Rick Simpson oil or RSO is a thick and dark cannabis-derived oil that has an especially high concentration of THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol . THC has very potent effects that, when concentrated, have shown signs of being able to treat a variety of ailments. RSO is usually made with indica-heavy strains of marijuana because Rick believes that the highly sedating effects of Indica would help aid in the healing process. He also recommends people doing their own instead of buying it at a dispensary. Here in Florida only Trulieve and MUV currently carry it and can sell it in bulk if necessary.
Rick Simpson had Skin cancer and says the benefits of RSO directly contributed to his remission. With claims like this, many others took note and tried it for themselves, and some even claiming that their stage 4 cancer went into remission after using the RSO.
Rick had several ailments before the cancer and had started smoking Cannabis to help with his pain. Later doctors noticed three bumps on his skin that were cause for concern, the biopsy confirmed it was cancer. He use a topical cannabis oil applied on bandages. After four days of this treatment he removed the bandages and saw that the tumors had disappeared. This positive response to the topical cannabis application solidified his belief in the healing and therapeutic properties of cannabis so he wanted to share it with everyone.
The main characteristic of RSO is that it is a whole plant extract, meaning nothing is added or removed from the plant’s natural chemical composition and it provides patients with full spectrum benefits in oil form. RSO is fully decarboxylated which ensures that THC-A will become activated (or psychoactive), and as a side effect will cause the consumer to feel a mental high. RSO has a dark brown color as well as an intense taste and odor of the cannabis plant.
Some guidelines have been adopted for the treatment of Cancer and despite being completely experimental some patients are adding it to their treatment plan. The goal is not easy to achieve since patients should consume 60 grams of RSO in 90 days. Patients have to be able increase their consumption rapidly. Some recommend starting with 3 very small doses daily of about the 1/2 the size of a grain of rice for week 1. From weeks 2-5 patients should double the intake every 4 days and for weeks 5-12 patients should be able to consume 1 gram per day until the 60 grams are gone(usually 90 days).
What else does RSO allegedly treat?
The main claim behind RSO is that it can treat cancer. However, many RSO supporters claim that it has helped in the treatment of other conditions, including:
- high blood pressure
- chronic inflammation
- drug addiction
- multiple sclerosis
However, there is little direct evidence to support these claims.
In conclusion, more research needs to be done since there ins’t enough evidence to support these claims. So keep going to your Oncologist and follow their recommendations but adding Rick Simpson Oil to your regiment will not hurt you at all and, if it ends up helping you beat Cancer, why not do it. If it didn’t help you beat, at least it helped you give it your best fight.