Symptoms of Tourette Syndrome
Tourette's is a problem with the nervous system that causes people to make sudden movements or sounds, called tics, that they can't control. Someone with Tourette's might blink or clear their throat over and over again. Some people may blurt out words they don't intend to say.
Research has shown that cannabis can be effective in suppressing tics and also in the treatment of the syndrome’s associated behavioral problems.
One study measuring the effects of a single cannabis treatment on adult Tourette’s syndrome patients found a significant improvement of tics and obsessive-compulsive behavior compared to placebo (Muller-Vahl, et al., 2002).
Demonstrating cannabis potential longer-term benefits, another study discovered a significant difference in the reduction of tics compared to placebo in Tourette’s patients after six weeks of cannabis administration (Muller-Vahl, et al., 2003).