Hemp is an amazing plant. There are more than 25,000 uses for hemp from food, paint and fuel to clothing and construction materials. There are even hemp fibers in your Lipton® tea bags. And several cars made today contain hemp. One acre of hemp can produce as much raw fiber as 10 acres of trees. But hemp also has a plethora of medicinal effects. The chemical in hemp (aka cannibis) which is responsible for many of the medical benefits is “Delta-9-tetrahydro-cannabinol” (THC). The medical evidence for the effectiveness of THC at treating cancer and also reducing pain is overwhelming. We have known this since 1974 when the first experiment documenting hemp’s anti-tumor effects took place at the Medical College of Virginia at the behest of the U.S. government and the National Institute of Health (NIH). The “predetermined” outcome was to show that hemp damages the immune system and causes cancer. However, the study actually found instead that THC slowed the growth of three kinds of cancer in mice (lung and breast cancer, and a virus-induced leukemia). OOPS! We can’t have that information made public, can we? So, the DEA quickly shut down the Virginia study and all further research on the anti-cancer effects of hemp! In 2000, researchers in Madrid learned that the THC in hemp inhibits the spread of brain cancer through selectively inducing programmed cell death (apoptosis) in brain tumor cells without negatively impacting surrounding healthy cells. They were able to destroy incurable brain tumors in rats by injecting them with THC. But sadly, most Americans don’t know anything about the Madrid discovery, since virtually no major US newspapers carried the story. A 2007 Harvard Medical School study showed that the THC in hemp decreases lung cancer tumors by 50% and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to metastasize (spread). Other researchers have also shown that THC is an effective treatment for Hodgkin’s disease and Kaposi’s Sarcoma. A recent study out of Thailand demonstrated that THC can also fight bile duct cancer, which is rare and deadly. As a matter of fact, the International Medical Verities Association includes hemp oil on its cancer protocol. Rick Simpson successfully treated his terminal cancer with hemp oil, and since then has been leading the way to promote hemp oil as a viable cancer treatment.