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Tourettes is like a sneeze

Age: 24
Gender: Female
Location: Canada

Patient History

Conditions

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Sexual Dysfunction

Additional Conditions

Tourettes syndrome

Ethnic Background

  • American Indian or Alaska Native

Overall health, well-being and quality of life before medical cannabis

Tourettes is like a sneeze. Once you feel it coming it’s better to let it out then to hold it in because if you hold it in you feel irritated or even pain.

And sometimes you feel like you embarrass everyone around you. You feel like your friends don’t want to be around because you clear your throat, or make strange noises. You blink a lot or squirm.

These feelings of isolation and embarrassment can lead to severe depression and social anxiety.

This was my life before canabis

Additional info about this time in patient's life

If I could write a letter to 16 year old me I would tell her to seriously research this and try it sooner. My life is so much better. I feel like I can finally go out and live my life. I don't know where I would be right now if it was for medical cannabis.

Overall health and well-being before being introduced to medical cannabis: 3

Overall quality of life before being introduced to medical cannabis: 2

Patient Process

Path to cannabis

I broke down one day after work saying I just couldn’t handle it. My Tourettes had been acting up and I was exhausted and in pain because of it. My sister was a nurse and she suggested I try using medical marijuana.

I’d smoked weed before, in high school at parties. But I never thought it would help me for my Tourettes. I always thought medicinal cannabis was for Cancer patients or people who needed physical therapies.

Products Tried

I asked around a couple friends and one of them happily supplied me with a joint. And another one supplied me with a medical marijuana edible they had gotten from a dispensary. I found both smoking and ingesting it helped. Ingesting it helped a lot with the body pain and exhaustion I felt after a bad day of my Tourettes acting up. Smoking I found helped me right away to calm down. Especially if my anxiety was also acting up.

Patient Experience

How Cannabis has had an impact on patient's day to day life

I can get up, go to the gym and not feel like I'm embarrassing myself in public. I still get tics, they'll never go away but they're manageable and I no longer experience pain from them.

Under Doctor's Supervision?

Prefer not to say

Discontinued Medication

Yes

Additional info about discontinued medication

I am no longer on any prescription medication. My anxiety still acts up from time to time but it's all about learning to identify and manage it. I've found CBD helps me every day with my anxiety, and I don't get stoned from it! I can go to work and live my life.

Cannabis has changed the use of other controlled substances

Not Applicable

Other lifestyle changes adopted along with medical Cannabis

Yes

Additional info about lifestyle changes

I've noticed that whenever I use medical cannabis I find myself more willing to go for long walks, excited to go to the gym and I find myself cooking at home a lot more because i have the energy and I'm excited and passionate about it again.

Overall health and well-being after being introduced to medical cannabis: 9

Overall quality of life after being introduced to medical cannabis: 9

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