Who would’ve guessed that ladies and adults aged 50 years and older characterize the fastest-growing inhabitants of hashish customers? Center-aged girls use hashish to handle signs that accompany menopause, based on a poster presentation on the 2023 Annual Assembly of the Menopause Society held September 27 to 30, in Philadelphia, PA.
With the legalization and normalization of leisure and medical marijuana, use is growing throughout all age teams, nonetheless, analysis has centered solely on males and youthful adults. Till now, there was little analysis on the prevalence of hashish use amongst girls in perimenopause and postmenopause.
Information taken from 5000 girls analyzed the frequency, types, and motives of hashish use by postmenopausal girls. Outcomes indicated that hashish use is widespread in girls on this stage of life. Greater than 40% of members reported utilizing hashish for leisure or therapeutic functions, most frequently to deal with persistent ache (28%), nervousness (24%), sleep issues (22%), and stress (22%). Six p.c of girls reported utilizing hashish for menopause signs, particularly temper and sleep difficulties.
“We all know that hashish merchandise are being marketed to girls to handle menopause signs, and these findings counsel that midlife girls are turning to hashish for menopause signs and different widespread points within the menopause transition,” stated Carolyn Gibson, PhD, lead writer of the examine and well being providers researcher on the College of California, San Francisco. “We nonetheless have no idea if use is definitely serving to for these signs, or if it might be contributing to different challenges,” she stated in a press launch.
Based on the examine, over the previous 30 days, greater than 10% of members reported utilizing hashish: 56% by way of smoking, 52% consumed edible merchandise, and 39% used multiple type of hashish. Of the members who reported previous 30-day use, 31% reported smoking hashish on a day by day or near-daily foundation, whereas 19% reported day by day or near-daily use of edible hashish merchandise.
Stephanie Faubion, MD, medical director for The Menopause Society stated that the examine findings counsel the “want for recognizing and discussing hashish use within the well being care setting.” She concluded that extra analysis is required to find out the harms of advantages of utilizing hashish.
New examine suggests rising use of hashish to assist handle menopause signs. The Menopause Society, press launch. Accessed September 27, 2023.