Treating Cancer with Medical Marijuana: RSO vs. Distillate
Hearing the word “cancer” is often remembered as the scariest moment in any patient’s life. Luckily for us in Pennsylvania and other states that have legalized medical marijuana, treating cancer is not as scary. Cancer patients both current and in remission have turned to medical marijuana to treat both their cancer and its symptoms. Need to know how it works and what forms work best? Here’s an overview…
Treating Cancer with Medical Marijuana
The medical benefits of marijuana are no secret, especially in treating cancer and the symptoms caused by treatment. The main reason medical marijuana is so successful in treating cancer and the symptoms aligned with chemo and radiation, are the over 200 active chemicals in the plant called cannabinoids. It is these cannabinoids that not only cause medical marijuana’s healing effects on the body, but also benefit patients going through treatments.
What is RSO
RSO, or Rick Simpson Oil, is a form of medical marijuana oil that gets its name from its developer and medical marijuana activist, Rick Simpson. RSO is different from other forms of cannabis oil for several reasons, the largest being the way it is made retains most plant matter of any other form.
In addition to cancer, Rick Simpson Oil is also great for treating:
What is Distillate?
Distillate is another form of medical marijuana that comes as an oil. However, distillate differs from RSO in that some of the plant matter is often stripped away during the extraction process, so it’s not as potent. Don’t let the fact that it is not as potent as RSO fool you, distillate is still one of the most sought-after forms of medical marijuana.
In addition to cancer, distillate is also great for treating several conditions and symptoms. Consult your Patient Care Consultant about what strains of distillate are best for your approved medical condition.
Which form is better for treating cancer and why?
As with all treatment of medical marijuana, there are many factors that play into the effects it has on each patient.
The answer is two-fold.
RSO is best for treating the cancer itself due to the potency of the product. However, distillate may be more helpful in treating the symptoms of cancer and the treatments that accompany the diagnosis.