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02-07-2009, 04:24
Phoenix Tears
by Holly Erickson

taken from the Medical Marijuana News and Directory, May/June 2009
available for free at 7-Eleven convenience stores: Denver, CO

"What would you do if you found the cure for cancer?" Rick Simpson, a resident of Nova Scotia, Canada, was just a regular, middle-aged, engineer when he first realized the immense healing benefits of cannabis oil. He was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma in 2002. He cured his skin cancer simply by applying high-grade cannabis oil directly onto the infected areas. Now, six years later he has shared the cure with over one-thousand others.

We all have the right to heal ourselves," he said.

The first time Simpson learned anything about the effects THC has on cancer cells, it was from a very sarcastic radio host in 1975. The radio announcer, laughing hysterically, said, "This report just in: THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, has been found to kill cancer." The announcement had an impact on Simpson because just two years earlier, Simpson's 25 year old cousin died from cancer. As time went on, Simpson didn't hear anything more about THC related cancer studies, so he figured it was a hoax.

Almost 30 years later, Simpson was diagnosed with skin cancer. He had three separate sites where the cancer plagued his skin: one next to his right eye, one on his left cheek and one on his chest. His doctor surgically removed one of the cancerous spots, or "barnacles" (as Simpson refers to them) and scheduled him to have the others removed at a later time.

At the time, Simpson had already been taking cannabis oil for insomnia due to a head injury, so according to Simpson, he had so much THC in his body that the cancer couldn't get in; it just stayed on the surface. About a week after Simpson's surgery, the operated spot next to Simpson's eye became infected. While he studied it in the mirror, he remembered the radio announcement about THC and decided to put some cannabis oil directly on the two remaining cancer-infected areas, then covered each with a bandage.

When the operated spot fully returned into an infected cancerous sore, Simpson covered it in same fashion as the others, and miraculously it disappeared in just four days. Simpson was ecstatic about his success and rushed to his family doctor to share the news. The doctor's wife was working at the front desk when Simpson arrived with his shocking discovery. He told her that the operated cancer spot had returned and that he had cured all three of the infected areas with cannabis oil. Simpson said the receptionist instantly went rigid, and began yelling at him, "The doctor will not go there. The doctor will not prescribe this!"

After this unsuccessful first encounter, Simpson went to many other health organizations and government officials with his discovery, and finally concluded that "they don't want a cure." Simpson then took it into his own hands to get the word out and supply as many people with this medicine as he possibly could. Now, people from all over the world call him every day for help. Simpson grew, produced, and taught others how to produce, what he calls "the mother of all miracle drugs." Since then, he has had many people come to him who are taking 20-30 pills a day, and after just one month of taking cannabis oil, no longer need to take any of their prescription drugs.

"I have people coming to me for all reasons," Simpson said. He's had patients come to him with chronic pain, scoliosis, arthritis, and even AIDS. Simpson said 4 out of 5 people can be saved if they take the medicine right.

"Miracles are a common thing around here," He said. Simpson also claims to have been able to treat every type of cancer he has come across.

Simpson has seen Alzheimer's patients "reconnect" after their minds have been gone for years from being "pilled to death".

There was even a woman from England who emailed Simpson and told him that after watching his instructional video on YouTube about making cannabis oil, the rheumatoid arthritis she had been suffering from for 11 years was cured in just 9 weeks.

A 17 year old girl from Ontario, who was dying from leukemia, contacted Simpson in hopes of cure. He explained the treatment over the phone and sent a shipment of 60 grams, (one full treatment) of high grade oil to her immediately. Amazingly, within two days her white blood cell count had gone down by fifty percent. She ingested a total of 54 grams of oil, and in just 31 days, she was cured.

Unfortunately Simpson said some patients still die because although their cancer is cured, the immense damage from chemotherapy and radiation has become irreversible. However, Simpson has treated hundreds of cases of skin cancer and every single patient has been cured. All skin cancer patients have to do, is apply cannabis oil to the infected areas and bandage them. They must keep treating each spot every three days until they are completely healed. Simpson suggests continued treatment for an additional two weeks to ensure any residual cancer cells are killed.

Most other patients, regardless of their ailments, ingest the oil. One treatment consists of 60 grams of high grade cannabis oil that can be produced from just one pound of marijuana. The oil is thick and black and "looks like axel [sic] grease," Simpson said. He recommends flooding the body with as much THC possible as quickly as possible, although it takes most people 3 months to go through the entire treatment. Some patients who are severely damaged by the chemotherapy and radiation treatments their doctors recommend, have to take even more oil to undo the damage.

