There has been a legend for a long time
circulating in the cannabis crowd about a supposed “miracle cure” marijuana drug called Rick Simpson Oil. As the story goes, a Canadian engineer named Rick Simpson cured his own skin cancer by brewing his own batches of super-high THC cannabis oil and dripping the oil onto his bandages.
His alleged success, and the rumors of his alleged cure, have given Rick Simpson Oil a cult following despite its lack of retail availability.
But Rick rolled into San Francisco. SF Evergreen has discovered that the oil Simpson himself called “RSO” has been on the shelves of four pharmacies since mid-January: Grass Roots, both locations of the Barbary Coast pharmacy, and the newest pharmacy in town, the California Street Cannabis Company.
“RSO was included in one of our first orders,” California Street Cannabis Company Drakari Donaldson told SF Evergreen. In terms of his popularity fresh out of the gate, Donaldson says, “We sold nearly 30 RSO units in the past month.”
But is this RSO the real Rick Simpson Oil? And can we actually believe these cancer-curing medical claims?
Rick Simpson’s official website, PhoenixTears.ca, still sells his books and details his homemade oil recipe, but the site’s contact has not responded to a request for comment. The site says the oil “can be used with great success to cure or control cancer,” but doesn’t sell the oil, insisting “the only way to know you’ve got the real thing is to do it yourself.” produce the right oil.”
The problem is, many of us are too incompetent to brew cannabis oil at home without a serious risk of blowing up our apartments. We like to buy a commercially available product called RSO, but Rick doesn’t sound happy that people are selling it.
“There are a lot of criminals who say they are producing RSO and who use Rick’s name,” the site warns. “Rick Simpson has no affiliation with these suppliers.”
“There are good people who make good extracts, but I don’t know who or where they are,” Simpson added in a 2018 YouTube video embedded on his site. “For everyone you see producing good extracts, you’ll find ten that aren’t. And these people are just out to steal your money.”
The line of RSO products that just arrived in town are all under the brand name of a Nevada City-based distributor called Emerald Bay Extracts. The company has not commented at press time. The words ‘Rick Simpson’ do not appear on the packaging of their four different RSO varieties and there are no medical claims on the label.
But we wanted to sort out some of the internet claims about Rick Simpson Oil, so we got in touch with one of San Francisco’s pioneering medicinal cannabis researchers. UCSF professor Dr. Donald Abrams conducted one of the first National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded studies on medical cannabis for HIV in 1997, and refers us to some of his recently published studies on the subject.
“The internet is full of anecdotal reports of patients curing their own cancer using only cannabis-derived products eschewing standard cancer therapies,” wrote Dr. Abrams in the journal Current Treatment Options in Oncology last year. “When patients forgo conventional cancer care in the hope that this unproven intervention will have therapeutic benefit, the results are often terribly disappointing with previously curable malignancies evolving into metastatic disease.”
But in that same analysis, he reports that cannabis may be useful for treating the symptoms of cancer, while it has not been proven to be effective at killing the tumors themselves.
“A single intervention that can help with nausea, appetite, pain, mood and sleep is certainly a valuable addition to the palliative care arsenal,” he said in his analysis. late 90s.
Abrams also points to his recently published position acknowledging the potential benefits of cannabis against cancer in genetically engineered mice. But for real people there is no clinical evidence for this, and no one can make legal medical claims unless there are.
“We cannot provide medical advice,” said Donaldson of California Street Cannabis Company.
And ironically, the packaging of this RSO product does not come with a medical claim, but with the mandatory California cancer-causing chemical warning.
All four varieties of Emerald Bay Extracts RSO come in syringes from which you squeeze a black, incredibly sticky oil extract. Your recommended dose is to drop just a grain size serving of this junk in some tea or on food, and prepare yourself for the fact that it will taste awful.
This new oil called RSO is a potent concentrate for a perfectly fine recreational buzz. But the medical research still says that anyone who claims to cure terminal illnesses with cannabis prescriptions is just breathing smoke.