What’s the worst advice we’ve heard given regarding cannabis as a medicine? That’s tough due to the excessive amount of misinformation floating around as a condition of the war on drugs. We’ve heard plenty of incorrect advice but today we’re focusing on one, which involves Rick Simpson Oil and the advice given to a first-time cannabis-user who was looking to treat pain and didn’t want any of the psychoactive effects associated with marijuana.
Rick Simpson Oil is named after a Canadian cannabis activist who first used extracted oil from cannabis to cure his own skin cancer. RSO is a whole plant extract that contains most of the components found in the plant and contains high levels of THC. RSO is often used by cancer patients needing large doses of THC and it is usually very psychoactive.
We know of a guy who was struggling with pain and anxiety and was looking to try something different. Raised in the Midwest he’d only been around cannabis a few times and never tried it for himself. For much of his life he associated “pot users” with deadbeats because that’s how he was raised, but when traditional medicine wasn’t cutting it any longer he wanted to try something different. He was a mess struggling with pain, anxiety, and a mild form of depression causing him to self-medicate with alcohol.
He asked a family member who was a medical marijuana patient if there was anything he could use to treat his symptoms but stressed the fact that he didn’t want to “get high.” His sister told him about RSO and said it would be a great place to start. Unfortunately, his sister never tried RSO for herself and was simply relaying information she heard from someone else, just like the game “telephone,” truth tends to get lost as it passes from one mouth to another.
The gentleman got his Med card and acquired the RSO. Later that night he put a tiny drop under his tongue and that’s the last time he used it. He was awake most of the night, lying on the floor higher than a kite. He was very anxious, and he noticed his heart beating faster, he went into full blown panic mode and convinced himself he was having a heart attack.
This is an issue because he received a heavy dose of the psychoactive high he was trying to avoid. A little goes a long way with RSO. Instead of relieving his issues the RSO exacerbated the situation and it became more damaging than beneficial.
What would’ve been a better option?
If he would have asked us first, we would have strongly urged against using the RSO because of its high potency. Instead, we would’ve suggested starting with a high-CBD product like the Care by Design 18:1 or 8:1 tincture ratio. This is the preferred starting place for someone new to cannabis because it doesn’t cause you to feel the psychoactive high due to it being a more concentrated CBD product. CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid proven to help reduce anxiety, inflammation, and even level out the psychoactive effects felt by THC.
The reason we suggest a ratio including a small portion of THC over a product based 100% in CBD is because it’s shown that THC needs to be present in order to reduce the feeling of pain in the body. THC is the cannabinoid best used for treating pain and the pain-relieving effects can be felt even in small doses like they are in the 18:1 and 8:1 ratio, without causing the head high. This is great news for anyone seeking alternative forms of treatment, who may fear using cannabis because of the psychoactive effects it produces. The next time you have a cannabis-based question we recommend consulting a professional in the industry.