Middle-aged women frequently acknowledge that they use cannabis to treat symptoms associated with menopause, according to new survey data presented at the annual meeting of The North American Menopause Society.
Investigators with the University of Alberta surveyed nearly 1,500 middle-aged Canadian women about their use of cannabis. Marijuana is legal for both medical and recreational purposes in Canada.
One-third of those surveyed acknowledged having used cannabis products within the past month, an turnaround from previous generations of seniors, in a continuation of trends over the past couple of decades.
“Mid-life women are using cannabis”
Among current users, 75 percent defined their use as medicinal and most said that cannabis successfully mitigated their menopause-related issues, including irritability, muscle and joint aches, and sleep disturbances.
“Our study confirmed that a large percentage of mid-life women are using cannabis for symptoms that overlap with menopause, especially those women who reported more symptoms,” the study’s lead author said in a statement. “In addition, many of these women are claiming to get relief for their symptoms through the use of cannabis.”
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Published: November 10, 2021
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