Rick Simpson is a Canadian who started using medical marijuana decades ago to help him handle the long-term effects of a head injury. In 2003, he got a few spots on his arm that turned out to be basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer.
Researching the subject, Simpson noticed a study indicating that THC helped shrink tumors in mice. So he created a super-potent cannabis oil – by his account, it’s 80 to 90 percent THC – by washing cannabis buds in a solvent and boiling it down to a thick substance. He put some on his spots, he covered them with a bandage, and eventually, his carcinoma disappeared.
After that experience, Simpson started evangelizing the oil to the rest of the world. He didn’t actually sell it – as noted, he did not patent the substance, he included instructions for how to make it at home on his website, and he even gave it away for free (though that might partly be for legal reasons we will get to later). But what exactly is in the stuff?
The term “full spectrum” is one that you see a lot in the CBD and cannabis industry. We explained in more detail what full spectrum means in a previous post, but the short version is that it describes hemp extract that includes the widest possible range of cannabinoids, terpenes, amino acids, and other nutrients from the plant.