A new survey has revealed that a growing number of women have started to use cannabis to treat menopause symptoms. The trend has lead to split opinions as some health experts praise the benefits while others are concerned about side effects.
The study, which includes the survey, notes that one out of four female veterans have stated that they use cannabis to cope with menopause symptoms, with the percentage being larger in comparison to the use of other methods for symptom control and management.
Exploring the trend
Some experts worry that the trend can lead to dangerous health consequences and argue that long-term studies focused on the use of cannabis as an adjuvant for troublesome menopause issues should be made. However, others claim that there are ties between menopause symptoms and the endocannabinoid system of our body.
The survey involved 232 women form North Carolina with an average age of 56 years, mentioned several menopause symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, urinary issues, and insomnia. Out of the participants, 27% have stated that they have used a form of cannabis to treat their symptoms in the past or continue to do so today.
Such information infers that the use of cannabis for the management of menopause symptoms might be more common than it was previously thought according to an expert who contributed to the study. However, the use of cannabis remains questionable from several points of view, including legal ones.
It is also worth noting that an additional 10% were interested in trying cannabis to treat menopause symptoms. Only 19% stated that they had used regular solutions for the same purpose. This is quite interesting since hormone therapy is deemed to be the safest and most reliable treatment according to health experts.
Some doctors recommend the use of hemp-based products since they contain CBD but not THC.