Cannabis treatment on a 20-year-old male markedly improved his chronic stuttering, recent research has found.
The patient, who had initially taken recreational cannabis, which led to improved speech as well as a reduction in his social anxiety, consequently worked with the medical team who administered varying strengths of medical cannabis — with a starting dose of 50mg/day using a vaporizer.
Eventually, the patient opted for more of the higher THC concentrations, with resulting “significant improvements” of speech fluency, nervousness and sleep, but also of attention and concentration, the researchers said. There were no side effects, and the benefits continued for more than a year.
Family members and friends noticed the effects, too.
“The improvement would be so significant that his fiancée would be able to identify whether he had used cannabis solely on the basis of his speech fluency,” the researchers found.
The researchers stressed that much more research needs to be done to see if such observed effects may have wider implications. “Medicinal cannabis could be effective in treatment of refractory stuttering, but these preliminary data have to be confirmed in controlled studies,” the report concluded.
Cannabis And More Conventional Stutter Treatment
The patient had previously tried more established therapies for stuttering, or speech dysfluency, including speech therapy. He had also taken various medications designed to improve his sleeping patterns as well as those which might act as a potential treatment of attention or hyperactivity disorder.
While there was some benefit for his sleeping, the attention disorder medication proved to have no other effect. The use of cannabis recreationally further improved his sleeping as well as helped with the stuttering, the researchers noted.
In a separate interview with one of the report’s authors, the patient described how his life had “improved drastically” due to the cannabis treatment.
“I knew what it was like to be able to talk fluently and what I would do differently,” he said. “Now I am able to do things differently, and of course I’m much happier because of it.”