In the video “Cured: A Cannabis Story,” cancer patient David Triplett tells the tale of how he used cannabis oil to cure his skin cancer.
Triplett had previously had two lesions removed from the tip of his nose, but the cancer returned in 2009. His doctor prescribed a Fluorouracil cream to apply all over his face and neck. However, Triplett did some research and learned that Fluorouracil is a form of chemotherapy that has alarming side effects, including burning, redness and inflammation of the skin in the areas where it is applied.
Instead of subjecting himself to the side effects, he looked for an alternative solution and soon learned about the anti-tumor effects of cannabis. He watched the Rick Simpson video “Run from the Cure” about treating cancer with hemp oil, and learned that marijuana derivatives were being used in research to treat breast cancer, prostate cancer, lymphoma, leukemia and other variations of the pernicious disease.
Triplett was amazed at the amount of evidence he uncovered, such as testimony from professionals like Dr. Lester Grinspoon (who admitted he had been brainwashed against marijuana despite his medical and scientific training) and a study out of Brown University that found long-term cannabis users are 62 percent less likely to develop head and neck cancers.
Triplett was convinced that he should give cannabis a try. Fortunately, he lives in California, where medical marijuana is legal under state law, so he was able to purchase cannabis oil from a local dispensary. After he applied the oil to his lesions for three to four weeks, he saw dramatic results. “Not only was the oil healing my nose, it was bringing cancer to the surface that I didn’t even know was there,” he says.
Through a series of photos, Triplett documents the oil curing the blemishes on his nose and drawing new ones out of the skin until he was finally free of lesions.
“Once I realized that the hash oil had cured my cancer, I began to ask myself some questions,” says Triplett. “Why hadn’t my doctor heard about this? Why hadn’t I heard about this?”
He came to discover the problem was in profit and politics. If drug companies can’t make enough money from the medicine, they don’t bother to spend resources to study it. Cannabis oil isn’t patented so its potential for profit is low.
Triplett then displays a series of old cannabis medicines that used to be legal and widespread before it was prohibited by states and the federal government starting in the 1920s. “This medicine was taken away from us and now people are needlessly dying,” he says.
It’s taken decades of evidence and work to even begin to undo the damage of prohibition. Triplett notes that the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and members of our government have known since 1975 that cannabis cures cancer, citing a study from that year that showed certain marijuana derivatives could halt tumors in the lungs. Only recently did the National Institute of Drug Abuse acknowledge the promise of cannabis in the fight against cancer, and the plant remains banned under Schedule I of the federal Controlled Substances Act, categorized as a drug with no medical value.
“If cannabis cures cancer, why would it be illegal?” Triplett asks. “All we want to do is heal ourselves, and there’s shouldn’t be a law against that.”