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RSO, or Rick Simpson oil, is a cannabis oil product developed by a former Canadian engineer turned medical marijuana activist, Rick Simpson. This versatile, near-black cannabis extract has anecdotal benefits, including the treatment of cancer and other degenerative conditions.
While the scientific studies on the long-term effects of RSO are still limited, the initial results show that this cannabis oil has a lot of medical benefits associated with its use.
What Is RSO?
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RSO is an oil derivative of cannabis. The biggest difference between RSO and other cannabis derivatives is that RSO contains all the terpenes, cannabinoids, and a host of additional compounds that make up the entire cannabis plant.
As a result, RSO contains higher levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the main thing that gets people high. Most other therapeutic cannabis-based extracts tend to contain cannabidiol (CBD) and hardly any THC, if at all.
RSO is derived from “Cannabis indica,” a particular strain of cannabis that provides a sedative effect on the human body and helps it heal.
Rick Simpson came up with RSO after his diagnosis of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma. This came about as a result of an accident he had while working at a hospital as an engineer.
Rick was tasked with working on asbestos-covered pipes in the hospital boiler room. The toxic fumes and poor ventilation caused him to fall off his ladder. Even though he was rushed to the emergency room and treated, he developed dizzy spells and tinnitus shortly after. He was diagnosed with skin cancer a few years later.
Rick started using medical marijuana as a remedy for his symptoms, and a 1975 study showed how the use of cannabis and some of its compounds inhibits the growth of cancer cells in mice.
Rick Simpson maintains that using RSO by applying it to his cancer growth and keeping it covered for four days cured him of the skin cancer, even though this has yet to be independently verified.
Rick Simpson then began producing RSO en masse and giving it to those who needed it for free. While the procedure for producing this near-black cannabis oil is fairly complex, he has provided the steps to follow on his website for free.
What Are the Benefits of RSO?
While most of these claims are anecdotal, the main one is that RSO can cure cancer. At least that’s what Rick Simpson claims it did for his skin cancer. In addition to cancer, RSO has been used as a remedy for:
- Multiple sclerosis
- High blood pressure
The most common use for RSO, however, is for chronic pain. RSO is commonly used for treating back pain, the most common type of physical pain, with about 80% of all humans expected to experience it at some point in their lives.
Is RSO Use Dangerous?
No, RSO is not dangerous. It functions similarly to any other product with a high concentration of THC, but it cannot cause an overdose. However, taking too much of it has some side effects, such as getting too high and waiting for an uncomfortably long time for the effects to wear off.
If you are buying your RSO from a dispensary, you can be sure that it has been lab-tested and that it’s free of things like mold, fungi, and pesticides.
However, if you intend to make your own RSO as per the instructions on Rick Simson’s website, there are some dangerous steps that could cause potential harm. Not only do you have to burn off an ethanol solvent, which is flammable, but you also have to deal with some other solvents that are explosive or that produce fumes.
Where to Get RSO
You can buy Rick Simpson Oil from most licensed dispensaries. You could also make your own if you are confident in your ability to follow the instructions to the letter.
How to Use RSO
There are two ways to use RSO: orally or topically.
How Long Does RSO Take to Work?
Rick Simpson said RSO cured his skin’s cancer lesions within four days of use. You may experience results within a few days of using RSO, but it may take a few weeks to get accustomed to its intoxication.
The most significant results, however, come about once you reach the one-gram-per-day threshold, which could take up to five weeks to achieve, depending on your biological constitution.
What Are the Side Effects of RSO?
Being made from THC, RSO has the typical side effects you can expect from a psychoactive substance. These include:
What is RSO? It’s an oil-based cannabis derivative believed to have the ability to cure some forms of cancer (more research pending) and a host of other degenerative conditions. The good news is that you can make it at home.