What is Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)?
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Rick Simpson Oil or RSO is named after a Canadian medical marijuana activist known for sharing a simple method for extracting oils from cannabis. He was motivated to share his technique after using cannabis oil to cure his own skin cancer. Since then, many have used cannabis oil in combination with lifestyle and diet changes to put their stage 4 cancer into remission.
Rick Simpson Oil is dark in color and usually stored in syringes for easy dosing by mouth.
Who is Rick Simpson?
The story of Rick Simpson begins in 1969 when his 22-year-old cousin was diagnosed with cancer. After a surgery and chemotherapy, he from 200 pounds down to 120 pounds and doctors believed they had gotten rid of his cancer.
Three years later, Rick was talking to his cousin when he suddenly collapsed. After going back to the doctors they told him he had three to six months to live. Simpson claims his cousin dropped all the way down to 55 pounds and died only three months after that visit to the doctor.
It wasn’t long after the traumatic experience of losing his close family member that Rick Simpson heard about THC killing cancer cells on the radio. Due to the radio host laughing while covering the topic, Rick Simpson thought it was a hoax. He didn’t give THC another thought for years. Little did he know, he would end up becoming one of the most influential figures in the history of cannabis.
Before achieving fame in the cannabis world, Rick Simpson was working in a Canadian hospital. During that time he was exposed to asbestos which caused him to fall off a ladder, hit his head and pass out. When he woke up, he was taken to the emergency room by coworkers.
After his severe injury, he ended up with what doctors called post-concussion syndrome. It caused his head and ears to ring twenty-four hours a day with no aid from any medicines he was prescribed. After years of prescription medicines only making matters worse for him.
About a year after his injury Rick was watching a program on TV called “Reefer Madness 2” which showed people smoking cannabis for their medical problems and finding relief.
Rick Simpson Finds Cannabis
Fortunately, he had heard about the healing properties of cannabis and wanted to give it a try. However, his doctor did not approve and Rick decided to take action into his own hands. He acquired his own cannabis and was able to improve his ailments.
Years later, he was diagnosed with a form of skin cancer after getting three bumps checked out by a doctor. Fortunately, he heard about a study from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that concluded cannabis impeded tumor growth in mice.
He already healed his symptoms in the past. The research he came across encouraged him to try it again. This time, he used cannabis oil topically, applying them with bandages.
On the fourth day, he removed his bandages to find the cancerous bumps were gone. Since then. Rick Simpson has been a firm believer in the healing capabilities of cannabis. He has shared his method in detail to help others suffering from cancer and other debilitating conditions.
How Does Rick Simpson Oil Work?
Rick Simpson Oil is a whole plant extract that contains most of the components found in the plant. You will find plenty of other extracts on the shelves of dispensaries made with other methods.
However, they could be made with low-quality cannabis or consist of high concentrations of only one cannabinoid. As a result, you may end up paying for cannabis oil that is hardly beneficial. If you want to avoid this, you’re better off making your own RSO.
RSO is intended for people that don’t have access to high-quality cannabis oil and anecdotal evidence has found it to be beneficial among cancer patients. The equipment required can be found at home or they are relatively inexpensive to buy. The only thing that’ll cost you is the weed.
RSO is a made with specific solvents recommended by Rick Simpson like 99 percent isopropyl alcohol and ether.
Butane Hash Oil vs. Rick Simpson Oil
There are other methods for extracting cannabis oils. For example, there is butane but it’s a dangerous solvent to work with at home. Some learned this the hard way like the man responsible for a fatal shatter lab explosion who was given a prison sentence.
Butane hash oil is better used for large-scale extractions in laboratories and preserving the natural terpenes and flavonoids of a cannabis plant while separating out harsher elements such as chlorophyll.
On the other hand, Rick Simpson says his method of extraction destroys all the natural terpenes and flavonoids and preserves more chlorophyll. One study at Oregon State University“found that chlorophyll can reduce tumors, up to a point.”
Rick Simpson claims his formula for making oils which contained little to no terpenes or flavanoids still had “wonderful results” for cancer patients that have used it. As a result, he believes the medicinal qualities of terpenes and flavonoids “might be somewhat overrated.”
Unlike many butane extracts which have either strived to maximize THC and terpene levels, Rick Simpson’s technique focuses on extracting all of the various therapeutic cannabinoids including CBD, CBN, CBG and more. When THC is combined with other cannabinoids the medical effects can be enhanced according to research.
Final Hit: What is Rick Simpson Oil?
Rick Simpson saw what cancer did to his cousin. If he didn’t, he may have relied on doctors and hospitals to save him. Fortunately, he took matters into his own hands after prescription medicine failed to help him. Cannabis oil saved his life. In return, he helped cannabis oil save the lives of many others by sharing what he learned.
Everything you need to know about making RSO is available on his website.