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Tourettes Syndrome


Tourettes Syndrome

Tourette's Syndrome, or TS is a neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by involuntary tics. While often portrayed in the media for comedic effect, it's a serious disease, and patients who suffer from the more debilitating forms can cause serious injury to themselves because of the tics and spasms. Estimates say that there are about 100,000 people with Tourette's Syndrome in the United States alone. At present, there is no known cure, but patients say their symptoms lessen as they age.

Beginning with a casual German study in 1997, there have been several research products that have demonstrated that TS patients may see a decrease in their tics and other related behaviors, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, when using THC, the "active ingredient" in cannabis. None of the studies showed any impairment of cognitive function.

A more recent, more comprehensive study took place in 2003. In that study, Tourette's Syndrome patients were given either THC or placebo for six weeks, and asked to track their daily tics. Patients taking THC showed a significant decrease in tics, with no adverse effects, or negative effects on verbal memory, recall, or learning abilities. In a paper published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, the researchers' conclusion was that "Therapy with delta-9 THC should be tried…" at least for adult patients.

Today, the use of medical marijuana to treat Tourette's is still not officially sanctioned, even in the states where cannabis is authorized to treat other diseases. In Colorado, it was recently rejected as an authorized disease for medical marijuana certification. Nevertheless, when the traditional treatments for TS fail to work, or the only available medications come with risky side effects (at least one can cause heart problems), both clinical and anecdotal evidence support the use of cannabis as a viable option.


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Guest | Mar 3, 2013

i am 15 years old i live in canada i have been smokeing marajuana since i was 14 and i was a bad kid i was kicked out of 3 schools in one year for fighting i tried marajuana and a i dont even tic anymore and i am still on prozac resperadone and conser

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Guest | Oct 22, 2012

weed is good

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Guest | Jun 27, 2012

any thoughts on the proper dosage of marijuana for a moderate case of tourettes and wasting disorders?

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Guest | Jun 22, 2012

I have had tourettes since I was a young child and had many tics and episodes of anger and violence that kept me on the outside and acceptance of others. When I was 13 I took my first hit of marijuana and it took everything way instantly and I felt a g

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Guest | Jun 21, 2012

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Guest | Jun 18, 2012

im 15 years old now and started using cannabis when i was 14 i was diagnosed when i was 9 in the tri cities and in a sence has been getting worse ive tried three different medications aderal, wich is like a meth but in pill form,riddilin wich just zomb

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Guest | Jun 18, 2012

ive have a condition called touretts and add and have tried three different medicatons aderal wich is like a form of meth riddilin wich is a zombifier and concerta wich is like a tweak for working i have taken several doses of those medications i was d

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Guest | Jun 11, 2012

I would like to express my deep empathy Angie and sympathy for Will. Angie, I know that you have probably researched TS and been in touch w/ TSA. Trying to find causes for what is really a descriptive diagnosis can be difficult. Rule out strept, l

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Guest | Jun 10, 2012

My son suddenly developed tics and may have had OCD for a while, but he needs help. How do I find this Mindocino purple?

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Guest | Jun 9, 2012

Hi my name is Will. I am a 24 year old male and have managed TS/OCD/whoknowswhat since age 8. I have recently fdound a strand of Marijuana called Mindocino Purple that is HIGHLY effective in treating both disorders, causing zero observable negative sid

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Guest | Apr 25, 2012

Hi I am just now researching TS since i suspect that my 3 year old son has it. My husband and I are from Colorado and are medicinal mj advocates ourselves. i have not tried to medicate my son, nor have I even had a formal diagnosis, but I HAVE seen res

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Guest | Apr 25, 2012

Hi,my name is Angie and i am a mom of a beautiful 8yr old boy.He suffers from Touretts and ADHD.We have had him on Ritalin now for 1yr with dosing changing from a low to higher to time release back to a regular dose.....it has changed him and tics have

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Guest | Apr 16, 2012

yes

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Guest | Apr 16, 2012

Oh cool

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Guest | Feb 1, 2012

I am so glad that this type of medicine is available. I have been smoking since I was about 16. and was diagnosed with Tourette's when I was 12. When I started smoking, I noticed the tics had subsided remarkably. My other diagnoses had been alleveiated

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Guest | Feb 1, 2012

.[size=14][/size]Yes. I have been smoking for quite some time, and have oticed that when I smoke, my tics are nearly unnoticable. And my anxiety is as well. I have been smoking since I was about 12. but people have known i have been, since I was about

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Guest | Jan 22, 2012

As someone with Tourette's, I can honestly say that it definetly helps with my tics

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Guest | Dec 2, 2011

I have been smoking since I was 18, after being diagnosed with Tourretees as well as manic depression, Pot is the only thing that helped me relax and improved my health by helping to gain weight. I do not twitch nearly as much. My children know about m

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Guest | May 3, 2011

There are sections in "Granny Storm Crow's MMJ Reference List" on Tourette's, OCD, and ADD/ADHD. "Granny's List" is an online compilation of links to MMJ studies, and also news articles about the medical uses of cannabis. Please take the time to run th

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Kushie Q | May 1, 2011

As I have said my husband has a head injury, so I have been around a lot of people who have dealt with the injury. One of the common occurrences after an injury is tourette's, which is a little known fact. But to see someone who was so prim and proper

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Guest | Apr 26, 2011

I have T.S. myself and I self medicate. I have been smoking for a while now and I have found that it does relax me. I don't understand why not treat us with it. I have tried way too many medications that are supposed to help but find myself right back

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sbsdewb | Apr 23, 2011

I just have to continue as I read these to say how greatful I am knowing all the wonders that are truly hide within the wonder known as medical marijuana. I think it is so great and everyone should know all it can truly do for us and our families.

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MrDoc | Mar 31, 2011

I have a friend who smokes quite of a bit of cannabis now that he discovered it helps him chill out and not act out as much. He was pretty vocal with his tourettes up until 11th grade around 4 years ago. He didn't say random things like most people thi

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CannabisGirl | Mar 21, 2011

It still is just so cool and amazing to me how many great things medical marijuana can and does do

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highinmilehigh | Mar 17, 2011

A host of other disorders are associated with tourettes,Obsessions Compulsions and ritualistic behaviors--Attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity (ADD or ADHD)--Learning disabilities--Difficulties with impulse control--Sleep disorder

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lindzzz | Mar 15, 2011

I honestly did not know that marijuana was used to treat the tics associated with Tourette's Syndrome. They should officially sanction it already, because they are using medicines that are more harmful to patients. There are so many proven positives of

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HolyKush | Mar 15, 2011

I had a friend in high school who took marinol for his tourettes. Marinol is the pill form of thc. This was the medication that helped him most. It actually let him relax more than he could have without it.

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