Controversial cannabis activist Rick Simpson first started the buzz about Phoenix Tears cannabis oil with his reports of miraculous cancer cures through using a cannabis oil extract. But there are certainly some shortcomings to Simpson’s philosophy.
To begin with, Simpson advocates solvent extracts and even suggests that people can make them at home. This has resulted in several fires and explosions as well as concerns that home-made solvent extracts contain solvent residues that are unsafe for human consumption.
Simpson is also no-specific regarding the concentration of cannabinoids that should be used as well as the type of cannabinoids that a ‘Phoenix Tears’ cannabis oil should contain. Although Phoenix Tears cannabis oil still occupies the grey area between ‘alternative’ medicine and ‘conventional’ medicine, this approach is clearly unscientific.
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Type of cannabinoids
The two most studied cannabinoids in the cannabis plant are THC and CBD. While both of these have been shown to have therapeutic benefits in early trials, THC and CBD are different substances and one of these (THC) has the disadvantage of being psychoactive. This presents an ethical dilemma, particularly to the parents of children with diseases that may be relieved through using Phoenix Tears cannabis oil. And, of course, THC is still illegal in many parts of the US, even when used for medical purposes.
Because there are so many potential uses for non-psychoactive CBD oils, we will not go into any great depth here, but Endoca advises patients who would like to try Phoenix Tears cannabis oil to first investigate whether CBD has been tested for their specific condition. If this is the case, those who prefer to remain within the confines of the law and who would like to keep a clear head, can use a hemp based, high CBD oil.
Concentration of cannabinoids
Most websites referring to Phoenix Tears Cannabis oil recommend that patients should use a dose ‘about the size of a grain of rice’. This is an extremely rough rule of thumb and fails to take the variability of many Phoenix Tears cannabis oils on the market into account.
For more exact dosing, the percentage of cannabinoids in the product needs to be a known quantity, and a supply of uniform products with the same concentration needs to be obtained. Research literature will indicate the dose in milligrams used in trials, and once the actual content of the oil is a given, it is easy to calculate this. For those who prefer not doing their own math, a really professional supplier of Phoenix Tears cannabis oil should be able to provide advice – but this is seldom the case.
As we have previously noted, the scientific community is deeply concerned about the use of solvents to extract Phoenix Tears cannabis oil. In addition, this extraction technique destroys the beneficial flavonoids found in cannabis. These ingredients are believed to increase the efficacy of the cannabinoids found in the oil.
Supercritical CO2 extraction would not suit Simpson’s philosophy, since it is a process that should be carried out in a lab – but it remains the best way to obtain a pure plant extract that is residue free and contains all the essential ingredients found in the plant in a concentrated format.
Flawed but not untrue
Although Rick Simpson’s highly publicized approach to making and using Phoenix Tears cannabis oil is deeply flawed, his claims regarding the potential therapeutic benefits of cannabis oil have a basis in reality. Although cannabis oils have not yet been intensively tested as a cure for cancer in human trials, there are positive indications from test-tube (in vitro) and animal trials that show some very positive indications.
In the future, we can expect the pharmaceutical and medical establishment to explore this and the other ‘unconventional’ uses for Phoenix tears cannabis oil in greater depth. For those who do not want to wait for this to happen, it is still possible to obtain safe extracts with precise cannabinoid content for personal use without breaking the law – as long as they stick to low THC, high CBD hemp oils.