Written By: Wil Roe
Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) is like the superhero of the cannabis world, and it is here to save the day with a litany of potential benefits. Named after the legendary Canadian engineer Rick Simpson, this cannabis oil has taken the cannabis community by storm. Buckle up as we dive into what RSO is, how it’s made, it’s potential benefits, and what you need to know before trying this amazing product.
Decoding RSO: It’s More Than Just Fancy Acronyms
So, what’s the deal with RSO? At its core, this product is a cannabis oil extract that packs a punch with a high concentration of cannabinoids, including the notorious THC and its buddy, CBD. Picture a dense, dark oil that’s extracted from cannabis plants using a solvent like ethanol or isopropyl alcohol. But wait, don’t go raid your cabinet just yet – we’ll get to the production process of this amazing product.
The Story Behind Rick Simpson Oil
Rick Simpson is a retired power engineer from Canada, who in 1997 experienced a severe head injury from a fall he took. Suffering from a serious head injury and constant tinnitus, he cited that the prescription medication left him groggy and disabled.
That is when Rick Simpson turned to alternative cannabis use to treat his symptoms. From there Rick Simpson became fascinated by the plant and began to extract the cannabis oils from it for topical and edible consumption.
This amazing mix that he made became known as Rick Simpson Oil or RSO, and his story with it doesn’t end there. In 2003 Rick Simpson was diagnosed with skin cancer, and went through conventional techniques for cancer treatment. Citing the ill effects he felt from that, he applied his RSO as a topical to the cancerous bumps on his skin.
From that point on Rick Simpson was convinced of the potential healing properties of cannabis, despite his doctor’s disagreement, and became a cannabis icon through sharing his story. A fun fact about Rick Simpson is that he does not sell his own RSO, as his belief is that we should all make our own.
RSO step-by-step recipe:
First things first, you need the right cannabis material, preferably high-THC strains that bring the premium elevating magic. Quality matters, so no shortcuts here!
It’s time to throw that cannabis material into a solvent like ethanol or isopropyl alcohol. If you are doing this process for edible consumption as opposed to a topical, then use a food grade solvent such as ever-clear or a high proof alcohol. Think of it as a fancy soak in the tub, but for cannabis. This step pulls out all those precious cannabinoids and other beneficial compounds.
After the soak, we heat things up to evaporate that solvent, leaving behind the concentrated cannabis oil. It’s like the cannabis version of turning water into wine. Be sure to use a rice cooker or something of that nature. [DO NOT USE FLAME, AN OPEN STOVETOP, OR ANYTHING WITH A SPARK AS ALCOHOL IS FLAMMABLE AND SHOULD BE HANDLED WITH EXTREME CARE]
Some producers opt for additional purification steps to ensure a squeaky-clean final product.Once it’s all said and done, the purified oil finds a cozy home in a syringe or airtight container, ready for action.
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The big kahuna himself, Rick Simpson claims that RSO has list of medicinal benefits citing own medical battles alongside other folks who have also shared incredible stories about their use of cannabis as an alternative medicine, but more scientific research surrounding cannabis must happen before these claims can be verified.
RSO has also been known to have many potential benefits in pain mitigation. Its high potency and cannabinoid content may potentially help ease pain and inflammation, which is typically its most common usage.
RSO isn’t a one-trick pony though. Its utilization has been known to treat certain conditions, and so medical marijuana patients should talk to their healthcare provider to see if it may benefit you. RSO might also lend a hand in the sleep department. Some users say it helps them snooze like a baby, which is a welcome relief for anyone dealing with sleep struggles.
Begin with a teensy-weensy dose and slowly increase it. You want to find that Goldilocks dose – not too much, not too little, but just right. If you are a medical marijuana patient, then talk to your healthcare pro about when and how often to use RSO based on your specific needs. It’s all about that personalized approach.
RSO doesn’t work like a snap of your fingers; it takes time to show its true colors. Be patient and give it room to do its thing. Monitor how RSO affects you. Keep a journal, track your dosage, and note any side effects or changes in your condition if using for medicinal purposes.
Quality Matters and trustworthy sources are key. Ensure you get your RSO from a reputable producer that tests its products for potency and contaminants such as the amazing brands we carry at your local Nectar. Quality control is the Robin to RSO’s Batman.
Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) is like the enigmatic character in a novel – intriguing, full of potential, but still shrouded in mystery. While its potential benefits are captivating, remember that it’s a journey best undertaken with caution and moderation. As science continues to unravel the secrets of RSO and cannabis-based products, stay informed and consult with your healthcare superhero for personalized advice if using for medicinal purposes.
RSO isn’t just a product; it’s part of the ever-evolving story of cannabis in modern medicine. So, embrace the adventure, and remember, with great cannabis comes great responsibility. Find many wonderful choices at a Nectar Near you. Brands like Mama Lou’s and Siskiyou Sungrown are fantastic choices and mix very well with your hot honey just mix in your favorite RSO and float like a bee.
***RSO is an incredibly potent cannabis product that delivers prolonged and heightened elevation. Handle with care.***
*** The claims made in this article are for educational and informational purposes only. Further scientific research is required before these claims can be validated***