A growing number of middle-aged women are turning to marijuana to help soothe symptoms of menopause, new research indicates.
About one-third of older female U.S. veterans said they had either tried to treat their menopause symptoms with cannabis products or planned to experiment with marijuana in the future, according to results presented this week at the virtual annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society.
“These findings suggest that cannabis use for menopause symptom management is common, raising questions about the symptoms being targeted, and if this approach is helpful or harmful,” said lead investigator Carolyn Gibson. She’s a psychologist and health services researcher with the San Francisco VA Health Care System.
About 27% of 232 female veterans reported that they either currently or in the past had used cannabis products to treat their menopause, and another 10% said they planned to try it in the future, the researchers found. The…