An eight-year-old boy with Tourette’s saw his involuntary tics halted after being given daily doses of cannabis oil.
The unnamed youngster, believed to be from Poland, was left suicidal and unwilling to leave his own home because of the brutality of his condition.
But his random arm movements and vocal tics almost halved in severity after being given a THC-based oil, a case report has revealed.
The boy’s tics started when he was just six. The NHS states they usually appear between the ages of five and nine.
Over the next year, his condition deteriorated and he was rendered unable to write because of the motor tics of his right arm.
He also suffered ‘very loud’ vocal tics – but the tale, published in the European Journal of Medical Case Reports, did not reveal what they were.
The boy became lonely after he stopped attending school and he eventually refused to leave home altogether because of his tics.
Doctors who treated him in Warsaw said he also became ‘depressed, developed suicidal temptation and exhibited separation anxiety’.
In hope of combating his tics, he was given a cocktail of drugs and two forms of therapy - but the methods all proved unsuccessful.
Medics then started to supplement daily doses of risperidone and guanfacine, a drug used to combat the boy’s ADHD, with THC.
Tetrehydrocannabinol (THC) is the compound in cannabis that makes users feel ‘high’. It is also believed to have medical benefits.
The boy’s dose of THC was gradually increased over the space of two months, from 0.7mg to 3.6mg daily, according to the team at the Medical University of Warsaw.
The boy, his parents and teachers said the stronger dosage had ‘positive effects’ on both his tics and behaviour.
He was better able to focus at school, attended all of his classes and even began to spend time outdoors again.'
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