Rick Simpson oil is a cannabis extract that is higher in THC levels than most other extracts. It takes its name from the medical marijuana activist who created it. Simpson claims that by applying the oil to cancer spots on his skin cleared the spots within days and which no chemotherapy or any doctor’s treatment could do. He even claims that by using this oil, it lessened the excruciating pain that he was going through.
Rick Simpson oil (RSO) is exclusive in that it contains higher levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) than other medical cannabis extracts and can leave you very stoned at the end.
Although there is some evidence to support the use of cannabis for helping cancer treatment, the medical community and doctors are still not sure and need more needs more direct evidence of its safety and efficiency in humans before making any firm claims. There is still no scientific evidence yet that can back this claim and researchers are still doubtful about the use of it.
How The Man Rick Simpson himself treated his cancer
One day he was insulating pipes in a hospital boiler room with an aerosol glue when the noxious fumes caused a temporary shock to his nervous system and suddenly he tripped from his ladder, but luckily he was saved and was immediately taken to the ER for checkup.
Even though Simpson was not seriously injured, he suffered from excruciating pain and a constant ringing in his ear. He even suffered from dizziness and this suffering followed him for years to come till he finally decided to use medical marijuana to turn his life around.
Since his doctor refused to prescribe it to him, he decided to grow his own plant and treat his symptoms. To his surprise, the cannabis significantly improved his symptoms and eased his recurring pain.
After a few years, he was diagnosed with skin cancer. Being inspired from his own experience he decided to treat his cancer with the help of medical marijuana and applied the oil to the places which were infected. He then bandaged them and then after a few days when he removed the bandage, the cancer vanished.
Since then, Simpson has been trying to treat other people and helping them. In his own website, he described the way of making the RSO at the ease of your home so that it could benefit all.
Presently, many people have claimed and backed the use of medical marijuana and how it treated their cancer and other illnesses and pains associated with it.
RSO is mainly popular for its use and success to treat cancer. Let’s admit it, hearing the word cancer from your doctor’s mouth can be rather scary and probably the last thing that you want to hear or encounter. In situations like these, and places where medical marijuana is legalized, the treatment for cancer is not that frightening after all.
Even though Scientists continue to research potential uses for cannabis products in treating cancer.
Treating Cancer with Medical Marijuana
The medical benefits of marijuana are no secret and have gained popularity across the globe, especially in treating cancer and the symptoms caused by treatment and radiation therapy like nausea and vomiting.
The main aim of medical marijuana is so effective in cancer treatment and the symptoms associated with chemo and radiation, are the over 200 active chemicals in the plant called cannabinoids and its numbing quality. It is these cannabinoids that not only cause medical marijuana’s therapeutic effects on the body, but also help patients going through treatments and such illnesses.
What else does RSO supposedly treat?
The main claim behind RSO is that it can treat cancer and other illnesses associated with it. However, many RSO supporters and users claim that it has helped in the treatment of other conditions, which also includes:
- high blood pressure
- various infections and excruciating pain
- chronic inflammation
- Drug addiction and other such diseases associated with it.
- depression and mainly anxiety
- multiple sclerosis
How to Take RSO
There are a few ways you can take or consume RSO.
It can be used topically, by rubbing onto the skin (works for symptoms that occur on the surface of the skin, such as skin cancer and other diseases related to skin)
Sublingually by holding drops under the tongue for a minute or two (this has the fastest absorption rate and has proved to be the fastest method which shows immediate results)
As a capsule taken orally (effects are slower to kick in, but the symptoms tend to last longer)
As uncomfortable as this last method sounds, RSO absorbed into the colon will not get you high or stoned like the other methods which are stated above. You might go through to some extent a heavy feeling, but nothing so dangerous. This permits you gain the benefits without disorientation or other side effects linked with THC.
In addition, this method is more useful if you have bowel or prostate cancer.
Research still has to be done because RSO is still not evidenced to treat all types of cancers.
Possible Side Effects:
Everything which has benefits has some probable side effects attached with it. THC is a psychoactive substance, meaning it can produce a wide variety of psychological symptoms, such as:
- Paranoia or obsession
It can also cause physical side effects, for instance:
- low blood pressure
- bloodshot eyes
- slow digestion
- sleeping issues
- impaired motor control and reaction time
- impaired memory
Nevertheless, these side effects may only last for a few hours and typically does not pose any major health risks. These side effects will not exactly occur but it is best if taken with precautions.
The main risk linked with RSO is that there isn’t much evidence to support its claim that it successfully treats cancer. This can become very risky if someone stops following their doctor’s recommended cancer treatment and relies completely on cannabis and unfortunately it does not work. If the RSO doesn’t seem to work, cancer is a type of illness that can continue to grow and become harder and harder to treat, even with conservative methods, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.