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Phoenix Tears

To put it simply, Phoenix Tears are a strong, concentrated form of cannabis extract. They are also known under such names as RSO (Rick Simpson Oil), F.E.C.O. (Fully Extracted Cannabis Oil), hashish oil – or just “cannabis extract”. No matter what the name is, it is a highly potent extract which is said to treat a wide range of serious ailments and diseases.

Rick Simpson

The term “Phoenix Tears” is closely connected to the name of a world-famous cannabis activist Rick Simpson (in fact, it was him who came up with the name), who calls it a “cancer cure”. However, Simpson’s claims contain many ambiguities and controversies.

Home-made Phoenix Tears often contain residual solvents which are harmful to human health. Also, Simpson has always promoted extracts with high THC content with no focus on other cannabinoids, such as CBD. This has caused a lot of troubles due to the strong psychoactive effect that many patients (using Phoenix Tears with 80% THC and more) could not stand.

Most websites informing about Phoenix Tears recommend starting with a dose of “about one third of a grain of rice”. Unfortunately, this statement is extremely vague and does not take into account the various cannabinoid contents of each extract. For accurate dosage, one needs to know the content of the main cannabinoids, primarily THC and CBD. Also, a long-term treatment requires having a supply of the same product so that the content of the extracts produced can be as similar as possible.

Wrong, but on the right track

Although Simpson’s approach to producing and using cannabis extracts aka Phoenix Tears has indeed many flaws, his statements regarding potential curative effects of cannabis extracts is based on truth. Although the anti-cancer effects of cannabis extracts has not yet been proven on humans, laboratory and animal tests have shown promising results, just like the ever-growing body of testimonies posted on social networks and reported in the media.

Phoenix Tears

If you spend enough time at your local dispensary, you may encounter a curious-looking product in a syringe with the abbreviation “R.S.O.” written somewhere on the packaging. Is it injectable cannabis? Nope, try again! RSO is an abbreviation for Rick Simpson Oil- it’s a concentrated cannabis oil with high levels of THC and other compounds from the cannabis plant. In fact, the only thing distinguishing RSO from “dabs” or other types of extracts is that RSO is intended to be eaten or used topically. A small drop of RSO can deliver over 50mg of THC, which is five times more than the Washington State limit for a single serving edible. It’s a powerful, sticky medicine that’s purportedly cured hundreds of people of cancer, and treated a variety of other conditions as well.

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Rick Simpson, the creator of RSO, was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, and became an avid medical cannabis advocate after using his homemade cannabis concentrate on a bandage to cure several cancerous bumps on his arm. He was originally inspired to try cannabis as a remedy based on a study published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, in which THC was found to kill cancer cells in mice. His doctors and physicians refused to accept that cannabis was a probable cure for his condition, and he was later arrested by the Canadian government after spreading his oil, and the recipe, to others in his community free of charge. He later built the website www.phoenixtears.ca, which provides information on how to make RSO at home. After hundreds of people testified for his oil as a miracle cure, Simpson eventually had to flee the country to escape imprisonment by the Canadian government.

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His original recipe is quite complex, and can be dangerous since it involves the use of ethanol alcohol, a quickly evaporating solvent that is highly flammable. The alcohol is a solvent that strips cannabinoids like THC, CBD, and other compounds from the plant. RSO is what remains after the alcohol has evaporated, leaving only the concentrated resin from the starting material. RSO is typically a dark colored, extremely thick oil (similar to molasses or honey). The ideal RSO is high not only in THC and CBD, but also has trace amounts of other cannabinoids, fats and lipids, and chlorophyll, the green pigmented phytochemical responsible for photosynthesis. These compounds are believed to work best together, supported by evidence for the “entourage effect,” which theorizes that cannabinoids like THC and CBD are more effective when combined. Terpenoids are scent and flavor compounds in cannabis that influence the taste of the oil, and sometimes subtly influence its effects. For example, an oil abundant in alpha or beta pinene will taste more like pine trees, and is understood to be more clear-headed and focused, while an oil high in linalool will taste slightly more floral, and offer a relaxing effect similar to smelling lavender flowers.

Fortunately for those of us in the great state of Washington, we don’t have to risk blowing ourselves apart with gaseous ethanol in a garage because RSO can be purchased at nearly every cannabis retailer with plenty of options to choose from! Some RSO oil, like activated distillate, is lighter in color, higher in THC, but it doesn’t have the full array of compounds believed to make RSO a healing supplement.

