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Published on 11 May 2013  by encod

THE BEST WAY TO PRODUCE CANNABIS OIL

Source: IACM

by Dr Arno Hazekamp



All the versions of this article: [English]





What is Cannabis oil?

Concentrated cannabis extracts, also known as Cannabis oils because of their sticky and viscous appearance, are increasingly mentioned by self-medicating patients as a cure for cancer. In general, preparation methods for Cannabis oil are relatively simple and do not require particular instruments. The purpose of the extraction, often followed by a solvent evaporation step, is to make cannabinoids and other beneficial components such as terpenes available in a highly concentrated form. Cannabis oil is usually taken orally, by ingesting a small number of drops several times a day. Please find here some information on the question whether cannabis can cure cancer.

How is Cannabis oil prepared?

Various methods have been described for the preparation of Cannabis oil. The most popular method, as described by former (skin)cancer patient Rick Simpson from Canada, suggests the use of naphtha or petroleum ether as a solvent for the extraction. Following the success of Simpson oil, a number of related recipes have sprung up, emphasizing small but significant changes to the original recipe. Examples include focusing on safer solvents such as ethanol, or preventing exposure to organic solvents altogether, by using olive oil.

What is naphtha or petroleum-ether?

In general, petroleum-ether and naphtha refer to very similar products, even though different names may be used around the world; e.g. in some countries naphtha is equivalent to diesel or kerosene fuel. Both solvents are a mixture of petroleum hydrocarbons (PHCs), often available in a wide range of qualities. All the solvent components should be considered harmful and flammable, and some of them, such as hexane and benzene, may be neurotoxic. Both naphtha and petroleum-ether are considered potential cancer hazards according to their manufacturers. Moreover, products sold as naphtha may contain added impurities (e.g. Coleman® fuel) which may have harmful properties of their own.

Are residual solvents a health risk?

Although Cannabis oils are usually concentrated by evaporating the solvents that were used for extraction, this does not completely eliminate residual solvents. As a result of sample viscosity, the more concentrated an extract becomes, the more difficult it will be to remove the residual solvent from it. In such a case, applying more heat will increase solvent evaporation, but simultaneously more beneficial components (such as cannabinoids or terpenes) may be lost as well. The use of non-toxic solvents should therefore always be advised, so that potential residues are not harmful to health.

What is the best and healthiest way to prepare Cannabis oil?
Recently, an analytical study was performed to compare several generally used preparation methods on the basis of cannabinoids, terpenes, and residual solvent components. Solvents tested included ethanol, naphtha, petroleum-ether, and olive oil. Based on this study, the following recommendations can be made:

As extraction solvents, ethanol and olive oil were shown to perform the best, extracting the full range of terpenes and cannabinoids present in cannabis plant material very efficiently. Additionally these solvents are safe for consumption.

Unfortunately, pure ethanol also extracts large amounts of chlorophyll from cannabis material, which will give the final extract a distinct green, and often unpleasant, taste. Removing chlorophyll by filtering the ethanol extract over activated charcoal was found to be effective, but it also removed a large proportion of cannabinoids and terpenes, and is therefore not advised. Additionally, in many countries consumption-grade ethanol is an expensive solvent, as a result of added tax on alcohol products.

Of the solvents tested, this leaves olive oil as the most optimal choice for preparation of cannabis oil for self-medication. Olive oil is cheap, not flammable or toxic, and the oil needs to be heated up only to 100°C (by placing a glass jar containing the product in boiling water for 1-2 hours) so no overheating of the oil can occur. After cooling down and filtering the oil it is immediately ready for consumption. As a trade-off, however, olive oil extract cannot be concentrated by evaporation, which means patients will need to consume a larger volume of it in order to get the same therapeutic results.

Preheating of cannabis to ‘activate’ (decarboxylate) the cannabinoids may result in loss of terpenes as a result of evaporation. If the full range of terpenes is desired in the final Cannabis oil, dried buds and leaves can be used directly for extraction, without preheating.

