By Monterey Bud
"Marijuana is the finest anti-nausea medication known to science, and our leaders have lied about this consistently. Arresting people for medical marijuana is the most hideous example of government interference in the private lives of individuals. It's an outrage within an outrage within an outrage." - Peter McWilliams
Tourette's Syndrome - a neuropsychiatric illness which affects up to 4% of all kids. For those stricken, it's a terrifying ordeal of awkward and unintentional motor and verbal twitches. A 2003 study found that patients which received modified THC therapy for six weeks, enjoyed a significant reduction in tics. Apparently, the cannabis plants cannabinoids lessen the unwanted behavior of the pertinent neurotransmitters in the brain.
Social Anxiety Disorder - in a study from the University of São Paulo Brazil published in 2011, researchers tested the use of CBD cannabinoids on a dozen patients plagued by social anxiety disorder and found that reduce their anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort and speech performance when compared with a control group that received only placebos.
Sleep Apnea - the sleep apnea disorder associated with storing can actually lead to premature death. A 2002 study found that THC in the endocannabinoid oleamide significantly suppressed sleep apnea in rats by blocking serotonin induction as well as stabilizing respiration during sleep. And, needless to say, it's been known for at least a few eons that weed improves the quality of sleep for most people.
Mad Cow Disease - infected cow meat can cause humans to be fatally stricken with "variant CJD." The brain becomes sponge-like and full of holes. In 2007, researchers found the non-psychoactive compound cannabidiol, or CBD, may prevent "mad cow disease" by inhibiting the formation of infectious proteins called prions. This result has been seen in infected mice in sheep.
Herpes Simplex - this lifelong and unsightly viral disease may be managed by medical marijuana. A 2004 University of Southern Florida in vitro study found that small doses of concentrated THC inhibited the herpes virus in tissue cultures, specifically by targeting the gene labeled ORF 50 - thus preventing viral replication, by which the virus lives in the cells of its host.