Who is Rick Simpson?
Rick Simpson is a Canadian native who gained recognition as a medical marijuana activist who initially advocated for the use of cannabis extract oil for the treatment of cancer. Most notably, he developed this cannabis oil extract himself, and as such it is called "Rick Simpson Oil" which you may see more commonly denoted as RSO at your local dispensary. He claimed that his Rick Simpson oil had powerful medicinal qualities.
Here are some key details about Rick Simpson and Rick Simpson Oil:
Rick Simpson Background
Rick Simpson was not a trained medical professional when he developed his cannabis oil. Rather, he was an engineer and a self-taught medical cannabis advocate. He became an advocate after his own personal experience with skin cancer, and the results of his use of his cannabis extract oil in treating the condition.
Rick Simpson Oil initially gained popularity in the early 2000s after Simpson claimed to have successfully treated his own skin cancer with his homemade cannabis remedy. He then shared his recipe and process online while advocating its numerous medical properties and how it could alleviate and treat many conditions.
How is Rick Simpson Oil Made?
RSO Composition: Rick Simpson Oil is typically made using high-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) cannabis strains, often referred to as "Indica" strains. It is produced by extracting cannabinoids and other compounds from the plant material using a solvent (such as alcohol or naphtha). The resulting oil is thick and dark in color.
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Rick Simpson and many of his supporters claim that RSO can treat a wide range of medical conditions, including cancer, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and more. It is important to note than many of these cases and instances lack clear and thorough scientific data and evidence, and are simply anecdotal.
Potential Side Effects
THC is a psychoactive compound and can have adverse reactions depending on the dosage applied. Some side effects include anxiety, disorientation, depression and more. Some physical side effects to watch out for include:
- Low blood pressure
- Bloodshot, inflamed eyes
- Sluggish digestion of food
- Sleeping difficulties
- Impaired control of your arms and legs
- Slower reaction time
- Difficulty remembering things
Be aware of these potential side effects before ingesting any RSO or THC-derived substance.
Legal Barriers and Regulation Issues
RSO is associated with high-THC strains of cannabis, meaning that it is currently in a constantly changing range of legality with varying levels of regulatory action being enforced when producing it. As such, it is difficult to research and can be seen in limited instances where products containing high THC are available. This lack of research unfortunately also leads to stricter regulations in most cases as the long-term and many short-term effects of use remain to be discovered.
The is still a lot of controversy regarding the claims made by Rick Simpson about his product. Many researchers and medical professionals have expressed their skeptical views of the effectiveness of RSO in treating many of the conditions listed before, and have even raised concerns as to the potential risks and side effects that may be associated with its use.
Alternative to Rick Simpson Oil, there has been active research into the therapeutic and medical benefits of cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is non-psychoactive and has already garnered a lot of attention for its potential medical benefits. Currently, CBD is receiving far more attention and research and has already been the subject of numerous scientific studies.
Rick Simpson is a Canadian activist who is known for his promotion of his own proprietary cannabis oil extract. This extract has since become known as Rick Simpson Oil, and it is lauded by many as a great treatment method for a number of different maladies. Though there are many supporters and advocates for the benefits of RSO, it should also be noted that most of the benefits and efficacies are not scientifically supported, they are currently supported by testimonials. RSO production and use is subject to legal regulation and restriction in many places. Any intended use of RSO should first be discussed with your medical health professionals and mental health professionals.