A Canadian Nova Scotia town citizen, Rick Simpson along with others from the town had tried to bring to the fore the healing benefits of cannabis oil which had cured them of various cancers. He was of the assumption that his unexpected discovery of this natural growing curative remedy would soon be embraced by the entire world.
That assumption was however short lived as no one seemed to care. Even after several failed attempts by Rick to get his day in court and despite inspiring testimonials from people who seemingly had been cured with the help of cannabis oil; it would soon dawn on him that apparently the cancer industry does not want a cure for cancer. It seemed the harder he tried to get people to recognize the potential of cannabis oil as a viable cure for cancer, the more his case was refuted even in the face of mounting evidence in support of his convictions.
The fact that many people of Nova Scotia were beneficiaries of this miracle cure did little to improve the acceptance of cannabis oil. Rick Simpson had freely helped many of the town’s people in curing one cancerous ailment or the other, including lung cancer. The people had given up on conventional medicine, which had done little in providing relief from their ailments. Rick Simpson spent his time growing hemp on his land and extracting cannabis oil from the plant. He had tested it on himself, curing his skin cancer and a neurological post-concussion disorder he had suffered from after a previous head injury.
As a result of growing criticism and victimization in his home town and country Rick Simpson went on self-exile to Amsterdam, Netherlands. Later he would be a leading advocate for the use of cannabis oil as a viable alternative to modern medicine traveling around the world and reaching out to people.
The Missing Cannabis Research from 1974
The National Institute of Health (NIH) in 1974 sponsored a research carried out by the Medical College of Virginia to verify the presumed dangers of cannabis to smokers. The general opinion at the time was that cannabis damaged the immune system and destroyed brain cells. Under the Nixon administration the research was meant to be a tool to support the continued efforts of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in arresting illegal dealers and users of cannabis.
However, to the surprise of the researchers and to the chagrin of the DEA and their determined war on hard drugs; it was discovered that rather than damage the immune system as previously assumed cannabis actually enhanced it and instead of destroying healthy cells, it conspicuously attacked cancer cells. At this point the research was called off.
At the request of the DEA the funding for the research was canceled and all the research documents were destroyed. President Gerald Ford’s administration in 1976 heralded a complete end to all research on cannabis except for Pharmaceutical research towards creating synthetic THC. By 1983, the Reagan administration had insisted that all other colleges that had access to the Virginia research documents destroy their copies and thus seemingly terminate all links to an official government sponsored scientific proof of the benefits of cannabis to cancer cure.
In 1996 and 2006 the Virginia medical college had their application for grants aimed towards further research into cannabis healing potential denied. Only a local section of the Washington post had in 1974 made a short mention of the studies carried out by the college. At the time no mainstream media outlet had covered the research nor given it a mention; it went on virtually unnoticed.
The research documents were so successfully hidden or destroyed that in 2000 in Madrid, Spain – a breakthrough study of cannabis TCH cannabinoid and its effects on cancer researcher – Dr. Manuel Guzman said: “I am aware of the existence of that research. In fact I have attempted many times to obtain the journal article on the original investigation by these people, but it has proven impossible.”
The statement above was made when an independent investigative journalist was able to get hold of document copies from a California university and he then faxed them over. But by the time the documents had reached Madrid the study was already completed.
It is curious to note that even the Madrid breakthrough research on rats was not covered by any of our mainstream media outlets. The study did not only prove the efficacy of cannabis in reducing brain cancer tumors in rats, they also tested relatively healthy rats with THC to see if there were any adverse effects. It was discovered that there were no harmful effects on normal brain tissues.
In Israel today, there are ongoing clinical trials and treatment of a number of ailments in humans with cannabis. The hospitals carrying out these tests in Israel are Sheba and Abarbanel. It is interesting to note that the research is funded by the Israeli government and also our mainstream media has not made a mention of it even in passing.
However, Rick Simpson when he was attempting to bring to the attention of everyone – cannabis curing cancer in circa 1999 got more favorably objective TV media coverage in Canada. It should be noted at this point that Rick Simpson was not trying to make a quick buck with any patents.
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