Marijuana and Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome (SCDS) 


Medical Marijuana has been widely researched, with new reports and insights published after every study. Several studies have shown that medical marijuana can help with several health conditions without any significant adverse side effects. Out of the many developments in the medical cannabis space, some government-approved patients programs have cognized the use of cannabis in treating Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome. Let’s dive deep and learn more.

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What Is Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome?

Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome refers to a rare condition where a bone overlying the inner ear’s semicircular canal is either missing or has a hole. Dehiscence is another word for this hole reported to be naturally absent or very thin at birth but thickens considerably over the first three years of development. 

However, it’s estimated that 20% of the population will be left with some issues. Either a poorly developed bone or a hole in the semicircular canal. Still, these cases are usually asymptomatic unless some events which cause pressure build-up in the brain occurs. This happens later in life with nearly 1 to 2% of the population developing symptoms such as:

  • Dizziness and vertigo 
  • Autophony – A situation where you hear your voice or the self-generated sound, such as blinking the eyes or breathing.
  • Oscillopsia – A condition where stationary things around you seem to be moving.
  • Intense sensitivity to loud sounds
  • Fullness in the ears 
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Unsteadiness
  • Hearing loss

Some patients will also experience fluctuating headaches and nausea. 



SCDS is caused by abnormal thinness.


What Causes SCDS? 

In most cases, SCDS is a developmental anomaly, which means it’s a condition present at conception or occurs before birth and develops afterward.  

The second cause is head trauma or a high-pressure occurrence in the brain caused by events such as physical training, scuba diving, or air travel. Some people diagnosed with SCDS reports one of such events before the onset of symptoms. Still, a large number of patients do not report these possible causes.

Another possible cause is the gradual and continuous thinning of the temporal bone located in the superior semicircular canal. The thinning occurs slowly and may eventually dissolve away, resulting in SSCD symptoms later in one’s life.  

Using Medical Marijuana to Treat SCDS Symptoms

At the moment, surgery is the only treatment available for SCDS. However, the success rates seem to be a bit worrying as there are higher chances of recurrence. Over the years, people with SCDS have shifted to medical marijuana to manage some of the deliberating symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, and severe nausea

Studies show that the CBD and THC components in cannabis can help alleviate vomiting and nausea common in many illnesses. The CBD in medical marijuana activates the 5-HT (1A) auto-receptors, associated with anti-nausea effects.

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That said, there are hundreds of marijuana strains available in the market, and you want to choose one that’s been recommended for use by an MMJ doctor. To make it easy for you, we’ve selected some medical marijuana strains that effectively treat SCDS symptoms. 

Common Marijuana Strains for SCDS  

While the effects and effectiveness of marijuana can vary from one person to another, some strains have shown promising results when used to treat specific symptoms. The following strains can alleviate nausea, dizziness, vertigo, and fluctuating headaches common with SCDS patients.


Harlequin comprises 7 to 10% CBD, and 3 to 6% THC concentration. While the strain has some potent anti-inflammatory effects, it further contributes to relieving minor to moderate nausea. It also uplifts the mood, which leads to a deep sense of relaxation. 

Master Kush 

With a high THC and low CBD concentration, Master Kush has long been used to treat nausea in patients suffering from chronic diseases. It puts the body and mind in profound sedation, and nausea slowly fades away.



SCDS can be a reason for hearing loss.


Purple Kush

Purple kush is common among marijuana doctors and patients due to its calming and sedative effects that bring the patients to a calm temperament. Patients struggling with nausea, eating disorders, insomnia, and lack of appetite often respond well to Purple Kush.

The above strains belong to a long list of marijuana strains that are considered safe and effective for treating a wide range of health conditions. Before choosing any of the options above, you may want to get a medical doctor’s prescription to avoid under dose or taking way beyond the safe limits.

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When conventional medications fail or aren’t available, medical cannabis has always been the better alternative. As a rule of thumb, you should always have your MMJ card when buying any marijuana strains. Besides the possible cost reduction and compliance with the state marijuana laws, a medical marijuana card ensures that you’re getting the right strain type of good quality, all in the required doses.

If you’re struggling with any of the SCDS symptoms, book an appointment today, and a licensed medical doctor will walk you through the symptoms management journey.

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