What is Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)?

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Named after a well known activist from Canada, Rick Simpson Oil (commonly referred to as RSO) is a potent full extract cannabis oil made to treat very chronic conditions. 

Rick Simpson had been diagnosed with Skin cancer and says the benefits of RSO directly contributed to his remission. With claims like this, obviously many others took note and have since come forth, some even claiming that their stage 4 cancer went into remission after using the RSO.

This all started when Rick’s own cousin was diagnosed with skin cancer in 1969. Doctors attempted to first treat his cousin with surgery to remove the cancer they could then followed up with rounds of chemotherapy. They thought this course of treatment was successful, that is until a full 3 years later Rick’s cousin collapsed mid-conversation. After further study, doctors gave him only three to six months to live. He dwindled to a mere 55 pounds and ultimately died three months after the second diagnosis.

Shortly after losing his cousin, Rick overheard a radio segment about THC killing cancer cells. Because the host was laughing while making these remarks, Simpson ignored the subject for years. However, he would soon be recognized as one of the most iconic influencers in the history of cannabis.

Before this would come to pass, Rick experienced several more hardships. He was working in a Canadian hospital when, due to asbestos, he fell from his ladder. He subsequently passed out after hitting his head in the fall. He woke up in the Emergency room of the same hospital which he was employed. Doctors diagnosed him with “post-concussion syndrome,” causing his ears to ring at all times. None of the medicines that were prescribed offered any relief.

After enduring this nearly unbearable side-effect for nearly a year, Rick rediscovers cannabis via “Reefer Madness 2” seeing it played on television. The characters were shown smoking marijuana to find relief from their various ailments. This is when everything changed.

Simpson decided to go to his doctor and inquire about the potential healing abilities of cannabis, he left with the doctor’s disapproval. Rick, like many others, decided to find some marijuana of his own and quickly noticed improvements in his condition. This was the first major leap in Simpson’s journey. 

Several more years would pass until Rick faced another terrifying diagnosis. Doctors noticed three bumps that were cause for concern, the biopsy confirmed it was cancer. He then remembered a study released by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute concluding that cannabis helped prevent tumor growth in mice. Rick used cannabis successfully for his previous medical ailments, and after reading the study he was ready to try again. This time however, he decided to use a topical cannabis oil applied on bandages. After four days of this treatment he removed the bandages and discovered that the tumors had disappeared. This positive response to the cannabis application solidified his belief in the therapeutic and healing properties of cannabis. He has shared his experience in detail in an attempt to help others who are suffering.

This process helped cannabis innovators discover RSO. The main characteristic of RSO is a whole plant extract, meaning nothing is added or removed from the plant’s natural chemical composition.  Also known as full extract cannabis oil because it provides patients with full spectrum benefits in oil form.  RSO is fully decarboxylated.  The decarboxylation ensures that THC-A will become activated (or psychoactive), and as a side effect will cause the consumer to feel a mental high.  RSO has a dark brown color as well as an intense taste and odor of the cannabis plant.  Patients should consume a measured amount of RSO orally per their treatment plan. 

In conclusion, after seeing his cousins debilitating battle with cancer Rick Simpson tried to find an alternative. When he was diagnosed he decided, after his prescriptions failed him, to use cannabis. In turn, he helped discover a revolutionary method of extracting cannabis oil. It ultimately saved his life. He’s taken his second chance at life and dedicated it to helping others in need, saving the lives of countless others. 

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