Medical cannabis effective in Tourette’s syndrome – study

Medical cannabis effective in Tourette’s syndrome – study
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A recent study has found medical cannabis to be effective in improving symptoms and quality of life in patients with Tourette’s syndrome. The small study, published earlier this month, backs up previous research which suggests medical cannabis may be an effective and well-tolerated treatment for patients living with Tourette’s syndrome. Tourette’s is a neuropsychiatric disorder, which usually develops in childhood, and causes the individual to make involuntary sounds and movements, known as tics.  In many cases, these tics are not harmful to the person’s overall health, but severe Tourette’s can still have a huge impact on their quality of life. Existing treatment options include behavioural therapies such as Habit Reversal Therapy (HRT) and Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention Therapy (CBIT), as well as a range of psychiatric drugs.  Researchers recruited 18 patients to participate in the trial, which was based at the Tel-Aviv Sourasky Movement Disorders Unit (MDU) in Israel. Three of these withdrew before the end of the study. Medical cannabis containing a ratio of 10:2 THC:CBD  was consumed via a number of different administration methods, including as an oil extract and vaporised or smoked as flower. Outcomes were measured using the Yale Global Tic Severity Scale (YGTSS) and Premonitory Urge for Tic Scale (PUTS), which are used to measure the severity, frequency and interference of tics. Following 12 weeks of treatment, researchers saw an average reduction 38 per cent in YGTSS-Total and a 20 per cent reduction of Premonitory Urge for Tic Scale (PUTS) scores, as well as an overall improvement in quality of life.  Watch the incredible effect medical cannabis has on dad’s Tourette’s The most common adverse effects were dry mouth, fatigue and sedation and dizziness. Just under half (40 per cent) participants also reported cognitive side effects, including altered time perception and confusion. These findings are in line…

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