Although ingesting the oil is the most common treatment, some patients with lung cancer often use a vaporizer, which heats the THC to such a high temperature that it creates a vapor instead of smoke. This nearly eliminates the carcinogens associated with smoking marijuana as smoking is the least medicinal way to use cannabis. When the cannabis oil is ingested it doesn't cause nearly as many psychoactive effects (head high), promoting relaxation and sleep, which are excellent for healing. Simpson said that with the amount he prescribes, patients generally don't have to worry about getting "high". Motor skills are not impaired and many patients have found that they function much better on the cannabis oil than their previous prescription medications.

"When you make the essential oil of the most medicinal plant in the world, why should it surprise anyone that it's a miracle drug?" asked Simpson.

So how does this miracle drug work?

According to a study published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, "Cannabinoid action induces autophagy - mediated cell death through stimulation of ER [endoplasmic reticulum] stress in human glioma cells." To put simply, the cancer cells basically self destruct. The THC doesn't directly cause the cell death, but rather starts a chain reaction leading to their ultimate termination. To read the detailed process, and view pictures of the experiment, visit http://www.jci.org/articles/view/37948 . Several other medical journals printed similar results; from performing similar studies done on mire that were injected with human cancer cells, then with pure THC. ( www.pubmed.gov for related studies)

Amazingly, the amount of THC that is needed to kill off the cancer cells is completely nontoxic to normal, healthy cells. To watch a time-lapsed video contrasting the effect of THC on normal brain cells versus cancerous brain cells, go to www.sethgroup.org [link defunct] and click on 'featured experiment'.

According to Simpson, the cannabis oil resets body functions and rejuvenates vital organs. He said he's had many overweight patients lose 60-80 pounds just by changing their medicine. "Put it on, and where it goes, it heals you," Simpson said. "Yet the system tells us there is no cure for cancer."

Simpson discovered some horrifying truths he's discovered during his six year campaign. "You get smashed up in a car accident, they take you in there, and put you back together; in many cases, work miracles, but when it comes to curing simple diseases, they're a dismal failure." According to Simpson, this is partly due to the society we've grown up in. With the taboo that surrounds marijuana, from propaganda such as the cult film "Reefer Madness," even people on their death bed, are scared to take cannabis oil for fear of getting high. However, they still allow themselves to be subject to deadly treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.

"We're told from the time we were kids, 'stay away from poison, stay away from radiation;' I mean, who but the medical system would tell us that these things could be good for us?" asked Simpson.

Simpson has known dozens of doctors in Nova Scotia who have seen their own cancer patients cured right before their eyes. The doctors know what cured their patients, but the next one who walks in their office with cancer won't be told about cannabis oil, they will be sent for chemotherapy.

"You're taking a treatment that can burn down a tumor today, but in the end, winds up giving you cancer tomorrow," Simpson said.

Simpson has also had many patients come to him with glaucoma. It's been known for centuries that the most effective treatment for glaucoma is cannabis, yet eye doctors rarely prescribe it. Instead, they use a laser to burn a hole in their patients' eye to release pressure, and/or give them medicated eye drops.

"The doctor will watch the patient loose [sic] his license, and watch the patient go blind," Simpson said. Simpson explained that because the cure is a plant, it cannot be patented. Also, since it can be used for so many ailments, the pharmaceutical companies stand to lose a lot of money if the masses start turning to the oil for their treatments.

"While they're filling their pockets, we're dying," said Simpson.

Doctors often give the excuse that the plant is, "still under study," as a reason for not prescribing it. "How long does it take to study?" Simpson wants to know. "If it works, it works. Nobody should die because they don't have enough money in their wallet."

This has been Simpson's philosophy from the start. As soon as he realized that he had cured his own cancer, he did his best to get the word out. He began growing marijuana on his own property so he could produce it and help those who needed it most. He gave it away for free as much as he possibly could. Occasionally a professional grower would donate a little extra medicine which Simpson quickly processed and shipped out to the many patients asking him for help.

Unfortunately, although Simpson was saving lives every day, production of marijuana is still illegal in Canada. In 2005 he was raided and charged for having 1620 plants in his back yard. He had made his intentions no secret amongst the community. Just a year prior to the raid, the local newspaper did a full-page article on his work. Simpson found himself in court despite his openness, and stood facing 12 years in jail.

"I consider my trial to be the greatest kangaroo court case in Canadian history," Simpson said.

During the trial, 48 sworn affidavits from patients Simpson had helped were presented in his defense. They were declined as substantial evidence, and regarded as "simply anecdotal." They refused to let Simpson put any of his witnesses on the stand even though 10 patients and 6 doctors were subpoenaed to testify. They refused and scientific evidence Simpson had gathered from THC/cancer studies, to be brought to the stand.

"The ground prosecutor was seen leaving the jury room about 3 minutes before they came in with my verdict," Simpson said. "Now that's called jury tampering. The judge was made aware of it; he did nothing."

