What Is RSO?

RSO cannabis oil

In the medical side of Cannabis, a product known as Rick Simpson Oil or simply RSO has become a staple. Many who use this product swear by it as a cure-all, citing everything from dealing with chronic pain, to treating gastric issues, and even so far as curing cancer! RSO was developed in 2003 by a man named Rick Simpson as a treatment for his metastatic skin cancer. After successfully treating himself and going into remission, Rick began promoting his oil nationwide, leading to the staple product that we have today. But what is RSO?
Speaking from a chemical perspective, RSO is an extract made with ethanol and using the whole plant, from stalk to bud. It is made by soaking the plant matter in the ethyl alcohol for several months, simultaneously dissolving the active ingredients and activating the THC. The excess ethanol is then evaporated off and the resulting sticky black substance is RSO. Fully edible and entirely activated, RSO is, gram for gram, the most potent edible that one can ingest, save distillate.
One must be fairly careful when administering their dosage, and as a result, more often than not RSO is sold in a needle-less syringe in order to facilitate this. After all, it is easier to get an exact amount out of a syringe than trying to scoop it out of a jar. It is also very important to know exactly how many mg of THC are in each gram. All store bought RSO will have a THC percentage on the packaging, often between 50% and 80% give or take a few. In order to convert this to milligrams simply move the decimal place over one space, for example, a 75.5% THC RSO will have 755mg of THC. Typically on the side of the syringe there will be notches indicating the amount of RSO in the syringe, simply divide the milligram amount by the number of notches to determine how many mg are in each section and this can be used as a method to determine your dose. If you don’t feel like doing any math however, a glob about the size of an uncooked grain of rice is a safe standard dose for a beginner. I would strongly recommend not using any more than this until you know how that amount will affect you, you can always take more, but you can’t retroactively take less.
In addition to RSO being an easier method of consumption, there are also various other benefits. Being a whole-plant extract, RSO contains a very strong terpenoid and cannabinoid profile. While present in regular bud, these compounds act very differently when ingested instead of smoked. Due to being processed by the liver and carried through the bloodstream at a slower rate, these compounds have a greater availability within your body allowing one to get the most out of their RSO in medical terms. Another plus to consuming RSO is the elimination of the need to smoke, removing the one potentially hazardous aspect of cannabis consumption. Heck, the only downside to RSO in my experience has been the taste, which is very planty, somewhat like wheatgrass but with a more “weedy” flavor.
Of all the ways that one can consume cannabis, Rick Simpson Oil has got to be among the most efficient methods in terms of its sheer medical benefit. With a profile of compounds unseen in any other form of concentrate, RSO has the potential to provide the people who need it with the kind of treatment that simply can’t be touched by other products. If you have a medical need, I would strongly recommend trying some RSO, and as a daily user of it myself I can attest to its efficacy, at least for my own treatment. Do yourself a favor and try it out, it may very well be the “holy grail” you’ve been looking for.

  • Budtender Andrew

Terpene Talk: How Terpenes Affect Your High

cannabis terpenes affect your high

Imagine your daily trip to the local Washington cannabis dispensary. You have your typical place, and probably by now, your favorite trusted budtender. But when you take a look at the menu each day, what’s the first thing you think of? Most people narrow it down to one of two things:

1. Indica vs. Sativa

2. THC Percentage

However, there is so much more to your high than the type of strain and the potency. In fact, many cannabis connoisseurs testify that they have enjoyed a batch of bud testing at 15% THC much more than a different strain from a different grower testing at 30%. This is in good part due to the strain’s terpene content.

What Are Terpenes?

Have you ever cracked open a jar of some freshly-bought Sour Diesel, and immediately been sideswiped by a rush of its citric diesel aroma? Have you ever peeled open a bag of some Dutch Treat, only to be pulled downward into a sticky patch of lemon and maple syrup? You, my friend, have experienced terpenes in their best form.

Terpenes are the naturally-occurring chemical compounds that give cannabis its unique smell and flavor. In fact, every plant on earth has terpenes, from lavender to eucalyptus, from dandelions to oak trees.

In cannabis, a strain’s specific effects also have a lot to do with its terpene profile. This is why bud that tests lower in THC can often have much more desirable effects than its higher-testing counterpart. So let’s look at the most common terpenes found in cannabis, and their effect on the high.

