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What’s the difference?

RSO and Distillate

When it comes to cannabis concentrates, there is a whole world of products to choose from, ranging from shatters and crumbles to meringues, sugars, distillates, RSO, and kief, and they all fall under the term “concentrate.” What this means is that these products have gone through a process of refinement to extract the THC from the plant (flower) and make it more potent.


How Can I Use a Concentrate?

There are a variety of ways to use concentrates, but most are consumed by dabbing them or otherwise inhaling them into the lungs. They can also be used to enhance flower, top bowls, and line blunts and joints. Marijuana concentrates can also be consumed orally by letting them dissolve under the tongue sublingually, and they can also be added to a carrier oil or lotion and applied topically.


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What is a Distillate?

Distillates are a type of marijuana concentrate that is strongly desired for their potency, ease of use, and multiple applications. Distillates are refined in a process that separates the plant matter from other components, leaving a very pure and potent end product.

The only disadvantage to distillate is that terpenes and flavonoids are removed during the extraction process, so some flavor is lost. Terpenes can be added later for taste and effect, but the main advantage of distillate is the purity and potency of the product.

One of the most popular ways to use distillate is by dabbing it, which consists of heating the product and vaporizing it. This is usually done with a glass device called a “dab rig,” but sometimes a vaporizer pen is used.

Distillates can also be used to “paint” a blunt or joint, enhancing the potency of the flower. If smoking or vaping is not your thing, distillates can also be consumed orally, by eating them directly or adding them to your favorite baked good. They can also be used topically when combined with lotion or a carrier oil, such as coconut or almond oil.


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What is RSO?

RSO stands for “Rick Simpson Oil” and is also a diverse product that falls under the umbrella term “cannabis concentrate.” This should not be vaporized, smoked, or otherwise inhaled into the lungs. RSO can be used both orally and topically by adding it to a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil and made into capsules or by adding it to food. It also can be added to lotion or balm and rubbed directly on the skin.


RSO vs Distillate?

Since RSO cannot be dabbed or smoked, why would one choose it over distillate? What is the difference between RSO and distillate? During its refinement process, all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids are kept intact, unlike distillate, which strips the oil of everything except the THC. This preserves the flavonoids, terpenes, and full-spectrum of cannabinoids; it is the concentrate closest to the cannabis plant itself.

It is important to note that Rick Simpson, the man who invented RSO, never consumed RSO orally; he used the product topically to cure his skin cancer.

A documentary called “Run from the Cure” was released in 2009 about Rick and his story. You can check it out on YouTube or watch it below. For more information on Rick and his story, visit his website here.



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Dr. Rene Pulido is a Mayo Clinic-trained Jacksonville-based family medicine practitioner and expert in medical cannabis and alternative treatments. He was tired of seeing patients needlessly suffering from common ailments such as chronic pain, hypertension, anxiety, and stress and saw how medical cannabis improved and saved lives without relying on pharmaceuticals.

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    Cannabis and High Blood Pressure

    Did you know that one in three American adults has high blood pressure?

    If left untreated, high blood pressure (also known as hypertension) can lead to cardiovascular disease, which increases the risk for heart attack, kidney disease, and stroke. Additionally, one of the single greatest contributing factors to high blood pressure is stress. Medical Cannabis has a dual-purpose effect of treating both the underlying physiologic causes of hypertension and its greatest trigger, chronic stress. When considering effectiveness, side effect profile, and safety, there is no better treatment for stress than medical cannabis.


    A 2017 study by the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago “found that THC at low doses reduced stress, while higher doses had the opposite effect, underscoring the importance of dose when it comes to THC and its effects.” This dose-dependent relationship is an important benefit because patients can gain relief from their stress without needing high doses of THC. Thus, patients can find relief from their symptoms without any psychoactive effects.


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    A 2007 study by McGill University found that THC works as an anti-depressant in low doses but worsens depression at higher doses. These similar findings suggest marijuana can be very effective in low doses and one does not need to consume a high dose of THC in order to see relief from their symptoms.

    Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-psychotropic component found in cannabis.  CBD has proven especially beneficial for treating high blood pressure, as studies show it has vasodilatory effects in humans and rats. CBD is most often taken orally or sublingually, in capsule or tincture form, but can also be inhaled.

    According to NORML, “animal studies demonstrate that anandamide <link to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anandamide> and other endocannabinoids profoundly suppress cardiac contractility in hypertension and can normalize blood pressure, leading some experts to speculate that the manipulation of the endocannabinoid system ‘may offer novel therapeutic approaches in a variety of cardiovascular disorders.’”


    Dr. Rene Pulido is a Mayo Clinic-trained Jacksonville-based family medicine practitioner and expert in medical cannabis and alternative treatments. He was tired of seeing patients needlessly suffering from common ailments such as chronic pain, hypertension, anxiety, and stress and saw how medical cannabis improved and saved lives without relying on pharmaceuticals.

    Come see Dr. Pulido and his team at Affordable Marijuana License today and let us help you kickstart your journey to wellness!

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    Curious to learn more about medical cannabis or to start your medical marijuana treatment? Give the qualified team at Affordable Marijuana Clinic a call at (904) 586-0041 or submit a short application today!

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      Using Cannabis for Pain Reduces Opioid Deaths

      The opioid epidemic is at an all-time high in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 500,000 people died from an overdose involving any opioid from 1999 – 2019.

      The first wave of the epidemic began in the 1990s with the over-prescribing of prescription opioids. The second wave began in the 2010s when users started to turn to heroin instead of pharmaceutical opioids due to tighter legal regulations and thus a decrease in supply. The last wave of the epidemic began in 2013 with the illicit manufacturing of fentanyl. The third wave is especially dangerous as fentanyl can be found in numerous substances, including cocaine, counterfeit pills, and heroin.

      The good news is there is a light at the end of the dark tunnel of opioid addiction. Medical cannabis can help! People have been using medical cannabis for pain since ancient times, and it has been available as a pain treatment since California first legalized medical marijuana in 1996.

      According to NORML, “cannabis access is associated with reduced rates of opioid use and abuse, opioid-related hospitalizations, opioid-related traffic fatalities, opioid-related drug treatment admissions, and opioid-related overdose deaths.”

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      In the first six years after medical cannabis was legalized, research shows that opioid-related deaths decreased in 13 states by roughly 33%.

      Medical cannabis not only treats chronic pain but also the depression and anxiety often associated with it. Many opioid users are able to greatly reduce their opioid medications, and some are able to stop them completely.

      Go the natural route. Try cannabis for pain and see how your life feels free of pharmaceuticals. Call Affordable Marijuana License at 904-586-0041 and let us treat your pain and help you overcome your opioid addiction today!

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