A new study published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences has found cannabis effectives reduces symptoms in those suffering from Tourette's syndrome. Researcher Elia Abi-Jaoude, with the help of the University of Toronto, conducted a retroactive study on 19 patients, and found cannabis not only allowed 18 of them to experience a 60% reduction in tics but that the medication was also well tolerated among participants. Abi-Jaoude explains, “Several of my patients with Tourette syndrome had noticed that if they used some marijuana, their tics decreased significantly... We began prescribing medical cannabis at our clinic and were struck by the improvements we saw in tics and related symptoms. We eventually decided that we should investigate this topic further.”
While this observational study is hopeful, there is still much to be discovered through more investigative clinical research that is controlled and involves placebo. Abi-Jaoude explains, “We hope that with further research we can get a clearer picture of the potential benefits and risks with using cannabis for tics and related symptoms.”
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