The Ultimate Guide to Rick Simpson Oil
March 30th, 2018
NOTE: Nothing in this article should be taken as medical advice. Always consult a doctor before starting or stopping a certain treatment.
Could it work? Could a high-THC oil actually cure cancer? That’s a claim made by a man based in Nova Scotia, Canada named Rick Simpson. Simpson, with a ninth grade education but also a sufferer of skin cancer, began creating cannabis oil from the dried herb after developing his cancer and remembering hearing about anti-tumor properties of cannabis years before. His claim was pretty extreme: cannabis oil can cure cancer. According to Simpson, oil extracted from high-indica dried cannabis works best to beat some of the odds on all kinds of cancer. And you have to extract the cannabis in an outdoor, non-consumer friendly way using alcohol for it to work.
Evidence has shown that THC, at least in cell culture models, can fight cancer cells, but it’s also worth noting that, at least in Petri dishes, so has curcumin and a lot of other herbs and spices that haven’t actually worked to kill cancer in non-lab, human flesh, people use. Still, some people who suffer from other types of conditions claims it helps immensely, though that may be the known anti-pain effects. According to Skepdic.com, many trials cited had to do with symptoms and side effects and not so much eradication of cancer and some of the studies put forth by Simpson are not even about cancer.
Just who is Rick Simpson, and why do we call the dark, gooey high-THC syringe oil in his name?
Who is Rick Simpson?
Rick Simpson is a man from the province of Nova Scotia in Canada that popularized what is commonly known as “Rick Simpson Oil” or RSO. The man claims that when extracted and taken a certain way, high potency marijuana has the capacity to heal individuals from a wide range of types of cancer.
What is Rick Simpson Oil?
According to Leafly, you do not want to dab Rick Simpson Oil, especially because the high-proof solvent of alcohol and it could be harmful to a person’s health. There’s a specific way that you should be taking the RSO, and Leafly indicates people start with three doses each day the size of half a grain of rice for week one, eventually growing up to one full gram of Rick Simpson Oil per day, which is about 8 to 9 rice-sized drops of RSO every 8 hours, until you’re consumed the complete 90 grams. This should happen in 60 days or more.
What is Run From the Cure?
Run From the Cure is a documentary from 2008 that made Rick Simpson and his oil that he claims can cure cancer go viral all across the internet. The movie takes a look at the at the life of Rick Simpson and how the supposed cancer-healing ability of the oil prompted a local Royal Canadian Legion in the country to advocate for its benefits through their events.
It’s Even Spawned a Radio Show…
A Canadian comedian who was once known as an impressionist on political show Royal Canadian Air Farce on Canada’s national TV broadcaster CBC claims it helped his body kick his “irreversible, aggressive, advanced terminal cancer” that had been developing in his body. Alan Park says he had a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) value of over 700, an astronomical number that later went down to two, below the normal male high of 4. Park then created the podcast show Green Crush with Alan Park, dedicated to advocating for medical cannabis and cannabis legalization while interviewing guests.
Okay, but does it really cure cancer?
We’re not doctors, so definitely consult a doctor if you or a loved one are in the unfortunate situation of battling cancer.
This question has been debated in online circles for some time now between non-scientists and, well, scientists. Rick Simpson’s website, the Run From The Cure documentary and anecdotal stories online and on video of patient’s various types of cancer miraculously healing after consuming cannabis oil, definitely add intrigue and appear to add force to the phenomenon. But there are some medical circles dispute Simpson’s claim that THC actually kills cancer in humans, saying no robust studies have shown that ingesting cannabis oil can actually cure cancer the way it claims to have been doing by Simpson. In addition, there have been people who took cannabis oil after getting a cancer diagnosis and not surviving thereafter. It’s not going to help every single person with cancer.
In addition, there is also the rarely understood medical condition of spontaneous remission where individuals that may have one of several different types of cancers have had their illness, even serious in some cases, reverse spontaneously.
What about CBD oil?
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive chemical in cannabis that is second in concentration only to the psychoactive property that has also shown to have anti-tumor effects, at least in studies that look at cells in labs and not actual human beings. Rick Simpson claims that CBD is not what you want in the oil that he makes, but instead swears by the high-THC indica strains of dried cannabis.
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