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ABOUT RICK SIMPSON OIL

Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) is a highly potent, viscous, dark-brown/black oil. RSO results from stripping the cannabis plant’s trichomes, which are rich in therapeutic cannabinoids and terpenes. The final product is a powerhouse of healing compounds, including potent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Created by a Canadian scientist named Rick Simpson, RSO originally helped its namesake treat an aggressive form of skin cancer. Simpson was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma and delved into research on the impact of THC on cancer cells. From there, he created a cannabis oil that he applied to his skin. After only four days, his cancerous cells were reportedly gone.

Sold on the healing effects of medical marijuana, Simpson cultivated his own cannabis, harvested his own plants, and created more cannabis-infused oil, known today as RSO. Learn about how RSO works and how to use RSO as a natural wellness supplement.

How It Works

RSO is similar to a highly purified form of hashish, where a plant’s resin and trichomes are separated from the plant itself to create a cannabinoid-concentrated product. The theory is that the potent mix of highly concentrated cannabinoids and terpenes can help treat conditions like cancer by effectively “soaking” the body’s cells with cannabinoids, meaning that the oil can help fight cancerous cells throughout the body.

Rick Simpson Oil vs. Cannabis Oil: Differences and Similarities

Cannabis oil usually refers to the infusion of cannabis into an oil, typically olive, coconut, or MCT oil. In contrast, RSO is an oily concentrate made by separating the plant’s cannabinoids from the plant material. RSO is, therefore, more similar to hash or other cannabis concentrates.

One similarity between RSO and cannabis oil is that both products are full-spectrum, meaning that they contain a range of chemical compounds, including psychoactive THC. RSO usually has higher levels of THC than ordinary cannabis oil, and the dense THC concentrations of RSO make the product more potent than most cannabis oils.

Benefits and Uses

While modern research has shown that RSO is effective in fighting cancer in conjunction with other therapies, RSO can also treat a laundry list of other conditions. Some of the ailments RSO has also been shown to be effective with include:

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Some types of infection, such as MRSA
  • Inflammation
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Insomnia