Does Cannabis Help Complex Tic Disorders Like Tourette Syndrome?


Tic disorders may indicate a disruption in the Endocannabinoid System, making cannabis a potential treatment. Tic disorders involve sudden movements, twitches, or sounds. The patient repeats these, often in a pattern, against their will. Some motor tics are painful with an intensity that is debilitating. Further, tics are termed ‘unvoluntary’ because many patients can suppress them for a time. Patients can’t hold back tics forever though. Eventually, the tic compulsion overwhelms personal will. Tourette Syndrome is a neuropsychiatric disorder that usually begins in childhood and peaks during adolescence. It should be noted, however, that adult-onset can and does occur. The disorder affects approximately 1% of the population with males being more commonly afflicted. Accepted treatments include: Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention (CBIT), Habit Reversal (HRT), and pharmaceuticals (neuroleptics and anti-dopaminergic). Additionally, according to a review published in Neurotherapeutics (2020), [1]A Billnitzer, J Jankovic. Current Management of Tics and Tourette Syndrome: Behavioral, Pharmacologic, and Surgical Treatments (2020). Neurotherapeutics 17(1681-1693). … Continue reading jQuery(‘#footnote_plugin_tooltip_7539_2_1’).tooltip({ tip: ‘#footnote_plugin_tooltip_text_7539_2_1’, tipClass: ‘footnote_tooltip’, effect: ‘fade’, predelay: 0, fadeInSpeed: 200, delay: 400, fadeOutSpeed: 200, position: ‘top center’, relative: true, offset: [-7, 0], }); if none of these treatments help, patients may see benefit from deep brain stimulation. This treatment, however, is still very new and would not be a first try. Despite these options, many patients continue to suffer from a lack of symptom reduction. Additionally, for some, the side effects from pharmaceuticals are unbearable. All of this underscores the need for new and effective treatments for tic disorders. While cannabis research is still evolving, the reports about its effectiveness in stopping tics is promising. Does Cannabis Work for Tic Disorders? Adult patients with tic disorders have anecdotally reported relief from smoking whole plant cannabis. This has led researchers to investigate the Endocannabinoid System as a potential target for treatment. Fortunately, pharmaceutical cannabis drugs…

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