Medical Marijuana for Tourette Syndrome

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Tourette syndrome is a disorder of the nervous system that develops during childhood and is characterized by simple or complex involuntary motor or vocal tics. There is no known cure for the disorder, so treatments focus on managing its symptoms and tics, and studies have found cannabis safely and effectively reduces the frequency of tics. Research has found cannabis suppresses tics and benefits the behavioral problems associated with Tourette syndrome. One study found single cannabis treatments on adults with Tourette syndrome found improvements in tics and obsessive-compulsive behavior in comparison with a placebo.

Another study found six weeks of cannabis treatment significantly reduced tics in Tourette's patients when compared to a placebo. Another study of the same duration found cannabis not only reduced tics, but it did so without producing adverse side effects or impairing neuropsychological performance. Additionally, these treatments have not been shown to impair verbal and visual memory, reaction time, intelligence, sustained attention, divided attention, vigilance or compared to placebo treatment, suggesting there are no acute or long-term cognitive effects associated with cannabis treatment. 

This information has been provided by Medical Marijuana Inc. and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.