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Phoenix Tears (RSO)

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Benefits of Phoenix Tears (RSO)

How to Use Phoenix Tears (RSO)

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What is RSO?

Simply put, RSO is a cannabis oil made from the whole plant (like Phoenix Tears), not just trichomes. The long extraction process is like making a tincture. RSO is very dark and doesn't taste great since it uses the entire plant. RSO was created to treat cancer and other conditions like MS and asthma. Though Rick Simpson no longer makes it himself, it's still used by patients across North America.

Who is Rick Simpson?

Rick Simpson didn't intend to become a cannabis icon. He was an engineer in Canada in 1997 when he was exposed to asbestos on the job, causing him to pass out and injure himself. He developed tinnitus and dizziness, with no medication helping. Despite illegality and his doctor's advice, he used medical marijuana with great success. In 2003 Simpson was diagnosed with skin cancer. By then, cannabis was legal for medical use in Canada, but he still faced obstacles. A 1975 study showed cannabis inhibited tumor growth in mice, inspiring Simpson to create RSO. Simpson claims he cured his cancer by applying RSO topically, but this hasn't been verified. He began giving RSO away to patients for free. In 2009 his property was raided and plants seized, so Simpson moved to Croatia to avoid prosecution.

Benefits of RSO

While lacking clinical research, many anecdotal reports say RSO helps manage symptoms of various conditions. As more states legalize cannabis, more data is becoming available. A 2013 study showed RSO drastically reduced leukemic cells in a terminal cancer patient without side effects. RSO is said to help with MS, epilepsy, cancer, insomnia, chronic pain, asthma and more. The high THC content offers potential therapeutic effects like pain relief, appetite stimulation, improved sleep and reduced nausea. But more studies are still needed.

Rick Simpson Oil for Cancer Treatment

While RSO shows promise in managing cancer symptoms based on some studies and anecdotal evidence, more research is still needed. Cancer patients interested in RSO should involve their healthcare team to explore safe options. RSO may offer pain relief, appetite stimulation, and other benefits, but outcomes can vary. Cancer patients should consult their doctor before trying RSO.

RSO for Back Pain

Most RSO recipes call for high-THC, indica-dominant cannabis. The final product is highly intoxicating, so dosing starts small. THC binds to receptors that reduce sensations of pain. RSO can be an effective remedy for chronic back pain, which plagues up to 80% of people at some point. The high THC content of most RSO binds with receptors in the brain and nerves, reducing feelings of pain. Slowly increasing dosage helps avoid an overly strong intoxicating effect.

Is RSO Dangerous?

While RSO itself is not inherently dangerous due to the high THC concentration, improper homemade preparation can introduce risks. Purchasing lab-tested RSO from licensed dispensaries such as Birch + Fog provides the highest quality and safety. If opting to make it yourself, take extreme care in handling flammable solvents in an open, well-ventilated area. RSO from dispensaries is lab-tested for quality and safety. Homemade versions can be risky due to the solvents used. Licensed dispensaries are the best source of quality RSO.

Where to Get RSO

You can find 5 different types of Rick Simpson oil at Birch + Fog, as well as at our authorized retailers fine stores in Vancouver, Toronto, Regina, and Montreal.

How to Use RSO

The two main ways to use RSO are orally and topically. Simpson himself used it topically to purportedly cure skin cancer. It takes weeks to build up tolerance to RSO without getting overly intoxicated. Benefits may be felt within days, but most notice significant effects after reaching 1 gram per day, which can take 4-5 weeks. For skin conditions, apply RSO topically. For internal use, ingest it. This requires gradually increasing doses over weeks. Consult a doctor familiar with RSO to discuss proper use. Dosing often starts with half a grain of rice-sized dose 3 times a day, slowly increasing over 90 days to 1 gram per day. Once the 90-day regimen is done, a maintenance dose of 1-2 grams per month is recommended.