The Most Popular Terpenes

Myrcene

Generally when you feel like a strain has a really strong “indica-type feel”, with relaxing or sedating effects, it means that the strain is high in myrcene. Myrcene is one of the most prevalent terpenes in cannabis, and is great for relaxing your muscles and helping you sleep after a long day.

Limonene

Just like it sounds, limonene is the citric lemon terpene. In nature, it is found in, you guessed it, lemons! Popular cannabis strains like Super Lemon Haze and Pineapple Express are high in limonene. This terpene is known to have anti-carcinogenic effects, and may help fight cancer cell growth as well!

Linalool

This terpene can be found naturally in mint, lavender, and cinnamon, and also many spicy and sour types of cannabis, such as Sour Diesel and Amnesia Haze. Linalool can be used for anti-inflammatory effects, which makes it popular for users of medical cannabis in Washington.

Eucalyptol

In terms of smell, this one speaks for itself. Eucalyptol is the main extract taken from the eucalyptus plant. And in cannabis, it will be used for the same medical and therapeutic effects. Eucalyptol has a spicy aroma and is extremely helpful for general relaxation and mental clarity.

Pinene

Pinene is exactly how it sounds. It gives your bud that classic sappy pine taste and smell. It has calming effects, and can help elevate moods and induce a deep relaxation.

Alpha Bisabolol

Tough to say, but simple to recognize. Alpha Bisabolol is found in chamomile among many other plants. In cannabis, it can have anti-inflammatory and painkilling effects.

These are just a few of the dozens of terpenes that change the way you experience your cannabis. Ask your Mary Jane’s House of Grass budtender about the different terpene profiles in their favorite recreational cannabis strain. You may find that you’ll have a new favorite strain that you never knew existed. Remember; it’s not just about the THC percentage. Do yourself a favor, and try a few varieties of strains with different terpene profiles, and find which works best for you. You may find a new favorite!

-Budtender Matt

Sunshine is Doing it Right

Sunshine Farms Washington, Vancouver

Sunshine Farms is an indoor grow discreetly located in an industrial section of Vancouver. You’d never know what was happening in the building until you step into the lobby and get a massive nose full of terpenes. It’s that beautiful, unmistakable scent of sweet cannabis flowering away. The deep breaths and luxurious sighs of my fellow tourists as we stepped into the facility was a sure sign that we’d found the right place.

The people of Sunshine Farms are exceptional. The growers have over 120 years combined experience and it shows in the beautiful happy plants they grow. Everyone there is friendly and happy. Of course, we all work in the weed industry, so what is there to be sad about. Right?

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One of the first things we noticed was that this grow was exceptionally clean. No debris, no spills, no vegetation on the floor. It’s very important to keep your grow spotless. No place for little nasties to lay in wait to ambush your crop.

The first room we visited was the clone room. The mother plants standing tall and proud with their little clones aeroponically rooting in the back corner. After the clones have sufficiently happy roots they are moved into a coconut bark mulch, where they appear to thrive. These are some seriously happy plants. Nothing compared to my dismal home herb garden. I’m surprised they even let me in this place. They must not know about my brown thumb. Anyway…

From the clone room we moved to the veg room where little clones go to grow up. It’s like, college for clones. They are trained carefully and lovingly pruned back to support only the best colas, as well as to help keep vegetation from allowing bugs to hide.sunshine farms cannabis vancouver mother plants

Pest control is always important to us. We look at pest control methods very carefully to make sure there are no chemicals used and no residuals left on the final product. Not all companies test for residual pesticide, so we keep an eye out for you. I’m happy to report that Sunshine uses no chemical pesticides, only natural pest control methods here. That’s a win for everyone.

The flower room was remarkable. Several strains were already showing impressive colas even though they are nearly two weeks from harvest. They’re developing some very interesting strains, like one that tested at about 4% THC and 17.6% CBD. You’ll see it on our shelves as soon as it’s ready.

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Trimming and packaging were under way as we wrapped up the tour. Worker bees were diligently hand trimming some really gorgeous looking buds. Nice, large, dense nugs that looked and smelled amazing. I can’t wait for them to arrive in the store! I’ll bet you can’t either.

Overall, Sunshine has a great grow operation. Clean and well kept, and met our high vetting standards. Which is why you can now find Sunshine Farms on our shelves. Come in and get hooked up with one of their delicious strains today!