RSO Cannabis Oil – Rick Simpson Oil and the 90 Day Cancer Cure
We receive a lot of questions from our visitors regarding the use of Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) and the effectiveness of ingesting 60 grams of RSO cannabis oil during a 90 day treatment course to ‘cure’ their cancer.
This method has been pioneered by cancer survivor Rick Simpson who has widely distributed information regarding its use and success rates.
In 1974 Simpson heard a radio report about a study that found marijuana reduced cancerous tumors in mice. Specifically, researchers at the University of Virginia had found that several chemicals in marijuana acted against both cancerous tissue taken from mice and on cancerous tissue in the mice.
The study: Antineoplastic activity of cannabinoids was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (Vol. 55, No. 3, September 1975).
Simpson passionately believes in the medicinal virtues of cannabis oil that he refers to as ‘hemp oil’. He grew his own plants and gave away RSO cannabis oil to those who required it until the police took his marijuana plants.
“I consider myself just one of many who have found a way to cure cancer and I do not claim that it was me who found the cure. Still, it does appear that I am the first to supply this medication to vast numbers of patients to treat their cancers and other conditions in a more effective and sensible way.”
Although cannabis oil has show some remarkable results when specifically used to treat cancerous tumors and the cannabinoids it contains have been shown to exhibit anti-cancer properties when tested in the laboratory; the evidence for its effectiveness in humans is currently anecdotal.
Virtually all the scientific research investigating whether cannabinoids can treat cancer has been done using cancer cells grown in the lab or animal models.
The first thing to address is the word cure. This is misleading as although the definition of the word is open to interpretation; essentially in a cancer context it means that a patient survives 5 years with no indication of the cancer returning.
Through many detailed experiments, handily summarized in this recent article in the journal Nature Reviews Cancer, scientists have discovered that various cannabinoids (both natural and synthetic) have a wide range of effects in the lab, including:
- Triggering cell death, through a mechanism called apoptosis
- Stopping cells from dividing
- Preventing new blood vessels from growing into tumors
- Reducing the chances of cancer cells spreading through the body.
- Speeding up a process known as autophagy – which can lead to cell death
All these effects are thought to be caused by cannabinoids locking onto the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors. It also looks like cannabinoids can exert effects on cancer cells that don’t involve cannabinoid receptors, although it isn’t yet clear exactly how this mechanism works.
Lab experiments have shown promising results with THC on brain tumor and prostate cancer cells, while CBD seems to work well on breast cancer cells.
With this in mind you would be best describing cannabis oil a part of a long term treatment plan as there is also much evidence to show a maintenance dose is required to keep the cancer under control. This makes its use indefinite.
There is currently no supportive evidence anywhere in humans that support claims regarding the 90 day treatment program recommended by advocates of the Rick Simpson method. All of the evidence is anecdotal, this does not mean that cannabis oil does not work, it just means there has been no serious attempt to test its efficacy in properly regulated human trials.trial with regard to cancer in humans.
In experiments with mice, animals given very high doses of purified THC seemed to have a lower risk of developing cancer, and there has been some research suggesting that endocannabinoids (cannabinoids produced by the body) can suppress tumour growth. But there’s no solid scientific evidence at the moment to show that cannabinoids or cannabis can cut the risk of cancer in people.
Sativex marketed by G.W. Pharmaceuticals contains only THC and CBD extracted from cannabis plants and this failed an exhaustive cancer trial using human test subjects, however this comes as no surprise because they have isolated only 2 unique cannbinoids and ignored the symbiotic effect of the other 110 cannabinoids contained in oil made from the cannabis plants. Full spectrum cannabis oil is far more effective.
There has been encouraging evidence from research carried out by professor Manuel Guzman and his team from the university of Madrid. Cannabinoids were administered to laboratory bred mice over a period of a several weeks and measurements were recorded regarding the anti-cancer action; both alone and alongside chemotherapy drugs.
Although this is an indication, these were non-spontaneous tumors grown sub-dermally on mice and the results do not support Rick Simpsons claim for a 90 day treatment for all cancer.
The 90 day cure claim can mislead people into misunderstanding how long they will require cannabis oil for. It is possible to source medical grade cannabis oil, however this will be a long term commitment as a maintenance dose will be required for at least 5 years after the initial treatment.
The sensible solution is to grow and produce your own medicine. There is free information regarding all aspects of cannabis cultivation and oil available here on the website and it is recommended that anyone wishing to use cannabis oil explores this possibility.
Initially many patients will source cannabis oil to begin treatment before cultivating cannabis plants and producing their own cannabis oil.
However, unless the cannabis oil comes from a reputable source they don’t actually know the cannabinoid content or how it has been produced.
The main concern is the percentage of cannabinoid content within the oil and this is governed by many factors, not least the strain of cannabis plant used.
Of concern is also whether the oil has been correctly purged and the solvents used in the extraction process. Rick Simpson advises using Naphtha; which ironically is one of the many hydrocarbons linked to cancer in humans.Furthermore, there are other risks associated with using black market or home-made preparations of cannabis, particularly cannabis oil.
For example, there may be toxic chemicals left from the solvents used in the preparation process. There is also a risk that pesticides found in cannabis crops may be concentrated in these preparations – recent research from California suggests high rates of such contaminants in samples from a range of different sources.
If you trust your source then you may have 60 grams of quality cannabis oil, but as outlined about the 90 day target is meaningless medically, so your cannabis oil will run out leaving you with the need to source and purchase more to continue your treatment.
So is there any efficacy to this claim at all? As a guideline to a medical cure the answer is unfortunately no; there is not the evidence to make a claim regarding the recommended quantities of cannabis oil administered over this recommended amount of time.
But could this guideline be useful in a different context? Yes it can. It takes 3-4 months to grow your own cannabis from seed to oil, meaning that if you wanted to start RSO cannabis oil treatment urgently, then you would need to source reputable oil for this time frame but then these weeks should also be spent starting to grow your own cannabis plants.
By the time you finish your purchased RSO cannabis oil you would be ready to start making your own oil. When you consider that cannabis oil treatment for cancer can cost over a thousand pounds per month, growing your own crop becomes a viable option.
So how did this claim arise? It originated with Rick Simpson but to discover why it became so widely disseminated we have to dig a little bit deeper. Sadly a large number of individuals who sell cannabis oil use the 90 day cure claim as part of a cynical marketing ploy.
It is more attractive for sellers to offer a 60 gram / 90 day treatment rather than explaining that the initial 60 gram will form part of an expensive indefinite treatment.
.Another reason is possibly false hope, people want to believe this is true and in the face of dreadful news the discovery of a miracle cancer cure in 90 days comes as a welcome relief.
However you can’t help but feel that the airtime given to such claims would be better spent researching the increasing amount of positive evidence and results that exist, and help patients become more aware of this potential weapon in their arsenal.
These unsubstantiated claims cloud the already extremely compelling evidence in support of cannabis based treatments and worse still, mislead patients with the potential for self sufficiency, into thinking their need for cannabis oil will be short term when it fact the opposite is true.
If you need any advice or help please use the contact form provided. We try to answer all emails within 24 hours and are happy to help and advise on all aspects of medical marijuana treatments in complete confidence.