What Is Rick Simpson Oil?
Created by Canadian medical marijuana activist Rick Simpson, RSO is a cannabis-derived oil that has an especially high concentration of marijuana’s psychoactive compound, THC. THC has some pretty potent effects that, when concentrated, have shown signs of being able to treat a variety of ailments. RSO is generally made with indica-heavy strains of marijuana.
By using a high-THC strain like indica, RSO’s sedative effects supposedly aid in healing the body from a variety of ailments.
Simpson originally created the so-called “Rick Simpson oil” in 2003, when he was diagnosed with a form of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma. Simpson had had success in treating other ailments in the past, and decided to try treating his skin cancer with high-THC cannabis oil. Simpson reportedly read a study by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, which showed cancerous cell regression in mice by using THC, and decided to try it. Simpson then applied the oil to bandages, and left them on his cancerous spots for several days – after which the spots allegedly disappeared. And despite his own doctor’s refusal to acknowledge the benefits, Simpson began making his oil and proclaiming the benefits.
RSO is perhaps most commonly used as an alternative to cancer treatments. But the oil has also been used to treat a variety of other health issues including asthma, multiple sclerosis, anxiety, depression, inflammation and a variety of other conditions. Since RSO is high in THC, it possesses similar medicinal qualities to the compound itself. THC has potentially known to treat the same conditions and many more – including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and even eating disorders.