About the author

Dr Arno Hazekamp is a phytochemical researcher at the Department of Plant Metabolomics of Leiden University, The Netherlands. He also coordinates the R&D program at Bedrocan BV.





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  • the psychonaut’s kitchen gained new horizons with D-Limonene, a safe and effective solvent.

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  • This might sound silly but what about really dried buds put through an oil extractor like this one for instance? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK62GUjSd6w

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  • THE BEST WAY TO PRODUCE CANNABIS OIL 25 May 2013 13:26, by Headhaze
    This is really interesting stuff. I recently saw Rick Simpson’s documentary on his oil and his story - "Run from the cure" available on YouTube. I did not realize that the "naphtha" he refers to is actually diesel. That seems incredibly dangerous to make and not the kind of thing that I would feel comfortable ingesting. Olive oil on the other hand sounds an appealing solution. My question is, according to Rick Simpson, 1 pound (just under half a kilo) of buds will give you 1-2 ounces (30-60g) of oil, once concentrated. If one where to use olive oil to process the same quantity of dried cannabis flowers, how much oil would you need and what size dose would you need to have the equivalent of 1 gram of Rick’s concentrated oil?

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    • THE BEST WAY TO PRODUCE CANNABIS OIL 24 June 2013 21:09, by Balanced Nerves
      I can confirm the findings concerning olive oil and cannabis. For medicinal purposes in managing electrosensitivity and chemical sensitivity, I have ingested indica strains by smoking, vaporizing, using alcohol based tincture, using alcohol based oil extraction (Rick Simposn), drinking in milk (Bhang) and in food. The olive oil ingestion is so far superior for my medical needs. The medical benefit lasts for 24 hours. No smell of vapor or smoke. The oil extract is refrigerated. Alcohol extraction works but doesn’t feel rounded like the olive oil extract. Current recipe: one ounce of cured and ground indica bud, two cups olive oil and 4 cups water in a pressure cooker. I bring it up to steam and let it run for an hour on low heat so that the pressure vent remains slightly up. I strain it and then siphon off the oil directly from the water using suction. You can also freeze it and then scrape it off. Dosage 1 tablespoon a day. For all practical purposes, if you make an extraction using 2 cups (96 teaspoons) olive oil, 6 cups of water, 16 ounces of leaves and bud then your daily dosage according to the Rick Simpson protocol would be 1 teaspoon. For scientific purposes it would be good to find out if olive oil has a saturation point at which it stops binding the cannabinoids. This would suggest using more olive oil.

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      • THE BEST WAY TO PRODUCE CANNABIS OIL 29 January 2014 12:31, by Woodpecked
        Hi I am going to try this method with Olive Oil for my Mum that has never taken any "drugs" in her life except her Morphine at the moment. She is too weak to have chemo etc and I don’t think it’s done her any favours with her throat cancer and lynpnoma! She has been diagnosed with a small tumour in her lung and another in her breast, so that’s why I’m going to give this a try. I’m in the UK so it is highly illegal, but I’m going to take the risk to buy it! Does it have to be an indica strain as I really can’t specify that to a drug dealer as it will be "skunk"! Also can you give me any more tips than there is above?

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  • So then by your claim olive oil and ether are equally effective and safe. Why then do you later say olive oil is ideal even despite the volume/dosage ratio issues mentioned? For that fact shouldn’t it be said that they are equal you just have to use a lot more of one which is also the one that is not smokeable? Sorry I hate to play the devil’s advocate but it sounds like for versatility and potency the ether method would be best.

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    • ether is NOT safe. it very easily ignites and can cause explosions

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      • THE BEST WAY TO PRODUCE CANNABIS OIL 15 September 2013 00:16, by Davidpedro
        My Wife Stage IV breast cancer and MS has just been cured with the cannabis oil gotten from ricksimpsoncannabisoil at outlook.com, cannabis oil is great medication. To hell with the government and their insane policy, we have a medication that is hundred percent assured to cure cancer and you don’t need to spend so much money on anymore on chemo, radiation or surgeries that wouldn’t work. Where to purchase, contact Rick: ricksimpsoncannabisoil at outlook.com My family is now a brand new one, so stop your worries and go get your medication and set the family free of the deadly disease that hold no respect to family harmony. Make your health a better one by using cannabis oil in your everyday life.

