Rick Simpson is an early advocate for the usage of marijuana for medical treatment. Nova Scotia native has been fighting for his cause through the court system for years. By his side, he had people whose lives he saved by treating them with cannabis oil. He cured skin cancer, neurological post-concussion disorders, and lung cancer by using a banned plant. The authorities chose not recognize the importance of his findings, which is why Rick exiled himself to Amsterdam to continue his research. He certainly isn’t the only one who knows that it is possible to treat cancer with cannabis because a study from 1974 found that hemp  is effective when confronted with cancerous cells.

This research was funded by National Institutes of Health and conducted by the Medical College of Virginia in order to prove that cannabis is harmful to both brain cells and the immune system. Instead, scientists discovered that the healthy cells remain intact while brain cells of lab rats were being destroyed. These were not the results the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) was hoping for. The research was stopped and all the documentation of the project was destroyed. As the War on Drugs raged on in the following twenty years all studies on cannabis oil have been banned. In 1996 and 2006 the same college applied for grants to further study the effects of cannabis oil but was denied both times. In 2000 a  Spanish researcher, Dr. Manual Guzman asked for the findings of the 1974 study but, was refused access to  them. He issued the following statement:  “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.”

Why does the US government hide all these information and chooses to continue the War on Drugs? There are many theories regarding their reasons, but in the meantime we are failing to find out the scope of the benefits cannabis oil potentially has. Many patients die because of the inadequate treatment, while doctors refuse to acknowledge this alternative method of treatment.  Testimonials of people who cured themselves are available online, and people as old as 80 have managed to overcome this deadly illness. However, it is not enough to just take the cannabis oil treatment because a full diet and a change of lifestyle are important parts of the process. By inducing apoptosis into the blood cells cannabis cuts of the food supply to the cancerous cells.

Smoking marijuana isn’t the best way to utilize cannabis in the battle against cancer because using vaporizers or cannabis oil has proven to be more effective. In rare cases, doctors have stopped the standard treatments on patients who were trying this alternative method, it remains to be seen how the rest of the scientific community responds. Selfless people like Rick Simpson help to spread the awareness that anti-drug agencies and governments are keeping the valuable information away from the mass media and are consciously helping the medical companies who seem like they don’t want to find the cure for the deadliest disease on Earth.

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