Rick Simpson Oil is a medicinal cannabis concentrate that has great therapeutic potential. However, its unusual thickness and stickiness may leave some people wondering how to use RSO. Thankfully, RSO can be used in a variety of convenient ways that can help you medicate quickly and effectively.
What Is RSO?
Rick Simpson Oil is a concentrated cannabis oil known for its high THC content. The oil is named after its creator, Rick Simpson, a Canadian cannabis activist that created and used the oil after his cancer diagnosis in 2003. After treating his skin cancer, Rick committed himself to spreading info about the benefits of medical marijuana and to bringing RSO to the public.
RSO is a full-plant extract that is typically made from indica strains of cannabis that are prized for their analgesic, anxiolytic, and sedative properties.
How To Use RSO
There are several different ways to enjoy the benefits of Rick Simpson Oil.
Apply It Directly To Skin
Applying the oil topically to the skin can work to manage the symptoms of certain skin conditions. Mixing RSO with a bit of coconut or olive oil will make it much easier to spread on the skin. After applying the oil, the area can be covered with a bandage that can be changed with every new application.
Apply It Sublingually
If you don’t mind the taste, RSO can be applied sublingually (under the tongue) for quick psychoactive effects. The medicinal contents of the oil are absorbed through membranes in the mouth and carried into the bloodstream where they can produce therapeutic effects. The extract can also be placed between the gums and the cheek where it can dissolve over time. It may be a good idea to keep a glass of water or soda on hand in order to chase the oil’s bitter taste after it has dissolved.
If you can stomach the taste, RSO can also be eaten to produce effects more similar to edibles. Swallowing RSO will result in longer-lasting, though potentially less potent, effects as the oil is slowly digested.
However, the RSO tends to be rough on the throat for many people, leading some to seek alternative ways of ingesting it. Some alternatives include simply spreading it on a small piece of bread or fruit, or inserting the oil directly into an empty gelatin capsule that can be swallowed more easily.
It’s important to note that the smoking, vaporizing, or dabbing of Rick Simpson oil is not advised.
How Much RSO Should You Consume?
A beginner dose of RSO should be no more than half the size of a grain of rice, up to three times a day. As your body builds up a tolerance to THC with continuous usage, you may want to consider slowly increasing the dosage if you believe you need to.
When discontinuing use, it may be a good idea to slowly wean off the oil, rather than stopping cold turkey. Suddenly stopping use may lead to THC withdrawal, resulting in sleep problems, anxiety, and irritability.
What Are The Effects of RSO?
Because RSO contains such high levels of THC, the risk of experiencing THC’s side effects is much higher than with other cannabis products. For most people, the most commonly experienced side effect is sleepiness. However, there are a number of other side effects you may experience, including anxiety, paranoia, irritability, dry eyes, dry mouth, impaired memory, and slowed reaction time.
To learn more about RSO and whether it’s a good choice for you, make an appointment at Remedy Columbia!