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        • THE BEST WAY TO PRODUCE CANNABIS OIL 8 November 2013 01:07, by Barry Gray
          It is so true about Rick Simpson Cannabis Oil’ I want to use this medium to applause the Rick Simpson cannabis oil for curing my Fiance cancer with his Hemp Oil, my fiance has been suffering from colorectal cancer for the pass three years now, but ever since we started using the Rick Simpson Cannabis oil for the treatment of her cancer for the past 3 months according to the instructions on how to use it, my future wife has fully recovered from her colorectal cancer. The Rick Simpson hemp oil is a great success on cure for cancer, with his cannabis oil i give a lot of credits, my fiance has completed her treatment of 4 months of successful treatment, am getting married to my fiance as her colorectal cancer has been totally cured with rick Simpson cannabis Oil which we purchase: ricksimpsoncannabisoil at gmail.com, It has been 4 months now of the successful cure of my fiance colorectal cancer and since my fiance stop treatment and her health has been perfect and marvelous. as I am writing this testimony to notify you that my fiance has been completely cured of her cancer. any one out there who need help, please feel free to get in touch with Dr. at: ricksimpsoncannabisoil at outlook.com Bary

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  • THE BEST WAY TO PRODUCE CANNABIS OIL 15 November 2013 23:28, by Carey James
    My mother breast cancer that she has been suffering from for the past 8 years has been successfully cured with Rick Simpson cannabis Oil with high potency of THC content in the medication. My mother was diagonalize with breast cancer 8 years ago and she has done several Chemo, Radiation and natural therapy that destroyed her body system. She was recent at the point of death 7 months ago. My mother is has been cured of breast cancer with Rick Simpson cannabis oil. she is so healthy now. Thanks to Rick Simpson cannabis oil that we used in curing her cancer at: ricksimpsoncannabisoil at outlook.com, Rick Cannabis Oil was successfully used in curing my Mother Breast 3 months as stated in the dosage information provided by rick Simpson. Once again i want to thank rick for his wonderful Hemp Oil, the family is now in great unity with so much hope of spending this Christmas in peace and tranquility because the joy of the family which was our Mother, the family pride has been restore with cannabis oil curing my mother cancer within 3 months. What a miracle. My mother is now back alive, strong and healthy. you have the right to stop cancer with Rick Simpson cannabis oil medication at: ricksimpsoncannabisoil at outlook.com Carey James, Toronto, Canada

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  • THE BEST WAY TO PRODUCE CANNABIS OIL 18 December 2013 23:51, by Arnold Paul
    I am Arnold Paul, I was diagnosed with Lungs Cancer and was told by the Doctor that the cancer was in the last stage. My Doctor told me i have few months to leave, but he told me about the Hemp Oil and said it’s going to do a lot in saving my life from this terrible disease, He introduce me to Rick Simpson and said he would be able to get me the Hemp oil wherever I need it since he is the founder of hemp oil. I contacted him and explain it to his understanding and he delivered the oil to me in UK, after three Month of taking this Treatment there has been rapid improvement in my life, I am very overwhelmed and loss for words. I want to shout it out to world that am cured from cancer. I can’t believe I’m able to jump and move around again. Thank you lord for your natural marijuana hemp oil and Rick Simpson who you sent and healed me, am very grateful Sir, God will continue to bless you for your good work Sir. I’m so happy am still much alive and for those who are battling from cancer, I never thought i will see this day again don’t think life is gone because your doc said so, be strong, courageous and fight it. There is a cure. Rick Simpson email is ricksimpsoncannabisoil_phoenix at outlook.com or give him a call +447031996738 Thank you Sir, I will always be grateful for your good work and services rendered..

