Editor’s note: Friends, I think we’ve just discovered something that could catapult Cannabis healing into the next dimension. The question has always been how to best get the medicine to the cells. Also see Nutrients Essential for Integrity of Cannabis
Last night I received an email from a patient who mixed CBD:THC oils (equal parts) with DMSO (click here to order from Amazon), and then put it on topically to heal a spinal cord injury. We will keep you all posted as to how this works, but initial results warranted alerting you all immediately. Patient reports he never felt such an intense response to cannabis, even compared with taking Rick Simpson Oil. He said obviously the DMSO is a potent carrier as there is no other reason such a small amount of cannabinoids would have knocked him out like this did. Potentially those with cancers could be using this mixture to apply directly to problem areas. There is much to learn, so let’s get started! Consider this post to be first in a series.
One word of caution: wash hands and the application site well. This is done to make sure you aren’t introducing anything nasty when using DMSO, which will deliver anything that is on your skin into your body and bloodstream.
Our findings support that THC- and CBD-loaded microparticles could be used as an alternative method of cannabinoid delivery in anticancer therapies. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3551920/
from Dude Grows dot com
Hey guys! I moved from Colorado to Western Massachusetts last year (Family). I work at a hydro shop and it’s been really awesome to watch MA progress with its Cannabis culture. So I’ve been making Cannabis Topical Balm and I’ve been including DMSO as an ingredient and WOW does it work! DMSO is a polar and non-polar solvent that has transdermal properties, it pulls the balm right into the affected (effected?) area. I think I cured arthritis, and my Mom has been putting it on her cancer radiation wound and her latest biopsy was clean and the wound (which is over a year old) is getting smaller. Everyone I trade or give it to raves about it.
Here is my recipe:
2 oz decarbed cannabis flower (higher cbd the better)
2 oz dried arnica flower (anti inflammatory herb)
5 cups organic coconut oil
Steep for 5 hours or magic butter machine it
While the oil is still warm
2 oz local beeswax
2 oz DMSO
It is important to give a disclaimer on the DMSO – it opens up your skin to allow everything that follows it to penetrate. This is a bad thing for things like makeup, Aluminum deodorants, motor oil, etc. This means to wash it off your hands really well after applying it so you don’t draw the next thing you touch into your bloodstream. The bottle of DMSO actually says on the label that it is illegal to market DMSO for it health benefits in any way – which I found humorous that the cannabis is legal in my topical but the DMSO makes it illegal. Anyway – if my math is correct the Balm is less than 5%DMSO so it is very mild in its transdermalness. Hit me back if you have questions or want a sample, I’d love to post a recipe to your page. Spread the word because this topical works 10x better than the ones they sell over the counter I tried in Colorado and those work great. I’m talking healing pain relief for any inflammation. Oh yeah it cured our dachshund of her herniated disc which paralyzed her from the waste and the vets said only $6000 surgery would make her walk again. Thanks, Chuck McKenrick
From Ball Park Dispensary
What is DMSO?
Dimethyl sulfoxide, or DMSO, is a by-product of paper making. It comes from a substance found in wood.
DMSO has been used as an industrial solvent since the mid-1800s. From about the mid-20th century, researchers have explored its use as an anti-inflammatory agent. While it can sometimes be found as an oral supplement, its safety is unclear. DMSO is primarily used by applying it to the skin. DMSO is easily absorbed by the skin. It’s sometimes used to increase the body’s absorption of other medications.
Some researchers suggests that DMSO might also be useful for:
- Reducing pain and inflammation caused by arthritis
- Treating bladder pain and inflammation
- Slowing the progression of cancer
DMSO is available without a prescription most often in gel or liquid form. It can be purchased in health food stores, animal feed and seed shops, and on the Internet.
DMSO is used topically to decrease pain and speed the healing of wounds, burns, and muscle and skeletal injuries. DMSO is also used topically to treat painful conditions such as headache, inflammation, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and many many more uses. See More DMSO Uses
Why am I telling you about DMSO?
