What is Rick Simpson Oil?

Photo Credit: Health MJ Mavric Pivk

Photo Credit: Health MJ Mavric Pivk

As a medical marijuana patient, you've probably heard of something called Rick Simpson Oil (RSO). While you may have heard the term thrown around, if you're new to medical marijuana, you likely have little to no idea what it is. Rick Simpson created the oil after being diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma skin cancer. He extracted the cannabis flower into a paste and applied it to his tumors, which supposedly helped his lesions disappear. While claims by the NIH support the theory that cannabis can slow cancer growth, it is important to remember that the claims surrounding RSO are currently anecdotal.

Rick Simpson Oil is considered much stronger than other cannabis oils, and patients can apply it topically or consume it orally. Because of its potency, patients should use RSO cautiously in order to dose appropriately and avoid unpleasant side effects. Finding RSO may be difficult since Rick Simpson does not sell his oil, but many dispensaries sell a similar product, so simply ask your budtender if he or she has RSO or anything similar. There are also ways you can make it yourself.

Learn more about Rick Simpson Oil on Health MJ, or check out tips on how you can make it at home here. This information has been approved by our Chief Medical Officer.