RSO: Everything You Need to Know About Rick Simpson Oil
Educate yourself about the healing cannabis concentrate.
Published on January 12, 2017

For over a decade now, Canadian medical marijuana activist Rick Simpson has been educating people about the incredible healing potential of cannabis oil. In 2003, Simpson discovered three suspicious spots on his face and neck and was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma skin cancer. When surgery didn’t work, he decided to explore an alternate route; using the same extracted cannabis oil he’d been making and taking orally for over a year on his newly discovered cancer.

Simpson had been treating some health conditions from a previous injury with his cannabis oil when he recalled a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute stating that THC was found to kill cancer in mice. So, Simpson proceeded to apply the oil topically to the cancerous spots on his neck and face and covered them with bandages. In just four days, the skin underneath was healthy and pink. He was healing. Excited that he had discovered a cure to his cancer, Simpson began helping others heal, spreading the good word ever since.

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Despite encountering opposition from his own doctor, local authorities, pharmaceutical companies, government health agencies, and the United Nations, Simpson has not only healed his own ailments, he’s also successfully treated over 5,000 patients—free of charge—for all kinds of conditions, including cancer, HIV/AIDS, insomnia, diabetes, depression, osteoporosis, asthma, and more. He even cured his mother’s psoriasis.

Although the technique Rick Simpson uses to make concentrated cannabis oil is nothing new, he popularized the precise specifications of his oil through activism and patient outreach by sharing his knowledge with anyone who needs it. Eventually, his cannabis oil became known as “Rick Simpson Oil,” or RSO. Simpson believes that in order to treat serious medical maladies, it’s best to apply the gooey extract to the skin directly or to swallow it, instead of smoking it.


What Is the Difference Between RSO and CBD Oil?

RSO is highly-concentrated cannabis oil extracted from female cannabis plants that contain at least 20 percent THC or more. Simpson favors high-THC and low-CBD content when treating maladies. Whereas CBD Oil is made from the drug-producing Cannabis Indica that’s been bred to contain low concentrations of THC or the hemp-producing Cannabis Sativa, which produces nearly no amount of THC but does produce some amount of CBD.

How Can I Make RSO?

Rick Simpson’s website is a valuable source with detailed instructions on producing the oil, along with a FAQ about RSO and a section that outlines what it does and how it works. Making RSO is not difficult; the entire process can be completed in four hours, but it requires extreme caution. It’s also federally illegal. Even in some states where cannabis has been legalized, the technique requires special certifications due to the dangers involved. Before attempting to make this type of medicine at home, please research your local laws and study the process thoroughly. Alternatively, you can consult a knowledgeable budtender to buy pre-made RSO at your local dispensary. For more information, the following video features step by step instructions given by Rick Simpson:

How Potent Is It?

Rick Simpson concentrated cannabis oil is quite potent, ranging from 60 to 90 percent THC. Simpson outlines dosage recommendations on his website, including a method for microdosing and titration when consuming RSO orally, which is incredibly helpful in preventing anxiety symptoms often associated with potent levels of THC. When used topically in the treatment of skin conditions or pain, RSO is a potent curative, yet non-psychoactive. It’s always a good idea to consult with a physician who is well-versed in the field of cannabis therapeutics, like those at the American Cannabinoid Clinics. It’s also important to keep in mind that everyone’s body chemistry and tolerance is different; finding your perfect dose takes a bit of focus and experimentation.

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Zoe Wilder
Zoe Wilder is a media relations professional and business consultant orbiting cannabis, tech, wellness, music, art, wine and spirits. For 17 years, Zoe has worked with hundreds of clients across a variety of industries to develop and execute inventive promotional content and campaigns that capture the attention of tastemakers and influencers from around the globe.
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