Although CBD Oil and Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) are cannabis extracts, they do have their differences.
Rick Simpson Oil is illegal. The substance reached public awareness through a documentary called “Run From the Cure.” The documentary chronicles Simpson’s experience in using the oil on cancerous spots on his body. Simpson claimed that upon using the oil, the spots healed. There are those who believe that the oil can address issues such as cancer, epileptic seizures, and certain chronic diseases.
Further, unlike legal forms of CBD Oil that have a THC level of 0.3% or less, Rick Simpson Oil has a much higher level of THC. In any case, because RSO cannot be purchased, many resort to making the substance at home.
HOW DOES CBD OIL RELATE TO RSO?
For good reasons, CBD and Rick Simpson oil are receiving attention. There is not shortage of studies and anecdotal reports that show the beneficial aspects of cannabis. However, there is some confusion surrounding CBD oil, and how it is related to Rick Simpson oil. While they are similar in many aspects, they are still very different products.
Both oils are made from the same plant: cannabis, respectively hemp. From a botanical perspective, cannabis and hemp belong to the same plant genus – cannabis. However, due to geographical factors and through breeding, the plant has developed into different species and strains, which produce a different harvest: Hemp produces few and small flowers with low cannabinoid content, but in exchange hemp produces high amounts of fibre, which are used in many industrial applications. Cannabis, on the other hand, refers to the recreational and medical plant which produces big and potent cannabinoid-laden flowers, but only small amounts of fibre.
Again, they are botanically from the same plant family – just bred into different strains that yield another product. Further, the Rick Simpson oil is almost always made particularly from Cannabis indica strains, which have been shown to be more effective for physical ailments. Sativa strains, on the other hand, are often made into Rick Simpson oil that is to be used for mental illnesses.
CANNABINOIDS IN RSO AND CBD OIL
It is thus becoming apparent how the CBD oil and the Rick Simpson oil are very different products. Since they are coming from different strains (hemp and cannabis), they naturally contain different amounts of cannabinoids. The Rick Simpson oil is a full spectrum plant extract of potent cannabis. It therefore contains very high levels of THC and other cannabinoids; easily in the range of 50-60% THC and 10-15% CBD, depending on the strain that was used. In addition to high levels of THC and CBD, other cannabinoids such as CBN and CBG are also present in concentrated amounts.
Commercial CBD oil, on the other hand, contains high levels of CBD, but only very, very small trace amounts of other cannabinoids such as THC or CBN: 2.5-20% CBD, and only 0-0.03% THC. As research has shown, THC shows promising potential for many conditions, which is why this psychoactive cannabinoid is an important part in any cannabis based approach.
Consuming simply a larger amount of CBD oil is both an expensive and digestive challenge, since it is oil based. But even then it would not match the wide range of cannabinoids that are present in a full spectrum extract such as the Rick Simpson oil..
There is also another similar substance called “Hemp Derived RSO” that can be found on the market. Although this substance may look like traditional RSO based on the consistency and appearance, the difference is that it contains less than 0.3% THC. As a result, the main quality that sets RSO apart from traditional CBD, which is the high THC content, is not present. This makes it a non-RSO product. However, that does not mean that hemp-derived RSO products may not have beneficial qualities. There are a number of brands that sell hemp-derived RSO and it is up to the purchaser to determine whether the product is right for them based on the product description, user reviews, and other factors.
It has to be made absolutely clear that under no circumstances is the CBD oil any replacement for the Rick Simpson oil. It is a different product that cannot possibly replace the full spectrum Rick Simpson oil.
[Updated, originally published 11.10. 2019]
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