Published: September 15th, 2016
Categories: Medical Cannabis
With the recent rise in interest in different kinds of practicing medicine and new breakthroughs in the field of cancer research there is a lot of attention for things like Rick Simpson oil, hemp oil and CBD oil as potential cures for all sorts of ailments.
Although the three are made of the same plant there are crucial differences between them. We have already highlighted this in the article outlining the difference between CBD oil and Rick Simpson oil. To be short the two, or to be specific three, are not medically interchangeable and shouldn't be mixed up. The main two differences are that Rick Simpson oil is made from the full spectrum of plant materials found in cannabis, meaning that there is also THC and CBD in the oil as well. The CBD oil only focuses on isolation of the CBD. The fact that the Rick Simpson oil contains THC makes it illegal for purchase within the European Union.
Because it is illegal for purchase the Rick Simpson oil is pushed into the underground market and there is almost no transparency as to the quality of the product one would acquire if they were to go into that underground market. When used medicinally the quality of the oil is of great importance, if the oil you use does not contain the substances you want to use to treat an ailment the whole concept of treatment is undermined. There is also a lot of false advertisement going on where hemp oil or CBD oil is marketed as the Rick Simpson oil.
The only way to be absolutely sure that you get the real Rick Simpson oil when living in the European Union would be to make it yourself. There is also a lot of confusion surrounding what Rick Simpson oil could be used for to treat. So far there has been a lot of research on this subject but the scientific community is still divided on how it exactly works.