Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) is a cannabis-based oil derived from cannabis plants. It was discovered by a medical marijuana activist of the same name, whose primary contention is that it may cure cancer. Its advocates also suggest it could be beneficial for epilepsy, asthma, and other medicinal purposes, including opioid withdrawal and detox.
Detractors of RSO assert there not enough evidence to support these claims and that the dangers of making and using RSO may outweigh the benefits. These include overdose, which can occur when a person ingests more marijuana than their brains and bodies can handle.
Cannabidiol (CBD) oils are cannabis extract oils used for medicinal purposes typically derived from the hemp plant. Cannabidiol oils tend to contain high amounts of CBD and minimal THC, whereas Rick Simpson Oil contains up to 90% THC and small amounts of CBD.
Dangers of Making RSO
While RSO may be purchased, many individuals opt to make it themselves. Doing so often requires toxic chemicals, making this a hazardous endeavor. In the wrong hands, such as persons seeking to make their own medicine, these toxins could cause significant bodily harm and injury.
A solvent is commonly used to extract THC from marijuana for RSO. While other oil preparations use a human-grade consumption solvent, such as ethanol, Rick Simpson suggests using naphtha, which is often used in camping fuel, petroleum ether, or isopropyl alcohol, all of which are unsafe and toxic if consumed.
Naphtha is highly explosive. In the least, individuals could burn themselves or, in the worst cases, cause their home or other “cooking” location to explode. Also, if the extract is made in a plastic container, naphtha can potentially eat away at the plastic, adding even more toxic compounds into the oil.
While not as explosive as naphtha, isopropyl alcohol is also flammable and toxic, presenting similar risks. Naphtha and petroleum have been referred to as cancer hazards, which can compromise the primary reason why many individuals use this oil.
These substances may also be neurotoxic or could damage a person’s brain. All of these substances produce vaporous fumes, potentially causing irritation and damage to an individual’s lungs.
The Dangers Of Using Rick Simpson Oil For An Opioid Detox
An individual seeking to detox from opioids using RSO could endanger their safety and sobriety. Although the symptoms of opioid withdrawal are not in and of themselves particularly dangerous, certain complications that result from them might be.
Opioids are often associated with strong chemical dependence. Dependence occurs when an individual experiences withdrawal symptoms when they discontinue drug use. Opioid withdrawal should never be attempted without medical supervision. Doing so means the person cannot access medical intervention, which could be necessary should they relapse or encounter unexpected complications.
A medically-supervised detox program uses evidence-based medications to reduce cravings and relieve withdrawal symptoms. Also, highly-trained medical staff is on hand around-the-closed to monitor and offer medical services and address any complications should they arise. Without the intervention of trained addiction specialists, individuals are much more likely to relapse and sort to opioid abuse to mitigate the anxiety, cravings, and symptoms associated with withdrawal.
Marijuana Overdose Symptoms
Unlike overdoses related to many other intoxicating substances, a marijuana overdose is unlikely to be fatal. Symptoms of marijuana or RSO overdose may include the following:
- Extreme anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Rapid heart rate
- Difficulty conversing
- Impaired coordination
- High or low blood pressure
- Nausea and vomiting
- Severe confusion
- Memory impairments
- Loss of consciousness
Milder overdoses are typically characterized by anxiety, dizziness, nausea, and lethargy.
Other Dangers of RSO for Cancer
While many people contend that RSO’s benefits can be a cure for cancer, there isn’t evidence supporting that this claim. While cannabis oils may offer medical and therapeutic value to patients, relying on this oil alone as a cure could have dangerous and even lethal consequences.
By believing that RSO is a cure, individuals may refuse to receive medically-approved, life-saving medications, treatments, and support from trained health providers. Neglecting to make use of these could exacerbate the disease and therefore shorten a person’s life in many cases.
Get Help For Substance Abuse Today
Contrary to popular belief, marijuana is addictive. As taking THC-infused RSO will elicit a high, an individual could develop drug-seeking patterns of use and use it to induce these pleasurable feelings in the future. Even for self-medication, casual experimentation can lead to frequent drug abuse episodes and addiction.
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- Group support
- Individual/family counseling
- Relapse prevention
- Health and wellness education
- Experiential activities
- Holistic practices
- Aftercare planning