Rick Simpson’s Oil (RSO) What is it, and what is it used for?

Published Jan 29, 2019 02:05 p.m. ET

Who is Rick Simpson?
Rick Simpson is a well-known, longtime medical marijuana advocate, and created this oil in an attempt to garner relief from his cancer. Rick was diagnosed in 2002 with metastatic skin cancer. After having no success with doctor recommended treatment, Simpson decided to create and try a THC oil. It turns out; his inspiration came from a radio show he had listened to, almost 30yrs beforehand that spoke of the possible benefits of ingesting oil that was high in THC content. His accounts of his treatments claim that in four days the cancer was completely gone. He also says it has been in remission ever since with no further treatment.

What is Rick Simpson’s Oil?
Rick Simpson’s oil is a concentrated THC oil made with Indica and Indica dominant hybrid strains. It is commonly referred to as a full spectrum extract that contains high levels of both THC and CBD to maximize the potential medical benefits. Rick Simpson’s oil is made by extracting the cannabinoids with alcohol, which results in a more concentrated, potent oil. RSO is not meant to be smoked. It is recommended to either, ingest the oil, or to use it topically.

What is Rick Simpson’s Oil used for?
It is important to note that in the medical community the effectiveness of RSO is still highly debated. With so little research behind it, very few doctors and scientists are willing to hop on board just yet. Some of the many benefits currently listed on Rick Simpson’s website are:

Sleep-inducing - The cannabinoids in RSO can reduce your heart rate, and help the body to relax. The effects are not considered as intense as over the counter sleep aids that are hard to shake off in the morning.

Anxiety relief - Rick Simpson's oil contains concentrated amounts of THC. THC will trigger the release of pleasure hormones which helps to reduce stress and gives an overall feeling of calm.

Relieving pain- The cannabinoids in RSO offers anti-inflammatory benefits which can help with pain.

Cancer prevention - One of RSO's most popular benefits is cancer prevention. Many of the cannabinoids like THC and CBD in RSO can assist in reducing cancer cells and their ability to spread.

Increased appetite - One of the most commonly known facts about THC is that it boosts the user's desire for food. Because the THC content is so concentrated in RSO, it can help with lack of appetite. This is why RSO is highly recommended to cancer and chemo patients.

How is it used?

To find the appropriate dosage, he recommends beginning with three “doses” every 8 hours every single day. A single dose is described as no larger than a grain of rice. It is not recommended to smoke this oil if it’s being used for medical purposes. Instead, Rick suggests eating it, rubbing it into the lower gum line, or under the tongue. Allowing it plenty of time to fully dissolve before eating or drinking.

Is it possible to make at home?

It most certainly is. Due to Rick’s deeply held personal beliefs in its effectiveness, he has always remained adamant that the recipe is posted for anyone who may want to try to treat themselves. To make it yourself you will need:

  • Two plastic buckets
  • 1 oz of dried herb
  • 99% isopropyl alcohol
  • stick

Below you will find his recipe exactly as it is posted on his website.

Homemade medicinal cannabis oil
By Rick Simpson

Begin with one dry ounce of bud. One ounce will typically produce 3-4 grams of oil, although the amount of oil produced per ounce will vary strain to strain. A pound of dried material will yield about two ounces of high-quality oil.

Place the drymaterial in a plastic bucket.Dampen the material with the solvent you are using. Many solvents can be used. You can use pure naphtha, ether, butane, or 99% isopropyl alcohol. Two gallons of solvent is required to extract the THC from one pound, and 500 ml is enough for an ounce.

Crush the plant material using a stick of clean, untreated wood or any other similar device. Although the material will be damp, it will still be relatively easy to crush up because it is so dry.

Continue to crush the material with the stick, while adding solvent until the plant material is completely covered and soaked. Remain stirring the mixture for about three minutes. As you do this, the THC is dissolved off the materialinto the solvent.

Pour the solvent-oil mixture off the plant material into another bucket. At this point, you have stripped the material of about 80% of its THC.

Second wash: again add solvent to the mixture and work for another three minutes to extract the remaining THC.

Pour this solvent-oil mix into the bucket containing the first mix that was previously poured out.

Discard the twice washed plant material.
Pour the solvent-oil mixture through a coffee filter into a clean container.
Boil the solvent off: a rice cooker will boil the solvent off nicely,and will hold over a half gallon of solvent mixture.

CAUTION: avoid stove-tops, red-hot elements, sparks, cigarettes and open flames as the fumes are extremely flammable.

Add solvent to rice cooker until it is about ¾ full and turn on HIGH heat. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area and set up a fan to carry the solvent fumes away. Continue to add mixture to cooker as solvent evaporates until you have added it all to the cooker.

As the level in the rice cooker decreases for the last time, add a few drops of water (about 10drops of water for a pound of dry material). Thiswill help to release the solvent residue,and protect the oil from too much heat.

When there is about one inch of solvent-water mixture in the rice cooker, put on your oven mitts and pick the unit up and swirl the contents until the solvent has finished boiling off.

When the solvent has been boiled off, turn the cooker to LOW heat. At no point should the oil ever reach over 290 degrees F or 140 degrees C.

Keep your oven mitts on and remove the pot containing the oil from the rice cooker. Gently pour the oil into a stainless steel container

Place the stainless steel container in a dehydrator, or put it on a gentle heating device such as a coffee warmer. It may take a few hours but the water and volatile terpenes will be evaporated from the oil. When there is no longer any surface activity on the oil, it is ready for use.

Suck the oil up in a plastic syringe, or in any other container you see fit. A syringe will make the oil easy to dispense. When the oil cools completely it will have the consistency of thick grease.

For any more information, or to look up the source of this How To yourself,  you can look at more info on Rick’s website.

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