RSO, or Rick Simpson Oil, is a cannabis concentrate that’s been used for various medical purposes, including the treatment of cancer symptoms. It has a thick, syrupy texture and can be applied topically or ingested in food or drinks.
In this post, we’ll look at who Rick Simpson is and how he developed his oil, as well as how to make your own RSO at home and whether or not you can smoke it.
What is RSO?
Rick Simpson manufactured a cannabis oil after three suspicious bumps on his arm were determined to be basal cell carcinoma, which is a form of skin cancer. Simpson had previously utilized cannabis for medical purposes, so he made a cannabis oil to treat his disease topically, putting it on a bandage and covering the malignant regions.
The tumors melted away in a few days. Simpson became a firm believer in the medicinal uses of cannabis after his oncologist dismissed cannabis as a treatment option, despite the fact that he was opposed to it. After RSO was developed by him, its name was changed to honor him.
Benefits of RSO
There are currently no clinical trials that show the effectiveness of RSO, although it is commonly utilized to treat skin cancer and many individuals claim that it helps relieve symptoms of other diseases. RSO is superior to other forms of cannabis because it is simple to produce, odorless and discreet, and can be consumed alone or mixed with any meal.
How to use RSO
It’s always a good idea to get medical advice before beginning any new treatment regimen, but some doctors may be wary of cannabis as a therapy. If you’re considering using RSO, proceed with caution and at your own risk.
The following is a suggested RSO regimen. The aim in searching for symptom alleviation or medical advantages for one patient is to consume 60 grams of Rick Simpson Oil over the course of a 90-day period.
Week 1: Start with three doses every day
1 gram of RSO for each 8 pounds of body weight is a standard dosages. Each dose should be about the size of half a grain of rice and should be given once every eight hours (morning, noon, and night); the first dose will be around ¼ teaspoonful.
Weeks 2 through 5: Double your dose every four days
The typical person will require three to five weeks to complete one gram of RSO each day.
Weeks 5 through 12: Take one gram of RSO daily until you’ve consumed the full 60 grams
The desired result is that the patient’s white blood cell counts return to normal, and that he or she completely recovers from his or her illness. In conclusion, you must consume a total of six milliliters of RSO three times each day until your body has absorbed all of it.
The most common side effect is drowsiness, which is a normal aspect of the recovery process. Gradually increasing the dosage will assist minimize the psychoactive effects while keeping your tolerance at a reasonable level. Within three to four weeks, daytime drowsiness should dissipate.
Because the taste of RSO may be harsh or unpleasant, individuals may wish to eat it straight or combine it with food such as bananas to disguise the flavor.
You can continue the regimen of RSO if you wish after a 12-week treatment, but it should be done at a much lower rate. For a regular maintenance dose, about one to two grams of RSO per month is enough.
Many persons have reported substantial relief from their medical issues and problems after utilizing RSO, however it should not be seen as a cure-all.
Who is Rick Simpson and Why Did He Create RSO?
Canadian Rick Simpson was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a kind of skin cancer, in 2003. After learning about his disease, he went back to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and discovered that THC might destroy cancer cells in mice. Simpson already used cannabis to treat tinnitus and dizziness caused by falling and striking his head several years earlier, so he decided to apply cannabis oil to his skin cancer.
According to Simpson’s version, he made a home brew and applied it directly to the malignant moles, then covered them with a bandage four days later. He removed the bandages four days later and declared the growths were gone, according to his account.
After hearing of Rick Simpson’s success in treating his own cancer with marijuana, a Canadian entrepreneur named Jamie Simpkins set out to develop and cultivate his own cannabis to perfect a unique oil blend, and he went on to explain the medical benefits of cannabis to others. He produced a YouTube documentary called “Run From the Cure” and penned “The Rick Simpson Story: The Cannabis Crusader.”
Until 2009, when he was prohibited by the court for legal reasons, he freely gave away his oil — known as Rick Simpson Oil, or RSO — causing him to be dubbed “the world’s most generous CBD producer.” Since 2013, Simpson has resided in Europe and is unable to do so due to his Canadian government felony record.
Controversy and Copycats
However, despite his popularity in the medical cannabis industry, Simpson has attracted some criticism and doubt throughout his career. For instance, he’s drawn a lot of flak for not having any scientific study or clinical trials to back up his claims from physicians and medical experts.
Despite this, many people still believe in Simpson’s oil and claim to have used it to cure cancer. On his website, Simpson claims that he is no longer making or selling his oil due to its illegality in numerous nations. He disavows any websites that suggest they can sell “Rick Simpson Oil.”
According to Simpson, the only way for patients to get his oil blend is for them to make it themselves. Instructions and a FAQ are available on Simpson’s website. The recipe includes a solvent, which is highly combustible, as well as a number of random household items including tiny containers, coffee filters, an electric rice cooker, a large fan, a stainless steel measuring cup, and even a coffee warmer or oven. The full 60 grams of RSO oil may be made with this technique from the instructions on his website.
However, in the United States, it’s important to note that production is almost always prohibited at the federal level and in most local jurisdictions, even if cannabis is legal in that state. In addition, making RSO can be hazardous; work areas must be well-ventilated and free of agents (sparks, open flames, etc.) that might cause solvent fumes to ignite. If you have the choice, you should check for RSO vendors in your area. If you do have access to local suppliers, however, there are certain states where marijuana is legal only for medical use. For example, if you reside in Oregon and want to purchase marijuana as a recreational substance (to be used recreationally), it’s illegal to buy cannabis from another state.
Is RSO Considered a Full Spectrum Cannabis Oil?
The term “Full Spectrum Cannabis Oil” (FSCO), also known as “Full Extract Cannabis Oil,” refers to cannabis oil products that contain the full spectrum of bioactive components produced by the glandular trichomes in the plant without changing their chemical makeup.
A plant’s terpene profile is determined by the mixture of essential oils, which are composed of diverse types of aromatic chemicals that give cannabis its distinct aroma, as well as flavonoids, phenols, fatty acids, and the most importantly, a range of terpenes and cannabinoids in their natural acid form.
While the RSO extraction method can extract the complete spectrum of chemicals, removing the solvent from the solution necessitates using heat. Decarboxylation is a chemical process in which cannabinoids are changed from their acid form into their neutral, or activated, form (i.e THCA decarboxylates into THC and CBDA into CBD). The majority of the terpenes that were initially extracted are volatile due to heat, resulting in an oil with fewer bioactive components than what was available in the plant’s trichome glands.