Medicinal cannabis oils have become incredibly popular for their therapeutic qualities. One such oil, Rick Simpson Oil (RSO), is prized for its efficacy but can be somewhat difficult to use for the first time. RSO is thicker and stickier than many other types of oil, leading to some confusion among users. Luckily, there are a number of easy ways to make use of this therapeutic product.
RSO: The Basics
Rick Simpson is a Canadian activist and promoter of medicinal marijuana. Diagnosed with skin cancer in 2003, Simpson dedicated his life to telling others about the cannabis oil he used during his treatment. Simpson specifically promoted a type of high-THC cannabis oil that would come to bear his name.
The oil is extracted from the indica strain of cannabis and has a rather high concentration of THC. Those who use it typically praise several different therapeutic benefits and note that it has a number of medical applications.
RSO: How to Use It
RSO is typically used in one of three ways – direct skin application, sublingual dosing, and ingestion. Which method of use works best for a patient typically depends on the preferences of the individual.
This is the original usage of RSO and one that is very popular today. Typically used for skin conditions, the user mixes RSO with another oil in order to spread it on his or her skin. Once applied, the affected area is generally covered with a bandage that needs to be changed every time the oil is applied.
Applying RSO under the tongue has been noted to have quick effects. Though the taste isn’t for everyone, sublingual application allows the oil to be absorbed more quickly and thus to work faster. The biggest problem with this method of usage is definitely the taste – most who try it generally to have something on-hand to wash it down afterwards.
Those who can deal with sublingual dosing are often also able to deal with ingesting RSO directly. This tends to lead to less powerful effects from the oil, but the effects do tend to last longer than through the other methods.
Eating RSO by itself may not be the best idea for most people, though. Because the oil is thick, it can be difficult to swallow. Some spread the oil over bread or use gelatin capsules, but any method that allows the user to swallow more easily is generally recommended.
What Not to Do
Any method of usage outside the three outlined above will generally not lead to effective results. RSO cannot be safely injected or smoked.
As with many other THC products, one’s dosage of RSO will almost certainly increase over time. Most people who start with RSO should only use a tiny amount to begin with over time, the size of the dosage can be increased.
As a note, it is generally not good to stop this product cold turkey. Unfortunately, immediate cessation can lead to withdrawal, so it is best to step down your usage incrementally. Try to reduce your dosage over time until you can stop using RSO without feeling irritable or tired.
RSO: Side Effects
RSO is a THC-heavy product, so the odds of experiencing side effects are fairly high. The good news, though, is that the most commonly cited side effect is drowsiness. As with many other THC products, though, there are more serious potential side effects that range from dry mouth and eyes to paranoia and memory impairment.