Rick Simpson Oil For Cancer Treatment: What Is It, and Does It Work?

August 3, 2021

Rick Simpson Oil ( RSO), is a cannabis extract oil product. The oil was developed by Rick Simpson who was a Canadian medical marijuana activist. It contains a high level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that is different from any other cannabis oil.

Who is Rick Simpson?

Rick Simpson is a Canadian citizen who helped in developing full extract cannabis oil. He was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2003. He then discovered from a study at the National Cancer Institute that THC is effective in killing cancer cells and decided to try this treatment for his cancer. He applied extracted cannabis oil directly to the affected area and covered it with bandages. After some days when he removed the bandage, he noticed that the affected area was recovered. This encouraged him to produce the full extract of cannabis oil for others who need that. Eventually, the full extract oil became known as Rick Simpson Oil.

Benefits of using Rick Simpson Oil

There are no scientific studies or reports that prove the effectiveness of Rick Simpson Oil, but Mainly it is claimed to treat cancer. Compared to other forms of cannabis RSO is great due to the easy process of making, it is odorless and discrete, it can be taken orally or also with any food item. In addition to cancer, Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) is also used to treat –

  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Depression
  • Infections
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure

How to use Rick Simpson Oil?

If you are a medical patient then it is always recommended to consult a physician before using it for treatment. Although some physicians might not like the idea of using RSO for treatment if you decide to use it then proceed with great caution. There is a method that was suggested by Rick Simpson himself when using RSO. The target is to consume 60 grams of RSO for 90 days.

Week 1: Three doses every day

Every dose you take should be about the size of half a grain of rice, it should be taken throughout the day in regular intervals that is morning, noon and night.

Week 2: Double your dose every four days

It generally takes three to five weeks for a normal person to reach the full dose of one gram of RSO per day.

Week 5: Now take one gram of RSO daily until you have achieved a total of 60 grams

With time the patient will be consuming about 8-9 rice sizes drops of RSO every eight hours.

Side effects of consuming Rick Simpson Oil

There are several side effects of using RSO for cancer treatment. As THC is a psychoactive substance there are high chances of facing a range of psychoactive symptoms like

  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Disorientation

There are also various changes of physical side-effects including :

  • Low blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Blood eyes
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Slow digestion process
  • Improper motor control and reaction time
  • Inaccurate memory

But these side effects are temporarily active as they last only a few hours without having any major health risks. Besides everything the major drawback of using RSO is that there is not much evidence that it works on cancer. If it fails to work then cancer will grow even more and then it will be very hard to treat it even with normal methods like chemotherapy.


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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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