Marijuana is gaining popularity for managing menopausal symptoms, a small study in California found.
Among 231 female veterans based in northern California, 27% reported that they used cannabis to treat symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes, or insomnia, and an additional 10% were interested in future use, reported Carolyn Gibson, PhD, of the San Francisco VA Health Care System, and colleagues.
Considerably fewer — only 19% — used conventional treatments such as hormone therapy, according to the group’s abstract presented at the North American Menopause Society 2020 virtual meeting.
Gibson said that while she expected to see some women use cannabis to manage their symptoms, she was surprised to see a rate of nearly 30%.
“We know that in general, cannabis is often used for insomnia and anxiety, which may be part of the picture for peri- and postmenopausal women,” Gibson said in an email to MedPage Today.