Understanding the History and Benefits of Rick Simpson Oil

Cannabis concentrate Rick Simpson Oil, or RSO, can be used for a variety of problems. The concentrate was named for the man who first created it. The most significant use it presents is for cancer treatment. To use it, you can either ingest it or apply it topically.

Who is Rick Simpson?

Rick Simpson created RSO in 2003 as a treatment for his skin cancer. He applied it directly to the cancerous spots on his arm and covered them with a bandage. He had used cannabis to treat other medical issues in the past. 

What happened next was inspiring. The cancerous growths disappeared. Even though his doctor was unconvinced, Simpson believed that the cannabis had medicinal powers and he spread word of his RSO.

Benefits of RSO 

While there are currently no studies to prove its effectiveness, many have reported that RSO helps. It may have the following benefits:

  • Help treat skin cancer.

The principle use of RSO is as an alternative method for treating cancer. Some studies have supported this hypothesis. In 2014 The American Association for Cancer Research showed that THC and CBD were beneficial when used in conjunction with radiation treatments. It showed these compounds may be useful in actually enhancing the effectiveness of the radiation treatment. Additional studies have shown that these compounds may also slow or even stop the progression of cancer cells. 

  • Treat other conditions. 

In addition to possibly treating cancer, RSO may help with other conditions as well. These conditions include: insomnia, arthritis, high blood pressure and depression. 

  • Easy to make.

Another great benefit is that RSO is easy to make. You can use any strain you prefer, but Rick Simpson recommends using indica cannabis strains. The recipe on this page gives you a great start and detailed instructions. It will make enough for a 90-day treatment regimen. 

  • Easy to administer. 

There are a variety of ways you can choose to take in RSO, depending on your preference. It is odorless and discrete. You can take it on its own orally or mixed in with any food. If you bake it into something, choose a recipe with more liquid ingredients. Brownies or cake will work well, but cookies will not. If you want to drizzle it over food, you may want to mix it with a sauce to help mask the bitter taste. You can also apply it directly to your skin as Rick Simpson did.

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