Phoenix Tears, a viscous and highly-concentrated cannabis oil known as Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) or Full Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO), is most commonly used via oral ingestion or topical application. It is also possible to smoke or vaporize the substance, though it’s not recommended.

How to Take Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)

You can take Rick Simpson Oil in many ways; the product’s versatility is one of its main draws. Each method of consumption has its own benefits in terms of how effective it is in treating different ailments and illnesses.


Rubbing the RSO into your skin is an easy and effective method to get the product as close to the source of pain or sickness as possible. Drop the oil directly onto the affected area and massage it into your body.

Topical application is most suitable for localized pain, skin inflammation, dryness, or itching; muscle aches and strains; joint pain; back pain; and cramps, including menstrual cramps.

Many people report feeling relief from their symptoms within an hour of application. There have even been cases where skin cancer has been treated with RSO and eliminated within a week. However, the scientific research behind the validity of this claim is ongoing.


The sublingual method, typically used for other oils and cannabis tinctures, involves dropping the oil under the tongue. Hold the oil there for a few minutes (at least) to let it absorb. Then either swishing it around your mouth, cheeks, and gums first or just swallowing the rest. Administering Rick Simpson Oil sublingually is the most popular way, and there are a few reasons why.

This method produces much faster effects compared to eating or drinking the oil. This is because your body absorbs the liquid more efficiently through the membranes inside your mouth, where it can enter the bloodstream.

You can notice the relieving properties within as little as five minutes, although it can take up to fifteen.

Eating It

You can drop Phoenix Tears into your morning tea or coffee, bake it into treats like cakes and cookies, and even add it into salad dressings!

The caveat with this method is that, as with edibles in general, you may be waiting for anywhere from about an hour up to a few hours to feel any effect.

Eating the oil is recommended for stomach or liver cancer due to the proximity of the organs to the digestive system through which the oil travels.


Perhaps a lesser-known method of administering cannabis oil is via rectal suppository. This form of consumption has gained traction in Europe recently, as people search for a way to take a full-spectrum oil without experiencing the ‘high’ caused by the psychoactive compound THC contained within the product. A suppository allows your body to access the active ingredients quickly and effectively.

Taking cannabis oil via rectal suppository is the preferred method for treating conditions that manifest in that area of the body, such as prostate, colon, or ovarian cancer.


Although vaporizing has become a trendy way of consuming other cannabis oils, sellers do not recommend this for Rick Simpson oil. To vape or smoke, Phoenix Tears will produce an unpleasant taste, and many vape pens can’t cope with a liquid of such thickness.

If you really intend to vape Phoenix Tears, you can use organic vegetable glycerin to thin out the RSO and make it more manageable for your vape pen.

What Is the Right Dose of Phoenix Tears?

As with any substance, it’s important to take the right dose to get the best results and ensure the most comfortable experience.

RSO Dosage Instructions

Rick Simpson Oil is a highly-concentrated cannabis oil extract, so not much is needed to garner the benefits of the ingredients. A small drop, roughly the size of half a grain of rice, is a good place to start. According to the Rick Simpson Website, users can take this amount three times a day for the first. You can double the dosage for the second week and gradually increasing until you reach the maximum dosage of 1 gram per day. Take the three doses 8 hours apart: morning, afternoon, and before bed. This gradual increase gives your body time to adjust and build up its tolerance to the oil.

It is advisable to continue taking ‘maintenance doses,’ even after the end of your Phoenix Tears treatment period.

If you are looking to use Phoenix Tears for medical reasons, it’s advisable to consult your doctor and discuss the correct dosing pattern for you. You should always start with a new medication slowly and cautiously, as it’s never certain how your body will react.

Where Did Phoenix Tears Come From?

From a workplace accident to Academy Award Winner, the man who created Phoenix Tears is a Canadian man named Rick Simpson—most famous for his medical marijuana activism and being a prevalent member of the cannabis community.

The Rick Simpson Story

In 1997, Rick Simpson worked as an engineer in Nova Scotia when he suffered a serious workplace injury: a fall from height in an asbestos-toxic environment that rendered him unconscious. Although he was treated immediately after the incident, some effects stayed with him long-term. He found himself dealing with tinnitus, headaches, and dizziness.

After trying and failing to cure his symptoms with various pharmaceuticals recommended to him by mainstream medical doctors, he decided to take matters into his own hands and consider alternatives. This led him to medical cannabis. Finding this to be an effective treatment, he began his path toward becoming a cannabis activist.

Years later, in 2003, Simpson was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, manifesting itself in cancerous growths on his hands. Considering his previous experience when looking for alternative medical treatments (his doctor refused him cannabis products), Rick Simpson went right ahead and created his own medicine derived from a cannabis plant: what we now call Rick Simpson Oil.

Rick claims that his skin cancer disappeared after less than a week of topical application of RSO. His claims were never fully scientifically substantiated.

Rick went on to share his production method online in the act of selflessness and generosity that others can take advantage of the many benefits that RSO offers.

What Are Phoenix Tears Used for?

