I just received this email from a patient, responded to her and decided to post my feelings on the “Simpson Oil”. Here is the patient question and my response:
Dr. Frankel, I was wondering if you did any research on rick simpson’s hemp oil . I read so much good things but never from local doctors around here. Thank you
I have had a number of contacts with this product and have sadly watched nearly a dozen patients die while using the oil. I am not saying the oil hurt them in any way, but it certainly didn’t help them. I can’t even say they felt better and there were a few patients who sacrificed the cannabis they loved and had felt better with.
I am saying that it has frankly never made sense to me that this should be a “cure for cancer”. The majority of people making this form of hash, which is all that it is, somehow believe they are creating an anti cancer product and are now even making claims – at times – that it is the CBD, or cannabidiol, in the oil that is helping the cancer.
I have had it tested a number of times to confirm, but there is no CBD in any production oil I have tested. The products I have seen are so rough that testing and even using the very gooey stuff is impossible.
For this reason, I would rather see a patient take a lot of CBD directly through a tincture, spend the same money perhaps, but end up with at least a product that is being supported in part by the National Cancer Institute.
I do not like to see the “Simpson” oil climb on the back of CBD, as ultimately, at least in my opinion, the Simpson Oil Will be shown not be very helpful. Of course I could be wrong, but for now, this is my position. Again, I am a huge fan of CBD and have encouraged some patients to use larger mg of CBD for their cancer; here I still feel on shaky grounds, but at least am following the mainstream science.
So, there. That is a whole lot more than I thought I would write. I think I will just go ahead and turn this into a blog.