Cannabis use is an effective treatment option for those with Tourette’s Syndrome, according to a new study published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience.
A 3D model of Tourette’s Syndrome in the brain.
For the study, which was published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, “The authors retrospectively evaluated effectiveness and tolerability of cannabis in 19 adults with Tourette syndrome”. Researchers found that “Tics scores decreased by 60%, and 18 of the 19 participants were at least “much improved.””
Researchers state that; “All study participants experienced clinically significant symptom relief”; this includes reductions in impulsivity, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, irritability, rage outbursts and anxiety.
Based on these results, researchers conclude that; “Cannabis was generally well tolerated… Overall, these study participants experienced substantial improvements in their symptoms. This is particularly striking given that almost all participants had failed at least one anti-tic medication trial”
Researchers conclude; “In conclusion, cannabis seems to be a promising treatment option for tics and associated symptoms.”
The full study, conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto, can be found by clicking here.
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