Gram’s Five & Dime Top-Tier Edibles Use Rick Simpson Oil

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The therapeutic uses of cannabis date back centuries. In fact, the first recorded therapeutic use is actually 400 AD.Today, health professionals often suggest using medical marijuana to treat a range of conditions, including nausea from chemotherapy, PTSD, and glaucoma. One unique cannabis innovation that has made headlines within the cannabis community for its therapeutic use is Rick Simpson Oil (RSO).

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What is Rick Simpson Oil?

Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) is a unique and potent cannabis extract containing significant amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). What makes this oil so powerful is that it incorporates the whole cannabis plant. Where most extracts use solvents to remove the plant’s valuable trichomes in the buds, RSO production maintains the beneficial compounds, making it rich in cannabinoids, terpenes, fatty acids, waxes, and chlorophyll, which gives it its dark, thick consistency.

Rick Simpson, a Canadian engineer, started using cannabis for his dizziness and tinnitus after a work accident. In 2003, doctors diagnosed him with basal cell carcinoma (a skin cancer). Simpson was inspired to create RSO after reading a 1975 study that showed cannabis containing THC and cannabinol (CBN) could inhibit tumor growth in mice. He engineered his own oil (RSO) and used it topically on his cancer spots, claiming it cured his cancer.

Does RSO work?

There are limited studies on RSO simply because of the heavy restrictions on cannabis. As it becomes legal in more countries, researchers can do more studies. To date, much of the data on cannabis is anecdotal, but there are some studies that reveal potential benefits of cannabis preparations, such as RSO.

What are the benefits of RSO?

  • Cancer (tumor inhibition): A 2014 study published in Oncotarget found that single cannabinoids were not effective in inhibiting cancer cell growth, but a crude cannabis extract containing multiple cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids had positive effects on tumor growth.
  • Chronic pain relief: Our bodies have a sophisticated system called the endocannabinoid system that helps cells identify pain signals. A 2008 study showed that cannabinol (CBN) can interact with our endocannabinoid system to reduce pain perception.
  • Irritable Bowel Disease: A 2019 study found that certain cannabinoids can help control symptoms of irritable bowel disease and improve quality of life.
  • Anxiety and mood disorders: The endocannabinoid system also moderates mood and emotional responses to stimuli. Research shows an imbalance in this system may contribute to anxiety. A 2021 review of current research suggests CBD may reduce anxiety symptoms through serotonin regulation and concludes that CBD may be a promising new treatment for anxiety and mood disorders.

How to Take RSO

You can use RSO topically, take it sublingually, or consume RSO edibles. RSO is extremely potent, so it’s important to purchase it from a knowledgeable and reputable dispensary. 

The good news is that Gram’s Five & Dime in Newport, ME crafts their branded RSO edibles in-house, using premium ingredients to ensure maximum potency and safety. Gram’s experienced budtenders will answer all your questions and help you find the right product for your needs.

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