Cannabis and Tourette's syndrome

  • Cannabis and Tourette's syndrome

In a survey of 64 patients with Tourette's syndrome, they reported using cannabis. More than 80% said cannabis helped reduce tics.

Tourette's syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder that develops at an early age and is defined by involuntary movements and tics. These tics can be painful, embarrassing and functionally disruptive. There is currently no known cure. The current treatments aim to help control tics and improve quality of life.

Common drugs used to treat TS include clonidine, haloperidol and topiramate. While these medicines provide relief for many patients, they also have a number of side effects associated with their use. These side effects may include drowsiness, weight gain, depression or kidney stones.

The use of cannabis in the treatment of TS is relatively new. In a survey of 64 TS patients interviewed, 25% said they had used cannabis, and more than 80% said it helped reduce tics. Subsequently, several other smaller studies comparing THC containing products with placebo have shown a statically significant improvement in TS-related tics.

Since patients in the studies typically used prescription drugs while using cannabis, further investigation is needed to confirm the value of cannabis as a possible treatment option. Finally, cannabis appears to be a promising option in the treatment of tics and related symptoms of TS, although further research is needed to confirm efficacy and safety.

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