Tourette’s syndrome, also called Tourette syndrome, is a neurological disorder characterized by at least two motor tics and at least one vocal tic. Tics are involuntary, repetitive movements and vocalizations, afflicting those with Tourette’s.
Tourette’s syndrome is typically first seen in childhood, with the onset of symptoms ranging between the ages three and nine. Boys experience the condition at higher rates than girls, with the worst tics usually appearing in their early teens. Symptoms often improve as children begin to reach adulthood, and in some cases, they disappear entirely.
Tics are classified as either motor tics or vocal tics, of which either can be simple or complex. Simple tics include eye blinking, shoulder shrugging, throat clearing, or grunting. Complex tics are more severe, including accidentally harmful movements, or vocal tics like coprolalia, the involuntary and repetitive use of obscene language. Situations resulting in stress, excitement, or fatigue can often make symptoms worse.
Given the complexity of Tourette’s, it appears that there are many factors contributing to the occurrence of the condition. However, while there is no one cause of Tourette’s syndrome, research has linked it to abnormalities in certain areas of the brain. The basal ganglia, which helps control body movements, is often a primary indicator. Genes also play a role in the development of Tourette’s. Based on findings from family and twin studies, many have concluded that Tourette’s is a hereditary condition.
How Medical Marijuana Can Help
Although there is no cure for Tourette’s syndrome, there are various forms of treatment that can help ease the symptoms. Due to the calming effects of some medical marijuana strains, studies have found that cannabis can relieve tic symptoms for those suffering from Tourette’s. Additionally, medical marijuana can help mitigate other factors contributing to the exacerbation of tics, like obsessiveness, anxiety, insomnia, and anger. For patients who haven’t had previous success with other treatments, THC found in medical marijuana is a viable and recommended option.
Contact Greenhouse for More Information
In order to experience the benefits of medical marijuana in aiding Tourette’s, you must first obtain your registry identification card. From there, visit one of our Greenhouse dispensary locations where a medical marijuana professional can help.