Most users squeeze the smallest drop of RSO oil possible onto something sweet or tangy with a strong flavor to mask the grassy taste of the oil. A small drop of RSO oil offers at least enough THC equal to Washington State’s maximum single-serving size (10mg of THC), making RSO a favored and inexpensive edible product among those with a high tolerance to THC. Necessary precautions should be taken to avoid excessive dosing of THC, as edible cannabis is easier to overindulge than smoked cannabis.

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Does Cannabis Hold the Cure For Cancer?

One of the wildest claims that has been made about the medical efficacy of cannabis is that it can help to treat cancer. Recent studies have shown that, indeed, that may be the case. But without any previous indication, what gave activists that idea in the first place?

Rick Simpson

Back in 2003 a man named Rick Simpson changed the way we look at medical marijuana. Simpson is a Canadian who was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a skin cancer. He was already a medical cannabis patient at the time and had noted a study published in 1975 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that found THC and CBN oral doses were associated with the shrinking of cancerous tumors in mice.

It wasn’t much to go on, but it was enough for Simpson. He immediately took a homemade cannabis oil, applied it to the tumor and covered it with a bandage. According to Simpson, when the bandage was removed days later, the tumor was gone and he was cancer-free.

The story has never been corroborated, but it spread far and wide over the next two decades. Simpson’s proprietary recipe and method for making cannabis oil—which he made available on his website for free—has become one of the most popular ways to manufacture extracts. The simple method produces a dark, viscous substance known as Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) or Phoenix Tears. It can be found in many dispensaries around New Mexico, where it’s sold in needle-less syringes that are marked for easy dose application. It’s generally taken orally and can be used to infuse edibles with THC—but its bitter taste means it doesn’t always mix well with other flavors. Most patients seem to have settled for squeezing out a dose on their tongue and swallowing it like a pill.

Martyr For the Cause

Simpson became known as an avid advocate for using the oil as a cancer treatment, and he was even willing to make sacrifices for his belief—not just by giving away the recipe (and samples) of his oil, but by going as far as getting arrested over it.

His experiment with using RSO to treat his tumor wasn’t his first brush with the oil by far. In 1997 Simpson was working at a Canadian hospital, treating its pipes with a potent aerosol glue for asbestos. During the job, toxic fumes from the glue caused him to fall off a ladder and suffer head trauma.

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Simpson developed post-concussion syndrome, causing him to suffer from tinnitus. Simpson claimed that traditional pharmaceuticals weren’t helping and turned to medicinal cannabis. He said a chance viewing of a television special about the subject called “Reefer Madness 2” put the idea in his head.

Simpson began growing his own plants and developed his special method for creating cannabis extract. He began using the extract to treat his head injury and claimed that it healed the tinnitus. The experience prompted him to become an outspoken advocate for the medical use of marijuana.

He also started giving his oil to the sick people in his community for free, a practice he would continue into the next century—and one that would ultimately land him in trouble with the law.

In 2005 the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided his home in Nova Scotia. Authorities confiscated his plants and arrested Simpson. He spent four days in jail. According to local reports, the county court judge presiding over the case noted that Simpson truly believed his oil cured cancer and was not producing cannabis to gain profit. The court discovered that Simpson had been providing the oil for free to around 300 people. Simpson was given a fine and sent home.

In 2009 the police raided his home once again. They found more plants, but Simpson was in Amsterdam at the time and stayed there to avoid jail. He moved to Europe in 2013 and decided to stay there indefinitely.

Treating Cancer

Simpson’s claims have been met with cheers from the faithful and sneers from the skeptics.

Even many ardent cannabis advocates are uncomfortable supporting what might be unsubstantiated claims that cannabis can cure cancer. After all, if the opposite proves true, then they would be responsible for sending suffering patients down a useless path in their search for a treatment.

But many supporters claim that their own experiments with the oil have had positive results. The American Cancer Society has even come out in support of the idea, saying, “Scientists reported that THC and other cannabinoids such as CBD slow growth and/or cause death in certain types of cancer cells growing in lab dishes. Some animal studies also suggest certain cannabinoids may slow growth and reduce spread of some forms of cancer.”

While it still might be too soon tell if marijuana can actually kill cancer cells, we know for sure that it can help treat a number of symptoms associated with cancer. It can ease nausea and stomach pain resulting from chemotherapy; it can help treat depression and anxiety; and it can improve appetite. These aspects alone make it a priceless medicine for patients going through cancer treatments.

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