Our skin contains a large amount of cannabinoid receptors. When cannabis is applied directly to the skin, cannabinoids are absorbed quickly into the affected area without wasting time metabolizing or breaking through the blood/brain barrier. This means that the body can utilize more cannabinoids without the risk of overconsumption.
Because cannabinoids cannot penetrate much past the upper epidermis there is no risk of intoxication unless accompanied by a carrier agent like dimethyl sulfoxide (or oleic acid), which could be used to enhance the penetration into the skin. So if you decide to add DMSO to your topical please be aware that it is a carrier and be careful when administering.
This comment is from a forum on DMSO at Michigan Medical Marijuana dot org
I recently used dmso in conjunction with cannabis and it’s extract. I dont know anything of the science, risks, health claims, or legality. I did this all by myself with permission from me.
1st recent- 1/10th gram of warmed decarb’d oil applied to a small area on hand, then rubbed a few drops of dmso into same area. Near instant effects were felt, later realized from the dmso not the cannabis in this topical…but… about 15 minutes later I was with a full on edible effect. Same negative and positive effects I experience when I consume cannabis extract. this time it peaked in 30 minutes lasted for a couple hours.
next day used dmso alone and felt the warm softening relief again. later same day applied 2/10ths g of cannabis oil and some dmso. Cannabis effects were full on in 20 minutes or so and lasted a solid four and a half hours! hours of the same positive, and same negatives that keep me from eating my herb. a small bandaid preparation would please an edible connoisseur, stuck on an arm. I bet leaving it on longer increases effects? I didnt have any negatives, not even stink from my dmso . it does have an odor, slight garlic maybe, but tolerable and short lived.
next I make a poultice with fresh harvested cut buds and dmso, then a dried one too and compare notes.
Adding ten grams of cannabis oil to a small 3.5 ounce jar of icy hot is what it took for me to feel the cannabis on a diseased joint for thought. I dont know why I didnt experience the same anti inflammatory results with the dmso dosing, but it sure wasnt 10 grams either, and not sure why I didnt feel the cannabis farther away from the application site with the icy hot. Lots of things to try. I’ve met some who use dmso several times a day and said they couldnt walk without it.
I can tell dmso is going to be part of my life from now on. I’ve used it for super rapid vitamin dosing with awesome results. magnesium with it is an instant win on an arthritic joint, swollen anything.
I caution those with dirty hands while using dmso, all the stuff on your hands goes into your blood stream quickly. wash, dry, repeat, carry on if inclined.
A success story from Grass City forum
I want to tell everyone that dmso used as a delivery agent for topical application of cannabis oil works extremely well. I’ve been battling basel cell carcinoma for over a decade. Lesions popping up on my neck, back, legs etc.The dermatologist froze them or cut them out. The lesions that were frozen almost always came back. Having stitches taken out of your back is a pain in the butt as you can’t do it yourself. She wanted to start using a “chemo cream” and the word chemo scared me right off. In 2014 I had a particularly nasty lesion on my leg that was getting painful and I was about to schedule removal when a girl I was dating suggested cannabis oil. I was skeptical but decided to give it a try after a bunch of research. When she popped by with the oil she also had dmso. She explained what it was and how she thought it would help my body absorb the oil more effectively. Again, skeptical, and after some research into dmso I figured why not give it a try. She thought that mixing a little oil in with the dmso would help it stick better because in pure form it just rolled off the lesion. So the application was dmso (mixed with oil) followed by a healthy dollop of oil, covered with a cotton pad and taped over. The first pic shows day 1. The second pic shows day 3. (View photos here) After 2 weeks of applications I didn’t really notice any additional change and lost interest in the experiment. Over the following week (once exposed to air) the lesion dried up, scabbed, then fell off. Two years later there isn’t even a scar. I stopped going to my dermatologist. When I went to a naturopath to apply for a prescription/license I told her that the oil got rid of a major lesion in 3 weeks, she looked skeptically at me and said that normally it should take a month or two. Then I remembered the dmso and told her about it. Her reply was, “very interesting, the dmso is the delivery agent .”
Here is a great 60 Minutes segment on the healing properties of, and controversy surrounding, DMSO
Here is a very informative and insteresting report on the use of DMSO with colloidal silver