Remember that highly concentrated whole-plant extracts like RSO aren’t meant to be smoked or vaporized. These types of extracts are typically used in one of the following three ways:
You can usually find RSO at your local cannabis dispensary. But what are you supposed to do with it once you get it? This dark, potent oil can seem a bit intimidating at first, but the method most people use to take it is simple.
The recommended method of daily consumption of large amounts of RSO has the potential to bring about some strong psychoactive side effects. But when it’s used topically on the skin, the THC doesn’t enter the bloodstream, and no psychoactive effects will be felt. You will likely feel the effects of THC with oral consumption, but it’s often the most effective method.
RSO is a potent cannabis resin extract that is higher in THC levels than most other extracts. RSO is named after the man who first developed it, medical cannabis activist Rick Simpson. Rick was inspired after reading a study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute were THC was proven to kill cancer cells in mice. According to Rick, using cannabis oil on his skin cleared away the cancer spots on his arm in a matter of days. (Note: this was his belief and does not align with the beliefs of Greenside Rec.) These results led him to become a faithful believer in the power of medical cannabis and the developer of Rick Simpson oil.
If you want to use RSO for a medical condition, it’s always a good idea to seek the advice of a medical professional before beginning a treatment regimen. The problem is many physicians are unwilling to acknowledge the potential benefits of cannabis as a form of treatment.
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.
While RSO itself hasn’t undergone any large clinical studies, anecdotal evidence and case reports show that it holds promise.
Rick Simpson recommends beginning 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.
After the first week, 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.
Wondering how exactly to use RSO? We’ve got you covered with the simple step-by-step directions recommended by Rick Simpson.
Most RSOs are whole plant extracts, which means they contain a full spectrum of beneficial cannabinoids, thereby bringing greater relief than products that contain only isolated THC or CBD.
While RSO is an excellent sleep aid and remedy for insomnia, it’s almost too effective: try to stay awake on even a small dose! For this reason, RSO is not recommended for daytime pain relief or use while operating heavy machinery. High doses can also cause grogginess, or a “hangover,” the next morning.
RSO is generally around 80% pure usable cannabinoids; it’s all killer, no filler. Since it is a highly concentrated product, patients who are brand new to cannabis should experiment with other products to gauge their reaction to different amounts of THC and CBD before making the leap to RSO.
To be eligible to use RSO, first of all, you must be registered as Illinois Medical Cannabis patient. Check out MOCA’s resources on getting your card if you need help with the process.
Patients who are looking for pain relief may prefer RSOs with high levels of CBD. 1:1 RSO products, which contain equal ratios of THC to CBD, are very popular. Some products are 2:1, or two parts CBD to THC, 4:1, or even 14:1. These products may produce a heavy, relaxed, comfortable feeling in the body. Many patients report relief from chronic pain, body aches, menstrual cramps or other ailments as well as a feeling of well-being.
Even experienced patients should proceed with caution when trying a new batch or strain. We recommend beginning with a .01ml dose, or one hundredth of the total amount of RSO in a syringe. Patients can then increase dosage gradually on subsequent occasions until they reach a max total dose of .1ml, or one tenth of the total syringe of RSO.
RSO is a great option for those who don’t want to inhale smoke or vapor, or who have difficulty with the taste or digestion of edibles.
Many patients who use RSO are those who are looking for significant pain relief, or who are hoping to keep high levels of beneficial cannabinoids in their bloodstream. Patients living with cancer, insomnia, HIV/AIDS, neurological conditions, or any sort of chronic pain may benefit from RSO.
RSO comes in a one milliliter syringe that has labeled, numbered measures every .1 milliliters. Each of those labeled, numbered measures is further divided into ten. Each of these smallest lines represents .01ml.
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