Since the introduction of a recreational cannabis market in the United States, the advancement and innovations have been nothing short of amazing. THC counts have climbed, edibles evolved beyond just gummies and chocolates, and Rick Simpson Oil or RSO was introduced. Few products have captured customer attention like RSO. In no time adult-use cannabis dispensaries were being flooded with questions about RSO. There have been bold claims about the product from its healing properties to its intense high. Many cannaconsumers purchased RSO based solely on the hype, and most were satisfied with their purchase. Still, questions remain. Who is Rick Simpson? Why do people think it has amazing healing properties? Is the high as good as people claim? Kick back in the cut, fire one up, and let’s learn about some new weed stuff. 

Who is Rick Simpson? 

Rick Simpson is a Canadian medical cannabis activist and former engineer. After being injured at work, Rick accepted medical cannabis as a treatment. When he was diagnosed with small cell basal carcinoma, a type of skin cancer, Rick began further research and experiment with cannabis after reading a study that suggest cannabis may reduce tumor growth rates. This is when things venture into the unknown as Rick claims the oil not only reduced his skin cancer but cured it. As his story spread, the public relations machine was rolling, and everyone wanted RSO. Many dispensaries sell RSO, but Rick Simpson’s website suggests people make it at home. 

What is RSO? 

Rick Simpson Oil, also known as phoenix tears, is a highly concentrated cannabis oil extract. It is considered a “whole plant extract”. Whole plant extract retains much more of the biological and chemical properties of the cannabis than basic cannabinoid extraction. The extra biomatter gives RSO a darker color than traditional concentrates. RSO can be found in syringe form, edible form, and (rarely) cart form. When bought in a syringe, it is added to homemade edible mixes, added to drinks (it will float as it is oil-based), taken sublingually (under the tongue), or even applied topically.


The Healing Claims? 

We already dropped the bombshell, Rick claimed his RSO cured his cancer, but his miraculous story led to a flood of stories just like it and more and more ailments were added to the list. Bear in mind that none of these have been backed by medical studies so no evidence exists to support these claims, but people have reported RSO helped them with the following issues:  

  • high blood pressure 
  •  Infections 
  •  chronic inflammation, 
  •  Arthritis 
  •  Asthma 
  • drug addiction 
  • Depression 
  • multiple sclerosis.  

If you suffer with one of these ailments, we encourage you to try RSO but to do with a grain of salt and always be sure to seek medical help from certified doctors. 

What is the High Like? 

RSO is made from indica flower and is very potent. Indica strains are known for their sedative effects which aid in pain management and the healing process. RSO is not a night out on the town type of product. It was formulated to be used in a medicinal way, making it very strong, which increases the chance of side effects often associated with cannabis like anxiety, paranoia, and disorientation. We are talking about the high here though, and RSO delivers on a satisfying long-lasting high. 

Final Verdict 

Should you try RSO? Yes, but proceed with caution! RSO is extremely potent and should be used in moderation. If you have one of the ailments listed above, try it but don’t put all your faith in it and listen to your doctor’s instructions. Rick Simpson may go down as one of the greatest cannabis innovators of this generation, but as of now, he is just a guy who created a wonderful concentrate and then made wild claims about it, causing a media tidal wave that has made many people a lot of money. If you want to try RSO, you can look at these edibles Goody Bag Orange Soda RSO Gummies 10pk 100mg by PTS for $25 or this concentrate Avexia RSO Monkeybread .5g by Verano for $40. If you want to keep up to date with all our specials and articles SIGN UP for our email group.