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  • THE BEST WAY TO PRODUCE CANNABIS OIL 31 December 2013 11:36, by ANDREW PANA
    My name is Andrew Pana of California. In May. of 2012 my wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the age of 38. The doctors could give her no hope. She did have chemo and radiation, the doctors thought that could prolong her life for a little while. In September of 2013 she done surgery, that’s when they found out that the cancer had spread to her lymp nodes in her left hip area and couldn’t get it all with the surgery. Now it looked like 2-4 months is all she would live. It was a very aggressive form of colorectal cancer. While searching through the internet, my wife and I found so many testimonies on Rick Simpson healing oil, The Rick Simpson hemp oil for "health" is medicine. So i ordered the miracle oil for my wife and she started taking the hemp oil medicine every day. "GOD’S NATURAL MEDICINE". It was two years before the doctors finally gave me a good report concerning my wife’s condition. It was certainly not an overnight miracle. glory be Jesus and the great man Rick Simpson who God himself sent to help us in our lost time (health) Mr. Simpson, God will continue to be blessing you all the day of your life Sir! He revealed to me that all hope are not gone concerning my wife health So I, must keep my eyes focused on Him and His Medicine and not on the storm of cancer all around us (the doctors reports, test results, the pain, what other people said). He is so faithful to His Promises! There were so many different things that happened during this time and afterwards but this is the story in brief. I give Jesus my Lord all the glory and praise to Rick Simpson the founder of hemp oil for healing my wife’s stage 4 cancer. A special thanks to you Sir, brothers, sisters help me thank this man of truth and courage because he is my hero. You can reach him with this information ( ricksimpsoncannabisoil_phoenixtears at outlook.com or ricksimpsoncannabisoil_phoenix at outlook.com maybe call him at +447031996738 ) you brought my joy back to life not just only that you save my world with your miracle inspiration, you are inspired Sir. My wife is now cancer free because of you( AM GRATEFUL SIR.)

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    • THE BEST WAY TO PRODUCE CANNABIS OIL 9 January 2014 04:46, by Wellemton Barbara
      Wellemton Barbara Hello viewers all over the world am Wellemton Barbara, I want to testify of what Rick Simpson did for me and my entire family with his medication. My Daughter and husband were having a very notorious and serious disease called breast cancer and my husband had Brain tumor, my Daughter condition was unbearable and my husband had stop working due to his brain tumor infection which was suppose to kill him last year. These diseases had made my family dwelling in pains for the past years. Viewers should contact Rick Simpson on: ricksimpsoncannabisoil at outlook.com On the 19/09/2013 I got in contact with Rick Simpson after so many successful story from my friends and family who had gotten the Cannabis Oil from him which they have used in curing their ailment. I informed him about my daughter and husband situation, he gave my family unending encouragement and undying hope of a peaceful family we would become once more after my family has completed treatment. It is with gratitude that am informing the world that my daughter breast cancer and my husband brain tumor has been successfully cured with Rick Simpson Cannabis Oil which I personally order from him at: ricksimpsoncannabisoil at outlook.com, I never thought that my family will a wonderful Christmas Celebration and we were going to step into the New Year with so much Joy and Peace in Healthy condition. My family has been restored by Rick Simpson and we still celebrating the 2014 in Peace and love. Viewers should contact Rick Simpson on: ricksimpsoncannabisoil at outlook.com You can see that I have come to realize that true love allows others to fly, when they want to fly. When their journey is just starting and their lessons of unconditional love have been fulfilled. So I place my beloved Daughter and Husband into God’s arms and cry with such gratitude for the time Rick Simpson has blessed my family with his Hemp Oil. Readers should contact Rick Simpson on: ricksimpsoncannabisoil at outlook.com Thank You Sir Rick Simpson. Wellemton Barbara

