Hot flashes, sleep disruptions, depression, and anxiety are some of the uncomfortable symptoms caused by the hormonal changes associated with menopause. Although hormone therapy has been shown to be beneficial in treating these symptoms, not many women are able or willing to opt for it. As a result, they use other non-hormone replacement therapies.
Medical marijuana has been linked to a number of clinical benefits, including reduced anxiety, mood, sleep, pain measurement, and improved cognitive function after treatment, according to previous observational studies. . However, there are no studies that have examined the safety and effectiveness of using cannabis medicinally to treat symptoms associated with menopause.
The researchers wanted to evaluate cannabis use, including the modes of use. They also wanted to compare usage patterns between premenopausal and postmenopausal women in this study. The study involved more than 250 premenopausal and postmenopausal women. Study participants were recruited through advertising, targeting women with an interest in women’s health and marijuana or cannabinoids. The results showed that many women (86%) are currently using cannabis as a complementary treatment for menopausal symptoms in a variety of ways, including smoking (84.3%). and eating was the most popular (78.3%). Menopause-related sleep problems and mood/anxiety disorders are the most cited reasons for medicinal cannabis use.
Premenopausal women report more symptoms associated with menopause, such as increased anxiety and hot flashes, than postmenopausal women. In addition, premenopausal women are more likely to experience anxiety and depression and higher medical use of cannabis. However, more research is needed to confirm the effectiveness of cannabis in treating various menopausal symptoms.
Dr. Stephanie Faubion, medical director of NAMS, said, “This study implies that middle-aged women with menopausal symptoms may be more likely to use cannabis medicinally. More research is needed before recommending it. to develop medicinal cannabis as a treatment for menopausal symptoms in clinical settings due to a lack of clinical trial evidence for its efficacy and safety. about the use of medical marijuana for menopausal symptoms and provide evidence-based recommendations for symptom management.”