacerbated by the ringing noise in your ears which will certainly cause mental fatigue. If these long days drain you, try some Candy Jack before you start working – assuming that you’re allowed do so at your company! Incidentally, this marijuana strain is also used by people with eating disorders because it stimulates your appetite. Please don’t spend the night driving around looking for White Castle though!
3 – Glass Slipper (The Fairytale Marijuana Strain)
If you’re up to date on your fairy tales, you’ll probably guess that the name Glass Slipper comes from the legendary story of Cinderella. It is believed that this strain was originally created in the Netherlands, but was ultimately bred and grown in the United States. It is likely that this sativa-dominant (70%) hybrid is a cross of Pineapple and Cinderella 99. With a THC content of up to 20%, Glass Slipper is a strain that commands respect.
This is especially the case because Glass Slipper provides you with a head high that is far too intense for first-time users. If you are a casual user, we recommend using a very small dosage first to see how your body reacts. An energy boost and uplifted mood accompany the cerebral high, and it is a strain known for improving a person’s sociability. The indica aspect of the strain offers a mild body high that doesn’t keep you stuck to the sofa.
Its CBD content of up to 0.5% is higher than most strains, and while it intensifies the medical effects, it does little to ameliorate the high. As well as helping you forget all about your tinnitus issues, Glass Slipper is used by patients with PTSD and ADHD and is also believed to be an effective means of combatting muscle spasms.
4 – Mars OG (This Marijuana Strain Has Nothing to do With Martians!)
With a THC content of 16-20%, Mars OG could cause you to see planets and stars, but it is normally not enough to send most users into outer space. This heavily indica-dominant (80%) hybrid has green nugs which are covered by orange-brown hairs, but it gets its name from the fact it is a cross of OG Kush and Mars.
Although you feel some of the mellow cerebral high associated with sativa strains, its indica effects are significantly more powerful. Some users report feeling extremely sociable and happy, and even launch into a fit of giggles for no apparent reason. However, Mars OG is very much an evening or night time strain because its indica effects cause intense body relaxation. While it won’t make you feel lazy, it is capable of relaxing you enough to ensure a good night’s sleep.
The main issue with Mars OG from a medicinal standpoint is its propensity to help you sleep, and increase your appetite. It does such a good job with both that you need to ensure there is lots of food nearby. That way, you can eat your fill and go to sleep without waking up in the middle of the night longing for a burger and fries.
5 – Love Potion No. 1(Another Awarding Winning Marijuana Strain)
As you can probably guess from the name, Love Potion No. 1 is often marketed as an aphrodisiac. This makes it a great strain for tinnitus patients who find that their condition has sapped their energy and libido. It is a sativa-dominant (70%) strain with a relatively strong THC content of 15 – 18%.
Love Potion No. 1 is a cross of G13 and a male landrace Colombian Gold. Once these two elusive strains were combined, they were backcrossed to the male Colombian Gold. The result is a strain that won the High Times Cannabis Cup for best Sativa in 2004. Its sativa-dominant properties ensure that you feel reinvigorated, mentally sharp, and horny! Most users find that any tension they felt before using the strain has all but vanished within minutes.
With Love Potion No. 1, you get the best of both worlds. First, you get the energy boost sorely needed to get through a day, and second, you feel a sense of body relaxation without ever having a desire to remain on the sofa. One of the big issues associated with Tinnitus is mental/physical fatigue. If this is a problem for you, try Love Potion No. 1, enjoy more energy, and book a romantic evening for two!
Final Thoughts on Cannabis and Tinnitus
Although tinnitus is not a life-threatening condition, it is perfectly capable of negatively impacting a person’s quality of life. Individuals with tinnitus may find it hard to work, sleep, or even maintain concentration during discussions. Although trials are ongoing, it is hoped that they will provide tinnitus patients with a solution when no other treatment option is effective.