If you “asked Google,” people are searching for cannabis and cannabis products now more than ever. For the masses who may have been caught unawares by the rapid rise to popularity of this once “taboo herb,” confusion in this space is real. Just when you think you have gotten a hang on CBD and THC, Rick Simpson pops up! If you have been following this space closely but somehow still feel lost this article will be your savior, at least on one pertinent issue; the difference between Rick Simpson oil and CBD oil.
What Is Rick Simpson Oil?
Rick Simpson oil gets its name from the man who popularized this type of cannabis oil. Rick Simpson used a cannabis extract that he had created for himself to treat cancerous spots on his skin. Fortunately for him, cancer responded positively to this rather unconventional treatment and disappeared. Mr. Simpson took this daring step after reading the results of a 1975 study that revealed the anti-cancer properties of cannabis.
Rick Simpson oil has two major characteristics:
- High in THC- the THC can range from 25% to as high as 90%. Putting this in perspective, the average amount of THC in cannabis strains is 15%. CBD on the other hand is usually less than 1%.
- Mostly derived from indica strains that give a strong body hit.
Following Mr. Simpson’s success, many people have turned to Rick Simpson oil hoping to get similar results. Hence this cannabis oil is mostly associated with cancer cure.
Protocol of use
RSO, method of consumption
- Topically: this means rubbing the RSO directly to the skin. People suffering from skin cancer and other skin conditions reported using this method.
- Sublingually: this means placing a few drops of RSO beneath the tongue where absorption is enhanced. Patients with pain issues should use this method.
- Suppositories: this means pushing RSO through the rectum. Rectal, colon, or anal cancer.
According to Rick Simpson’s it usually takes the average 90 days to ingest the full 60 gram or 60 ml oil treatment.
Three doses per day, about the size of a half a grain of short grained dry rice. The patient should take this dosage every 8 hours, early in the morning, then again in the afternoon and then they should take their final dose of the day, about an hour before bedtime.
Week 1: Start with 3 doses daily, about half the size of a short grain of rice. you will slowly build tolerance.
Week 2-5: At week 2 you will double your take every 4 days.
week 5-12: Consume 1 gram per day, until your 60 gram supply is gone.
Like any other cannabis based treatment, you will need to observe your body’s response to the treatment and adjust accordingly. This is especially if you are ingesting the RSO as opposed to using it topically.
WARNING ABOUT THE USE OF THIS MEDICATION WHEN USING OTHER DRUGS
We are not medical doctors, so for any questions regarding the use of RSO alongside various pharmaceuticals please consult a medical doctor who supports the use of medical cannabis and who has experience with it.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PRODUCE RICK SIMPSON OIL?
“I think that these instructions should make producing this oil quite easy for anyone and indeed I have often stated that producing the oil is not much harder than making a cup of coffee. But before you start, make sure that you have everything you will need to perform the extraction properly. To produce high quality oil’s for medical use, you need a pound or more of dry bud from very potent and sedative medicinal Indica varieties or Indica dominant Sativa crosses, which preferably contain no more than 10% Sativa.” (Rick Simpson)Source : http://phoenixtears.ca/faq-about-rso/
What Is CBD Oil?
CBD is the shortened form of cannabidiol. CBD is one of the many therapeutic compounds (cannabinoids) found in cannabis and hemp plants. It follows that CBD oil is made from CBD extract.
CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) are two of the most studied compounds in hemp and cannabis; this is due to the healing effects that they offer. One major difference between THC and CBD is in the psychoactive properties that cause the “typical marijuana high.” This spacey feeling is attributable to THC, and strains that are high in THC are likely to cause euphoria. CBD, on the other hand, does not cause psychoactive effects even when given in high doses.
What Are The Similarities Between Rick Simpson Oil And CBD Oil?
For there to be confusion between RSO and CBD oil, there have to be some striking comparison between the two. For starters, you must be aware that the two have something to do with cannabis. That’s the most obvious similarity.
Secondly, both RSO and CBD oil contain the compounds found in cannabis which are THC and CBD, albeit in varying amounts.
Thirdly, both RSO and CBD oil offer a number of significant therapeutic properties. THC and CBD interact with the endocannabinoid system which maintains homeostasis in the body. Through this interaction, these compounds are able to influence pain, sleep, appetite, immunity, reproduction, memory, inflammation, and mood.
Now let’s look at the differences.
Hemp vs. Cannabis
As mentioned earlier, RSO has to have high amounts of THC while CBD oil has no THC. Most cannabis strains will have high amounts of THC, though this is not in all cases. Charlotte’s web is an example of a cannabis strain that is high in CBD and low in THC.
As much as CBD oil can be extracted from cannabis strains that are high in CBD, more often than not it is extracted from hemp. In states where cannabis is not fully legalized, CBD oil must be extracted from hemp to ensure that it has close to zero amounts of THC. CBD oil is created by separating CBD extract from hemp and using it to create CBD oil or other CBD products.
Cannabis and hemp are similar in many ways, in fact, they smell and appear alike. However, hemp has trace amounts of THC while cannabis has high amounts of THC. For hemp to be legal in the US it must have less than 0.3% THC. With this understanding, it makes sense to conclude that CBD oil is made from hemp while RSO is made from cannabis. RSO cannot be made from hemp because of the insignificant amounts of THC that hemp contains. RSO is made from cannabis extract from strains that are high in THC.
THC is responsible for the psychoactive effects that come with cannabis use. This comes with the feeling of being “stoned,” and being out of touch with reality. Due to this, THC may cause unwanted side effects such as:
- Poor judgment
- Red eyes
- Dry mouth
- Greening out
- Loss of short term memory
CBD oil, on the other hand, does not cause euphoria. It also has minimal side effects, if any.
The 2018 US Farm Bill made the cultivation of hemp legal all through the US. Many wondered whether this legalized cannabis as well. This, however, did not legalize the sister herb cannabis, if anything, it drew the line.
CBD oil derived from hemp is legal throughout the US, as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. RSO, on the other hand, is only legal in states where marijuana is fully legal.
What About Cannabis Oil?
Before you get too comfortable with the knowledge you’ve just acquired, here is a spanner in the works. What is cannabis oil?
In a nutshell, cannabis oil is an umbrella term for oil made from cannabis extract. It follows that cannabis oil will have significant amounts of THC, and this makes the major difference between CBD oil and cannabis oil. Unlike RSO which is derived from indica leaning strains, cannabis oil can be either Sativa dominant or indica dominant.
Cannabis oil may have significant amounts of THC and CBD as well, it may cause psychoactive effects and can be either Sativa or indica dominant.