Rick Simpson Oil, more commonly referred to by the abbreviation “RSO”, is a cannabis concentrate usually applied topically or ingested. It is made using ethanol (alcohol) extraction, which extracts essential compounds from the cannabis bud, resulting in a dark, syrupy oil that is often placed in an applicator for easier dosing and use. It is named after Rick Simpson, who widely used the oil as a treatment for skin cancer.
Benefits of Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)
Rick Simpson originally used homemade topical RSO extract to treat skin cancer. Although no clinical studies have demonstrated RSO’s cancer treatment success, these claims have made it a popular product among medical patients.
RSO can be used for a variety of symptoms and conditions. They are usually rich in THC, CBD, or a combination of the two. RSOs can vary in chemical composition and strength, so before using Rick Simpson Oil, you should first determine your preferred amount of THC or CBD. The benefits of RSO depend on the chemical formulation. For example, CBD-only RSOs can be used to manage seizures, while oils rich in THC can be used to stimulate appetite or relieve nausea.
Medical patients may prefer RSOs because they are isolated, odorless, and do not require smoking.
How to use Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)
Rick Simpson Oil is most commonly ingested. For ease of ingestion, RSO is usually mixed into food or beverages or prepared as capsules. It can also be applied topically to the skin.
When you buy RSO at a cannabis store, it usually comes in a plastic applicator that allows easy dosing and application of the oil. It’s a good idea to start with a very small amount or a drop to see how the extract affects you, especially if it contains high levels of THC. As with edibles, it can take 45 minutes to 2 hours for cannabis oil to take effect when ingested. You may gradually increase your dose until you determine the amount that is right for your symptoms.