What is Tourette’s Syndrome?
Tourette’s syndrome is a chronic disorder that begins in childhood and involves motor and vocal tics. Tics are sudden, rapid, and repetitive movements or sounds that can vary in intensity and frequency.
Symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome
The hallmark symptom of Tourette’s syndrome is the presence of both motor and vocal tics.
Motor tics can include;
- Eye blinking,
- Head jerking,
- Shoulder shrugging,
- Limb movements.
- Vocal tics may involve;
- Throat clearing,
- The repetition of words or phrases.
Tourette’s Syndrome Treatment
Treatment approaches may include medication to manage symptoms, behavioural therapy to help individuals cope with tics, and support services for both the individual and their families.
Medical Cannabis & Tourette’s Syndrome
Medical cannabis is increasingly being recognised for its potential therapeutic benefits in treating Tourette’s Syndrome. Several states including Arkansas, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, and New Jersey have specifically approved the use of medical cannabis for this condition. Compounds like delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other cannabis extracts have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, and are now being applied in the treatment of Tourette’s Syndrome.
Research shows that medical cannabis can significantly reduce tics, which can change the lives of people with Tourette’s Syndrome. A specific case study of a 12-year-old boy diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome showed successful treatment with a combination of vaporized cannabis. Moreover, preliminary evidence suggests that cannabis may be a promising treatment option for tics and associated symptoms. The findings suggest that medical cannabis may not only improve comorbidities but also enhance the quality of life in patients with Tourette’s Syndrome.