Tourettes is a difficult condition for which there is little to nothing in the way of a cure. While medication has been shown to relieve symptoms, even this is uncertain, with many patients struggling to find the right treatment for them.

Is cannabis the answer? In this article, we take a sweeping look at the possible pros and cons of using cannabis to treat Tourette’s syndrome.


Before we get too far into the weeds with this article, it's important to keep in mind that the officially approved medical applications of cannabis remain very limited. Even common medical applications for cannabis—pain management, sleep treatment, anxiety, or depression relief—are all applied to relieve symptoms. 

There are currently no significant, medically approved situations in which cannabis is viewed as a reliable cure for a condition. 

The same goes for Tourettes. While our article will soon show that there are a variety of different perspectives on this issue, the official medical opinion is that cannabis is not an approved cure for any aspect of Tourette’s syndrome. 

The potential to relieve tics

For years, people suffering from Tourettes have been exploring ways that cannabis can help. A survey taken in 1998 evaluated this question by taking a long look at the symptoms of 64 people who had Tourettes. 

The participants in this study were given cannabis and then evaluated over several months to see how the THC would impact their various symptoms, including but not limited to their ticks. 

The results were…mixed. Of the sixty-four, fourteen reported total relief from their symptoms. Great, right? However, compared to already existing Tourettes medications, these results were hardly enough to get everyone to switch over to cannabis. 

Subsequent studies have produced a wide range of different results, and the conclusion many have made is that cannabis will over …

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