What Is RSO and Can It Help Me?

Cannabis extracts are a go-to consumption method for many, especially in Florida where you’re limited on how much flower you can buy. Options like vapes, tinctures, and syringes can be a more discreet and sometimes more effective way to consume than smoking. Of course, their potency varies depending on the strain of cannabis used, the extraction method used, and what, exactly, was extracted.

Generally, cannabis extracts contain mainly cannabinoids and terpenes. Those compounds are thought to have the most medicinal value, so they’re usually the main target for isolation and extraction. Rick Simpson Oil is special because it’s extracted from the whole plant, meaning it includes more than just cannabinoids and terpenes. Because of its extraction method, RSO contains all the other raw plant properties like flavonoids, phenols, fats, waxes, lipids, and chlorophyll, along with cannabinoids and terpenes.

Using the whole plant to pull all those raw properties makes the extraction process seem like it would be more complicated than others, but that’s one of the many perks of RSO—it’s not. It’s simple enough that it was actually first created from the comfort of Canadian cannabis activist Rick Simpson’s home.


Who Is Rick Simpson?

In the late 1990s, Simpson was working in a hospital boiler room when he fell from his ladder and knocked himself unconscious. After that accident, he suffered from dizziness, a constant ringing in his ears, and insomnia for years. The medicines his doctors were prescribing offered little to no relief, so after some research of his own, Simpson found that cannabis could be effective medicine. He started experimenting and eventually came up with his method for Rick Simpson Oil, the first whole-plant cannabis extract. He ingested it regularly, and it worked, finally relieving him of the constant ringing and dizziness and helping him sleep.

Later, in 2003, three bumps on his body were diagnosed as basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer. In his earlier research, he learned that THC can kill cancer cells, so he applied RSO topically on his bumps to see if it would help. After four days, all three bumps were gone, and they’ve never returned.

Since finding such success with RSO, Simpson has been spreading information and the oil itself to those in need. The benefits of Rick Simpson Oil have resulted in thousands of success stories since.


What Are the Benefits of RSO?

Cannabis research is still lacking while we live under federal prohibition, so there are likely many RSO benefits we don’t know yet. Several studies show cannabis can kill cancer cells and also help prepare cancer cells to better respond to radiation therapy. THC is one of the main cannabis components touted for cancer treatment. Not only does it aid in fighting inflammation and disease but it also helps with chemotherapy side effects like nausea and lack of appetite. 

RSO, which is known to treat different forms of cancer, is usually made with Indica cannabis strains, resulting in very high THC content. But, its other raw plant properties also bring something to the table and can help with muscle spasticity, among other things.

RSO can help treat:

  • Forms of cancer
  • Pain and inflammation
  • Asthma
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure


How Do I Use RSO?

It’s important to note that success with RSO is dependent on how much you take. Simpson recommends ingesting 60 grams over 90 days as treatment and then continuing with a smaller, monthly maintenance dose, but be sure to consult with your physician before giving it a try. He suggests starting with three doses a day, each the size of about half a grain of rice. Especially if you’re new to cannabis, start low and slow. Everyone has a different tolerance level and different reactions, so you want to make sure you’re taking the right approach for you.

Part of that approach is also about how you take your RSO. It can be taken orally, sublingually, or be applied topically, so you’ll need to narrow down what you’re treating. Simpson himself is a great guide, ingesting RSO to treat his head injury and applying it topically to treat his skin cancer, but you’ll want to ask your doctor for their recommendation first.


Where Can I Get RSO in Florida?

As one of the largest and most advanced providers of medical cannabis in Florida, VidaCann has what you need. We just rolled out our new Duct Tape RSO in a glass syringe with stainless steel plunger. The syringe allows you to measure an exact dosage without losing any precious oil, making it a model way to administer your RSO. Plus, syringes make it easy to consume your RSO however you need—topically, orally, or sublingually.

The cannabis strain we use, Duct Tape, is a THC-heavy hybrid of Original Gorilla Glue (GG#4) and Do-Si-Dos. Big in flavor and smell, its top terpenes are myrcene, caryophyllene, and limonene, all which help to reduce anxiety and add to the overall entourage effect of the plant’s compounds. With full body and mind effects, Duct Tape is a potent, ideal strain for RSO.

It can be hard to believe that something so simple can be so healing, but RSO is backed by thousands of success stories. If you’re ready to give it a try, you can order RSO online from us today. With in-store, curbside pick-up, and no-contact delivery options available, you can start medicating and experiencing RSO’s benefits today. We can’t wait to hear your success story in three months!



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