Cancer and Rick Simpson’s Hemp Oil

By Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

If you told people cannabis is a potential cure for cancer a few decades ago, you probably wouldn’t be taken seriously. But as it turns out, the plant may very well cure cancer and other serious conditions.

Few people have fought harder to raise awareness of the plant’s healing power than Rick Simpson, who distributes hemp oil for sufferers of cancer and other diseases. Instead of charging for it, he gives his oil away out of compassion for those who suffer.

He made it his mission to heal others after healing his own cancer with hemp oil, because he was shown that the medical establishment has no interest in cannabis as a cancer treatment and he felt it was his duty to share the oil and raise awareness.

He’s an example of someone who passionately fights for what’s right, and he continues to fight for the rights of the suffering while distributing the oil and healing anyone he can.

We can support his work by helping those who are still in the dark to become aware that cannabis is an effective treatment for an array of serious medical conditions, and a few passionate activists can only do so much by themselves.

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Rick isn’t the only activist by far, but his story is inspiring to anyone who wants to stand up for the cannabis plant and for the people who use it to cure or lessen the severity of their illnesses.

He’s cured an impressive number of people, and it’s alarming that the Canadian government has ignored his results and even prosecuted him for giving out his oil. It should be on the front page of every newspaper in every country that cannabis is healing people’s cancer, and we should have our best, and most honest, scientists on the case.

We can only rely on anecdotal evidence until we actually study the plant’s medicinal uses, but fortunately, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to support the claims that marijuana is medicine. People are starting to open up to it, and while we still have a long way to go, we have people like Rick to thank for the progress we’ve made so far.

So who exactly is this miracle medicine man?

Zach Reichard at Medical Jane tells us about Rick and what led him to disburse the oil.

Rick Simpson is a medical marijuana activist who has been providing people with information about the healing powers of Hemp Oil medications for nearly a decade now. Rick cured himself of a metastatic skin cancer back in 2003, and has since then devoted his life to spreading the truth of hemp oil.

“He has met an absurd amount of opposition and lack of support from Canadian authorities, as well as pharmaceutical companies, government agencies for health, and UN offices.

“Despite that fact, Rick Simpson has successfully treated over 5,000 patients (free of charge), and believes that all forms of disease and conditions are treatable. He states that it is common to have all types of cancer and diseases cured with the use of high quality hemp oil as a treatment.” (1)


Zach lists some of the conditions Rick has treated.

“Rick has treated patients will all types of conditions including, but not limited to, cancer, AIDS, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, leukemia, Crohn’s disease, depression, osteoporosis, psoriasis, insomnia, glaucoma, asthma, burns, migraines, regulation of body weight, chronic pain, and mutated cells (polyps, warts, tumors).” (2)

The oil heals cancer by destroying the cancer cells.

Rick Simpson believes that the oral ingestion of hemp oil seeks out, and destroys cancer cells in the body. When used as a topical, hemp oil can control or even cure various skin conditions such as melanomas.

“However, as with any ‘drug’, too much hemp oil may cause some side effects; the most notable three are hungry, happy, and sleepy.

“This is an extremely safe medication compared to the hundreds of drugs that are approved with little to no study, and provided to patients that experience horrible side effects including death. Nobody has ever died from cannabis in any form.” (3)

Zach also shares a recipe to make the oil.

Again, if we have anecdotal evidence that cannabis destroys cancer cells, the next logical step to take as a society is to study it so we can prove whether or not it’s a cure. It’s difficult to study the cannabis plant since its illegal, but if we can get past this, we can finally figure out what it does for the human body and put it to use.


The fact that it’d be easier to study is a good enough reason to legalize it, and if we do have a surefire cancer cure at our fingertips, we’re committing treason against our own species by turning it away.

Lincoln Horsely at Cure Your Own Cancer explains how Rick healed his cancer with hemp oil.

“Someday the name ‘Rick Simpson’ will be a household name. He will be known as the man who rediscovered the cure for cancer by everyone. Rick’s journey to finding the cure for cancer starts back in 2003. In 2003 Rick was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma skin cancer.

“He had 3 spots of cancer on his body. 2 on his face and 1 on his neck.  Rick’s decision on how to handle this diagnosis would be world changing.” (4)

Rick had already been using the oil for another medical condition, and he decided to apply it to the spots on his skin. To his surprised, it worked.

“After not having much luck with surgery Rick decided to try something different. For almost a year Rick had been extracting the oil from the cannabis plant and ingesting it orally. He had been taking the oil for other health reasons but the cancer diagnosis reminded him of something and gave him an idea.

“He remembered a radio headline he heard almost 30 years earlier.  The radio headline had stated that the University of Virginia had found the cannabinoid in cannabis THC could kill cancer in mice.  He figured that if it kills cancer in mice it would kill his cancer too.

“Rick’s decision was to apply cannabis oil to his skin cancer. He applied his cannabis oil to some bandages and put them on the skin cancer. After 4 days of waiting he decided it was time to see if anything had happened under the bandages. To Ricks surprise the cancer was gone. His cannabis oil had cured his cancer.” (5)

Credit: The Swan Society

Nobody would listen to Rick about the oil, so he started to disperse it himself.

“Rick tried to tell his doctor but they wouldn’t listen. He even went to the cancer organizations and tried to get their help but nobody wanted anything to do with his discovery. At that point Rick took matters into his own hands.

“He started growing cannabis on his own land and producing his own cannabis oil. He gave the oil away for free to anyone who needed it. Even after having his home raided multiple times and having over 2600 cannabis plants cut down and taken by the RCMP he still continued to produce the oil and help others.” (6)

In Lincoln’s opinion, we should all be grateful for what Rick has done.

“Its now been over 10 years since Rick began his journey to tell others that cannabis oil can cure cancer. Rick has healed over 5000 people personally with this amazing oil not to mention the countless others all over the world who have heard his story and have been healed.

“The world owes this great man a thank you for his bravery and persistence in making sure that everyone everywhere knows about cannabis oil and what it can do.” (7)

We still have some work to do before cannabis is accepted by everyone, and despite Rick’s accomplishments, most people are still unaware that it can cure cancer. While the world is generally starting to accept cannabis, there are still people who criticize it because they think it’s the right thing to do.

They’ll realize some day that this plant they were raised to believe is harmful is actually one of the most important plants to our species’ sustainability, and we can make them aware sooner if we’re willing to stand up for cannabis.


We can help people change their mind about this misunderstood plant by educating them, and only when we collectively open up to it can we get the most out of it.

Everyone needs to see that hemp oil is curing cancer, and when we can change the laws surrounding cannabis, we can finally let it help us in all of the ways it’s meant to. When we finally start to really study it, we’ll learn a ton of surprising things about how it not only helps us survive, but prosper.


  1. “Rick Simpson’s Oil: Natural Treatment For Cancer Using Concentrated Cannabis Oil” by Zach Reichard, Medical Jane, January 26, 2013 –
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  4. “Rick Simpson’s Story: The man who rediscovered the cure for cancer” by Lincoln Horsely, Cure Your Own Cancer, October 30, 2013 –
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