Tinnitus and Nature’s Gold CBD gummies

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Name of treatment

Nature’s Gold CBD 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

“reduces pain and chronic aches; relieves anxiety and stress; promotes better sleep”[1]

How treatment is delivered

Chewable gummie sweets. No information is given about the ingredients.

Potential negative consequences

Animal models suggest that cannabinoids may promote the development of tinnitus[2] [3].

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.[4] It is feasible that different cannabinoids may have different effects on tinnitus.[5]

Quality of evidence[6]

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.

The manufacturer’s website states that: “The statements made on our websites have not been evaluated by the FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration). Our products are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.“[7]

 

 

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[1] Nature’s Gold https://naturesgoldworldcbd.com/v1/  [accessed 27 May 2021]

[2]  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

[3] 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. 

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

[5] 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. 

[6] 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

[7] Nature’s Gold https://naturesgoldworldcbd.com/v1/  [accessed 27 May 2021]

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Updated 8 October 2021