CBD and Chocolate
This is not a piece on the ability of CBD, or chocolate for that matter, to aid in weight loss; it is a great example though of the importance of dissecting and choosing how to interpret new information. In an interview with the Columbia Journalism Review; Peter Onneken tells the story of how he and filmmaking partner Diana Löbl, along with biologist John Bohannon, were able to convince millions of people that eating chocolate, as a sole aid, could help them lose weight.
The story was a complete fabrication and the team immediately published their intentions along with the overwhelming results. But we were all shown how easy it could be to persuade people of something supposedly backed by scientific evidence (which had a real bearing on people’s potential health)—with absolutely no truth behind it.
Much of the same seems to be happening with CBD. Those both in legal and non-legal states are being delivered incomplete or inaccurate information about what it is they’re consuming. There is plenty we do know for sure. What we could all use is the ability to objectively discern what we can trust and what we can comfortably avoid when examining potential CBD purchases. A blog published in Harvard Health points to an incredible number of studies demonstrating conclusive evidence of the known benefits of CBD along with acknowledgments of what research is still needed.
Most notably, we should understand that CBD isn’t a cure-all. There is still a great amount of research needed to conclude much more beyond its singular ability to reduce inflammation, aid in epileptic seizures, and act as an analgesic. Although as far as certainties go, those are pretty great places to start. By avoiding the promise of CBD as a one stop shop for dietary or health related needs; we can avoid the pitfalls that come with placing any one idea at the crux of how we should live our lives.