New Research Says Cannabis Can Treat Tourette Syndrome

Photo Credit: Jeff Standley

Photo Credit: Jeff Standley

According to research conducted by the Department of Psychiatry at the Tauranga Hospital in New Zealand, cannabis may be able to treat the severe motor and vocal tics associated with Tourette syndrome. The study examined the effects of a whole plant cannabis extract made by GW Pharmaceuticals called Sativex in one patient suffering from Tourette syndrome. Twice daily over the course of four weeks, doctors gave the patient controlled doses of Sativex, an oromucosal spray that administers 10.8mg of THC and 10 mg CBD. They then measured the perceived severity of the tics. The patient and objective observers noted a "marked improvement in the frequency and severity of motor and vocal tics post-treatment."

While this data provides hope for future treatment methods of Tourette syndrome, the study is too small of a scale to suggest anything definitive about the best treatment methods and dosing information for treating the condition with medical cannabis. This is why we at CannaBest Medical can't stress enough the importance of journaling on a daily basis. In doing so, you are becoming an anonymous member of a patient pool that contributes vital data that can inform researchers and physicians about the most effective and ineffective ways of using medical marijuana to treat your unique condition. With more participants and information, we can better assess the true value of this medication. 

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