There’s a great deal of buzz surrounding cannabis for health. Each year doctors and scientists make discoveries that improve upon treatments and medicines, and the same is true for marijuana. RSO is a different form of consumption with an amazing reputation for helping people to cope with both ailments and treatments alike.
What is RSO?
You’re gonna love this. RSO stands for Rick Simpson Oil. So who’s Rick Simpson?
Rick Simpson is a Canadian engineer who is a famed proponent of marijuana use to help with a whole host of maladies including cancer, MS, pain, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, infections, inflammation, blood pressure, depression, and sleeping problems.
In 2003 Rick read an article in The Journal of The National Cancer Institute that piqued his interest after becoming injured on the job and developing tinnitus from exposure to toxic chemicals.
The study claimed that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been found to kill lung cancer cells in mice.
Curious about the plant’s potential benefits, Rick created and used RSO to treat three bumps on his arm that turned out to be basal cancer.
How Did Rick Develop This Oil?
At the time, Rick was vaping a lot. He began to notice that there were brown droplets of presumably unsmoked THC collecting on his glass-topped vaporizer. As he was cleaning his apparatus one day with rubbing alcohol, he decided that instead of throwing out the residue, he would let the alcohol evaporate and see what would happen.
Rick was left with an extremely potent dark amber oil that ended up to be the earliest cannabis concentrate.
How To Use RSO
The goal of the user is to take 60 grams of RSO over the course of 90 days by way of gradual titration. Aka, introducing more RSO to the body slowly over time.
- Week 1:
- Start with 3 very small doses every day.
- You can push a full dose out of the syringe and then divide that into 4. Each 1/4th will be one of your 3 doses per day.
- Weeks 2-5:
- Double your dose every 4 days.
- This means that you will push the same dose out of the syringe after a week but take half of the drop as one of your 3 doses.
- Weeks 5-12
- Take one full gram of RSO per day until you have taken the full 60 grams.
- Every eight hours you can split a full dose into 3 parts and take one of those parts.
The recommended way to consume RSO is sublingually (under the tongue). It is also acceptable to eat RSO with food (such as bananas) to mask the intense flavor. You can even cook or bake with RSO the same way you would with cannabutter or cannabis oil.
Keep in mind that RSO is chock-full of THC. THC is the compound that is likely to make you paranoid and anxious.
Because the base of this oil is made from indica marijuana plants, there is also a risk that you will end up being lethargic, sedated, or just sleepy as hell. If you have a job, children, or regular responsibilities you are trying to maintain, this oil might make you unable to fulfill your regularly scheduled duties.
RSO is acknowledged by some doctors as potentially helpful in aiding prepare cancerous cells for radiation treatment. It is recommended to use RSO in tandem with chemotherapy, NOT instead of.
Rick Wants You!…To Make Your Own Oil
It is important to note that when Rick Simpson was developing RSO he was using it to treat a slow-growing skin cancer on his arm topically.
Rick Simpson, who is still alive today, does not sell this oil. He encourages people to make their own. But making your own marijuana concentrate can be a big task, especially for someone who may not be familiar in the cannabis space.
It is recommended that you begin by growing your own crop of indica flower (since you need such a large amount of marijuana to create the concentrate this is supposed to be a money-saving tactic). From there you must decarb your flower by roasting it. Then comes the extracting process, which uses chemical solvents that can actually be dangerous and toxic…
Depending on the state that you live in, it’s likely that you will be able to save yourself the headache of becoming a marijuana farmer/scientist by just buying some RSO from your local dispensary.
RSO can promote deep rest, which is one of the best things about using RSO if you are undergoing some type of intense medical treatment. When the body is healing, rest is one of the most important things you can offer yourself.
Be sure to speak with your primary care physician and see what their thoughts are about you taking the plunge into the land of RSO. We wish you the best of luck with your health journey!