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A How-To Guide on RSO
By Corey Morrill
May 4, 2022
What is RSO?
Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) was first created by the Canadian medical cannabis advocate the oil is named for. Simpson created a unique method of concentrating cannabis extract involving powerful solvents, heat, and a pressure cooker. It appears as a thick, dark, and viscous oil, usually contained in a glass syringe or ingestible capsules for ease of use. It is highly concentrated in THC and other cannabinoids and terpenes. Simpson used it as a method to treat himself and fellow cancer patients with great success. Since then he has freely offered the method of extraction to anyone interested in making their own.
In addition to cancer, RSO is said to treat:
- multiple sclerosis
- high blood pressure
How do I use it?
Rick Simpson originally used the oil topically, applying it to bandages he wrapped around cancerous growths on his arm, but the oil can also be taken orally in the form of an edible or capsule. It is highly recommended not to vaporize, smoke, or otherwise inhale RSO as it still contains much of the fats and lipids from the original cannabis plant. The best use of RSO is to establish a daily regimen, using Simpson’s own method.
The goal of the Rick Simpson method is to gradually increase the amount of oil consumed each day, over 90 days.
The First Week
Begin with three very small doses each day. These doses should be the size of half a grain of rice (1/4 a drop of RSO), taken about every eight hours. One in the morning, one around noon, and one at night.
Weeks 2 to 4
Double the dose every four days. Most people will take three to five weeks to reach the maximum dosages of one gram of RSO per day.
Weeks 5 to 12
Keep taking one gram a day of RSO until the full 60 grams are consumed. For most people, that’s about 8 or 9 rice-sized doses of RSO every eight hours.
Even after you finish a 12-week RSO regimen, you may continue to take the extract. You’ll want to reduce your overall dosage, though. Dial your dose back to a gram or two per month, split up into equal daily doses. For many users, this “maintenance dose” will be enough to carry on RSO’s possible benefits.