Rick Simpson Oil: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

Last Updated on Jul 2, 2024 by

What is Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)?

Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) is a specific type of cannabis oil that was created by Canadian medical marijuana activist Rick Simpson. Unlike other cannabis oils, RSO is typically rich in THC, the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana. Because of its high THC content, RSO is often used for medicinal purposes, particularly for conditions where high doses of THC are believed to be beneficial.

For more detailed information on what RSO is, you can visit Medical News Today.

History of Rick Simpson Oil

Rick Simpson began promoting the use of cannabis oil after using it to treat his own skin cancer in 2003. He has since become a public figure, advocating for the medical uses of cannabis and sharing his method for creating Rick Simpson Oil. His story has inspired many to explore the potential health benefits of high-THC cannabis oils.


Learn more about the history of Rick Simpson and his oil on Leafly.

How is RSO Made?

Making RSO involves extracting cannabinoids from the cannabis plant using a solvent, typically ethanol. The process includes soaking the cannabis in the solvent, filtering out the plant material, and then evaporating the solvent to leave a thick, potent oil. It's important to follow safety guidelines and legal regulations when making Rick Simpson Oil, as the process involves flammable substances.

For a step-by-step guide on how to make Rick Simpson Oil, check out this article on CannaConnection.

Potential Benefits of Rick Simpson Oil

RSO is often touted for its potential to treat a variety of medical conditions. Some of the most commonly cited benefits include pain relief, anti-inflammatory effects, and anti-cancer properties. While there is anecdotal evidence supporting these claims, more scientific research is needed to fully understand the efficacy and safety of Rick Simpson Oil.


To explore the potential medical benefits of Rick Simpson Oil, you can read more on Healthline.

How to Use Rick Simpson Oil

Rick Simpson Oil can be used in several ways, depending on the condition being treated and the user's preference. It can be ingested directly, applied topically, or used in edibles. Due to its high potency, it's important to start with very small doses and gradually increase as needed. Consulting with a healthcare provider knowledgeable about cannabis is also recommended.

Legal Considerations

The legal status of Rick Simpson Oil varies by region. In some places, it may be legal for medical use, while in others it may be completely prohibited. It's essential to be aware of local laws and regulations regarding the possession, production, and use of Rick Simpson Oil before attempting to obtain or make it.


Risks and Side Effects

While Rick Simpson Oil may offer various health benefits, it also carries potential risks and side effects. Common side effects include dizziness, paranoia, and a rapid heart rate, especially in individuals who are not accustomed to high doses of THC. Long-term effects of continuous high-THC use are still not fully understood, and it is always advisable to consult a healthcare professional when considering its use.

To learn more about the potential risks and side effects of Rick Simpson Oil, you can visit Healthline.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • What is Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)?

RSO is a high-THC cannabis oil created by Rick Simpson. It is used for various medicinal purposes, particularly for conditions where high doses of THC are beneficial.

  • How is RSO different from other cannabis oils?

Rick Simpson Oil is specifically rich in THC, whereas other cannabis oils may have varying ratios of THC to CBD. RSO is also made using a unique extraction method involving a solvent like ethanol.

  • Can RSO cure cancer?

While there are anecdotal reports of RSO being used to treat cancer, there is currently no scientific proof that it can cure cancer. More research is needed to determine its efficacy and safety.

  • Is RSO legal?

The legal status of Rick Simpson Oil varies by region. It may be legal for medical use in some areas and completely prohibited in others. Always check local laws before obtaining or producing Rick Simpson Oil.

  • How should I dose RSO?

Due to its high potency, it is recommended to start with a very small dose of Rick Simpson Oil and gradually increase it as needed. Consulting a healthcare provider with experience in cannabis use is also advised.

Howard Seth Meiselman, DO

Medically reviewed by Howard Seth Meiselman, DO — Written by Mark Conklin 

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