Four Common Questions About Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)

In mid-2003, a man by the name of Rick Simpson discovered a series of small skin growths on his arm and decided to have them examined. Unfortunately, the test his doctor conducted revealed that the growths were cancerous, and would need to be treated to prevent the spread, and potentially save Simpson’s life. 

Fortunately for Simpson, he already had a working knowledge of the healing potential of medical cannabis that he accumulated by using it to treating symptoms following chemical poisoning, and a concussive injury.

In 1997, he was working as an engineer in a hospital repairing asbestos-wrapped pipes with a highly toxic solvent, which caused him to lose consciousness and all off his ladder, suffering a cranial injury in the process.

For several years after his accident, he suffered hearing loss, migraines, and other debilitating symptoms. He had asked his doctor about consenting use of medical cannabis, but was refused a referral and was prescribed medications that Simpson deemed to be of little to no positive effect. 

While doing his own research to find solutions for his health, Simpson stumbled across more detailed information on medical cannabis and its oils, and was able to find his own sources of supply outside of the established medical system, and began using it to great effect in manage his health.

Upon his cancer diagnosis in 2003, he believed that cannabis could be an answer to this skin condition as well. After some trial and error, Simpson eventually came to make an oil resin, which he applied to his cancer topically, and after some time, put his cancer into remission.

Following the success in treating his cancer, Simpson saw it his mission to bring the oil to the world and has been advocating it ever since.

Here are a few answers to some common questions about Rick Simpson Oil, and tips on how to use it. 


What is Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)?

RSO is a type of cannabis resin oil that is made from extracting cannabis either with a solvent-based or solvent-less extraction process, and reducing it using heat until you are left with a sticky and dark resin. 

Other common terms for Rick Simpson Oil include phoenix tears, honey oil, cannabis oil, marijuana oil, etc.


How do you take the oil, and why?

The oil can be used in three ways depending on what you intend to want to treat. 

If you take it orally as a capsule or in food, this will help your body’s natural healing process, regulate your nervous system, and promote restful sleep and digestion.

If you use it topically, it can treat muscle pain, joint inflammation, skin inflammation, and promote the healing of scratches and cuts.

If you smoke it, you will get roughly the same benefits as with ingesting, but with a shorter duration of effects and perhaps less potency.


How much should I take?

According to an article published by leafly, one dose, for medical purposes, should be administered once every 8hrs, at roughly ¼ of the size of an average droplet of water. 

Over time this dose is meant to be dialed up to individual tolerance, so you’ll have to discover the optimal dose through trial and error over a period of days or weeks.

It is also mentioned that a typical protocol should be roughly 60 grams over 90 days.


Are there any side effects?

It depends on how you would define a side effect. From a health-harming standpoint, there does not seem to be any serious side effects from taking too much THC. However, taking too much orally or smoking can cause a powerful psychoactive high that can last for several hours. 

The best practice would be to start low and go slow.



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