Rick Simpson oil is a medical marijuana tincture that can be applied topically or internally. Some people claim it cures cancer.
Ok, here’s what we know about medical marijuana from research studies. It has the potential to treat pain, nausea, glaucoma, asthma, insomnia, and loss of appetite.
Virtually everybody who has gotten high can relate to the last one.
But curing cancer….
Can medical marijuana finally be the elusive cure to a disease that kills about 610,000 people in the U.S. every year? [SOURCE]
Some people think it is.
What is Rick Simpson Oil?
Basically, it’s a specific recipe (see below) for highly-concentrated (read: strong) medical marijuana oil. It’s named for the person that accidentally discovered how to create an oil out of the vapor of marijuana leaves.
The oil comes from whole marijuana plants. The marijuana’s therapeutic compounds (cannabinoids) are extracted using isopropyl alcohol.
Marijuana contains over 100 compounds. THC is one of these compounds. THC is the chemical compound that contains psychoactive effects. In other words, it can make you feel high.
Or, more accurately, some might say, it can make you feel low. That’s because the recipe for Rick Simpson oil (“RSO”) calls for cannabis indica.
There are two main species of cannabis. Indica is the plant which after you smoke it makes you feel sleepy. The other main strain of pot is sativa. The sativa strain is more like an upper.
RSO uses the indica strain because it can help people better relax. This is obviously beneficial if you have cancer. Or, if you’re trying RSO in conjunction with receiving radiation or chemotherapy.
While CBD may be getting all the attention these days, it seems like RSO is more popular for people with certain ailments, especially cancer.
After all, if you have cancer, smoking a joint may not do the trick for serious relief. Plus, some people don’t want to smoke; RSO gives them an alternative for medical marijuana without inhaling it. But you will still get high because RSO contains a lot of THC.
How is Rick Simpson Oil different than CBD oil?
RSO contains a lot of THC. In fact, the oil can be as high as 90% THC.
On the other hand, pure CBD oil contains very little THC. That’s bad news if you want to get high. But that’s good news if you don’t like the feeling of being high and live in a state that has yet to decriminalize or legalize marijuana.
By law, commercial hemp-derived CBD oil cannot contain higher than 0.3 percent THC. That amount will not get you high. People who use RSO believe the THC is more therapeutic than CBD.
In fact, this medical marijuana resource says, “Hemp oil [CBD] is good for you but it won’t cure diseases or help with pain.”
What is Rick Simpson Oil Used For?
The attention-grabbing headlines of RSO center around cancer treatment.
But other conditions that drugs that include cannabis include:
There are likely dozens of symptoms RSO can help alleviate. That’s because cannabis has properties that dull pain. It also helps relax spasms. There’s a long laundry list of diseases that cannabis may (repeat, may) help treat.
According to the Phoenix Tears Foundation, the aforementioned medical marijuana resource, which Rick Simpson himself originally created, medical-grade pot may be useful in treating:
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Bipolar disorder
- Hepatitis C
- Huntington’s Disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Sleep apnea, and more….
The Phoenix Foundation, which Simpson is no longer officially involved with, concludes about these claims:
“Everything that people report cannabis extracts to be effective for has scientific study backing it up, as well as the fact that multiple people are reporting the same results.”
Where Can You Buy Rick Simpson Oil?
You can’t buy it stores. That’s an obvious fact in states that do not allow recreational or medical marijuana. But even in states such as Colorado, where recreational pot is legal, it’s difficult to find RSO in a dispensary.
If you do happen to live in a state where you can buy medical marijuana, there are caregivers or non-profits that may dispense RSO.
But Rick Simpson intended for his oil to be free of charge. (At least the recipe for it; securing the pot is up to you.)
Simpson’s vision was for people to make his recipe at home.
This presents an obvious problem for people who live in states where medical marijuana is either still illegal or very difficult to get without doctor supervision.
Does Rick Simpson Oil Work?
The Phoenix Foundation says there are doctors who recognize its potential. According to the Foundation’s website, doctors such as Robert Melamede and William Courtney have had success in treating cancer and lupus with cannabis extracts. (Dr. Courtney’s method wasn’t RSO; it was raw juiced cannabis.)
The Foundation’s website continues, “It is undeniable that cannabis is the best medicine humanity has [at] its disposal, and the purpose of this Foundation is to bring this issue forward and get it the attention it deserves. Under serious scientific scrutiny, the truth will prevail.”
In addition, the Foundation has several documented cases that suggest RSO can work wonders. These cases, says the Foundation are the most credible and proven extract experiences.
Rick Simpson Oil For Cancer
One of the most impressive cases of success with RSO involved Cash Hyde. Hyde was cured of stage IV brain tumor. To be sure, it wasn’t all credit to RSO. Hyde also received chemotherapy.
However, the Phoenix Tears Foundation says that the chemo would have killed Hyde; it was the medical cannabis oil that saved his life. “Immediately after he began receiving oil, his condition improved dramatically,” says the Foundation website.
Another sensational case was that of Dennis Hill. Hill had aggressive prostate cancer. He denied chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery. Instead, Hill’s preferred treatment: cannabis extracts. After six months of treatment, Hill was cancer-free.
One more dramatic case on the Phoenix Tears Foundation involved Stan Collins. Collins was diagnosed with terminal lymphoma. He was given just six months to live. As a result of his condition, he also suffered from other maladies.
According to the Foundation website, cannabis oil helped to completely or nearly completely reverse Collins’ condition.
Who is Rick Simpson?
An unlikely medical marijuana activist from Canada.
It’s likely that if Simpson didn’t accidentally discover how to turn pot into oil, someone else would have. Research on medical marijuana in any form would have continued without Simpson, be it smoking pot or ingesting its oil.
Simpson, though, played a big role in advocating for medical marijuana. A work accident in 1997 and a diagnosis of skin cancer in 2003 led to Simpson’s serendipitous role as a medi-pot advocate.
After his work accident (he fell off a ladder), Simpson experienced dizzy spells and ringing in his ears.
He asked his doctor if medical marijuana could be a viable course of treatment. His doctor scoffed at the notion. Simpson’s symptoms got worse from the medications the doctor prescribed. So he took matters into his own hands.
He started self-dosing with marijuana. His symptoms dramatically improved. And six years later, his basal cell carcinoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, vanished within days. All thanks to the high-potency marijuana oil he created.
Simpson eventually became active in pro-marijuana legislation. He now lives in Europe.
How is Rick Simpson Oil Made?
Here is the recipe for RSO, courtesy of a hemp oil website:
If you want to perfect the art of making RSO, read this advice. It’s straight from the horse’s mouth (Rick’s).
Simpson recommends taking it 3 times per day. Start off with a half-grain of white rice size dose for the first week. On day 8, up the dosage to a full grain of rice size. Then, double the dose every four days. Stop increasing the dosage once 1 gram/ml per day is ingested. This will take about a month to get to this dose.
This dosage is recommended for people with cancer. But some people take up to 2 grams or more per day.
You can dose by using an oral syringe and pouring the oil right into an empty pill capsule.
By the way, RSO isn’t only for humans. You can also give it to your pet. But make sure your dog doesn’t eat all your snacks.