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How Rick Simpson got started

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From the time he was 12 years old, Rick Simpson just wanted a job so he could make some money. He was smart enough to get by in school without having to open a book, so education wasn’t something he took very seriously. After getting in trouble for supplying his teacher with a case of beer as a Christmas present in the 9th grade, he dropped out rather than face the consequences from the school administrators. At age 16, he went to work in the steel mills in Ontario, Canada. Two years later, he moved back to his hometown in Spring Hill, Nova Scotia, and got married. Before long, he had a job maintaining boilers for All Saints’ Hospital. Then his cousin was diagnosed with cancer.
“They found a little bump on his rib cage and cut him open. He went from 200 pounds down to about 130. In 1972 we were having a drink and he collapsed right in front of me. I knew damn well it had to be the cancer coming back. They gave him six months to live, and he made it through three. I was 22 years old and didn’t know anyone who had died from cancer. He was down to about 50 pounds when he died on November 18, 1972. I used to shave him and it was like trying to shave a skeleton.”
Two years after his cousin died, Simpson was listening to his car radio when he heard the results of a medical study from the University of Virginia claiming THC reduced brain tumors in mice.
“I stopped my car and just stared at the radio,” recalls Simpson. “At the time, I didn’t smoke pot or anything, although most of my friends did. The guy on the radio was laughing like a fool. Like this was all a big joke. I never heard anything more about it, so I thought it must be a joke.”
It was no joke. The Medical College of Virginia had been funded by the National Institute of Health to find evidence marijuana damaged the immune system. Imagine their surprise when the results came back indicating the opposite effect: instead of hastening the death of mice implanted with brain cancer, marijuana dramatically slowed the growth of their tumors and extended their lives.

Written by Steven Hager

July 3, 2011 at 9:48 am

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  1. Rick Simpson saved my life. Much love and thanks for the articles. This information is so important to spread! Eve Lentz

    Eve Lentz

    July 11, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    • Might I ask how he saved your life and would you be willing to share your story?


      January 31, 2012 at 10:03 pm

  2. Hello,
    I am curious if you know anything about Rick Simpson’s hemp oil? I have been trying to find answers about the validity of his claims, but I am having trouble finding any real evidence. This documentary explains what the hemp oil is and what it can do:
    This article explains Manuel Guzman’s research on cellular apoptosis and autophagy:
    Thank You very much for any help,


    January 31, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    • I know people that say Simpson’s hemp oil cured their cancer, and I know one person that tried the hemp oil treatment and died. But the one who died, was terminally ill and going to die anyway. One of the few scientists I know of who is actually collecting the facts is Dr. Robert Melamede in Colorado. He would be a qualified person to better answer your question.


      February 1, 2012 at 7:45 am

  3. My Husband that was highly infected with cancer of the lungs, he was even given days that he would live is now as healthy as a new born chicken with the help of Doctor Henderson with his Hemp.Thanks to Doctor Henderson that sold the Hemp oil for us that we used in curing my Husband.
    Once again i want to thank Doctor Henderson his wonderful Hemp Oil we are now happy family with my Husband back alive ,strong and healthy. you can contact Dr. Henderson on every medical issue on his for more help.
    Mrs Sarah Packer
    From Canada

    Doctor Henderson

    December 16, 2012 at 9:14 am

    • Warning:
      There is no Dr. Nathan Kisper, Dr. Mike Henderson, Dr. Smith Williams, Dr. Sedney Carey, Dr. Mac Donnald, Dr. Bryan Vance etc.. Only the big scammers hiding behind these names. Unfortunately I am the one of their victims. Be careful and don’t trust them and in any of their “stories”!!!


