RSO and CBD oil, and which one Do I need?

December 12, 2020 Tara Eveland 4 min read

It’s the year 2020, and perhaps the most common question I come across is what is RSO and CBD oil, and which one do I need? In this post I’ll explain what both oils are, what they do, and which one you should consider taking daily. If this helps, consider checking out my other posts by subscribing per email at the bottom of this page.

How does RSO and CBD oil differ?

Although CBD oil and RSO oil (Rick Simpson Oil) are both products of the cannabis plant, they differ in many ways. Many people tend to confuse the two terms and even use them interchangeably. As I write this it is the end of the year 2020, and so much confusion still abounds around using both of these oils. Although CBD was federally legalized almost 2 years ago in America, and many states now have legal access to RSO as well, the topic of the plant still remains ‘taboo’ enough to hinder the education that is needed. It’s my sincere hope that this short blog post will help guide you to a better understanding of RSO Oil and CBD Oil as well as help decide which might be best for your own cannabis health journey.

What is RSO Oil?

Also known as Rick Simpson Oil, RSO Oil became well known after it was used by Rick Simpson, who dealt with his skin cancer by applying cannabis oil in specific dosages. His famous documentary, which was known as “Run from the Cure,” depicts how he healed his cancer using RSO oil. Users of RSO oil believe that it has the capability to provide immediate effects from epileptic seizures, cancer, and some chronic diseases.

At the time of writing this, RSO is now most commonly referred to as “Phoenix Tears” and is widely available in cannabis pharmacies around the world. I won’t dig into the nitty gritty, but to sum it up quickly, Phoenix Tears oil is just the newer, shinier, upgraded version of the classic we all know as Rick Simpson Oil. For those nerdy like myself and interested in really dig into the difference later, I’ll link Rick Simpsons official website HERE, but for the purpose of this post I will use the terms RSO/Phoenix Tears interchangeably to refer to extremely potent decarboxylated cannabis extracts produced from strong sedative Indica strains, which have THC levels in the 90% range.

What is CBD oil? 

Also known as cannabidiol oil, CBD oil is well known for its medicinal and therapeutic benefits to the human body. CBD oil is low in THC and high in cannabidiol, which is of great benefit to the human body. This is due to mainly being derived from the ‘hemp’ plant (cannabis plant under .3% THC) Research has shown that CBD oil has the ability to provide healing from seizures, migraines, pains, depression, and anxiety, among others while not causing the ‘euphoric’ side effects of THC.  

Differences between RSO Oil and CBD oil

Some of the major differences between RSO Oil and CBD Oil include the following: 

  • THC content: the amount of THC (the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant that makes you feel high) in RSO Oil and CBD oil varies greatly. Since CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant, it has only little trace of THC, usually 0.2 to 0.3%, and other cannabinoids like CBG and CBD but rich in CBD contents. However, Rick Simpson oil is high in THC; it is a full-spectrum extract of cannabis, which contains up to 50 – 60 of THC and 10-15 percent of CBD contents.
  • Legality: CBD oil is considered to be legal in most countries because it contains a low amount of THC, while Rick Simpson oil contains a high amount of THC, which is illegal in most countries. 
  • Cannabis versus hemp plant: Although RSO Oil and CBD Oil are all products of the cannabis plants. However, cannabis plants are subdivided into different strains. While CBD oil is a product of the hemp plant, which is a cannabis-based plant that has high CBD content and low THC. Rick Simpson oil is a product of cannabis indica and sativa strains, which are cultivated for medical purposes and rich in cannabinoid content. 
  • Extraction: While CBD oil can be produced using both the CO2 and solvent extraction method, RSO oil is produced using the solvent-based method. 

Finally, CBD oil and RSO may look alike in every form, but they differ in so many ways, as listed above. While consuming RSO Oil, it is vital to take it in a low amount due to the high amount of THC, which could have a surprising effect on people who are not experienced with edibles. The best way to learn this IMO is in depth research and by speaking to others that have successfully treated themselves using this regimen. With a short Facebook search you are likely to find more than a few groups to discuss RSO with, just be leary of anyone trying to sell it to you online, as mentioned RSO isn’t yet legal in many states and countries.

If you’re looking for IMMEDIATE relief using cannabis products, I highly recommend you check out my Guide to Finding Quality CBD oil. My family has personally used Hempworx brand, 500mg, natural (no flavoring for us) since 2017. You can check out my Youtube to hear our personal testimonies on this brand, or check it out for yourself via our family’s affiliate link here. Of course, as any other blog or affiliate program goes, if you do decide to use the same brand I am recommending to you, I will receive a small commission from the company for the referral of business.

If you’re still confused about what you need or how to start a cannabis therapy regimen, feel free to reach out anytime via email to and I’ll do my best to help you.

Tara Eveland

Free thinker, freedom fighter, fierce mama bear and daughter of the King.

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