Simpson was awestruck when the jury found him guilty. "I asked them all the same question. I said, 'What would you do, if you found the cure for cancer? Who would you go to? Would you not do exactly what I did?"

Simpson was tremendously disturbed with the outcome of his trial, "All I did was save lives and help people, and these people were trying to turn me into a criminal," he said. He felt this injustice exposed the corruption at every level of the judicial system.

Even the judge was surprised, "In my 34 years in the legal system, I've never seen a case like this; there is no criminal intent. The scientific evidence does exist to back up everything he's saying, plus he has all these patients that are saying the same thing."

The judge gave Simpson a $2000 fine, and he wasn't even put on probation.

In 2006 Simpson was raided again, shortly after he planted 1100 clones in his yard. On this visit, the "Mounties" didn't even have a search warrant; they just rode into his yard and took all the plants. They didn't even arrest him. They said they were with the Marijuana Eradication Program, who Rick had visited just months before, to show patient testimonial videos.

Since then, Simpson no longer grows medicine for other patients, but still helps many through the process of making the precious oil, free of charge and has acquired contacts in other countries throughout the world that he can send patients to.

Simpson has hopes for the future that the public will start using cannabis oil "properly" as a preventative medicine. This is a medicine that people could grow and produce themselves. Simpson is convinced that most serious medical procedures could be avoided if we would just turn to natural medicines. In the future, he would like to see "a large jar of cannabis oil in every home." Simpson says that even children should be given a small daily dose of the oil to help build up their system.

"Once people know what this plant really does, who's going to stand against it?" Simpson asked.

Simpson's mother had psoriasis, and although she was skeptical of the oil at first, it ultimately cured her ailment. Simpson says this is a similar scenario for most families; someone starts taking the oil, and before you know it, the whole family is curing their medical conditions with it.

"I just wanna see us get back to real healing; natural medicines that won't hurt people. I want to see the human race back on the right track," said Simpson. He would like to see marijuana grown as abundantly as corn so that the medicine can be produced on a grand scale, making it available to the public. Simpson said if we grew it in this fashion, 1 pound (one full cancer treatment) could be sold for as little as $2. This would make it possible to provide the medicine on a donation basis.

"People call it a gateway drug," Simpson said, "I call it a gateway drug." He proceeded to explain that marijuana is the gateway to a new way of healing people naturally, without all the detrimental side effects associated with many current medical treatments.

Not only has Simpson begun making his discoveries public, but he has inspired others around the world to follow his example.

Char Richardson is one of these inspired individuals. She has designed and began building a research center in Colorado that should be fully functioning no later than June 2009. The center aims to test and scientifically prove that cannabis does in fact cure cancer.

"The research is the most rewarding part, because you know you are helping people, not hurting them," Simpson said.

Richardson is setting up the research center in hopes that she will ultimately be able to provide medicine to any qualified Medicaid patients, absolutely free of charge.

02-07-2009, 10:41
RUNNING FROM THE CURE! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGhpVzN0ik8&feature=related) I've known Jack Herer 2 pass that link around a lot.

02-07-2009, 15:57
This is amazing if its true but somehow I doubt its efficacy. "He had so much THC in his body, the THC just couldn't get in" as the reason he got skin cancer is fucking absurd.

Hopefully it is true for two reasons, a cure for cancer would be great enough but to prove what a useful and medicinal plant cannabis is would be the icing on the cake.

02-07-2009, 18:49
Rick Simpson should not be speaking as to the science behind the effects of the "Hemp(thc) Oil" he produced since he does not have the credentials to back it up. At best his statement here

At the time, Simpson had already been taking cannabis oil for insomnia due to a head injury, so according to Simpson, he had so much THC in his body that the cancer couldn't get in; it just stayed on the surface. is speculation, most would say "voodoo". The fact of the matter remains THC when exposed to cancer sites is killing the dead cancerous cells while leaving the healthy cells intact. This is something chemotherapy and radiation cant began to achieve.

Rick's findings were backed up by modern science. Due to pharmaceutical strangle hold coupled with other special interests this has not made the news. Harvard University Study (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070417193338.htm)sourced from http://www.sciencedaily.com

ScienceDaily (Apr. 17, 2007) — The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.

They say this is the first set of experiments to show that the compound, Delta-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), inhibits EGF-induced growth and migration in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expressing non-small cell lung cancer cell lines. Lung cancers that over-express EGFR are usually highly aggressive and resistant to chemotherapy.

THC that targets cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 is similar in function to endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are naturally produced in the body and activate these receptors. The researchers suggest that THC or other designer agents that activate these receptors might be used in a targeted fashion to treat lung cancer.

"The beauty of this study is that we are showing that a substance of abuse, if used prudently, may offer a new road to therapy against lung cancer," said Anju Preet, Ph.D., a researcher in the Division of Experimental Medicine.