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  • I WAS SAVED BY DR GEORGE’S CANNABIS OIL 20 January 2014 10:16, by Laura Matthew
    IT STILL FEELS LIKE A DREAM TO ME, I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE I AM ALIVE, HEALTHY AND STRONG LIKE NEVER BEFORE. GOD IS REALLY GREAT. AM LAURA MATTHEW BY NAME, I WAS DIAGNOSED OF BREAST CANCER THREE YEARS AGO WHEN I HAD MY LAST BABY. MY WORLD CAME CRASHING DOWN WHEN MY DOCTOR TOLD ME THAT NOTHING COULD BE DONE TO SAVE ME AFTER FIGHTING THIS DEADLY DISEASE WITH CHEMO AND RADIATION FOR TWO GOOD YEARS BUT I REFUSED TO SIT BACK AND WAIT UNTIL THE DAY IT FINALLY DECIDES TO TAKE MY LIFE SO I WENT IN SEARCH OF HELP WHICH I FOUND IN THE HANDS OF DOCTOR GEORGE THROUGH HIS CANNABIS TREATMENT. I STILL WAKE UP EVERYDAY FEELING LIKE ITS ALL A BIG DREAM BUT ITS REALITY AND I OWE IT TO CONTACTHOSPITAL_EASTERN.GEORGE at YAHOO.COM FOR GIVING ME A SECOND CHANCE TO LIVE AGAIN. HE GAVE MY LIFE A NEW MEANING AND AM ALIVE NOW ALL BECAUSE OF HIM, SIR GOD WILL CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FOR YOUR GOOD WORK AND WORDS OF TRUTH. THANK YOU SIR. IF YOU HAVE ANY ISSUE OF CANCER DON’T HESITATE TO CONTACT HIM WITH THIS EMAIL CONTACTHOSPITAL_EASTERN.GEORGE at YAHOO.COM IF HE CAN SAVE ME THEN WHY CAN’T HE SAVE YOU TOO.

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    • I WAS SAVED BY DR GEORGE’S CANNABIS OIL 26 January 2014 11:22, by Elizabeth Casson
      Wow am so grateful for the good Rick Simpson ( ricksimpsoncannabisoil_phoenix at outlook.com ) did for me and my family for curing my husband’s prostate cancer of 3 years. My name is Elizabeth Casson from north Carolina USA, June 2 2010 my husband was diagnosed of prostate cancer and he had done all sorts of treatments (chemo, radio and herbal) and his doctor still gave no hope for his condition, after his last chemo treatment on 09/28/2013 the doctor told him that he had 8 months to live. When I heard this I was disappointed, frustrated and full of pain that the one I love so much would leave me and my children all alone in this world. One faithful day my uncle called and told me about Rick Simpson cannabis oil and how it cured his 48 years old neighbor so I became very interested in this cure, my uncle and I decided to do some research about the Rick Simpson cannabis oil and I found it very interesting, so I decided to purchase the oil. I called my uncle and asked him for Rick’s direct contact, so I could discuss with him. I contacted Rick Simpson( ricksimpsoncannabisoil_phoenix at outlook.com ) he told me what to do to purchase the oil and how to use the oil I followed his instructions dutifully and now I can proudly say that my husband is cancer free, all thanks to Rick Simpson for restoring my lost hope.

