In the wonderful world of cannabis, we are introduced to two terms that you may or may not be familiar with. These terms are acronyms known as FECO (Full Extract Cannabis Oil) and RSO (Rick Simpson Oil). FECO and RSO are taking extraordinary leaps and bounds in helping patients regain confidence in their daily lives. That being said, there are many questions that come along with this understanding. Here are few answers to some of the questions that you might have.
You may be asking yourself, what is FECO?
FECO is a highly condensed form of cannabis that is a great option for anyone looking for an organic alternative to conventional medication for differing ailments such as pain relief, anxiety, and even insomnia. It is made by taking the flower or bud of the plant and placing it in an airtight container, pouring a solvent into the container, and then heating the mixture in any slow-cooking appliance that can maintain a steady temperature of approximately 220 degrees Fahrenheit.
Slow-cooking at this temperature will allow decarboxylation or decarbing to take place. This is a process that activates the compound THC (also known as tetrahydrocannabinol) and is an important step when using FECO or RSO to infuse cannabis into foods.
Is FECO More Potent Than Other Products on the Market Today?
The wonderful thing about cannabis is that it’s a very versatile plant. Different types of cannabinoids have different types of nutritional properties, many of which we have yet to discover. That is why it is always a good idea to find which variant works the best for you. Several patients have said that the use of this precious oil has left them feeling more balanced and satisfied in their nutritional needs. So, yes, in short because of its high potency you can ingest a small amount (about the size of a grain of rice to start) and have the benefits be equal to having taken larger quantities of other forms of cannabis products.
So, Then, How Do You Use It?
FECO and RSO both are meant to be taken orally or applied topically to the affected area. This option is for those who want to manage certain skin conditions without the psychoactive effects of taking the oil by mouth.
Some patients have remarked that RSO and/or FECO may be taken as a suppository. Like when applied topically there aren’t any psychoactive effects when taken this way, however, it is important to note that the cleansing properties will not pass through the liver as it does when taking it orally. When on a regiment of RSO and/ or FECO, inflammation was considerably decreased, the skin was clearer, noticeably more elastic, and supple. Sleep was reportedly better and a feeling of overall health was increased.
What is the Difference between FECO and RSO?
The difference between RSO and FECO is the type of alcohol used in the processing. For RSO you would use 99% isopropyl, more commonly known as rubbing alcohol, and FECO uses food-grade grain alcohol (ethanol). The difference in the solvent you chose gives you a different color and consistency to the end product but also changes some of the healing properties (potency) of each oil.
Using 99% isopropyl would sometimes give a lighter amber color and viscous consistency while using grain alcohol (ethanol) can produce a darker color and a thicker consistency. Another determining factor that led to the potency level of the end product was not only the difference in alcohol used but whether or not trim, shake, or leaves were added and what strain of cannabis was used, to begin with. Both RSO and FECO have an earthy herb-like taste that some find to be a bit harsh, or even foul-tasting so grab a chaser!
The continual medical uses of this product, regardless of which one you choose to use, can be astoundingly helpful. This plant is paving the way in creating new, organic treatment options for the symptoms of serious medical conditions that, in just our recent history, were labelled untreatable.
It seems to be proving itself as a natural option with a tsunami wave of astounding stories that take well-being into healing. It is with high hopes we can find even more uses for this phenomenal plant.