DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A DOCTOR or a medical health professional. Always speak with your doctor before trying any new drug, supplement, or treatment.

If you follow any of the tinnitus or Meniere’s disease Facebook groups, you’ve probably seen people talk about a supplement called Cannabidiol (or CBD for short).

For a while now, CBD has been on my radar. And not just from the support groups. I’ve seen so many headlines praising CBD for it’s seemingly endless list of potential benefits. So I decided to try it for myself.

I’ve been taking CBD oil every single day for the last few weeks, and I have to say, I’m impressed!.

But first, let’s start with the basics.  CBD is one of 113 different cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant. On its own, it’s non-psychoactive which means you will not get high from consuming CBD. Yet it’s believed to be responsible for many of the medicinal effects of cannabis.

Studies have shown CBD to have a wide variety of medicinal properties, from anti-inflammatory to anti-anxiety and anti-nausea. It’s also neuroprotective, has pain-killing properties, and can help to lower blood pressure, amongst many other benefits.

Products and Consumption:

CBD is a component of marijuana and hemp, but it can also be extracted and taken on its own as a supplement.

Because of this, as long as a CBD product contains .3% THC or less, it’s considered to be a hemp product, and is legal in the US and many other countries.

(It’s worth noting that hemp seed oil is a different thing altogether, and contains little to no cannabidiol. So hemp seed oil is not what we’re talking about here today.)

There are many different forms of CBD products available on the market, from isolated CBD powders, to vape ready concentrates, as well as full spectrum plant tincture oils, which is what I’ve been using.

And there are also multiple ways to ingest CBD. It can be consumed orally, vaped or smoked and absorbed through the lungs, or taken sublingually and absorbed through the capillaries under the tongue.

For the sake of this post, however, I will be focusing on my experiences with full spectrum hemp oil, of which, CBD is the primary component.

And I have to say, my experiences have been incredible.

What it’s like:

To be clear, CBD does not seem to have any direct effect on either my tinnitus or Meniere’s disease symptoms.

But indirectly, it’s a Godsend, because it reduces my anxiety and stress more than anything else I’ve ever tried by far. And when my stress and anxiety levels go down, my tinnitus is so much quieter and my Meniere’s symptoms improve.

When I first tried CBD, I was having a lot of anxiety. I’ve been dealing with an ongoing neck injury, and after getting a massage, I noticed they were selling the Charlotte’s Web brand of CBD oil at the spa.

I had heard of this brand before, and I was curious, so I decided to give it a shot. And within 15-20 minutes of ingesting it, my anxiety was gone. Not just diminished, but gone – entirely.

It’s hard to describe what it feels like, because honestly, I’ve never felt anything quite like it before.

An amazing experience:

The first thing I noticed was a subtle but wonderful feeling in my body. My muscles were relaxed and I felt great physically. Almost immediately, the physical symptoms of my anxiety went away. The uncomfortable tension in my chest and stomach disappeared.

Mentally, I was calm and focused, but more importantly, I was not impaired. Though I realize now that the recommended dosage I took initially was much more than what I actually needed.

At these higher doses, I noticed a slight, somewhat uncomfortable pressure on my head. It was also a bit sedating, as well.

I ultimately found that I needed much less to control my anxiety, with as little as 25% of my initial dose being just as effective but without the side effects. Finding the right dosage seems to involve a lot of trial and error for most people.

The CBD has also greatly improved my sleep. But again, I think this is more a product of the stress and anxiety relief than anything else. It’s much easier to fall asleep when your body is calm and your mind isn’t racing.

Your milage may vary:

Everyone seems to have a different experience with CBD.

Many people do experience the benefits immediately, like I did, while for others it’s a cumulative effect, requiring daily consumption. And some people don’t really notice any effects at all.

But my experience has been transformative, because I’ve struggled with anxiety for most of my life. Finding a tool like CBD that provides such a remarkable level of relief is wonderful beyond words!

How to purchase CBD?

There are quite a few reputable vendors with very high-quality CBD products offered at reasonable prices. I say reasonable because even when the pricing is competitive, CBD isn’t cheap.

And the cost is certainly prohibitive. I have a feeling that it’s going to be more accessible as time goes on, but for now, you can expect to pay anywhere between 25¢ and $3.00+ per dose depending on the concentration, how much you need to take, and how much you purchase at once.

But at the end of the day, it’s been worth it for me and I plan to continue to use it on an as-needed basis.

And it just be worth it for you too.

