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What is Rick Simpson Oil?

Ever heard of RSO? Rick Simpson Oil was named after a medical marijuana activist. There are a ton of bold claims out there about this one, so you’re best to do some good research before using it. It’s a good thing you’re here!

Let’s take a look at the famous RSO, what it is, and how you could use it.


Rick Simpson Oil

Right off of the bat - you need to know that there are absolutely no formal studies out there on RSO, specifically. Which means most of the effects you will read about it online are not based on scientific evidence, but peoples’ personal experiences.


What is Rick Simpson oil?


One of those experiences was of course, that of Rick Simpson himself. In 2003, Simpson was diagnosed with a skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma, after spotting 3 small bumps on his arm. He’d used cannabis to treat medical issues in the past, so he decided to create his own oil, and applied it topically with a bandage to the area. Allegedly, within days the bumps disappeared.

Although his physician couldn’t acknowledge his oil as a treatment, Simpson became a believer in the medicinal qualities of the cannabis plant, spreading the word of the oil - later to be named after him by followers.

Also, don’t blame the physician. Nobody wants to study medicine for 8 years, then lose a medical license over condoning something un-scientific.

Anyway, pretty interesting! You could argue Simpson might be right. If you follow modern medical news, we now know that certain parts of the cannabis plant like its terpenes, work hand-in-hand with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS affects just about your entire body. These terpenes have real studied effects, like their ability to reduce inflammation. The terpene Limonene even reduced cancer cell expression over 6 weeks, during a study in 2013.


Scientific evidence and Rick Simpson Oil


So while there are no studies on RSO specifically, you can easily find scientific evidence that parts of the cannabis plant, whilst not the entire plant, could help you out.

Simpson didn’t sell his recipe to anyone, he actually gave it out for free. So if it really worked for him, it’s hard to come up with a reason to demonise the guy. RSO, is essentially a cannabis oil concentrate, made up of the Indica strain and a solvent like isopropyl alcohol. If you’re savvy enough, you can make this at home quite easily with a couple of household items and a rice cooker, not that we’d necessarily advise you to do that.

Regular CBD oil can be bought online, and so can hemp products, so what makes RSO different? The oil itself is super concentrated and contains high levels of THC.

THC is a psychoactive compound, meaning it’s the part of the plant that really gets you high. Generally, regulators see this and instantly prevent you – a member of the public - from obtaining it legally, specifically the THC part.


Benefits of Rick Simpson Oil

Remember, there are no scientific studies that prove this oil recipe or treatment, in particular, is effective for anything. However, in addition to cancer, RSO allegedly treats

RSO is a great alternative to other cannabis products because it's fairly easy to make, discrete, it doesn’t smell like much and it can be taken orally on its own, or in food.

How to use Rick Simpson Oil


What is Rick Simpson oil?


Courtesy of this article, here’s how you could use RSO. If you’re a medical patient, please consult your physician before starting a treatment. Some physicians won’t recommend cannabis as a course of treatment. So if you want to try this out, do so with caution and at your own discretion. 


RSO Treatment Regimen

For a single patient choosing this, the goal would be to gradually consume 60g of Rick Simpson Oil over a 90-day period:


Week 1: Start with three doses every day.

Each dose should be about the size of half a grain of rice and should be administered once every eight hours (morning, noon, and night); the first dose will be about ¼ drop of RSO. 


Weeks 2 through 5: Double your dose every four days.

The average person will take between three and five weeks to reach the full dosage of one gram of RSO per day.


Weeks 5 through 12: Take one gram of RSO daily until you’ve consumed the full 60 grams.

Eventually, the patient will be taking about 8-9 rice-sized drops of RSO every eight hours.


Continued regimen

After a 12-week regimen of RSO, you may want to continue the treatment but it should be at a significantly reduced rate. About one to two grams of RSO per month is enough for a regular maintenance dose. 

Rick Simpson Oil should not be considered a cure-all for medical conditions, but many patients have experienced significant relief from their medical symptoms and conditions with the use of RSO.


Side effects of Rick Simpson Oil

Depending on your tolerance to cannabis already, the main side-effect of an RSO regime is sleepiness. So you might feel like taking naps throughout the day. This should fade after 3-4 weeks of use as your tolerance rises.

Some people might hate the taste. To avoid this, just mix it in with meals or have it with a banana.


Featured image courtesy of HealthMJ.