I am a 21 year old girl taking medical marijuana for my Tourette Syndrome, AMA!
Hi Reddit, I'm a 21 year old girl from Australia and I've had Tourette Syndrome my whole life. I have also struggled with severe depression and anxiety. Even though its still technically illegal here I've been medicating with marijuana for almost 2 years, mostly always in oil form but occassionally vaporising/smoking. It's changed my life in a massively positive way. AMA!
EDIT: Hi everyone just want to clear some things up because things can get lost in the comments, I don't want to give the impression that I am high all the time because thats not the case. I never used marijuana before I got introduced to it medicinally, so to me its just a medicine. I take it once in oil form every night to help me sleep and prevent my tics, but occasionally vaporise or smoke it on nights as a last resort. I prefer vaporising it over smoking because I don't want to damage my lungs. Getting high isn't the point of it for me. Not all the oil I take has a high effect, it all just depends on the different percentages and i'm still trying to find the perfect one for me which is why I have to sometimes rely on other methods. I have speculations about what I need to help me sleep and stop my tics, and I've had an oil in the past that was high in CBD and THC and it improved my quality of life greatly. This is just my personal preference and I don't speak for anyone else's experiences shared in the comments but i'd hate for anyone to think I was only using my disability as an excuse to be a stoner because i'm not at all. All I want to do is help and raise awareness for other people who are going through similar experiences, because I certainly wish someone had told me about it sooner. It was a pathway I never knew was an option and once I found out about it it saved me from worlds of pain and suffering. The point of this AMA was less about marijuana and more about my Tourettes, and how marijuana in its many forms has helped me overcome my obstacles and become a productive member of society. There is a lot of controversy when it comes to this topic, especially here in Australia where our government and pharmaceutical companies are doing everything in their power to prevent it from being used as a medicine. All I want to do it help break the stigma attached to it because I've grown to be living proof that it can and does work. Thanks for reading!