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  • Rick Simpson save my dying family with his medication 1 February 2014 18:01, by Lillian Williams
    When My daughter was about 19 years old, when she was diagonalize of breast cancer with metastasis to her abdomen, she was also suffering from chronic disease. After several operations on her, the cancer came back with extreme force to take my daughter life and not talking about the chronic disease that she was suffering from. My daughter had no way of a perfect health, my family backslid but God always made sure that we were back in track with Him as our daughter life was at stake. My daughter had faced many hurts emotionally and mentally I was tormented. people who my family had trusted the most broke our family trust and several times my family was in a hopeless condition because of the wrong decisions we took and wanted to give up on my precious family life but each time the devil brought this thought to my mind that my family is worthless and i should die Holy Spirit took over my family life and reminded me that we are chosen and my family is bought with a price that is JESUS. Today my daughter has been cured with Rick Simpson Cannabis Oil, she strong enough to encourage a hopeless soul that JESUS IS OUR HOPE and Rick Simpson Cannabis Oil is the remedy for all forms of cancer. Contact Rick Simpson on: ricksimpsoncannabisoil at outlook.com or call them on: +447031972289. The lesson i could learn from this accident was that... to make Gold pure, it needs to pass through burning Furnace... Likewise God makes us pass through many trials and troubles... only to test us that how much faith do we have on Him... God Bless you Sir Rick Simpson and please keep on with the good great work that you are doing. Can you imagine that all pains and disease of my Daughter was cured less than 4 months with Rick Simpson Cannabis oil. My entire community has been making orders for their family member sick of cancer, so you too can join Rick Simpson in saving the world from cancer. Get the medication today and see the miracle it bring to life, get in touch with Rick Simpson on: ricksimpsoncannabisoil at outlook.com or call on +447031972289. Before I was leaving the hospital in Florida, the doctor said to my family “God gave your Daughter back. So He will do the rest.” These words were coming from the mouth of a non-believer. Praise God. How can I repay Rick Simpson for all His goodness to my family? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. God Bless u Rick Simpson!!! Lillian Williams

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    • Rick Simpson save my dying family with his medication 6 February 2014 01:16, by Harriet Beecher
      I am Harriet Beecher, I live in San Francisco USA, I want to say a big thank you to Dr. Rick Simpson for saving my son’s life with his miracle oil on the 10th of January 2014 from his terrible brain tumor. My son Ben was diagnosed of brain tumor last year October 5th 2013, the doctor told me there was nothing that could be done for my son and I was so scared to lose him because he is the only one I got, I lost his dad May 2011 and I was not ready to lose my only son. My co-worker told me about Dr. Rick Simpson cannabis oil and how it helped her dad so I collected his contact ricksimpsoncannabisoil_phoenix at outlook.com and wrote him, purchase the oil and used it on my son, last week we went for checkup and the doctor who told me that my son had few months to live confirmed that my son no longer has brain tumor. I am so over whelmed and full of joy, I feel like shouting to the whole world, I just got my joy back. Am so grateful Sir, thank you so much. God will bless you Sir.

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    • Unlimited gratitude goes to Dr. rick simpson for saving my life with his cannabis Oil Medication. I give thanks to God almighty for giving me one more chance to prove my worth with the help of Dr.rick simpson posing a healer to my cancerous disease. this is a life time opportunity to have my life back with the help of Hemp oil gotten from Dr. rick simpson:rickcancercure01 at gmail.come and I was privilege enough to meet him with lot of advise on healths and benefit. It is with great pleasure that i inform you all that am no more an Ovarian Cancer patient anymore, i have been fully cured of my cancer within 4 months of taking the Rick Simpson medication. Thank you so much for helping to save my life. For all those who have issue with Cancer should take the problem to:rickcancercure01gmail.com maris form USA,

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  • THE BEST WAY TO PRODUCE CANNABIS OIL 19 February 2014 19:56
    DO NOT reply and call these people. They are not Rick. his website is phoenixtears.ca he does not sell it. These are fakes. good luck

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    • THE BEST WAY TO PRODUCE CANNABIS OIL 27 February 2014 21:16
      Agreed. These are all scammers please do not take these people seriously. The oil may very well work but all these testimonials are BS. Use the website above to LEARN, rick simpson does not want and will not take your money.

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  • THE BEST WAY TO PRODUCE CANNABIS OIL 18 November 2014 14:47, by cureall
    Why would you try and eliminate as much chlorophyll as possible?? Chlorophyll has been proven to be high alkaline which has been proven very beneficial to treating cancer. Would you not want to have as much chlorophyll as needed into you oil to help keep the P.H up in the body regardless if it gives the oil a more bitter taste?

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