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How Effective is RSO?

As California moves toward its 30th year of legalized cannabis, the medicinal benefits of the plant have become well established in the mainstream. Getting relief for such ailments as body aches, stomach issues, skin problems, and insomnia are all within the reach of cannabis. What some may not be aware of is that there are other maladies, such as major surgeries, extreme pain, or terminal illness, to which cannabis can provide some relief for these heartbreaking issues. That is where Rick Simpson Oil, or RSO, comes in.

Rick Simpson was a Canadian engineer who started researching the effects of cannabis after suffering a serious workplace injury in the late ‘90s that left him with little relief from prescribed medication. In 2003, Simpson was diagnosed with skin cancer, thus accelerating his research and prompting the creation of RSO after reading about the possibility of cannabis inhibiting tumor growth.

So, what exactly is RSO? RSO is a cannabis-derived oil. Unlike other oils that remove trichomes with solvents, RSO captures the full spectrum of the cannabis plant. This means that all cannabinoids, terpenes, and all other beneficial elements are held in the oil. This creates a bouquet of potency and possibilities for the consumer.

There has been anecdotal evidence of RSO’s success. Its high THC content makes it a very capable pain reliever. Rick Simpson adamantly professes its help with cancer cells. RSO opens a whole new frontier in the medicinal cannabis space.

However, like with most things cannabis, more research is vital. Legalities and funding are delaying studies that could potentially be helpful to not only humans, but animals as well. Like with everything medicinal, you should always consult your physician or specialist, and keep in mind that cannabis effects are all subjective, so plan ahead before taking anything with THC.

By Stephen Freedman

Stephen Freedman is the Regional Manager of the ERBA Markets, the WOODS, West LA, Venice, Culver City, and WeHo.

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