Last updated: May 31st, 2016
Also known as cannabis oil, hemp oil, Phoenix Tears, and Rick Simpson Oil (RSO), whole-plant cannabis oil can be orally administered or applied directly to the skin. Sublingual delivery is the preferred method of treatment for many cancer patients. Not only is it a convenient way to medicate, but intake through the oral mucosal membranes in your mouth provides for rapid and effective absorption directly into your systemic circulation because of the increased bioavailability of the cannabinoids.
Note: Whole-plant cannabis oil is not the same as “hemp seed oil.” Unlike whole plant cannabis oil which is made using the highly resinous buds, hemp seed oil is a cold-pressed oil made from the seeds/stalk of the hemp plant. It is rich with essential fatty oils and used for its nutritional benefits. You can easily buy it in health food stores. It often gets mislabeled as “hemp oil,” but it is not. True whole-plant oil derived from the cannabis plant, on the other hand, is made from the buds of the female marijuana plant and is comprised of many different cannabinoids including THC, CBD, CBN, and more. Many other business now sell their own renditions of the Rick Simpson Oil, some of which are high in THC while others contain only non-psychoactive compounds like CBD.
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