Dragon’s Den Tinnitus Gummies

Name of treatment

Dragon’s Den Tinnitus Gummies

Does the BTA recommend this treatment?

No

BTA opinion on this treatment:

Very little research has been done, but the evidence so far suggests that cannabinoids may exacerbate tinnitus.

Licences for the use of CBD oil or hemp oil as a medicine have not yet been granted.

Type of treatment

Pharmaceutical

Claims for treatment

“can cure long-lasting chronic disorders naturally”[1]

How treatment is delivered

Chewable gummie sweets. Gummies contain “various natural ingredients” including CBD hemp extract[2]

Potential negative consequences

Animal models suggest that cannabinoids may promote the development of tinnitus[3] [4].

Evidence offered:

 

Papers available

10 relevant papers found with keywords tinnitus + cannabinoid in PubMed database

Conclusions drawn

To date, there have been no systematic studies of the effects of cannabinoids on tinnitus in humans.[5] It is feasible that different cannabinoids may have different effects on tinnitus.[6]

Quality of evidence[7]

C/D

Would the BTA support further studies into this treatment?

Yes, if high quality study.

Verdict: Safety - is this treatment harmful?

  Evidence of harm

Verdict: Efficacy - does this treatment work?

   Evidence that it has no effect

Comments

Products containing CBD oil are legal in the UK, providing the content of a psychoactive component of cannabis (THC, tetrahydrocannabinol) is 0.2% or below.

 

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[1] My Newsdesk. Dragons Den CBD Gummies for Tinnitus UK Reviews: Reduce Various Mental Issues such as Depression, Anxiety, Migraine Pain, and Acne Issues etc. https://www.mynewsdesk.com/rap-web-systomatic-solutions-pvt-ltd/pressreleases/dragons-den-cbd-gummies-for-tinnitus-uk-reviews-reduce-various-mental-issues-such-as-depression-anxiety-migraine-pain-and-acne-issues-etc-3102736 [accessed 27 May 2021]

[2] ibid

[3]  Zheng Y, Reid P, Smith PF. Cannabinoid CB1 receptor agonists do not decrease, but may increase acoustic trauma-induced tinnitus in rats. Frontiers in Neurology 2015. https://doi.org/10.3389/fneur.2015.00060

[4] Narwani V, Bourdillon A, Nalamada K, Manes RP, Hildrew DM. Does cannabis alleviate tinnitus? A review of the current literature. Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology. 2020 Oct 30;5(6):1147-1155. doi: 10.1002/lio2.479. 

[5] Smith PF, Zheng Y. Cannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors and tinnitus. Hearing Research, 2016; 332 210-216.

[6] Narwani V, Bourdillon A, Nalamada K, Manes RP, Hildrew DM. Does cannabis alleviate tinnitus? A review of the current literature. Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology. 2020 Oct 30;5(6):1147-1155. doi: 10.1002/lio2.479. 

[7] A = Systematic review/meta analysis. B = Randomised control studies. C = Cohort studies. D = Case control studies. E = case studies/reports. +/- to be used to indicate quality within bands

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Updated 27 May 2021