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Date: 2022-08-13 18:41:55
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Medical cannabis use may be common in midlife individuals experiencing menopause-related symptoms, according to a study published online Aug. 2 in Menopause.
M. Kathryn Dahlgren, Ph.D., from the McLean Hospital Imaging Center in Belmont, Massachusetts, and colleagues assessed patterns of medical cannabis use in 131 perimenopausal and 127 postmenopausal individuals. Participants were recruited through online postings on social media platforms and via Rally, the Mass General Brigham online recruitment platform.
The researchers found that most participants reported current cannabis use (86.1 percent) and endorsed using medical cannabis for menopause-related symptoms (78.7 percent), including sleep disturbance (67.4 percent) and mood/anxiety (46.1 percent). Smoking (84.3 percent) and edibles (78.3 percent) were the most common modes of use. Perimenopausal participants reported increased use of medical cannabis to treat menopause-related mood/anxiety symptoms compared with postmenopausal participants.