Reputable Vendors:

More Information about CBD:

  1. Thanks for posting this information Glenn. I have not had time to digest the added resource list for CBD, but I look forward to reading through them. I don’t consider myself an anxious person and have not suffered from anxiety or depression, however, Meniere’s and tinnitus can make us extremely anxious at times and depressed. I’m not sure how CBD is that different than Valium though, with the exception that CBD is faster acting. I do know that Valium has side effects such as memory loss and a symptom of MD is memory loss, so I will be interested in finding out if CBD has any side effects (keep in mind I have not read through the studies). Glad this is working for you as we don’t need any more stress than MD and tinnitus already gives us.

    Thanks!
    Jill

    • Hi Jill, CBD and benzodiazepines like Valium work on anxiety by entirely different mechanisms. Valium is likely much better at stopping vertigo, as it’s a vestibular suppressant, but it’s also very addicting and difficult to come off of if you develop a dependency. Both CBD and Valium have side effects though for some people. I mentioned some of what I experienced in the video – at higher doses it made me feel a little bit sedated and created an uncomfortable feeling of pressure across my head. At lower doses, however, I don’t experience any side effects.

  2. Thanks for putting this up glen. CBD is a great great drug if you want to call it that for many many types of neurological and gastrointestinal diseases. As for the comment above anout checking into the side effects of CBD compare to Valium or any other benzo isn’t even close. Benzodiazepines do work very well for stopping an attack at least in my case but I just started trying cannabis 50% THV 50% CBD and wow what a difference in my life in general. I’m not sitting around getting high all day but I’m using it like a medicine and I’ve improved greatly. Getting great sleep. Anxiety is non existent brain fog is gone which is strange because I am getting a little high when I medicate. Valium is just as addictive as heroine so be careful with any benzodiazepines. I am looking into Phoenix CBD pills I’ve heard great things very good company. If anyone reads this and wants to know some good strains of flower cannabis for helping with Ménière’s you can email me
    agiera75@aol.com. And I’d be happy to share what I’ve learned. There are some strains of cannabis you should stay away from if you have Ménière’s and some strains that work like nothing I’ve tried before and trust me in the 3 years I’ve had this I’ve tried it all. Usana supplements which I do take but they didn’t help much at all had tons of attacks since I’ve been on them and it’s been 9 months of those. I still receive Acupunture as well as chiropractor. I spent 15,000 on my jaw fixing my TMJ countless other supplements and meclizine Valium lorazepam no salt diet prednisone cortisone shots in my ear numerous hearing devices and sound machines and nothing worked like cannabis once again if anyone has a question email me st
    agiera75@aol.com. Thanks again glen for the effort and great info.

  3. Thank you Glen. Happy for you!
    I did not wait for this video and went straight to a store after I saw your post on Facebook. That is how much relief I needed/wanted from my symptoms which include anxiety and tension and insomnia.
    The first 20 drops had no effect on me, whatsoever, another 20 drops at bed time…and I had another horror night when I would wake tens of times and developed a headache in between. I am so beat up this morning and pretty much losing all hope to ever feel any better. I have also purchased a bio-mat mini, which I mostly use on my upper body and head to increase blood flow to my brain and try my best to use it on each ear (I can’t lay on either side, so it is a bit tricky). I have MDDS and POTS and feel that I reached my nadir.
    I found this article: Does CBD Make You Sleepy or More Alert? http://www.leafscience.com/2017/04/09/does-cbd-make-you-sleepy-or-more-alert/ which might help people like me at least to understand what might going on.
    I am reducing the dose from 20 to 5 drops once a day. And would add 1 drop each week.
    Regards,
    TU

    • Hi Teal, I’m not sure which kind you bought, but I was in the same boat. I took WAY too big a dose when I first started and had a few negative side effects that I mentioned in the article. Taking a much smaller dose provided the same anxiety relief with none of the side effects. I hope this works for you!

        • Gotcha. Taking less then is probably a good call. The one I got is the middle tier strength too. I probably would have been better off with the lowest strength, though you get a better deal in terms of cost per mg of CBD with this one – you just have to take less.

          • Hi glen I’m new to this site but I’ve been suffering with MD for 2 years. Most of my triggers are environmental I’m a heavy equipment operator and labor. Loud noises lots of dust and extreme heat really knock me down. I live in Ohio and we are behind in treatment with cannabis. I also get drug tested and I know the CBD oil won’t effect a test but I’ve also learned from friends I have in California in the medical marijuana field that not only the CBD but also the THC in marijuana is very beneficial to people with MD. You also have to watch which kind you try it could make you worse but talking with them and a doctor he hooked me up with have given me the info I needed. I took a month off and tried a certain strain of cannabis that he recommended and wow did I feel great. Not high or out of it I just felt great. Did it get rid of my tinnitus no but it greatly reduced to the point I didn’t think about it. Plus all my anxiety and fear of when the next attack was coming was gone. As well as the brain fog and dizzy empty head feeling. I had to stop when I returned to work and boom attack after attack. I filed for disability because I’m a work hazard. I can’t be running heavy equipment right next to buildings or other co workers and have drop attacks.

