The University of Alberta presented the new study results during The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
The findings show that one in three women near the menopause transition uses cannabis for symptom management, according to a summary of the presentation.
Their aim was to examine the rates and patterns of cannabis use and its perceived effectiveness in managing symptoms that overlap with menopause.
Nearly 1,500 women across Alberta took part in the study and roughly a third reported using cannabis within the last 30 days and 65 percent indicated ever using cannabis.
Of the 499 current cannabis consumers, 75 percent reported use for medical purposes. Sleep issues were the most widely cited reason for cannabis consumption, with anxiety, muscle & joint achiness, irritability, and depression. Three-quarters of current consumers found cannabis helpful in treating their symptoms. CBD tinctures are available here Sleep drops
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The most common methods of consuming cannabis were edibles (52 percent) and oils (47 percent). As for sourcing cannabis information for medical purposes, 46 percent of consumers relied on Internet searches while 34 percent consulted family and friends. Gummies for sleep found here CBD gummies
“Our study confirmed that a large percentage of midlife women are using cannabis for symptoms that overlap with menopause, especially women with more symptoms,” said Katherine Babyn, a master of science student from the University of Alberta. “In addition, many of these women are claiming to get relief for their symptoms through the use of cannabis.”
Cannabis was also a discussion topic at last year’s NAMS meeting. There, a Midlife Women Veterans Health Survey presented results showing women are increasingly using cannabis to treat menopause symptoms like night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia, etc.
More than 230 women participated in that survey with 27 percent said that using cannabis to cope with their symptoms. Less than 20 percent indicated that they used traditional treatments to address menopause symptoms, including hormone therapy.
NAMS medical director Dr. Stephanie Faubion said “the study highlights a somewhat alarming trend and needs for more research relative to the potential risks & benefits of cannabis use for the management of bothersome menopause symptoms.”
Dr. Faubion echoed those sentiments this year, again calling for further research on the subject.