For wellness-oriented cannabis consumers, Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) capsules offer a discreet, high-potency dosing solution that doesn’t involve the risks associated with smoking cannabis.
In this post, we’ll explain what RSO is, the potential benefits of incorporating RSO into your wellness routine, and how to make RSO pills or capsules at home.
Rick Simpson Oil is named for the creator of this type of cannabis extract, a Canadian cancer patient named Rick Simpson “who claims to have cured his skin cancer through repeated topical application of Cannabis oil produced according to his own recipe.”
The oil itself is a dark, sticky substance most commonly sold in blunt-tipped syringes designed to make it easy for consumers to measure out small doses of this extremely potent concentrate.
While inhalation might be the most classic way to consume cannabis, RSO capsules offer an alternative consumption method that is safe for your lungs.
They’re also much easier to make and to dose accurately compared to standard edibles like brownies or gummies that have been infused with marijuana.
RSO oral capsules are also small and shelf stable, making them a great option for discreet on-the-go consumption — even if you don’t consume them frequently.
Unfortunately, there is little peer-reviewed literature specifically examining RSO. With that being said, the unique process developed by Simpson shouldn’t change the effects of the terpenes, cannabinoids, and other compounds from the raw cannabis plant that end up in the finished RSO.
This means the effects of your RSO capsules will be entirely dependent on the compounds present in the raw materials used to make the oil contained in the capsules.
For example, capsules containing THC from high-quality raw materials will produce the familiar euphoric effects of THC and have a similar effect on “pain, spasticity, sedation, appetite, and mood.”
While you can absolutely stop by your local dispensary to pick up a syringe of RSO, you can also make RSO at home from your own cannabis flower.
You can also make Rick Simpson Oil from hemp or CBD flower if you’re not interested in the psychoactive effects of THC but are looking for a way to consistently take large doses of CBD.
The process for making RSO is somewhat similar to the process for making an alcohol-based cannabis tincture.
In short, to make RSO, you’ll need to follow the process for making the tincture and then reduce that solution to the right concentration and viscosity through evaporation.
This can be done by pouring your finished tincture into a small pot and bringing it to a simmer in a well-ventilated area. Alternatively, a slow cooker allows you to reduce the tincture without an open flame, making the process a bit safer.
Regardless of how you heat it up, continue simmering the tincture until you’re left with just the concentrated cannabis oil — this is your RSO. You can then store the RSO in a blunt-tipped syringe or jar until you’re ready to add it to your capsules.
If you’d like to go straight to the source for your process, however, Simpson himself has written out a much more detailed walkthrough of the entire process for making your own RSO at home on his website as well.
Before diving into the process for making RSO capsules, let’s go over some of the tools and ingredients you’ll need.
Gather the following in the space where you plan to make your RSO capsules:
Next, the capsule making process. To make your RSO capsules, follow these steps:
Simpson recommends storing RSO in a dark bottle or stainless steel container, and the same should be done for capsules containing RSO. According to Simpson, your capsules should “maintain [their] medicinal potency for a great number of years.”
As a final note, we’d like to remind you that RSO is a highly potent concentrate, and you should be extremely cautious when it comes to your dosing. Start low and go slow, as the saying goes.
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