Full Spectrum Oil
Our Full Spectrum Oil (FSO) is safe, consistent, and authentic cannabis oil made from the whole cannabis plant. It contains five essential cannabinoids, including THC and CBD.
that healing properties of cannabinoids are unlocked when they are taken together in balance. Our FSO comes in three THC:CBD varieties – 1:1 subtle, yet blissful, 2:1 calm, tranquil, and slightly euphoric, and High THC most potent elevation to the body and mind for chronic symptoms.
What dose should I take? We recommend you start small and work into your comfort zone, keeping in mind what you are using FSO for.
When treating chronic pain and illness we recommend starting with .01ml or .02ml every 8 hours. Slowly increase your dosage until you reach your desired effect.
When treating cancer we recommend you follow a similar approach to the above and slowly continue to increase your dosage until you are consuming 1g/mL per day. Avoid taking FSO with anything that has natural sugar as those sugars can feed the cancer cells.
When treating insomnia we recommend you start with .01ml or .02ml 15 – 45 minutes before bed, increasing your dosage on a weekly basis as necessary.
When baking edibles with FSO we recommend you refer to your tolerance and preferences to determine the correct serving size for your goods. Our FSO is activated in its natural state and contains about 700mg THC / applicator. Using a full applicator would yield a batch of very potent brownies!
I think my cap is stuck! The seals on each applicator are pressurized and very tight in order to protect the FSO inside. We recommend you run the cap end of the applicator under warm water for 10 seconds, twist the cap until it feels “stuck” and give it a tug. The cap is part screw and part suction – that’s why you need that extra tug at the end!
How many strains go into making this oil? We use only strong indicas. The strains will vary depending on our current harvest.
What do you use as a binder or carrier for your FSO? Our FSO is an ethanol-based extraction where the ethanol evaporates after the oil has been extracted from the plant material. We don’t use any binder or carriers when making our FSO – just plant material and extraction technique.
What is it used for? Like cannabis, the medicinal results are endless. We’ve had people use it for tinnitus, chronic skin conditions, Crohn’s Disease, gastrointestinal issues, viral and bacterial infections, serious surgery recovery, Fibromyalgia, MS, cramps and more. If you are taking this to fight cancer, we do not recommend taking it with anything that has artificial sugars or sweeteners.
Should I smoke it, vape it, or dab it? No, anything with an alcohol extraction method should not be dabbed or smoked. Heat should not be applied. There are other “RSO’s” or “FSO’s” on the market which can be dabbed or smoked because they use a CO2 extraction method.
How do I take it? Most people ingest it like an edible. It can be applied topically if treating skin cancer or serious skin conditions. It can also be capsulated to use as a suppository method. A suppository method should be considered if treating an ailment below the naval.
What if I take too much? Don’t panic! Eat a banana or take some CBD. Potassium and CBD will counter the psychoactivity of the THC. Ride it out, take a nap.
Why is it called FSO instead of RSO? We have no affiliation with Rick Simpson himself and want to do our part in educating the public of what this medicine actually is – Full Spectrum Oil made from the whole cannabis plant.
Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)
Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) is an unrefined, potent oil extracted from cannabis using ethanol. It’s named after the man who created it and first benefited from it. Canadian Rick Simpson claims he cured his own skin cancer with a custom blend of cannabis oil, which has come to be known as Rick Simpson Oil (RSO), or Phoenix Tears (the name of Rick’s website). Since then, he has touted the benefits of medical marijuana and used to give away his eponymous oil for free.
Who is Rick Simpson and why did he create RSO?
In 2003, Simpson was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a skin cancer. Soon after his cancer diagnosis, he read a study from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that showed THC appeared to reduce the growth of tumor cells in mice. Simpson was already a fan of medical cannabis and had been using it to treat tinnitus and dizzy spells caused after falling and hitting his head several years earlier. So he decided to try to treat his skin cancer with cannabis oil.
According to Simpson’s account, he whipped up a homemade extract, applied it directly to the cancerous moles, and covered them with a bandage. Four days later, he claimed, he removed the bandages and the growths were gone.
Simpson then began growing and cultivating his own cannabis to perfect a custom oil blend. After health and government groups like the Canadian Cancer Society ignored his discovery, he set out to promote the medicinal effects of cannabis to others. He created a YouTube documentary, “Run From the Cure,” and wrote a book, The Rick Simpson Story. Until 2009, when he was ordered to stop for legal reasons, he gave away RSO for free.
Controversy and copycats
While he’s one of the most well-known personalities within the medical cannabis community, Simpson has also caused controversy and skepticism. He has drawn some ire from physicians and medical professionals for his lack of scientific research or clinical trials to back up his claims.
Simpson still has his share of defenders who have claimed to have successfully used his blend of oil to cure cancer. However, on his website, Simpson states that he no longer produces or supplies his oil due to its illegality in many countries. He also articulated his wish to disassociate himself with any online vendors who claim to supply Rick Simpson Oil.
Simpson claims that the only way to ensure patients have his blend of oil is for patients to produce it themselves. Simpson’s site has instructions and an FAQ. In addition to solvent, which is highly flammable, the recipe for RSO includes a number of household items, including small containers, coffee filters, an electric rice cooker, a large fan, a stainless steel measuring cup, and a coffee warmer or oven. The recipe available on his website demonstrates how to produce the full 60 grams of RSO oil for his recommended 90-day treatment period.
In the US, be aware that it’s illegal for non-professionals to produce solvent-based concentrates like RSO. In addition, making RSO is dangerous — work areas need to be well-ventilated with no agents (sparks, open flames, etc.) that could ignite the solvent fumes.
