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Medical Marijuana And Tourette Syndrome

Medical Marijuana And Tourette Syndrome
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Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a complex neurological disorder characterized by involuntary tics and vocalizations that can significantly detract from patients’ quality of life. Traditional treatments can often lead to side effects that are as troubling as the syndrome itself. However, recent studies suggest an alternative option–medical marijuana. Could this be the relief that TS patients have been looking for? This blog will delve into the research surrounding the topic and explore marijuana’s potential benefits and drawbacks.

What Is Tourette Syndrome and What Are the Symptoms?

Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. It was named for Dr. Georges Gilles de la Tourette, the pioneering French neurologist who first described the condition in 1885.

The early symptoms of TS are typically noticed first in childhood, with the average onset between the ages of three and nine years old. People with TS may experience a variety of tics that are classified as either simple or complex.

Simple tics are sudden, brief, repetitive movements like eye blinking, head or shoulder jerking, or grimacing. Complex tics are distinct, coordinated patterns of movements involving several muscle groups like touching or smelling objects, repeating observed movements, or stepping in a certain pattern.

Vocal tics can range from grunts or throat clearing to repeating certain words or phrases. The tics can vary in frequency and severity and often grow worse due to stress, fatigue, or excitement.

Can Medical Marijuana Treat Tourette Syndrome?

Medical marijuana is increasingly being considered as a potential treatment for myriad health conditions, including Tourette Syndrome (TS). Studies have demonstrated that the active compounds in cannabis known as THC and CBD can reduce the frequency and severity of tics associated with TS.

In several cases, patients reported an improvement in their symptoms after using medical marijuana. However, it’s important to note that research in this area is still in its nascent stages.

Can Medical Cannabis Make Tourette Syndrome Worse?

Can Medical Cannabis Make Tourette Syndrome Worse?

While there is a growing body of research that attests to the potential benefits of medical cannabis for managing the symptoms of Tourette Syndrome, it’s essential to remember that individual responses to cannabis can vary widely. Some people may find that it exacerbates their symptoms rather than alleviating them.

It’s also important to note that medical cannabis, like all medications, can induce side effects. Such effects can include impaired concentration, sleepiness, and dry mouth, among others, and they can worsen some aspects of Tourette Syndrome for some individuals.

As research continues to evolve, it’s crucial for those considering medical cannabis as a treatment option to consult their healthcare provider first.

How to Use Medical Marijuana for Tourette Syndrome

Various forms of medical marijuana can be used to mitigate the symptoms of Tourette Syndrome. Some of the most effective ones include:

  1. Smoking or Vaporizing: These methods provide immediate relief since they ensure the cannabinoids in the marijuana reach your bloodstream quickly through your lungs. However, dosing can be challenging to control, and long-term smoking could have adverse effects on your lung health.
  2. Edibles and Oils: These forms offer a longer-lasting effect and are easier on the lungs. They take longer to kick in but provide steady relief over time. Dosing can also be more accurately controlled.
  3. Topicals: While not as common for Tourette Syndrome, topical forms like creams and lotions may help with associated symptoms like bodily pain or discomfort.

No matter which kind of cannabis product(s) you use, it’s important to start with a small dose and gradually increase it as needed to allow your body to adapt to the drug(s).

Why Choose the Sanctuary?

At The Sanctuary Wellness Institute, we believe in medical marijuana’s potential as a treatment option for Tourette Syndrome and many other conditions, and we are committed to helping our clients navigate the often complex pathway to accessing the drug. Our streamlined, patient-focused process and our dedication to education set us apart as a trusted resource for all things medical marijuana.

Reach out to us today to learn how you can obtain a medical marijuana card and commence your medical cannabis journey.

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