Marijuana Significantly Improves Symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome

Marijuana Significantly Improves Symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome

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There are many health conditions that marijuana can help treat. Research shows that Tourette’s Syndrome can be added to the list. Find out how marijuana can help treat the symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome.

Written in the American Journal of Psychiatry, a patient with Tourette’s had a positive response to being treated with delta-9-THC. Researchers at the Medical School of Hanover, Department of Clinical Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, located in Germany, a 25-year-old man with Tourette’s was given 10 mg of delta-9-THC. His tic score dropped from 41 to 7 with the improvement lasting for a total of seven hours. The improvements included a reduction in both vocal and motor tics.

The man’s experience led researchers to conduct a study of 12 participants with Tourette’s. The results were positive with researchers reporting that there was an impressive improvement of tics and OCB (obssessive-compulsive behavior) after a single dose of delta-9-THC. Those results were confirmed in a second trial, which was double-blind and placebo-controlled. 24 participants were given 10 mg of THC every day for six weeks. The results showed a significant improvement:

“Researchers reported that subjects experienced a significant reduction in tics following long-term cannabinoid treatment and suffered no detrimental effects on learning, recall or verbal memory. A trend toward significant improvement of verbal memory span during and after therapy was also observed.”

One person with Tourette’s wrote that marijuana reduces their tics by 80%. Similar results from other patients are being reported on Internet forums, social media and blog posts.

Dr. Lester Grinspoon of Harvard Medical School and NORML board member said that there is tremendous potential in using marijuana as a treatment for Tourette’s Syndrome.