Rick Simpson Oil (RSO): My Journey with This Potent Cannabis Oil
As a lover of all things cannabis, I’ve come across Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) quite a few times. This high-concentration cannabis oil is known for its ability to alleviate aches and pains in medical marijuana patients, thanks to its high levels of potent and medically-beneficial cannabinoids like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While RSO can be purchased at licensed retailers, what piqued my interest is that people can make it at home. Many patients have reported positive effects against cancer, making RSO one of the most popular cannabis oils out there.
Who is Rick Simpson?
I was curious to learn more about the man behind this potent cannabis oil. Rick Simpson, a Canadian marijuana activist, has made it his mission to educate medical and recreational users about the therapeutic benefits of cannabis oil. Diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma skin cancer in 2003, Simpson developed his own brand of cannabis oil when surgery wasn’t enough. After reading a study from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, he applied cannabis oil to his cancerous growths, which disappeared after four days. His success led him to help over 5,000 patients treat their medical conditions free of charge, despite facing multiple raids by the Canadian government.
Potential Benefits of Rick Simpson Oil
Apart from its efficacy against cancer, RSO has also been known to help users with:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- High Blood Pressure
My Experience Making Rick Simpson Oil
What intrigued me most about RSO is how easy it is to make at home. To begin, I needed a high-quality indica strain with a high concentration of trichomes. For my first attempt, I decided to make a smaller batch, so I gathered the following supplies:
- Cannabis (scaled down to a smaller amount)
- Isopropyl alcohol (scaled down to a smaller amount)
- A container or bucket
- A deep bowl
- Stirring spoon
- Rice cooker
- 60 mL plastic catheter tip syringe
Here’s how I made my RSO:
- I poured my cannabis into the container and added the solvent to cover it completely.
- I stirred and crushed the cannabis material for about 3 minutes, dissolving the THC into the solvent.
- After stirring and crushing, I drained the solvent into the large bowl over a cheesecloth.
- I put the cannabis material back into the container, added more solvent, stirred, and crushed for another 3 minutes.
- I drained the solvent from the cannabis material back into the bowl using the cheesecloth and discarded the rest of the cannabis.
- I poured the solvent from the deep bowl into the rice cooker, filling it three-quarters of the way, and turned it on.
- As the solvent evaporated, I added more of the concentrated mixture to the rice cooker until the bowl was empty. I made sure to do this in a well-ventilated area and away from any flames or high-combustion sources.
- After all the solvent evaporated, I collected the oil into the 60 mL syringe.
My journey with RSO has been an exciting and enlightening one. It’s amazing to think that such a potent and beneficial cannabis oil can be made right at home with just a few simple steps.
How I Learned to Use RSO
Before I started using Rick Simpson Oil (RSO), I made sure to consult a physician. With proper medical guidance, RSO has shown to provide a complementary or alternative treatment for many medical conditions. For RSO, it’s recommended to take 60 grams of RSO over a 90-day period. Users have reported a bitter taste that can be alleviated by introducing RSO into foods.
My RSO Regimen
During the first week, I took three daily doses every eight hours: one in the morning, one in the middle of the day, and one at night. Each dose was about ¼ of a drop, or the size of half a grain of rice.
From weeks two through five, I doubled my dose every four days. It took me up to five weeks to consume one gram per day. During weeks five through 12, I took one gram of RSO per day until all 60 grams were consumed. By the end of the process, I was taking a dose nine times larger than the ¼ of a drop I took at the beginning of the process.
Can You Smoke RSO?
When it comes to using RSO, I wondered if I could dab it. However, I learned that the primary methods of consuming RSO are:
- Taking it sublingually under your tongue
- Ingesting it as a capsule
- Applying it topically
Side Effects of RSO
Due to RSO’s high concentration of THC, I experienced strong intoxicating effects as well as sleepiness, paranoia, irritability, dizziness, and red eyes. These side effects began to taper off as my tolerance started to grow. After a few weeks, I felt less of these mild side effects. After the suggested 12 weeks, I continued to take RSO, but at a drastically reduced dose (about 1 to 2 grams per month).
One of the biggest risks when it comes to RSO is when a user stops taking their recommended treatment against the advice of their physician. Some may think RSO cures cancer, but studies don’t fully support this. RSO is still not proven to be completely effective, making it a tempting option for those who don’t do their research. Additionally, making RSO can be a dangerous process if users don’t follow safety procedures.
Research on RSO
The RSO legacy began with a 1975 study on mice with lung cancer. A 2014 study found that patients who took THC and CBD extracts experienced greater results along with radiation therapy. THC and CBD were found to increase the effectiveness of radiation therapy, although the exact mechanisms of action are still unknown.
Another study, however, found that THC increased the growth of certain lung and brain cancer cells in humans. Recent studies show that cannabis oil is safe to use on cancer patients, but researchers still don’t know how cannabis treats or reduces cancer cells. More research is needed to understand how cannabinoids interact with tumors, but the preliminary findings are promising for many cancer patients.
Although RSO has helped many individuals, patients should temper their expectations and know that cannabis affects everyone differently. Cannabis therapy has been a great tool for treatment-resistant cases, including certain cancers. If making RSO isn’t your thing, you can always search “where to buy Rick Simpson Oil” online and find many trusted online sources.