If you are interested in trying RSO, it’s much safer to buy it from a licensed vendor.
How to use RSO
Simpson has dosage instructions on his site, but keep in mind they have not been vetted by medical researchers. Dosages vary from person to person depending on many factors, including the potency of the RSO, which Simpson claims is 80% to 90% THC.
RSO is typically not smoked. It is applied in the following ways:
- As a topical rubbed onto the surface of the skin
- As a sublingual (under the tongue) for the fastest absorption rate
- As a capsule taken orally for slowest-acting effects that last longer
The difference between RSO and CBD Oil
CBD oil derived from industrial hemp plants contains only cannabidiol (CBD), while RSO has a high concentration of THC — at least 20% — and the full range of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It’s also important to distinguish RSO from other products labeled as hemp oil and hempseed oil, as these products often don’t contain any CBD or THC. RSO is highly intoxicating because of the THC content. In other words, it’ll get you high while CBD won’t.
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Rick Simpson Oil benefits
There remains a need for more research to support the purported effectiveness of RSO and other cannabinoid-based concoctions. But there are already indicators that cannabis could be a powerful tool in combating cancer and the detrimental side effects of its treatment. The antitumor properties of cannabinoids in cell lines and in animal models induced with cancer have been well-documented in peer-reviewed research over the years, but more research is needed to prove the efficacy and safety for clinical trials involving human patients.
Is RSO considered a full spectrum cannabis oil?
Full-spectrum cannabis oil (FSCO) is cannabis oil that includes the full range of bioactive compounds found in cannabis without altering their composition. This includes flavonoids, phenols, fatty acids, and, most importantly, a variety of terpenes and cannabinoids in their natural acid form.
While the RSO process does extract the full range of compounds, the process of removing the solvent from the solution requires heat. Heat changes the cannabinoids from their acid form into their activated form in a process called decarboxylation (i.e. THCA decarboxylates into THC and CBDA into CBD). The heat also volatilizes most of the terpenes that were initially extracted, leaving an oil that may not have all the bioactive compounds that were available in the plant’s trichome glands.
DISCLAIMER: The production of cannabis oils such as Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) is illegal in most jurisdictions. Additionally, producing the oil involves volatile compounds that are dangerous in the hands of inexperienced technicians with improper equipment and ill-equipped facilities. The methods described may prove dangerous or illegal. Any action you take upon the information provided here is strictly at your own risk.
How to Use RSO
You may have heard about Rick Simpson Oil (RSO), and maybe even seen it at the dispensary. But once people get their hands on some, many are at a loss as of what the heck to do with it. In this article, we’ll go over the basics of RSO and the recommended ways to use it.
What Exactly is RSO?
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.
What is RSO Oil Used For?
In Simpson’s mind, RSO isn’t really about getting high. Instead, he intended for people to use the extract as medicine. While Simpson himself used RSO to combat his cancer, the extract has several other uses. For example, you could take RSO orally in an attempt to reduce pain and inflammation or to improve your sleep.
What Does the Research Say About RSO?
There’s still a huge need for clinical research to support the self-reported evidence of RSO effectiveness as a medical treatment—let alone as a cure for cancer. But the good news is that we already have some scientific evidence that cannabis could be a powerful tool in fighting the horrible side effects that come with treating cancer. A 2014 study looked at how THC and CBD extracts work alongside radiation therapy in mice with brain cancer. The researchers discovered that cannabis helped increase the effectiveness of the radiation treatment on mice.
While RSO itself hasn’t undergone any large clinical studies, anecdotal evidence and case reports show that it holds promise.
How to Use RSO
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.
If you choose to follow the dosage instructions recommended by Rick Simpson, remember they haven’t been medically researched—but they have been used by thousands of people. Dosages can vary from person to person depending on many factors, including the potency of the oil. As with any cannabis treatment, proceed at your discretion.
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.
Can You Smoke RSO?
While you can smoke RSO, that’s not how Simpson intended for people to use his oil. Instead, Simpson thought patients should either apply RSO topically or take it orally. Simpson himself used it topically when he allegedly cured his skin cancer with the extract.
In fact, smoking or dabbing RSO may actually be dangerous. Depending on the type of solvent your RSO uses, it may be flammable. As a result, trying to smoke or vape it can have explosive results. When in doubt, ask your budtender what solvent your BHO uses.
The goal of the Rick Simpson method is to gradually increase the amount of oil consumed each day, over 90 days.
The First Week
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.
Weeks 5 to 12
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.
Even after you finish a 12-week RSO regimen, you may continue to take the extract. You’ll want to reduce your overall dosage, though. Dial your dose back to a gram or two per month, split up into equal daily doses. For many users, this “maintenance dose” will be enough to carry on RSO’s possible benefits.
Things to Keep in Mind
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:
- As a topical applied directly to the skin surface
- As a sublingual drop under the tongue for the fastest absorption rate
- As an oral capsule for slower-acting but a longer-lasting effects
The recommended method of daily consumption of large amounts of Rick Simpson oil 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. The more frequently you use it, the higher your tolerance will become. As a result, you’ll likely feel less of THC’s psychoactive properties.
While RSO is in no way dangerous, a 90-day regimen may present some minor side effects. The main side effect is sleepiness. This actually may improve a patient’s healing, since rest is one of the most important aspects of recovery.
Finally, there’s one last thing to remember. RSO isn’t some magical cure-all. While many patients have reported success using the extract, data is hard to come by. When in doubt, don’t hesitate to consult your doctor.
Interested in using RSO? We’re here to help. Come by one of our locations and our staff will be happy to help get you started.