Cannabis Oil: The Ultimate Guide [2019]

Making Cannabis Oil or RSO (Rick Simpson Oil) is a great way to create a plant-based substance which can be used as a medicine against many diseases but could also be used just for relaxation. As more and more countries realize that cannabis isn’t as harmful as thought the awareness of cannabis and its health benefits is growing. This guide will tell you everything there is to know about Cannabis Oil and how to make it.

What is Rick Simpson Oil?

Rick Simpson is a Canadian cancer survivor who treated his skin cancer with cannabis oil. He first started experimenting with Cannabis after an accident at the hospital where he worked left him with tinnitus. After watching a documentary about the benefits of Cannabis use he asked his doctor for medical marijuana but he refused it as a possible treatment. However, this did not stop Rick Simpson as he started to experiment on his own and saw significant improvement in his tinnitus.

In 2003, after noticing three bumps on his arm Rick went to see the doctor. After the doctor did a biopsy of the bumps it appeared the bumps were basal cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer. With the previous success of cannabis and his tinnitus, Rick decided to treat the bumps with cannabis oil. He first applied cannabis oil on the bumps and then covered it with bandages for several days.

After four days he removed the bandages and saw that the cancer bumps had disappeared. Although many doctors denied Rick’s findings or disagreed with them he still believed in the curing ability’s of Cannabis.

The video below will show and tell the full story of Rick Simpson.

Because of his great success, he started to provide and share information on how to produce this oil. This movement has become so known that it is now called RSO or Rick Simpson Oil which is actually cannabis oil. Nowadays he has his own website and still carries on to spread the word about Cannabis oil.

Cannabis Oil VS CBD Oil

It is important to notice that cannabis oil is not the same as CBD oil because the cannabinoid THC is not present in CBD oil which is also why cannabis oil is illegal in some states and countries and CBD oil is not. However, CBD oil can be made using the same guide but your trim should not contain THC. To make CBD oil you should use constituents of the hemp plant. The hemp plant is identically the same as the cannabis plant but the female plants have very low levels of THC.

10 Health Benefits of Cannabis oil

Cannabis oil contains all kinds of cannabinoids. The most known are THC and CBD. Research has shown that these cannabinoids have multiple health benefits.

  1. Research has found that Cannabis oil carries the ability to reduce glaucoma by effectively lowering intraocular pressure and having neuroprotective actions.
  2. Cannabis oil affects the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the body by acting as an antagonist to relieve pain.
  3. By reducing inflammation in the lungs cannabis oil can help with asthma symptoms.
  4. Using Cannabis oil relieves anxiety and stress But could under specific circumstances also cause anxiety.
  5. By effectively lowering the level of inflammation cannabis oil can be used to relieve arthritis.
  6. Cannabis oil contains lots of fatty acids and vitamin E which enhances hair health.
  7. THC promotes deep sleep and thereby increases sleep longevity.
  8. By slowing down tumor growth research has shown that cannabis oil could prevent cancer.
  9. By breaking off sugars in the blood cannabis oil increases appetite.
  10. Reduces inflammation.

Interactions and Side Effects of Cannabis Oil

If you are on other medication and have doubts about possible interactions with Cannabis Oil you can check out this website. The website provides a search function which will show any interaction with Cannabis and will tell you exactly how major or minor the interaction is. In addition, the website also provides information regarding the use of Cannabis while breastfeeding or being pregnant.

Depending on the dosage Cannabis oil could also cause side effects like a decrease in concentration, memory and reaction time. However, if these side effects are found unpleasant lowering the dosage will make sure they will not occur.

Cannabis Oil and Pets

Cannabis Oil could be beneficial for pets but should be taken with caution. The high levels of THC often found in Cannabis oils are not ideal for pets. This can cause many side effects in dogs and cats, including increased anxiety, low blood pressure, aggressive behavior, extreme lethargy, and incontinence. Therefore pets find more health benefits with Cannabis oils that are higher in CBD than THC.

When pets are given Cannabis oils that contain the ideal dosage of THC and CBD it could have a positive influence on the quality of their life. Especially in the later part of a pets life, Cannabis oil can reduce joint discomfort, reduce stress, reduce situational anxieties, support the immune system and neurological function. To find out more about the use of Cannabis oil for pets you can visit this website.

 How to Make Cannabis Oil

Before we start make sure that you have all the items that are listed below and shown in the picture. Also, make sure that you have enough time because the process of making cannabis oil may take a couple of hours depending on how much oil you are planning to make.

Step 1: Set up, ingredients and appliances.

