There is a lot of confusion over the subject of Rick Simpson Oil or RSO/FECO, and BHO
Rick Simpson is just a man who coined the term, Rick Simpson Oil, or RSO, and was one of the first in modern times to educate people about cannabis extract as medicine. He didn’t invent the extraction methods, or the solvents used, some of them have been used for making medicines out of plants for centuries. Unfortunately, Rick Simpson prefers to use naptha and ether, as solvents. Both are poison. RSO has become a generic term for any cannabis extracted with a solvent.
The oldest method of extracting medicine from plants is to make a tea or tincture. The problem with teas, is that they do not release fat soluble compounds, only those that bind to water, so the other compounds are unavailable for use by the body. By soaking the plant material in pure, food grade alcohol, we extract the fat soluble compounds as well. This is still one of most complete ways to extract the medicine. Since now we know that alcohol consumption can be damaging to the body, we can take the extra step to evaporate the alcohol out of the medicine, and it becomes a very safe and effective medicine. This makes it suitable for use in capsules and food. This is called FECO, or Full Extract Cannabis Oil. Not all alcohol is food grade, and some, like, isopropanol, methanol, and ethylene, are downright toxic. Bittergents put into these solvents to discourage ‘huffing’ or sniffing them to get ‘high’, are also toxic.
There are many solvents like alcohol, butane, naphtha, and ether, that can be used to extract the medicine in cannabis. The solvents used in this process are highly explosive and flammable and should be used with extreme caution. It is not recommended to do this process inside a family home or garage. Pets can be affected by fumes as well. The solvents can not be ‘purged’ or removed, entirely, and there is toxic residue left in the resulting medicine. Any fertilizer, insecticide, or chemical used on the plants during growth, will be concentrated in the dried and extracted medicine, along with it’s undesirable qualities.
Patients with compromised immune systems should never consume cannabis or foods grown with pesticides, or processed with non-organic solvents. This is why many people choose to purchase their medicine from a well known dispensary that carries certified, tested, organic medicine.
BHO, or butane honey oil, is just one version of RSO, using butane to extract the terpenes, flavonoids, and other medicinal compounds in cannabis. Butane is highly toxic, and can not be purged completely out of the resulting medication. This causes a wide array of negative side effects including nausea, vomiting, migraine headaches, heart palpitations, and other neurological symptoms. BHO is not a recommended form of this medication because it kills brain cells and there are reported cases of epileptic seizures after repeated use.
FECO works on multiple levels to provide relief and healing. It not only provides pain relief, but is also anti-inflammatory, as well as being anti-spasmodic, providing relief from muscle spasms and cramps, migraines, nausea, and many other conditions.
FECO can come in capsules for those who do not like the taste, or loaded into a syringe for accurate dosing. It is not usually smoked since it doesn’t taste good and this method of administration is much less effective for fighting cancer.
Usage and Dosing:
It is generally recommended that anyone with cancer, other terminal or highly debilitating disease, begin treatment with FECO as soon as possible after diagnosis. You should consult your doctor or naturopath before undertaking this treatment. The faster the patient can make the transition from pharmaceuticals to FECO, the better and more quickly it can begin to work.
It is also generally recommended that the patient consume 60 grams of cannabis oil in the first 60 days, though some take up to 90 days to ingest that much medicine.
The starting dose is about the size of half a grain of rice, three times a day until it is well tolerated. This dose should be doubled if possible, every 2-3 days, until the patient is consuming a total of 1 gram of oil per day. Extreme cases may take 1-3 grams a day or more.
Drink plenty of clear liquids while taking this or any other medication. The medicine will work better, and the extra fluids help with nausea normally associated with cancer treatment..
This dosage can be ingested with any food that has a little bit of fat it in. The active compounds in cannabis are mostly fat soluble and need a small amount of fat to carry them into the bloodstream.
Cooking with FECO
Cooking with FECO is another way to ingest it as medicine. Temperature is important because certain terpenes, flavonoids, and other compounds in the oil can evaporate off and be lost. For this reason, it is advisable wherever possible to avoid heating this medicine altogether.
If you make candies it is advisable to add the oil to your mixture after a cool down period, preferably below 100 degrees. If this isn’t possible, consider taking the oil with finished candy instead of putting it in the mixture.
To compute dosage for baked goods, multiply amount of oil in one dose x the number of finished servings the recipe is expected to produce. Measure ingredients carefully when baking with medicine. Table silverware is not a proper measuring device.
Flattening a piece of salt water taffy and folding it back up with a dose of oil inside is one of my favorite ways to eat it. No heat needed, and the taffy tastes amazing!
There are very few side effects associated with cannabis medicines. However, as with any medicine, side effects can be uncomfortable for some users, especially when adjusting to new doses. For this reason, always use caution when operating a motor vehicle or machinery and know how this medicine affects you before trying either one..
Dry mouth, or ‘cotton mouth’ can cause tooth decay and dehydration causes nausea and fevers. Your cannabis medicine will metabolize better and work better if you drink enough water. This also helps nausea to help you feel better overall.
One of the main side effects reported is dizziness or lightheadedness. This can be caused by low blood pressure and not drinking enough water. Try to rise slowly and let blood pressure stabilize. Make sure you have something stable to hold onto to avoid falls.
Another side effect reported is tiredness. Use this as your body’s que that it needs rest to heal, and take advantage of it. For people with insomnia, this is a welcome side effect.
Diarrhea is the second most common side effect. Taking FECO with some lightly buttered toast, brown rice, bananas, or cheese if you are not lactose intolerant, should help with this. In extreme cases, lower dosage and try to raise it again in a few days.
Talk to your doctor, naturopath, or certified medical cannabis associate, about any side effects you experience.