RSO Dosing Regimen

In summary, slowly ramping up RSO dosage over a 90 day period can help patients acclimate while minimizing side effects. Finding one's ideal maintenance dose after the regimen is also key. Consistent tracking and dosage adjustment ensures optimal outcomes. Here is a quick reference chart below for your convenience:

Week #Ideal dosage
1Half a grain of rice (1/4 a syringe drop) every eight hours
2Half a grain of rice (1/4 a syringe drop) every eight hours
3Half a grain of rice (1/4 a syringe drop) every eight hours
4Start doubling your dose to a full grain of rice (1/2 a syringe drop) every eight hours
5Two full grains of rice (1 syringe drop) every eight hours
6Four full grains of rice (2 syringe drops) every eight hours
7-12Now you'll ingest about a gram of RSO daily, spread over three doses, every eight hours. Use syringe measurements for accurate dosing.
MaintenanceAfter the 90-day treatment, take 1-2 grams a month to maintain cannabinoids. One gram is about eight drops; we recommend a small daily dose for best effects.

Cooking with RSO

In summary, you can definitely use RSO to make infused foods, drinks and baked goods. To keep its strength, avoid exposing it to over 300°F. Instead, add RSO after cooking or in things needing little to no heat. Adding RSO to recipes provides longer lasting effects than other methods.

Smoking and Dabbing RSO

In summary, you can smoke RSO when combined right with flower or mixes. Dabbing is an option but only with pure, lab-tested RSO, not homemade stuff. Carefully check the strength of effects, starting small. Smoking or dabbing RSO requires extra care but can be done safely.

Side Effects of RSO

In summary, slowly ramping up RSO doses helps reduce side effects. CBD can also counteract unwanted THC effects. While mostly positive for patients, custom dosage and tracking side effects is key for optimizing benefits. Take a cautious, gradual approach to find your best RSO protocol. Here are the links from rxleaf.com replaced with alternative sources:

Rick Simpson Oil / Phoenix Tears Legality

How to make Rick Simpson Oil / Phoenix tears

These guidelines follow Rick Simpson's process for making 60 grams of RSO. Perform this in an open, ventilated space since the solvents used are highly flammable. Avoid any flames or sparks during the process.

Required Ingredients

Equipment Needed


Step 1

Place the dried cannabis into one 5-gallon bucket. Slowly pour in solvent until all plant matter is submerged. Use the wooden spoon to stir and soak while adding solvent.

Step 2

Once fully soaked, continue stirring the mixture for 3 minutes so the THC dissolves into the solvent, infusing about 80% of THC.

Step 3

Strain the plant matter out of the solvent using a coffee filter or cheesecloth into the second bucket.

Step 4

Return the plant matter to the first bucket, add more solvent and stir for 3 more minutes.

Step 5

Drain this second batch of solvent through the filter into the second bucket. Discard the remaining plant matter.

Step 6

Pour the solvent into a rice cooker until about 3/4 full. Turn on the rice cooker, which should maintain 210-230°F to decarboxylate cannabis and evaporate solvent.

Step 7

As solvent evaporates, gradually add more mixture to rice cooker.

Step 8

Once solvent fully evaporates, use a funnel to fill syringes with the oil for easy dosing. If too thick, run syringe under hot water.

Phoenix Tears (RSO) Summary

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Benefits and Use


In summary, RSO is a versatile cannabis oil created by Rick Simpson that many have found therapeutic for managing symptoms of conditions like chronic pain, MS, cancer and more. Proper dosing helps avoid side effects. While anecdotal evidence is positive, more research is still needed.
We have an incredible wealth of information in the tabs above, listed in point form Q & A to help answer any questions you could possibly have in regards to this category of cannabis products. If you would like to read even more information, please check out the Fog Blog where we make entire articles about the most important aspects of how to benefit from cannabis products safely and effectively, as well as ideas for how to get the most from your experience in our store, and with respect to your use of THC & CBD products. We have also created a beginners guide as well as a number of articles about Rick Simpson Oil to help you along your journey to wellness and listed it below for your convenience:
Getting started with Phoenix Tears | A Beginners GuideRick Simpson Oil - The Ultimate 2023 GuideHow do you Use Rick Simpson Oil for Cancer?

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