Can Medical Marijuana Treat Tourette’s Syndrome

December 16, 2020 All Natural

What is Tourette’s Syndrome

Tourette syndrome is a condition that is often seen as a laughing situation for few people. While it may be funny to watch someone ticking, it’s a condition that can be very distressing for the patient, and for people who are close to them. The condition causes the patient to perform actions and sounds without meaning to do so. The actions and sounds will often not be easy to notice as being part of a problem. This can include things like coughing and nose twitching. In other cases, the symptoms can be far more candid and can draw a lot of attention to the patient. This can include things like making awkward movements and or disturbing outburst and could leading to someone getting hurt accidentally.


Can Medical Marijuana Reduce Symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome

In 2003, the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience published a study about using medical marijuana on patients with Tourette syndrome (TS). To nobody’s surprise, it helped reduced the motor tics and disturbing outburst. According to another research article published in Behavioral Neurology, THC and CBD both showed promising signs for treating and controlling symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome in both adults and children.

To top it off, let’s not forget that different cannabis strains come with a range of calming effects that are helpful for those who struggle with sleeplessness, anger, obsessiveness, or anxiety – all of which accompany Tourette’s Syndrome. Both CBD and THC marijuana strains may relieve symptoms of TS depending on the individual case.

Medical marijuana can help reduce symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome and the following symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Restlessness
  • Motor Tics
  • Outburst

Researchers also believe that marijuana can and does decreases the number of motor tics in a similar way it does in patients with Tremors and/or Parkinson’s Disease. Many researchers think it has something to do with our endocannabinoid system, but there is still much more research and study to be done.


For many individuals with Tourette syndrome (TS), the medications available on the market do not help with their condition, or if they do will end up causing major side effects. Two small controlled trials have investigated the effect of oral delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a principal psychoactive ingredient of cannabis, in TS patients. While these trials have shown promising results, the effect sizes were not as large and consistent as those reported by patients with regards to inhaled cannabis (smoked or vaporized). The results as based on anecdotal evidence show the patients have much better improvement in their symptoms using smoking or vaping rather than using oral administration or another route.


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