CBD gummies: fake or fabulous?

You may have seen email or social media advertising promoting CBD gummies as a cure for tinnitus, or perhaps you’ve even come across a headline and an apparent independent news story claiming there has been a breakthrough in tinnitus treatments.

This could be life-changing news if true – so what’s the real story behind these products, and why aren’t the BTA telling people about them?

What are CBD gummies?

CBD gummies are being widely marketed under a number of different names – some of them related to TV programmes or celebrities (including journalists and religious figures). They are small jelly sweets containing the cannabis extract CBD. CBD is one of the many chemicals called cannabinoids which are naturally found in cannabis plants.

Even though it comes from cannabis plants, CBD doesn’t give you a ‘high’ – that’s caused by another cannabinoid called THC.

Cannabinoids and tinnitus

To date, there have been very few studies into the effects of cannabinoids on tinnitus. However, the current evidence from animal studies suggest that they could actually lead to increased activity in the auditory areas of the brain, and hence actually increase tinnitus.

The side effects of CBD products can include nausea, fatigue and irritability. CBD can also affect liver function.

Licences for the use of CBD extract as medicine have not yet been granted.

Buyer beware!

Sign stating It is important to remember that the supplements market is unregulated, and products vary widely in quality and ingredients. Some may not contain any CBD at all, and some may contain illegal levels of THC.

In our research into CBD gummies, we have found confusing information about what the products contain. Different suppliers list different ingredients for the same product,  so it is difficult to know what you may be taking.

Some people who have bought CBD gummies have told us that much larger than expected payments have been taken from their credit cards, and complaints to sellers are going unanswered. We have seen ourselves that some buyer’s full details are easily viewed on one of the product selling websites, leaving people vulnerable to fraud and identity theft.

Some selling websites give buyers the impression that the product is sold, promoted or otherwise endorsed by the BTA. This is untrue.

Our verdict

We strongly suggest avoiding CBD gummies and their sellers. There is a lack of evidence for the effectiveness of CBD products for tinnitus, and potential risks for harm, not least to your wallet!

Sadly, there will always be unscrupulous people willing to profit from people’s desire to improve their health and wellbeing.

For help with managing your tinnitus, or for questions about treatments you may have come across, please get in touch with our friendly, knowledgeable Tinnitus Support Team:

Telephone: 0800 018 0527

Web chat: www.tinnitus.org.uk

Email: [email protected]

SMS/Text: 07537 416841


Gummies image by Alexas_Fotos on Pixabay. Note: image is of gummie sweets and is not intended to be an accurate representation of the product.
Photo of 'beware' sign: adapted from image by Donald Giannatti on Unsplash