Acting through cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, endocannabinoids (as well as THC) are thought to play a role in variety of biological functions, including pain and anxiety control, and inflammation. Although a medical derivative of THC, known as Marinol, has been approved for use as an appetite stimulant for cancer patients, and a small number of U.S. states allow use of medical marijuana to treat the same side effect, few studies have shown that THC might have anti-tumor activity, Preet says. The only clinical trial testing THC as a treatment against cancer growth was a recently completed British pilot study in human glioblastoma.

In the present study, the researchers first demonstrated that two different lung cancer cell lines as well as patient lung tumor samples express CB1 and CB2, and that non-toxic doses of THC inhibited growth and spread in the cell lines. "When the cells are pretreated with THC, they have less EGFR stimulated invasion as measured by various in-vitro assays," Preet said.

Then, for three weeks, researchers injected standard doses of THC into mice that had been implanted with human lung cancer cells, and found that tumors were reduced in size and weight by about 50 percent in treated animals compared to a control group. There was also about a 60 percent reduction in cancer lesions on the lungs in these mice as well as a significant reduction in protein markers associated with cancer progression, Preet says.

Although the researchers do not know why THC inhibits tumor growth, they say the substance could be activating molecules that arrest the cell cycle. They speculate that THC may also interfere with angiogenesis and vascularization, which promotes cancer growth.

Preet says much work is needed to clarify the pathway by which THC functions, and cautions that some animal studies have shown that THC can stimulate some cancers. "THC offers some promise, but we have a long way to go before we know what its potential is," she said.

03-07-2009, 02:58
This is a little misleading. THC is definitely good. CBD is generally agreed to be much stronger though.

I actually have no doubt that cannabis will be found to be one of the best cancer treatments yet devised.

03-07-2009, 04:39
It sure did Bob Marley a world of good.

03-07-2009, 05:22
It sure did Bob Marley a world of good.

Bob Marley didn't take THC medicinally. He smoked it, which the article says is the least effective method of ingestion for therapeutic purposes. Even if he had vaporized it, it is unlikely that his toe cancer would have been cured with THC. He died because he adhered strictly to his religious beliefs, which forbid amputation.

Just as one case study of somebody cured with THC is, and should be, considered anecdotal, your citation of Bob Marley is anecdotal, but with the additional caveat that he wasn't attempting to use THC as a therapy.

Sorry, if you don't believe it, you'll have to come up with a better argument than that.

It is better to look at the science behind the claims instead.

03-07-2009, 12:04
Bob Marley didn't soak his toe in cannabis oil and bandage it. Smoking pot isn't enough. Did you hear the doses this guy is prescribing patients for oral use? 60 grams of high grade hash oil!?! That's hundreds of normal doses.

04-07-2009, 20:25
There is lots and lots of good scientific evidence of cannabis as an anti-cancer treatment. Unfortunately it's not in humans. I like it's use in skin cancer though, I can see that getting past the bureaucracy easier than stuff that actually gets ingested.

04-07-2009, 21:13
Well, there's lots of good evidence hundreds of compounds are effective it in cancer, it's really the finding of this entire past decade. "XXX compound has anticancer effects in rats and IP administration yielded complete ablation of a transplanted human YYY-oma." But once they get to humans, the efficacy usually drops. I'm really dubious of anything with anticancer claims these days as they're made so often because it's really easy to get funding when you're doing anything related to preventing/treating cancer.

04-07-2009, 22:57
Have you looked at the cannabidiol breast cancer stuff? Nothing to do with rats at all.

I doubt THC will ever be used here, but cannabidiol could very well be approved for it.

Given the incredible evidence supporting the connection between smoking plant material and lung cancer, and the lack of lung cancers in all but the heaviest cannabis smokers, I think there's no credible reason to doubt that cannabinoids will anticancer effects.

05-07-2009, 15:13
I doubt THC will ever be used here if you mean usa we have synthetic THC in the form of dronabinol(Marinol) synthetic delta 9 though is much different from plant material which may have many other actives like delta 8 cnd cbd etc. Thank god for SATIVEX, keep your fingers cross for approval in the states guys and girls. Its a spray that is extracted from plants.

06-07-2009, 06:26
Have you looked at the cannabidiol breast cancer stuff? Nothing to do with rats at all.

The research from 2007 about breast cancer was in vitro so to me it doesn't mean anything. From all I've read, in vitro data has consistently been the weakest form of evidence in terms of extrapolation to human cancer treatments, even if they're used in human cell lines. When you have a clinical trial that reports greater than modest reductions in mean time to progression or mean time to lethality then I'll be more interested.

In the next fifty to one hundred years, I think some genius will come up with a way to cure most forms of cancer (phage engineering, nanotech, who knows) and all the billions of dollars we spent researching ways to slow cancer for two weeks with small molecules will have been wasted.