  • 1 ounce of trim.
  • 95% alcohol for consumption (Everclear for example)
  • 2 glass bowls
  • A 220 micron Bubble bag or a coffee filter
  • A rice cooker
  • 1 cooking scale
  • 1 Wooden spoon
  • 1 possibly a fan
  • Olive oil
  • Pipette bottle(s)

Step 2: Mixing the trim with the alcohol.

In the first part, we will use alcohol to extract the various healing cannabinoids from the trim. To get started put your trim in one of the glass bowls. It is recommended to use glass instead of for example a plastic bucket as the alcohol may extract substances from the plastic that you do not want in your cannabis oil. When all your trim is in your glass bowl we can start to pour alcohol into the bowl until the trim is nicely submerged by the alcohol.

Furthermore, we recommend alcohol and trim to be together no longer than 3 minutes. After 3 minutes all the healing cannabinoids are already extracted and after this other not useful plant material will also be extracted into your oil. As they are of no use and will negatively influence the purity and taste of your oil you should obey the 3-minute rule. So after about 3 minutes, it is time to separate your trim from the alcohol using the second glass bowl.

Step 3: Filter out the plant material.

In this part of the process, you will need your coffee filter or 220-micron bubble bag. Place the filter screen above your second bowl and pour the substance from the first bowl in the second. You now have separated the trim from the alcohol and in your second bowl, you will have alcohol filled with the healing cannabinoids.

Once you have a bowl filled with a clean substance containing alcohol and cannabinoids it is important to check if there are no small parts of the trim still in the substance. If you still see small parts of trim clean your bubble bag or pantyhose and filter your substance a second time. When you are sure your substance is nice and clean we can move on to the next step of the process.

Step 4: Separating the cannabinoids from the alcohol.

In this next step of the process of making Cannabis Oil, we are going to use the rice cooker in order to separate the alcohol from the cannabinoids. The reason why we use a rice cooker is that of the maximum temperature of a rice cooker as it will not exceed much more as 80 C. This is important because most healing cannabinoids will burn with temperatures higher than 100 C. This is also why smoking cannabis is not as beneficial as consuming cannabis oil.

It is very important to notice that the alcohol is highly flammable and the gasses are very unhealthy to breathe in. Therefore it’s best to carry out this step outside or in a well-ventilated room. Before you start evaporating the alcohol make sure you know how much the pan from the rice cookers weighs as it will make it easy to add the right amount of olive oil later on in the process. When you made sure the gasses from the alcohol will cause no harmful situations and you know the weight of your rice cooker pan you are ready to pour your substance slowly into the rice cooker and press on the cook function.

The alcohol will now slowly start to evaporate leaving only a thick paste of cannabinoids at the bottom of the rice cooker eventually. When all the alcohol is gone it is important to keep the oil in the rice cooker until there are no longer bubbles in your oil. When your oil doesn’t show bubbles anymore you know all the alcohol is gone and the oil is ready and safe to consume.

Step 5: Consuming and storing your Cannabis Oil.

Now that your oil is finished you are only one step away from consuming your very own cannabis oil. In this last step, you need to check how much Cannabis oil you have produced exactly. We will first put our pan from the rice cooker on the weighing scale again. If we then take this new weight and subtract the weight from the pan we will know exactly how much cannabis oil we’ve produced.

Once you know the amount we can add the right amount of olive oil in order to make the cannabis oil easily consumable and not too strong for beginners. The most used dilution is 1 part pure cannabis oil and 4 parts olive oil. So if we produced 2 grams of pure cannabis oil we then add 8 grams of olive oil.

The easiest way to blend this is to use your rice cooker again and warm both oils so they will easily blend together. The only thing that is left now is to put your cannabis oil in a pipette bottle so you can easily consume it.

 Tips for Beginners

  • Use a mirror to make sure you don’t take more than one drop from the pipette.
  • Start with a low dose and build up until you have reached your own personal preferred dosage.
  • Use different strains that differ in THC and CBD amount to find the right one for you.
  • Store your Cannabis Oil in a cool and dry place.
  • Watch out for drug tests as you will fail them when you take Cannabis Oil.

Now that you are enriched with the great secrets of the ancient Cannabis plant you can start to benefit from it, some even put it in their hair. With our easy guide, you can make your own natural Cannabis Oil and improve your own health and the health of your loved ones. Share this information using #theherbproject so together we can build the plant-based community and make the world a more peaceful and healthy place!

Hey there! My name is Jennifer Alger and together with my husband Anthony, we are the herb project. As a rock climbing trainer and nature enthusiast, I just love to show everyone the beauty of nature.  I think that society has lost its connection with the earth and by sharing my knowledge I sincerely hope to reconnect people with their own nature again. If you would like to reach out to me you can message me here!

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