          • Hi Allen, I’m happy to hear that medical marijuana worked so well for you. I should point out though that full plant hemp extracts, like the oil I’m using, do contain trace amounts of THC – .3% or less which is the legal limit for hemp products – and can apparently cause a positive drug test. Isolated CBD powder, however, would not, though some people find it’s not as beneficial as it doesn’t contain the other cannabinoids present in hemp that the hemp oils do. I’m sorry you’ve had to file for disability 🙁 but I am glad you’ve found something that gives you relief!

          • Thanks Glen. I really like your videos. I’ve used your music and breathing and it does help. I found out today that I’m not even a candidate for surgery my ear is so far gone. 25 years of abuse to my hearing from work didn’t help I’m sure. My entire career has subjected me to daily hearing abuse and dust or compost you name it. I had an ENG test last week and I failed it miserably I don’t know if you’ve had that vestibular test or not it wasn’t fun at all it’s about 3 hours long. Anyways thanks for doing what you do and keep the videos coming it helps people like us believe it or not.

          • My doctor at first wanted to do the decompressive shunt surgery. He won’t recommend or perform the destructive surgery where they cut your vestibular nerve. Success rate is low and complications out weigh the results. After my vestibular test I had he now ruled out the shunt surgery because they found I have to much nerve damage and it would probably not be successful. Which I’m fine with. None of the surgery sound fun. And complications and side effects don’t seem worth it to me. When I took that month off of work and got myself away from all the irritants the dust noise and being bounced around all day I felt fantastic. Whether it was avoidance of what I do everyday or the cannabis I don’t know but something worked. I was also able to drink a gallon of water a day eat much more healthy and appropriate portions. When I’m at work I scarf down what I can in the 30 minutes I have for lunch and my fluid intake is minimal because I don’t ha e the luxury of being near a bathroom. My doctor agrees with my decision for disability I will be able to work somewhere else where I’m not driving heavy equipment and large trucks all the time. So I’m not worried about that I just want my quality of life back.

          • Great list. I’ve talked to my doctor and past doctors about all those. I forgot to mention I am just about finished getting my TMJ taken care of. I was fitted for an orthotic retainer and did 14 weeks of massage therapy cool laser treatments and ultra sound. TMJ is gone whosever now that my jaw is fixed 18 of my teeth do not touch so I have to get them added to with Provance. Very expensive I think I’ve spent 16,000 on the entire procedure but it’s worth it. One interesting thing was the SCDS article you had in there. I was never tested for that unless the ENG test cleared me of it but I didn’t see it on my results. My friend who is a navy seal has SCDS he got it from a roadside bomb in Iraq and we talked and our symptoms are identical. He is almost ready to retire after 20 years on seal teams he’s waiting to get the surgery when he retires. Great article thanks

  4. I was smoking concentrated dabs of THC regularly, and around the time my Ménière’s issues came back with a veangance. I did the whole “lifestyle cleanse” to cancel out any triggers and unfortunately I felt that getting stoned was one of them, especially with the tinnitus.

    So I stopped smoking weed entirely and considered switching to CBD. My symptoms had finally started to calm down by the time I managed to order some, but I have noticed the same benefits that you described. I was self medicating my anxiety and sleep issues with THC but knew it wasn’t the best option. I haven’t smoked weed or concentrates in a month. For the last 2-3 weeks I have been doing CBD dabs of pure isolate and I have to say I have noticed such a massive difference. My anxiety isn’t cured but it’s gone down and I find that breaking off just a small piece works very well. It relaxes me at bedtime and makes it easier to get to sleep. L And now that you mention it, I have not had any flare ups and my energy levels are finally coming back after dealing with the most debilitating vertigo episodes. The tinnitus has gone down significantly, to where there is none at all. I assume perhaps it’s just going into remission for now, as I have only been diagnosed within the last year.
    I plan to buy tinctures and edibles as well. I highly recommend NaturallyElevatedCBD.com based in Colorado. Their products are amazing and affordable- and they are very dedicated to their customers. Thanks for posting this. Just another glimmer of hope in my world that’s been turned upside down at age 27.

    • Thanks for the info. I don’t think I’d try dabs or concentrates. I went 24 years without smokin cannabis. The game has really changed. My doctor friend gave me the names of some strains high in CBD and lower in THC. He said some strains could really ruin my day. I tried CBD critical cure and a strain called crown royal. Now granted I did not go over board either time. Just 2 very good hits from a vaporizer and both worked very well.

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