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.
- 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.
Since our program in Pennsylvania does not currently approve tasty edibles in our dispensaries, we have to make our own. For parents caring for young patients, these gummies can make dosing both more precise and enjoyable for everyone. The molds I used created gummies that range from about 5-10 mg per bear.
Either Distillate or RSO can be used in this recipe- however, one should be careful with their heat in this venture- if we are not swift enough with filling our gummy molds, reheating the mixture may cause a significant weakening of the strength of the resulting gummies.
Distillate syringes are fully activated already so they can be used either like RSO in recipes/ingested raw or it can be utilized like a typical concentrate and vaporized. Distillate often has a lighter taste, color, and slightly thinner consistency over RSO. (Always check with your budtender to make certain you are purchasing the correct products, just to make sure.)
Transforming your dispensary products into gummies have the benefit of creating even dosages of medicine that last for several hours in a delivery method that is tasty and easy to dispense.
Cooking Spray: I chose coconut oil spray, it worked well. Try to avoid sprays with added flour or unwanted flavors.
Measuring Cups/Spoons: Cooking is a Science. Measure carefully and the results will be consistent every time.
Glass Measuring Cup: Easy to pour and clean; also, you can see what you are doing more easily.
Silicone Food-Grade Candy molds: I used these, they came with the dropper. There are countless shapes available. I chose these for the small size allowing for more exact dosages.
Eyedropper or Condiment Bottle: To quickly and accurate fill your gummy molds. The dropper that came with my silicone molds works perfectly.
Whisk or Fork: to stir your concoction. A whisk is faster, but a fork will suffice.
Small Saucepan: One used for gravy is perfect, but any will do. Smaller ones are easier to work with for this recipe.
One container full of tap-warm water to prepare the syringe: If you submerge your syringe in slightly warm water, the product is easier to extract.
Many people will need to choose a recipe based on what cannabis products they have to work with.
We are focusing on making the perfect cannabis gummies with an alcohol-based cannabis tincture, a QWET tincture, or FECO/RSO or any other type of cannabis concentrate for this recipe.
By following these easy directions, you can create a delicious cannabis gummy that is the perfect texture and consistency, with no separation or sweating.
It is important to note that gummy taste and texture preferences are subjective, and for this reason, I recommend you try this recipe with *non* cannabis-infused products first.
That way, you know if you like the taste and texture of the recipe before incorporating your hard-earned cannabis products.