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Phoenix Tears

To put it simply, Phoenix Tears are a strong, concentrated form of cannabis extract. They are also known under such names as RSO (Rick Simpson Oil), F.E.C.O. (Fully Extracted Cannabis Oil), hashish oil – or just “cannabis extract”. No matter what the name is, it is a highly potent extract which is said to treat a wide range of serious ailments and diseases.

 

Rick Simpson

The term "Phoenix Tears” is closely connected to the name of a world-famous cannabis activist Rick Simpson (in fact, it was him who came up with the name), who calls it a “cancer cure”. However, Simpson’s claims contain many ambiguities and controversies.

Home-made Phoenix Tears often contain residual solvents which are harmful to human health. Also, Simpson has always promoted extracts with high THC content with no focus on other cannabinoids, such as CBD. This has caused a lot of troubles due to the strong psychoactive effect that many patients (using Phoenix Tears with 80% THC and more) could not stand.

Most websites informing about Phoenix Tears recommend starting with a dose of “about one third of a grain of rice”. Unfortunately, this statement is extremely vague and does not take into account the various cannabinoid contents of each extract. For accurate dosage, one needs to know the content of the main cannabinoids, primarily THC and CBD. Also, a long-term treatment requires having a supply of the same product so that the content of the extracts produced can be as similar as possible.

Wrong, but on the right track

Although Simpson’s approach to producing and using cannabis extracts aka Phoenix Tears has indeed many flaws, his statements regarding potential curative effects of cannabis extracts is based on truth. Although the anti-cancer effects of cannabis extracts has not yet been proven on humans, laboratory and animal tests have shown promising results, just like the ever-growing body of testimonies posted on social networks and reported in the media.

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