It’s almost as if Rick Simpson accidentally discovered the method to cannabis as a form of treatment. While Simpson was working in the hospital’s poorly ventilated boiler room, the toxic fumes caused Simpson to collapse off his ladder and hit his head. His fall resulted in dizzy spells and ringing in his ears. The prescriptions medicine he was given was little to no help and at times even worsened his symptoms. After seeing a documentary that showcased the medicinal benefits of cannabis, Simpson asked his doctor about medical cannabis. His doctor refused to co-sign cannabis as a treatment. Simpson decided to take matters into his own hands, grow his own cannabis and saw considerable improvement.
In 2003, Simpson discovered three spots on his face and neck and was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma skin cancer. Surgery didn’t work for him so once again, he decided to take a different approach. He had recalled hearing a study from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute where THC was found to kill cancer cells in mice. From his experience in using cannabis oil to treat his prior ailments, he decided to apply the cannabis oil topically to his cancer growths and put bandages over them. After four days, when he removed the bandages, the cancerous growths had disappeared. At this point, Rick found the magic of the plant and Rick Simpson Oil was born.
What Makes Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) special? RSO differs from many other cannabis oils because it contains higher levels of THC. RSO is extremely potent decarboxylated extracts produced from strong sedative Indica strains, which have THC levels in the 90% range. It has been suggested that RSO oil can be utilized to cure or control cancer, MS, pain, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, infections, inflammations, blood pressure, depression, sleeping problems and just about any other medical issue. “I consider myself just one of many who have found a way to cure cancer and I certainly was not the first one to produce an essential oil from the hemp plant. A radio broadcast told me that THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) kills cancer cells way back in the 1970s, so I do not claim that it was me who found the cure. Still, it does appear that I am the first to supply this medication to vast numbers of patients to treat their cancers and other conditions in a more effective and sensible way,” Simpson has stated.
Rick was giving away the oil for free while he was still in Canada. He was growing plants in his own backyard until 2009 when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police did a final raid at his home. Since 2013 he is no longer living in Canada, but is able to go back there whenever he pleases. Due to the criminal record the Canadian government did give him, he is not able to enter the United States. Since the raid, it is said he has been living in Europe.
Combining knowledge, experience, and advocacy, Rick Simpson was allegedly able to cure over 5,000 people from ailments. Rick currently does not provide anyone with oil due to legalities. He encourages people to make their own using his methods and continues to push the conversation forward about his healing through the cannabis plant. Is this Nature’s answer for cancer? Research and time will tell, but as Rick says, if we ever find the key to immortality, he is sure that hemp will be a major ingredient.