      March 26, 2013 at 10:52 am

  4. I am Miss Michell who unfortunately suffered from Skin Cancer, which for me, is basically a Death Sentence on my life, the thoughts of having Skin Cancer burns and itches simultaneously in my heart that i was dead alive (and looks hideous). I heard that Hemp Oil could help, and for the price i was willing to try anything that would save my My Life. What I found out was astonishing! It was instantly getting better and better after 60 days of using and most of the virus are gone and just little medication left for me. It’s also a light, i am very grateful to Doctor Mac Donnald for Selling the Hemp Oil for me and his Medical Advises, for all those that have problems with Cancer Please Please Kindly let the Doctor Know,
    He saved my Life that is why i will keep on giving his testimonies.
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    Dr.Sedney carey

    December 18, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    • Warning:
      There is no Dr. Nathan Kisper, Dr. Mike Henderson, Dr. Smith Williams, Dr. Sedney Carey, Dr. Mac Donnald, Dr. Bryan Vance etc.. Only the big scammers hiding behind these names. Unfortunately I am the one of their victims. Be careful and don’t trust them and in any of their “stories”!!!


      March 26, 2013 at 10:52 am

  5. I am grateful to Robert for saving my life with his source of getting the Hemp Oil medical service am so happy that i am no more a cancer patient and i will ansure you that your Cancer problem will be cured by his source:


    March 6, 2013 at 8:45 am

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    March 18, 2013 at 6:59 pm

  7. I was once a cancer patient and I was cured with Rick Simpson hemp oil gotten at: My name is Sylvester, some months ago I discovered that I was always falling ill so I took to my personal physician who told me that I had Colon cancer with metastasis to Liver, lungs and the cancer has spread beyond treatment. I loved life so much and i was doing perfectly great in my career as an accountant and at this stage I didn’t want to die so I contacted Dr. on email as saw online: where I had my medication procured and delivered to me within 72 hours by the UPS delivery service and he told me about my situation and he told me that THC cannabis oil is guaranteed to cure my cancer within 3 months.
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    Helen Jokes

    October 9, 2013 at 8:39 pm

  8. My wife is a serious cancer patient, she been wracked with skin
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    THC/CBD oil of Dr.RICK and my son has a caregiver license in NM for
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    The newer lesions literally peeled off with the band-aid in a day or
    two, the more advanced ones took a week to go away. No pain for her, I
    am so amazed at the power of Rick Simpson oil to kill these terrible
    cancers. Given, there are worse cancers to have but the last time she
    went to the skin doctor a few weeks ago, he cut and burned dozens off
    her body, each leaving a gaping hole that was painful, and required
    constant attention to avoid infection, some of the same ones needed
    several treatments to fully eliminate the tumor. The oil not only
    kills the bad cells, it numbs the sore completely! She has a bad one
    on her lip, was told she needs radiation to cure it. The oil in 2
    short weeks has reduced the size by 70%, part of the tumor is an open
    sore on her top lip as well, we all know how much a little cold sore
    hurts there, imagine one that never heals, it is almost gone and we
    are SO happy that she did not need to be poisoned, or need major
    facial repair surgery.
    So my great advise is for you all to procure the Rick Simpson cannabis
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    karen marcos

    October 17, 2013 at 11:09 am

  9. I never believe that there could ever be a cure my breast cancer sickness in life, because i have been suffering from breast cancer disease for the past 6years now, and i have go so many places to make sure my disease get solved, i have visit so many places and taken many medications, but there could be no remedy to my disease, until i contacted RIck Simpson who finally help me out and cured my Breast cancer with cannabis oil, so i have nothing to say than to thank Rick Simpson who help me cure my breast Cancer, which i think it could never be cured, thank you sir, i am here to testify of your good work, thank you sir, please if anyone has a patient that is suffering from any form of cancerous disease
    please contact Rick Simpson now at:, so that you can purchase the cannabis oil medication to treat your cancerous disease and i guarantee you that your cancer will be cured within 3 months treatment. It is a great news to the world
    thank you sir, for your wise help:
    bob gas

    bob gas

    December 26, 2013 at 8:51 am

    • So some dude named Bob had breast cancer? I doubt it. I would not trust this post. If you want high quality oil, go to Denver or Seattle and buy some legally from a trusted source. Make sure it is organically grown and free of chemical residues. CO2 extraction is by far the best method and produces an oil the consistency and color of honey.

