October 11, 2020 5 min read
Rick Simpson oil has turned many medical marijuana skeptics into believers. The extremely potent cannabis concentrate is used by patients orally or topically to treat a variety of medical conditions and ailments. Though invented as a topical treatment for skin cancer, RSO is also used to alleviate symptoms associated with arthritis, multiple sclerosis, cancer, chronic pain, inflammation, depression, autism, ADHD, and more. It’s possible to find RSO oil for sale online and at some marijuana dispensaries, however it’s so easy to make at home and you’ll avoid scammers.
Rick Simpson oil, often shortened to RSO is one of the very first cannabis concentrates. The oil is named after its inventor, who created RSO oil for cancer and brought marijuana as a medicine to the masses. It is dark with a very thick consistency, similar to honey and can be made from any kind of strain, however Rick recommends using a potent indica. While Rick Simpson oil isn’t as popular as it once was, it is touted by patients for its numerous health benefits. The best part is that it’s very easy to make RSO oil at home.
In 2003, Rick Simpson developed bumps on his arms, which turned out to be basal cell carcinoma. He was well versed in medical marijuana since he had been using cannabis for other health issues in the past and decided to give it a try for his skin cancer. At the time, no concentrates or topicals were readily available, so Rick created his own formula, a sticky concentrate, which he would apply daily to the bumps and cover with a bandage. The cancerous spots disappeared within just a few days and Rick became convinced that cannabis can work for many different types of medical issues and may be a potential cure for skin cancer. His dermatologist refused to believe that the cannabis oil had worked and would not even consider it as an alternative treatment for others suffering from the same issue.
Unlike some of the other cannabis concentrates, RSO oil is very simple to make at home and requires items you probably already own. If you’ve ever made weed edibles using cannabutter, the process is quite similar. Rick Simpson’s recipe suggests using a high-THC indica, but if you are a long-time medical marijuana user and know which cannabis strains work best for your symptoms, be sure to use it in your recipe.
RSO oil is very easy to make but there are a few precautions to take, which will keep you safe. The solvent needs to be cooked uncovered and the fumes are highly flammable. Do not cook the solvent near ovens, stoves or flames and never smoke or create a spark in the vicinity of the rice cooker. Always use a fan for adequate airflow and cook outside if possible.
Rick Simpson developed the RSO treatment which calls for ingesting 60 grams (½ a cup) of oil over 90 days. The following recipe makes the exact amount you’ll need for one treatment, but can be divided for shorter treatment periods. One ounce of marijuana will produce around three to four grams of oil. Rick Simpson recommends a high-quality indica for medicinal purposes, but you should choose a strain you know works for your ailments.
Remember that no studies have been conducted to prove the effectiveness of RSO, but if you speak with medical marijuana patients, many agree that it helps relieve a number of symptoms, skin cancer, chronic pain, and autism being the most treated conditions. As with any lifestyle change, it’s important to consult a doctor, however most medical professionals will not acknowledge cannabis as a medicine or treatment method. If you do decide to start treatment with RSO on your own, do research, speak with others who use RSO for similar ailments, and do so at your own discretion.
The RSO treatment method developed by Rick Simpson lasts for 90 days, where the user will slowly consume around 60 grams (½ a cup) of oil over the course of the roughly three-month period. During the 90 days, patients will gradually increase the dosage either putting the oil directly into their mouth or mixing it into food or drinks.
Rick Simpson oil is extremely potent, and users often report sleepiness and feeling very high for the first few weeks of RSO treatment. Patients should not have important responsibilities or plan on driving for at least the first five weeks until tolerance builds. One dose is the size of ½ a grain of rice. This is an extremely small quantity. Take out one grain of rice so you can imagine just how small one dose actually is visually. If the oil cools and hardens, simply run the syringe under hot water.
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