What Is RSO?
Rick Simpson Oil is a highly concentrated form of cannabis oil named after its creator. He is also the first person to use RSO Oil and experience the benefits associated with his creation. Rick Simpson oil has many other names such as RSO, RSO oil, and Phoenix Tears. Due to the extraction process of RSO it results in a thick syrupy oil that is very high in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana plants and what produces the “high” feeling you get. The extraction process also allows the oil to consist of naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Having used marijuana to treat a medical issue in the past, Rick Simpson created this RSO oil to treat cancer that appeared as three little moles on his arm in 2003. He applied his RSO oil topically on these moles which turned out to be basal cell carcinoma, and only a few days later he claims the cancerous moles that he applied his RSO oil to had disappeared.
Who is Rick Simpson?
Rick Simpson is best known as a medical marijuana cultivator turned activist and creator. Some background on Rick Simpson is his early career as an engineer in Nova Scotia, Canada. He initially started researching alternative forms of relief after a fall left him with continued ringing in his ears known as tinnitus and dizziness that traditional medicines failed to alleviate. After researching the cannabis plant and all it’s potential benefits and healing properties he began to grow and use marijuana to manage his symptoms.
In 2003 when he first noticed the three moles on his arm he continued to research the potential benefits of the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. There was a study at the time where THC was used in mice and it showed the potential to kill cancer cells. He applied the information learned from his research and his own personal knowledge at the time to create a home batch of cannabis oil. This oil was high in THC while also containing all compounds of the cannabis plant, which is also known as “full spectrum”. Full spectrum refers to the flavonoids, fatty acids, lipids, phenols, terpenes, and other cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant. This oil was then used as a topical cream to treat his moles and in less than a week these moles had disappeared.
Rick Simpson Oil Cancer
Rick Simpson oil cancer facts, let us get into the subject. Currently, there are no studies that prove the effectiveness of using Rick Simpson Oil for cancer treatment. THC and other cannabis compounds which RSO contains have shown some early promise in studies relating to the slowing in the spread of some cancer cells though. Some common uses of RSO have been as a topical treatment for skin cancer and patients claim it provides relief for many other ailments such as arthritis, depression, insomnia, migraines, chronic pain, and numerous other diseases. On Rick Simpson’s website and multiple online sources you can find detailed instructions on a suggested daily treatment regimen. Keep in mind that everyone’s body reacts differently to the combination of all these cannabis compounds and the potency of RSO also depends on the cannabis and extraction method you use. We recommend consulting with your physician before starting on a regimen of this nature so you are aware of any risks it might pose. RSO can be convenient for some patients because it’s odorless, it can be taken discreetly, it can be taken on it’s own, or mixed with a food of your choice. Most commonly it is recommended to be taken on a full stomach which allows the ingredients to break down quicker which leads to an earlier onset of relief.
What Is RSO?
What is RSO is a common question we receive at Releaf Medical. RSO is a potent, highly concentrated, full extract cannabis oil. RSO is made by taking the flower of a cannabis plant (ideally an Indica strain) and extracting the THC as well as many other naturally occurring cannabis compounds. This process can be done on your own but requires many random household items and some aspects of the process require highly flammable ingredients so we don’t recommend attempting to make it on your own. In a nutshell when making RSO oil you are breaking down and extracting the terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavonoids. This is done by using the chemical solvent 99% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) to extract the compounds of the cannabis plant. After extraction you burn off the alcohol which also converts THCA that has been extracted from the cannabis into THC. The result after the alcohol has burned off is you have a thick, dark, sticky, tar like substance that is now considered RSO. If you are still interested in making RSO oil on your own or you are just curious about the process on Rick Simpson’s website and multiple online sources you can find the instructions for making it yourself and frequently asked questions about the process as well. The most common methods for using RSO oil are as a topical applied directly to the skin, as a sublingual under the tongue, or as a capsule.
RSO can be found at legal cannabis dispensaries but since it is not a branded product there is no one standard RSO for sale. Due to the varying potency of RSO we recommend consulting with the medical marijuana dispensary representative prior to purchasing for questions you might have specific to their Rick Simpson oil. Recently the cannabis dispensary MUV has released multiple variations of the standard RSO. The MUV dispensary now offers encap technology capsules providing quicker onset time, RSO in a syringe which is measured allowing you to know exactly how much you are taking, and strain specific tinctures allowing you to get the full benefits of the cannabinoids while reducing the intensity of the “high” you might experience. When applying RSO as a topical you will not experience the psychoactive effects because this method does not allow THC to enter the bloodstream (unless it is labeled as transdermal) so keep this in mind when choosing which form you purchase. Do not smoke RSO, due to the extraction process it contains chlorophyll, fats, and lipids that make it more suitable for oral consumption rather than smoking or vaporizing. If you have any questions about Rick Simpson Oil or the process of getting your medical marijuana card in the state of Florida please contact Releaf Medical at 561-778-5323 or via email at [email protected].