      Steven Hager

      December 26, 2013 at 10:05 am

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    January 7, 2014 at 7:05 am

  11. My name is Mrs. Kerry Daniel from Florida,2014 testimony . It is with pleasure that i thank Dr. rick simpson for saving my dying husband with his cannabis oil.
    We already lost hope for a better life when the report came that my husband cannot go for more Chemo anymore. But after so many research online, I gained a lot about the cannabis oil that i bought from the Dr. rick simpson whose contact I got online on reading a testimony about his past works and glory, The medication was delivered to me within 24 hours by the UPS delivery service after procurement. My husband has completed his treatment, unquenchable joy to all as my husband is cured of his stage 4 lungs cancer within 90 days of treatment. Thanks to all, today i acknowledge the greatness of cannabis oil and to those that wish to purchase the medication for help.
    Cannabis Oil is the a medication for cancerous disease.
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    mrs.kerry Daniel

    January 10, 2014 at 9:58 pm

  12. Warm appreciation to Dr. rick simpson for curing my Breast cancer with cannabis oil. I really appreciate your help in bring back my lost life with the help of his high quality Cannabis Oil, i am so grateful to you Dr for all the love and concern that you showed me and i would keep on giving my testimony about your Cannabis oil and how is cures Cancer within 90 days of treatment. it just like a Miracle that has happened to me with full recovery from cancer and i am free from Cancer. Thanks be to God Almighty for sending you my way Dr, i hope and know that you would keep on putting smiles on world at large with this great medication. for all solution to cancer and other diseases.
    Thos facing health challenges should go for cannabis oil to ensure the absolute cure of all kinds of cancerous diseases. For hopes and help, kindly contact Dr.rick simpson for full knowledge about the medication and Services to you. Dr. for all solution to cancer and other diseases.
    sonia gregory ,

    sonia gregory ,

    January 28, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    • First, Rick Simpson is not a “doctor,” second, I doubt that is really his email address, and I wonder if this is just another phishing scam?

      Steven Hager

      January 29, 2014 at 5:31 am

  13. Hi, It nice to inform you all that I have done Chemo and Radiation 2 times for my Breasts. My battle with Breast cancer started 5 years ago, after so many Chemo, Radiation and other natural therapy treatment that i took just to cure my Breast cancer, it all didn’t work for my condition. I have been treating this disease for the past 5 years, but today i am here telling the world about my final victory over Breast cancer with the help of Rick Simpson Hemp and cannabis Oil that I bought from Dr.Rick.This is a breakthrough in my family with so much Joy in our life today, i do really appreciate all the help and contribution from every member of my family for all they did for me and much love to my caring and loving husband. My love, you gave me the strengthen. Let Stop Breast Cancer, Go for your test and save your life, but if you have any cancerous diseases, there is no need to waste money on Chemo or Radiation, go get your Rick Simpson medication today,this is a medication that should be legalize worldwide, for those who wish to purchase the medication, just contact Dr.Rick and you will also be told on how to apply it. What a wonderful living with Cannabis Oil. Shanty Locker USA(Arizona)

    Shanty Locker

    May 31, 2014 at 9:15 pm


    My name is Mugasin from Ireland and my husband was diagnosed of liver cancer,He was even given 4 months to live.The family were living hell with sorrows in our hearts, but today i am shouting out to the world that the cannabis oil have save my husband from dieing.This cannabis oil was supplied to us from London United Kingdom via with prescription on how to use it for the treatment of cancer.He is still alive and free from cancer and we are in the 11 months now.Joy have been restored to the family


    June 1, 2014 at 4:25 am

  15. My husband had stage four lung cancer and he has been through chemo 3 times, but this time his condition was getting worse that I was afraid it will kill him. When a friend of mine directed me to Rick Simpson on: who helped me with my husband cancer and cure it completely, I want you to join hands in appreciation of the great work that is been done by Rick Simpson, he is the best that saved the life of my husband with hemp oil, thanks to him. You can contact him through his email:

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    June 14, 2014 at 4:56 am

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