Rick Simpson Oil, or RSO, is a full extract cannabis oil meant to be taken orally or applied topically. RSO is a marijuana extract made utilizing a solvent to extract cannabinoids. The most common solvent used to produce RSO is grain alcohol, but some other solvents like ethanol or butane are sometimes used. Flower (bud) material is placed in a large container and alcohol is added. The entire mixture is stirred and crushed into the alcohol. After a time, the alcohol is drained from the remaining plant material. That mixture is then heated in a container, such as a rice cooker, so that the residual alcohol evaporates. The end product is a high potency oil often dark in color with a thick consistency. RSO can be siphoned into a syringe style applicator for dosing which offers the advantage of a long shelf life as oxidation does not easily occur.
Typically, a single syringe of RSO contains around 600 mg of THC; however, this is dependent upon the source material used. Traditional RSO is made from indica plants that are high in THC; however, any strain can be used to make RSO. The final results will depend upon what strains were used and the moisture content of the plants themselves. The strains used also account for the color and consistency of the oil. Some plants result in a light amber color with a viscous consistency while others have a darker, thicker consistency. In some cases, other portions of the plant, such as fan leaves, are used in the mixture so as to get the maximum amount of cannabinoids from a crop. This will cause the end product to have a more astringent taste and darker color as well.
Who is rick simpson?
Rick Simpson is a Canadian man who helped pioneer full extract cannabis oil. In 2003, he was diagnosed with a form of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma. After reading about a study from the National Cancer Institute in which THC was found to kill cancer cells in mice, he decided to attempt treating his cancer with full extract cannabis oil by applying it directly to the affected area and covering it with a bandage. After several days, he removed the bandage and found the affected area had cleared up. It was after this recovery that he began to produce the full extract cannabis oil for those in need and became famous for it. Thus, the full extract oil became known as Rick Simpson Oil, colloquially called RSO.
RSO cooking methods can be tricky due to the THC potency of this form of cannabis medicine.
Rick Simpson Oil (or RSO) is a favorite option for cannabis patients with chronic illness. It’s a highly potent medicine, and one of the easiest concentrates to make at home. Once in an oral syringe, its relatively simple for patients to reach the high doses needed to treat chronic diseases like cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, and chronic pain. Plus, patients no longer need to smoke their medicine, making that much more therapeutically healthy.
That said, it’s still a sticky mess to deal with, and it doesn’t taste great.
The bitter earthy taste is quite off-putting. It is not something you look forward to dosing throughout the day, no matter how powerful the therapeutic benefits.
Because of the taste, and it’s extremely sticky nature, you might consider looking into RSO cooking methods. RSO makes for an excellent addition to many sweet-delights, like candies, lollipops, and more. The potency and efficiency remain the same, but the dosing experience gets substantially more delicious.
How to Dose an RSO Edible
As you get started on your journey of discovery with RSO cooking methods, the most critical step is to pay attention to dose. Although RSO doesn’t always have to be high THC (it depends on the original strain), it often is.
Because RSO can come in highly potent packages (upwards of 1000mg of THC per syringe), messing up the per-candy dosing calculation can leave you comatose on the couch. What you thought was a little gummy can turn into an overwhelming experience without knowing the rough dose.
Take note of the total THC (in milligrams) of the RSO before mixing in with the rest of the ingredients. Once you’ve wrapped up cooking, divide the total THC by the number of portion sizes.
For example, 1000 mg of RSO divided by 20 portions equals 50 mg per portion. That is a potent edible!
Here are recipes for RSO served two ways: Gummies and lollipops!
RSO Gummies Recipe
- Glass measuring cup
- Silicon molds (candy, chocolate, or even mini muffin size will work)
- Medium bowl
- Condiment bottle (like a ketchup bottle)
- Glass jar
- ½ cup cold water
- ¼ cup corn syrup
- Jell-O (3 oz – flavor of your choice)
- 2 packs of gelatin
- RSO syringe (100 mg of THC, 500 mg, or even up to 1000 mg).
- Non-stick spray
Before getting started, you’ll want to confirm the potency of the RSO. One thing many recipes don’t mention about RSO cooking methods, is the potency. This is important information for determining the final strength per gummy! Once the gummies have set, and you have a total count, use the following formula to determine potency per each unit:
(Total mg of RSO) ÷ (Number of gummies) = (Potency per gummy)
- Combine cold water and corn syrup together in a bowl and mix until clear.
- Add 2 packs of gelatin and Jell-O, and stir until clumps dissolve. It should look like a thick soup, but may still have a sugary consistency.
- Add mixture to a saucepan over medium-low heat. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, frequently stirring to prevent burning.
- Spray silicone molds with PAM or another cooking spray.
- Remove mixture from heat and add your chosen RSO to the pot. Squirt the entire syringe, making a note of total milligrams. Stir until combined.
- Carefully fill your condiment bottle with the mixture. The condiment bottle will make it easier to fill the silicone molds, but if you are careful, you can use a spoon.
- Fill each mold until the gel sits just above the edge, as the mixture will shrink during the cooling stage. Work extremely fast in this stage, because the mixture thickens as it cools.
- If the mixture becomes too difficult to work with, gently reheat until liquid again.
- Let the molds sit overnight until firm.
- Store in a glass jar out of sight of children and pets.
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Made my first chocolates last weekend – were 20mg and for me with high tolerance – they are really functionally perfect – especially for day. I can see needing closer to 40mg or more at times / evenings but that easily resolved – eat more chocolate. All in all though I thought 20mg worked out well. I tried to get my non-MMJ wife to try one for an unbiased review but was a no go, haha.