What is RSO? The Complete Guide to Rick Simpson Oil

Nov 24, 2021 | Cannabis 101, Cannabis Therapy

THC, CBD, HTFSE, RSO… with so many acronyms in the world of weed it’s common to find yourself thinking, WTF? RSO oil is one key term to know especially for medical marijuana consumers. But why?
Find out with our complete guide to everything you need to know about the man, the myth and the legend, Rick Simpson and his namesake oil.

First, things first – Who is Rick Simpson?

Like Jack Herer or Tommy Chong, Rick Simpson is a name that’s synonymous with weed. While you may have heard of RSO oil before it’s likely you don’t know much about the name or person behind it. Rick Simpson is a Canadian citizen who is now coined as one of the pioneers of cannabis extracts. It all began with an accident in 1997 when he was injured on the job as a mechanical engineer.

To address his symptoms, his doctor prescribed medications that had little to no effect and even made his symptoms worse. After viewing a documentary, Simpson began self-treating himself with cannabis with improved results from prescriptions.

In 2003, Simpson was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer. Because Simpson had used cannabis personally for other medical ailments, he set out to see if it could be a benefit for his newly found condition.
In his own research, he came across a study from the National Cancer Institute that concluded THC was successful in killing cancer in mice. From there, RSO oil was born.

How RSO Oil Came to Be

With this information, Simpson thought of ways to directly target the affected areas found on his arm. His final answer was a highly potent cannabis extract that was easily made without high-tech equipment or processing. In fact, the oil is so unrefined that the end product is a deep rich brown color and syrupy in consistency. After applying the oil topically to the basal cells, Simpson was shocked to see the cancerous growths disappear in just four days.

In awe, he obviously began shouting the fact from rooftops. Hence why he’s an icon for the thought or idea that weed can cure cancer today. Not to mention, once Simpson discovered the medical benefits of his RSO oil he began cultivating plants on his own, and made it his mission to deliver the plant’s all-natural to those in need, free of charge. Over the years, he successfully came to the aid of nearly 5,000 patients but not without troubles from the law.

To make what’s known as RSO today, Simpson came up with a process of using a solvent to isolate and separate beneficial compounds from the flower. By washing the flower material with a solvent like grain alcohol, butane, or ethanol, and then boiling away the solvent, the end-result is a thick liquid chock-full of the plant’s medical properties in a highly potent and concentrated form.

The pure nature of the RSO oil includes a full-spectrum of cannabinoids like THC, CBD, CBN, CBG, THC-a, and more. Plus a wide variety of terpenes, flavonoids, and phytonutrients. This combination is responsible for RSO oil benefits which we’ll discuss further next.

RSO Effects & Benefits

So, what are some unique RSO oil benefits that Simpson was so passionate about? The biggest advantage of any RSO oil dosage is the fact that it’s truly full-spectrum in nature. When consuming full-spectrum THC products like RSO oil, consumers can experience what’s known as the entourage effect. Which is the term given to the phenomenon of cannabinoids, terpenes and other plant compounds amplifying one another’s effects when consumed together.

As the research community still explores if RSO or other cannabis products can cure or positively affect cancer – we have learned about RSO oil benefits through self-exploration and experimentation. In fact, according to Rick Simpson’s own current website notes RSO may have the power to relieve symptoms or conditions like:

  • Bacterial infections
  • Inflammation or arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • High blood pressure

In addition to treating or relieving these specific ailments, RSO oil produces other commonly known effects and benefits of weed. Like, a psychoactive high, general relief, and mood elevation.
Another key benefit of RSO oil is the fact that it can be versatile in use. So to complete our RSO guide let’s finish with the ways you can use it.

How to Use RSO

Upon first glance, you might look at RSO and think – how do I use this? While RSO’s consistency may be somewhat off-putting at first its versatility, potency and strength quickly win over consumers. Here is a complete breakdown of the top ways to consume RSO dosages:

  • Orally, by mixing it with food, drizzling over food, or swallowing it directly.
    • You can also mix RSO with canna-butter or canna-oil to reduce the pungent flavor and aftertaste.
  • Topically, by applying RSO oil directly to the skin.
  • Sublingually, by letting the oil sit under your tongue for up to 30 seconds before swallowing.
  • Dabbing or vaping, but be sure to check what solvent is used to manufacture your exact RSO before applying heat. If a flammable solvent is used, avoid any consumption method that requires a flame.
  • Inhaling, by adding to flower joints, bowls, or blunts – but again, be sure to check the solvent.

When creating his own oil, Simpson also developed a guide on RSO dosage and a regimen that can produce optimal results. If you’re interested in following the founder’s suggestion, his own method entails the following routine:

  1. Start with a dose that’s approximately ½ the size of a short grain of rice, three times a day.
  2. Double the dosage every four days, for 5 weeks consistently. By doing so, the idea is your tolerance will be built slowly and will dull THC’s psychoactive effects.
  3. Once the 5 weeks, increase your RSO dosage to 1 g.

After 12-weeks, Simpson recommends 1-2 grams per month or you can continue use as needed or desired.

The More You Know

Now that you know more about RSO, you can better understand why Rick Simpson is so influential in the industry. RSO oil is beloved by medical marijuana consumers even today.
While research hasn’t totally solidified Rick Simpson’s initial belief that weed can cure cancer, rest assured, studies are still underway. Stay tuned for all the latest cannabis therapy and industry news to keep in touch.

About The Author

<a href="https://www.cannabistherapynetwork.org/author/courtneyt/" target="_self">Courtney Trzos</a>

Courtney Trzos

To Courtney, it’s always 420 somewhere… After attending Michigan State University and working in communications for over 10 years, she took her passion for cannabis, professionally. In 2017, Courtney began freelancing as a writer for cannabis brands across the globe, promoting the therapeutic and recreational use of the plant, while helping her partner cultivate crops full-time, and learning more about the industry from a seed-to-sale perspective. Get in touch with her and follow her journey at https://www.instagram.com/thecannaspace/
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