Tic, Tourette's & CBD

Twitching in the face, involuntary movements and the compulsion to shout out loud: Tourette's syndrome, an extreme form of nervous tics, can be treated well with cannabis. CBD oil is definitely worth a try against such obsessive-compulsive disorders, says research.

A great many people have tics. These are "short circuits" in the nervous system that cause involuntary physical activity. In most people, it's just a sporadic, temporary "nervous tic." The eyelid trembles for a while, or a muscle contracts jerkily. Soon it disappears again.

Common disease "tic"

If a tic becomes chronic and occurs permanently, it is called a neurological disorder. This can be caused by serious diseases: Parkinson's disease, MS and other severe nervous disorders are often accompanied by tics. In AD(H)S and obsessive-compulsive disorders, tics are also frequent symptoms.

Tics can themselves become a disease (see Wikipedia https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tic). When a person accumulates more and more compulsive ones, it finally culminates in the so-called Tourette's syndrome, in which severely affected people can hardly drink a cup of water calmly because of their tics and spasms, and often loudly insult their environment - involuntarily.

CBD calms derailed nerves

In Germany, up to 2 in 100 people are affected by obsessive-compulsive disorder. These include obsessive thoughts, nervous twitches, conspicuous senseless behaviors and -sequences. Several studies have shown that CBD oil can be used well against such symptoms and promises a high chance of relief.
A US study from 2015 likewise concludes that CBD is effective against obsessive-compulsive and anxiety disorders. The results are particularly clear in the studies with Tourette's patients: Here, numerous sufferers already experience relief from CBD. The use of full-spectrum CBD in combination with THC (dronabinol, Sativex) against Tourette's symptoms will probably soon be medically recognized worldwide. (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23187140/).

Professional help:
Dr. Kirsten Müller-Vahl

In the German-speaking world, Prof. Dr. Kirsten Müller-Vahl is the best-known expert on Tourette's. A neurologist and psychiatrist, she teaches at the Hanover Medical School and is considered one of the most competent researchers and advocates of medical cannabis. Müller-Vahl was one of those experts who persuaded the German Bundestag to legalize cannabis flowers and extracts for medical purposes.

Once a month, Dr. Müller-Vahl is available to answer questions from Austrian patients. Because tics and Tourette's are a sensitive topic, utmost care is taken to ensure discretion. On the website of the Austrian Tourette Society and Self-Help Group, anyone can register for the monthly Zoom meeting with the doctor.

If you want to have a preliminary impression, read Dr. Müller-Vahl's interview with her patient Mr. Miller.

If you want to do even more, you can now sign up for a large-scale study on tics, Tourette's and the therapy of the same with cannabis - the research project is called CANNA-TICS study.