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Navigating the World of Rick Simpson Oil (RSO): Origins, Benefits, and Dosage

 May 10, 2024  Written by Jeff Rowse
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Introducing RSO

In the realm of alternative medicine, Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) has garnered significant attention for its potential therapeutic benefits. Named after its creator, Rick Simpson, this cannabis concentrate has sparked curiosity and discussions alike. In this introductory guide, we delve into the origins, composition, potential benefits, methods of consumption, and dosing recommendations surrounding RSO.

Where did RSO come from?

Rick Simpson, a Canadian engineer, discovered the potential of cannabis oil while seeking alternative treatments for his own health issues in the early 2000s. After successfully using homemade cannabis oil to treat his skin cancer, Simpson began sharing his findings with others, leading to the development of what is now known as Rick Simpson Oil.

The popularity of RSO skyrocketed after Simpson shared his story in a documentary titled "Run From The Cure." Despite facing legal challenges and criticism from traditional medical circles, Simpson's advocacy for cannabis oil as a treatment for various ailments gained traction within the alternative medicine community.

What is Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)?

Rick Simpson Oil is a highly concentrated cannabis extract obtained through the extraction of cannabinoids and other beneficial compounds, such as terpenes and chlorophyll, from the cannabis plant. Typically, it is made using a solvent such as ethanol to extract the desired components from cannabis flowers. The resulting oil is dark in color and rich in cannabinoids, including THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).

RSO is renowned for its purported therapeutic effects, which are believed to stem from its high cannabinoid content. Unlike other cannabis products such as the flower it is derived from, RSO contains very high levels of THC per gram, making it particularly potent and potentially psychoactive.

Why do people use RSO?

Advocates of RSO claim that it offers a wide range of potential health benefits, including:

  • Cancer Treatment: One of the most widely publicized claims regarding RSO is its potential efficacy in treating cancer. Proponents assert that the high THC content in RSO can target cancer cells while sparing healthy cells, leading to tumor shrinkage and remission.
  • Pain Management: RSO is often touted as an effective remedy for chronic pain conditions, such as neuropathy, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. The analgesic properties of THC and other cannabinoids may help alleviate pain and improve quality of life for individuals suffering from these conditions.
  • Anti-inflammatory Effects: Cannabinoids found in RSO, particularly CBD, possess anti-inflammatory properties that may benefit individuals with inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and multiple sclerosis.
  • Neuroprotective Properties: Some studies suggest that cannabinoids like THC and CBD exhibit neuroprotective effects, potentially offering therapeutic benefits for neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis.

Ways to Use RSO

There are several methods for consuming RSO, each with its own advantages and considerations:

  • Oral Consumption: The most common method of dosing RSO is oral consumption. Patients typically ingest a small amount of RSO directly or mix it with food, such as honey, for easier consumption. This method allows for slow and controlled absorption of cannabinoids through the digestive system.
  • Sublingual Administration: Sublingual administration involves placing a small amount of RSO under the tongue and allowing it to absorb directly into the bloodstream through the mucous membranes in the floor of the mouth. This method allows for rapid onset of effects, making it ideal for individuals seeking immediate relief.
  • Topical Application: RSO can also be applied topically to the skin to target localized pain, inflammation, and skin conditions. Patients can rub a small amount of RSO onto the affected area and massage it gently until absorbed.
  • Belly Button Administration: Known as the Pechoti Method in Ayurvedic medicine, this less-conventional method involves placing a small amount of RSO directly into the belly button and gently massaging it in. Advocates suggest that the oil, when worked as deep into the belly button as possible, may reach the gut through the remnant of the umbilical cord. 

How to Dose with RSO

Determining the appropriate dosage of RSO is crucial to ensure safe and effective treatment. However, due to variations in individual tolerance and response, dosing recommendations may vary. It is essential to start with a low dose and gradually increase it until the desired effects are achieved while monitoring for any adverse reactions. Furthermore, it is advisable to maintain a journal to document individual experiences for personal review or discussion with a medical professional.

For beginners, a typical starting dose of RSO may range from a rice grain-sized amount to a lentil-sized amount, depending on individual sensitivity, medical condition, and method of dosing. Patients are advised to consult with a healthcare professional experienced in cannabis therapy to develop a personalized dosing regimen tailored to their specific needs.

For more severe ailments, Rick Simpson himself recommends a "titration method" for dosing RSO, which involves gradually increasing the dosage over several weeks until reaching a full gram of RSO per day. This gradual approach allows the body to acclimate to the effects of THC and minimize the risk of experiencing unwanted side effects, such as dizziness or paranoia.

Summarizing RSO

Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) represents a potent and potentially beneficial alternative treatment option for various medical conditions. As research into the therapeutic properties of cannabinoids continues to evolve, RSO holds promise as an alternative remedy for alleviating symptoms and improving quality of life for patients worldwide. However, it is essential to approach RSO with caution and seek guidance from healthcare professionals to ensure safe and effective use.

Disclaimer: The information presented here is meant for educational purposes only. Medical decisions should not be made based on advertising. Consult a physician on the benefits and risks of specific medical products.

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