Does an advertisement on Facebook lead viewers to a cannabidiol (CBD) product that can cure diabetes? No, that's not true: The link attached to this post displays a misleading advertisement. There is no "cure" for diabetes at the time of writing. This isn't the first time Lead Stories has debunked a post claiming to cure diabetes or misleadingly linking to a page advertising CBD gummies.
The claim appeared in a Facebook post on September 7, 2022. The post includes a link with a graphic that reads:
Diabetes will disappear forever! Developed by Israeli doctors, 99.99% natural
This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:
(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon 03 22 17:42 2022 UTC)
The link in the post leads users to a bogus article titled "CEOs From Kodiak Lands Massive Deal For Powerful Method To Treat Diabetes." It details the development of CBD gummies purportedly -- and falsely -- by Joel Clark and Cameron Smith, made famous in real life by their protein pancake and waffle mix Kodiak Cakes.
Clark and Smith were featured on the popular business-pitch television show "Shark Tank," but their presentation wasn't about CBD gummies. It was about their own products.
Clicking on links on the page of the article mentioning Kodiak Cakes opens a "buy now" advertisement page for CBD gummies. Lead Stories clicks on the links produced an ad for one brand of CBD gummies one day, and another CBD gummies brand the following day.
A Google search using the keywords "Israeli Doctors Have Developed A 99.99% Cure for Diabetes" produced no results. The condition currently has no cure, according to medical professionals.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), type 1 diabetes stipulates that a patient take insulin to survive, while type 2 diabetes interferes with a patient's ability to process the insulin his or her body still creates. Diet and exercise improve the health of both types of diabetics, but type 2 diabetics, who make up the majority of diabetics in the U.S., do not necessarily need to take insulin.
In an April 2022 Lead Stories fact check titled "Fact Check: 'Keoni CBD' Gummies Do NOT 'Cure' Diabetes," the debunked post also linked to an unrelated article featuring Kodiak Cakes that was actually a misleading ad about CBD gummies. That fact check also explained there is no cure for diabetes. As a diabetes.org.uk page stated:
Unfortunately, there's currently no permanent cure for either type 1 or type 2 diabetes.
Lead Stories contacted Kodiak Cakes concerning the CBD gummies claim and will update this story if a response is received.
Other Lead Stories fact checks about alleged cures for diabetes can be found here.