We sat down one evening with Solsgreen Farms not only to educate our staff about Rick Simpson Oil, but to try the product itself.
When it comes to RSO, this version is to be used sparingly — and when we say sparingly, we mean it! It’s always tricky at first to determine how much RSO you’ll need and how much your body can tolerate in one dose without knocking you out.
Solsgreen Farms’ Plushberry RSO is no different. We found that one dose is about the size of a half a grain of rice. Yes, one-half! Highly concentrated, a syringe of 1 gram lasts a patient upward of one month.
About the strain: Plushberry, a cross between Black Cherry Soda and Space Queen, is a hybrid strain that expresses a prominent indica dominance. Black Cherry Soda lends this strain an aromatic berry scent while Space Queen genetics promote heavy resin production. There are two main phenotypes of Plushberry. One grows smaller, pink-tinted plants with more sativa-dominant qualities; the other has bulkier, more indica-like formations. Plushberry typically induces a deep relaxation of mind and body with calming qualities that melt away stress. However, this batch of Plushberry is a great resource for cancer patients, people in severe pain and those with chronic insomnia.
The Solsgreen process: Solsgreen Farms provides various strain-specific ethanol extracts or Solsgreen annual blends, including CBD strains like ACDC and Harlequin. A low-temperature, quick-wash method, with only food-grade, organic ethanol as the solvent, is used to prepare the initial extract mixture. Winterization, removal of all plant material, solvent purge and decarboxylation of the solution makes a cleaner, stronger RSO.
What is RSO? … The Story of Rick Simpson
Rick Simpson stumbled upon his cannabis fame purely by accident. Long before “Rick Simpson Oil” was coined as a term, and long before cannabis was considered remotely mainstream, Rick Simpson was an engineer working in a Canadian hospital in 1997.
Simpson was working in the hospital boiler room covering asbestos on pipes with potent aerosol glue. The boiler room was poorly ventilated, and the toxic fumes caused a temporary nervous-system shock during which Simpson collapsed off his ladder and hit his head. He was knocked unconscious; when he awoke, he managed to contact his colleagues to take him to the emergency room.
After seeing a documentary highlighting the positive benefits of using cannabis, Simpson inquired about medical marijuana, but his doctor refused to consider it as a course of treatment. He ended up sourcing cannabis of his own accord and saw a significant improvement in his tinnitus and other symptoms.
In 2003, three suspicious bumps appeared on Simpson’s arm. The doctor agreed that the bumps appeared to be cancerous and took a sample for a biopsy. Sure enough, the bumps turned out to be basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer.
Simpson had successfully treated his symptoms with cannabis in the past, and he had heard about a study published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in which THC was found to kill cancer cells in mice. He made the decision to treat his skin cancer topically, applying concentrated cannabis oil to a bandage and leaving the cancerous spots covered for several days.
After four days, he removed the bandages, and the cancerous growths had disappeared. Although his physician refused to acknowledge cannabis as a treatment alternative, Simpson was now a true believer in the medicinal powers of cannabis.