Phoenix Tears is used to treat a variety of health issues, both physical and mental. Many fit people also take Phoenix Tears preemptively to maintain good health inside and out.

Medical Treatments

Of the many medical benefits of Phoenix Tears, this potent oil is prevalently for the treatment of the following conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sleep disorders including insomnia
  • Asthma

Many patients suffering from medical issues like Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and eating disorders have also had a positive reaction to this cannabis oil’s effects. It can help to regulate body weight, reduce high blood pressure, and even ease symptoms of addiction.

Important Note About the Medical Use of Phoenix Tears

For those with an existing medical problem, it’s best to speak with a medical professional before changing treatments plans. RSO can interact with other medicines, and your doctor should be able to tell you if it’s the right route for you to take.

There are some potential side effects to Phoenix Tears, including low blood pressure, slower reaction times, and slower memory. As with other drugs, a patient’s body can react differently depending on many factors. Speak to your medical doctor if you are concerned.

General Health Benefits of Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)

This concentrated cannabis oil has many health benefits. It can help to heal and strengthen vital organs like the pancreas, as well as contributing to good heart health. Some skin care products use it as its ingredients as it is very nourishing.

Can Phoenix Tears Really Help with Cancer?

Whilst Rick Simpson claims that topical treatment with RSO was able to cure his skin cancer within a week, the actual ability of Rick Simpson Oil to kill cancer cells has yet to be decided upon from a scientific standpoint.

Whilst there have been promising results in preliminary studies on mice that look at the ability of THC to stunt cancer cell growth, we need more research specifically as to the effect of RSO and other cannabis oils on cancer cells.

As a treatment for cancer symptoms, however, there is no doubt about the efficacy of Phoenix Tears. When considering how to use Phoenix Tears in this instance, the substance’s noteworthy properties are its ability to increase appetite, reduce pain, and control nausea and vomiting.

Benefits of Rick Simpson Oil

Simple Dosing

Phoenix Tears come in a bottle with a syringe that you can easily dispense individual drops from.

Long-Lasting Product

If you store Phoenix Tears in an airtight container and out of the heat and direct sunlight, its shelf life can be up to a couple of years.

Natural and Organic

Using Phoenix Tears offers a great all-natural and organic alternative to highly processed traditional medicines.

Easy to Access

Not only is Phoenix Tears readily available on the Canadian market, but because you can make it at home, everyone can benefit from it.

Is Rick Simpson Oil the Same as CBD Oil?

RSO and CBD are on different ends of the scale for THC concentration: RSO has extremely high levels, and CBD has very low (usually under 0.3%).

cbd and thc

Whilst you won’t get high from CBD, Phoenix Tears has a potency of up to 90%, which assures some level of psychoactive effect—depending on the dosage and method of administration.

How to Make Phoenix Tears at Home

Thanks to a certain Mr. Rick Simpson, the instructions for homemade Phoenix Tears are freely available online, and the process is relatively easy to follow.

You Need These Items for Homemade Phoenix Tears

Gather the following before you begin:

  • 1 lb of Cannabis Indica flower (be sure to use bud for more oil – a trimmed plant will produce less)
  • 2 gallons of Culinary solvent (food-grade alcohol)
  • 1 deep dish/bowl or small bucket
  • A 5-gallon bucket
  • Rice cooker
  • A food-safe stirring utensil
  • Cheesecloth
  • Syringe

You should also only ever do this in a very well-ventilated room.

Soak the Cannabis in Food-grade Alcohol

Put all cannabis in the bucket, crush it up, and add enough solvent to cover the buds. Give it a good mix for at least a few minutes. At this stage, the THC should be dissolving into the solvent.

Using the cheesecloth, drain the liquid into the bowl, and return the cannabis plant material to the bucket. Repeat the process.

Evaporate the Alcohol

Now you should have a bowl of golden liquid. Transfer the liquid to your rice cooker, and set it at 210–230 °F. Be very careful to avoid any naked flames, and don’t smoke whilst you do this: alcohol is highly flammable, so heat it carefully.

Periodically check on the rice cooker and add more solvent as needed, so it remains around three-quarters full. So that the oil doesn’t overheat, add a few drops of water as necessary.

After the alcohol evaporates, which should take roughly 30 minutes, you’ll be left with dark and greasy oil.

Extract and Store

The extraction process involves siphoning out the oil with a syringe. You can even store it in the syringe for convenience until you want to use it. And there you have your very own Rick Simpson Oil (RSO).

In the video below you will find another simple way of how to make a small portion of DIY Phoenix Tears at home:

Where to Purchase Phoenix Tears

You can buy Phoenix Tears at various outlets and marketplaces in Canada, both physically and online.

This high-quality oil has proved itself to play an important role in many people’s health. It is available on similar terms as medical cannabis and other cannabis oil.

Phoenix Tears: a Round-Up

Knowing how to use Phoenix Tears correctly depends largely on understanding the condition which you intend to treat. This full-extract cannabis oil has an impressive history of fighting cancer, curing illnesses, and providing a better quality of life for sufferers of various ailments. Learning how to administer it (orally, topically, rectally, or by inhalation) is key to getting the most out of this valuable product.