For some people in the medical marijuana community, Rick Simpson Oil is a household name, as well known as Bart Simpson or Homer (Doh!). For those outside of the community, Simpson is a man worth learning about, especially if you’re interested in alternative types of cancer treatment.

Simpson had metastatic basal cell skin cancer back in 2003. Basal cell is a Rick Simpson Oil type of cancer that is viewed as being relatively harmless by most doctors and scientists in medical communities. They recommend its removal, but it spreads at such a low rate that it’s nearly always curable. Nearly.d3e

However, according to the Dermatology Times, metastasis of basal cell isn’t unheard of, even if it is exceedingly uncommon.  Some doctors argue that it may be under-reported and under-discovered. Officially, only a few hundred cases in medical literature exist – and Simpson appears to have been one of these cases.

After finding a lack of success with conventional treatment, Simpson turned to cannabis to cure himself on the disease and it worked

From there, he began to help others, serving as a medical marijuana advocate and treating sufferers free of charge. He claims to have successfully treated over 5,000 patients.

Of course, some people take this with a grain of salt, as anyone can theoretically claim anything (I invented the Internet along with my BFF Al Gore). But even skeptics might be a little bit curious. After all, a cure for cancer has proved elusive. If something as simple as cannabis offers a curative potential, shouldn’t we be all ears? Besides, science is also on Simpson’s side – cannabis is proving to stop some types of malignancy.

Simpson doesn’t treat people by holding their bowls or rolling their joints; rather, he does it with his oil – Rick Simpson Oil or RSO (as the cool kids call it).

What is Rick Simpson Oil?

The use of Rick Simpson Oil isn’t limited to cancer patients; people with AIDS, arthritis, MS, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, depression, osteoporosis, insomnia, glaucoma, asthma, burns, migraines, and chronic pain use it too. Some people also use it for weight regulation. You can use it for just about anything if it works for you.

Rick Simpson Oil is made by reducing the plant matter in alcohol, which helps concentrate the cannabinoids and essentially makes the oil stronger. Simpson doesn’t advocate for smoking his concoction; he instructs people to either eat it (or place it on the lower gum line and let it dissolve over a few minutes) or apply it directly to the skin.

The taste of the oil is described as bitter and chlorophyll-like. As for dosage, it’s recommended that people begin with three doses a day (every eight hours) of doses that are quite small (around the size of half a grain of rice). Beginners should start with a quarter of a drop and see how it affects them before ingesting more.

Often, people don’t feel the effects until an hour after consumption. A 60-ml bottle should last around three months

Many people prepare Rick Simpson Oil at home (you can get a recipe online) and some sell it to consumers. But people should buy at their own risk – to be certain of a product’s integrity, be sure you truly know what you’re getting. For his part, Simpson doesn’t advocate that you buy it; he advocates that you make it (more on that below).

How Rick Simpson Oil Differs from CBD Oil

Some people use the terms “RSO” and “CBD” interchangeably, but they’re not exactly the same thing. They do have some commonalities, naturally – they’re from the same plant but they’re bred into different strains. CBD oil is often made from hemp – that’s why you can meet it on the internet and Rick Simpson Oiltake it home; hemp is legal everywhere. This is partly due to its non-existent THC (or too-low-to-have-fun THC). Hemp is better known for its fibrous abilities than its psychoactive ones – that’s why it’s the mainstay of so many industrial applications (and so many super cool hemp necklaces from the 1990s).

Rick Simpson Oil is made from cannabis, usually indica or hybrids dominated by indica – it’s considered a full-spectrum extract that can contain a lot of THC and CBD. While the latter won’t get your high, the former certainly will. Thus, in the battle of RSO versus CBD, the biggest difference is most simple: one came to party and one didn’t. This isn’t to say CBD oil should be ignored – it shouldn’t – it’s just useful for different things.

Some people prefer RSO to CBD because they find that it’s more effective in treating their ailments and science backs this idea

– many times, THC is a helper-friend to CBD, making oils that contain both more efficient than oils that only contain CBD. Yet, again, this is dictated by ailment. Charlotte’s Web, for instance, is a high CBD oil with very little to no THC. It’s proven wonderful for controlling seizures, especially in people with certain types of treatment-resistant epilepsy. In that case, CBD doesn’t need THC; it works on its own. 

Where to Buy Rick Simpson Oil

As mentioned above, some people sell RSO that’s really not – it’s an imposter oil wearing a fake mustache and wig. That doesn’t mean it won’t work – certain folks know how to make RSO like Simpson himself. But if you want to use a legitimate product, be sure that is what you’re doing. The best way to assure this is to make your own. Simpson instructs readers how on his website. He also answers questions and provides tips in his FAQ section.

In fact, Simpson doesn’t even sell the oil; he provides the recipe – you go to town. A disclaimer on his website reads, “The only way to know that you have the real thing is to produce the proper oil yourself. There are many criminals who say that they are producing RSO and who are using Rick’s name. Rick Simpson has no connection with these suppliers.”

Jenn Keeler

About the author: Jenn Keeler is a freelance writer and illustrator specializing in humorous lifestyle articles. She is one of the few people on earth actually using an English degree. Her heart belongs to the Denver Broncos and her husband. In that order.