Cannabis has been used for its medicinal qualities for eons. Our modern world is the exception to this historical norm. It seems a new cannabis product is becoming available at a steady, and constant, pace. So much so, it can be difficult to keep all of these products and their purported benefits straight. However, one cannabis-derived concentrate has been around since 2003, when a man by the name of Rick Simpson self-treated and cured his own basal cell carcinoma with a homemade batch of cannabis oil concentrate. What resulted has become legendary in the cannabis world.  


Who is Rick Simpson?


Rick Simpson is the pioneer behind Rick Simpson Oil (RSO). Working as an engineer at a Canadian hospital in 1997, Simpson suffered a fall and was knocked unconscious while working in a poorly ventilated area with a potent aerosol glue meant to cover the asbestos on the hospital’s pipes. The fall and shock to his nervous system resulted in ongoing dizzy spells and ringing in his ears. After the medication prescribed to him by his doctor only made his symptoms worse, he turned to cannabis to help his condition. Simpson successfully treated his condition with cannabis.

Then in 2002, suspicious growths appeared on Simpson’s arm. After having them biopsied it was determined that the growths were basal cell carcinomas, a type of skin cancer. After having treated his own previous condition successfully with cannabis, he decided to try it again after learning about a study in which THC was found to kill cancer cells in mice. Concocting a concentrated cannabis oil at home, he applied the oil to the cancerous skin growth and covered them with a bandage. After four days, the growths had disappeared.

Although his physician refused to acknowledge this self-treatment, Simpson was completely convinced of the medicinal power of cannabis. Realizing many other people suffered from similar conditions, he began cultivating his own cannabis and harvesting the plants to create his own specialized form of cannabis concentrate, now known as Rick Simpson Oil. It became his mission to get the oil to those who needed it, free of charge. Simpson helped treat more than 5,000 people. Although the journey was not easy, he faced arrests and had his home raided on multiple occasions by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, he still persevered and continued to distribute the curative oil. Though today he has distanced himself from the name “Rick Simpson Oil” he continues to spread the word of his findings.

Watch the documentary about the Rick Simpson story:

What is the difference between RSO and CBD oil?

CBD oil is derived from hemp plants only, which contain very little THC, if any. RSO on the other hand has a high concentration of THC (approx. 20%) as well as the full range of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. In 2011, researcher Dr. Ethan Russo found the medicinal effects of CBD are more effective when combined with other cannabinoids. This is known as the entourage effect, which you can learn more about from our blog post here. Simpson claims that his oils contain a varying 2% to 6% CBD but states that the THC content need to be high to be effective against cancer.


Rick Simpson Oil is Now Available at GreenLeaf Solutions

We are very happy to be able to offer this medical marvel at a concentration of 1000mg to our patients. Any of our knowledgeable staff can help you determine if RSO is appropriate for you and your individual needs and goals. GreenLeaf Solution is proud to be Bartlesville’s only physician-owned and operated medical cannabis dispensary. Come by and see why we are the top-rated dispensary in our area! Our doors are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 7:00pm.

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