Since his stroke in May 2018, and revealed in 2020, everything is calm around Rick Simpson.
For many people, Rick Simpson is a hero, because of his activism in the field of medical cannabis but above all for having made known his method of extracting cannabis oil, also known as Rick Simpson Oil (RSO).
Earlier this week, he uploaded the video below, in which he gives an update on his progress after his stroke.
Below is a translated transcript of his message:
“Hi everyone, I’m Rick Simpson. It’s been a while since we’ve had time to shoot another music video, so I wanted to do it today to express my gratitude to those of you who have contributed to my gofundme campaign and also to those who supported me bought a book to help me support me.
I heard a story recently, I think it’s from Ireland, about my death. Something about me and dying of cancer is ridiculous. As you can see I am not dead and these rumors have been circulating on the internet for years. For example, I was in Chile in 2014 and people thought I was dead, but as you can see, that’s not the case. We are in 2022 and I am still here. For a few years I have been living here in Europe in Croatia. But we recently got an email from a lady in the States who said she had spoken to someone who had met me several times in Florida years ago when I was giving talks there. -low and it is not. I haven’t done any conferences in the United States. The last time I was in the United States was around 1970 or 1971, so it’s been 50 years since I’ve been to the United States.
I wanted to tell you that I don’t live in the United States and right now there are a lot of people selling oil and they use my name and they call it RSO, but that’s not du RSO. Genuine Rick Simpson oil is produced from the flowers of potent indica cannabis strains. This is what real oil is made of. It has nothing or very little to do with CBD or anything else. But people still use my name, you know, to sell their products. So I just wanted to warn the public that this is happening, so be very careful and don’t waste your money buying other people’s oil because you don’t know what you’re going to get.
I can’t provide oil myself because here in Croatia you are still not allowed to grow your own plants, but that will change in the near future, I hope. You know a lot of countries are legalizing that now. For medical use it is desperately needed, so all we can do is wait for these governments to change their minds on this issue. We need this plant and we need it desperately. So many people are suffering for no reason now and the medicinal values of this plant can do a lot for people. I am still recovering from the heart attack of 2018, but it was a long, slow process and very expensive. Physiotherapists and all. It all costs money but I am slowly improving .I hope to be back to normal in the near future .I have been lucky in many ways because I mean a lot of people who are suffering from can’t even speak properly anymore. So in some ways I was lucky. Although I still suffer from some paralysis, but as I said, it is slowly improving.
Most people in the world know my name and think that I am a rich man, but as you can see that is not the case. I just live here in an apartment in Zagreb, but there are other rumors that I live on an island here in Croatia. It is not the case at all. I live in an apartment here in Zagreb in the capital. I am not affiliated with any NGO or company that produces the extracts. I hope one day I can produce them myself again soon and make them widely available at a reasonable price. The cost that people currently bear for cannabis oils is outrageous. If you grow the plant on a large scale, you could produce it at very low cost and that’s what this world needs, a medicine that works. »
Rick Simpson was Cannabis Liberation Day in Amsterdam in 2016 and 2017
In 2016 and 2017, Rick was present at the festival Cannabis Liberation Day organized by the VOC Nederlands. Cannabis News Network had captured the following images.