A new study presented at the North American Menopause Society’s (NAMS) annual meeting indicates that a growing number of women are either using cannabis or want to use it to manage their menopause symptoms.

The study was based on data collected from the Midlife Women Veterans Health Survey. Among the women who participated (mean age 56 years), more than half reported bothersome menopause symptoms such as genitourinary symptoms (69 per cent), hot flashes and night sweats (54 per cent), and insomnia (27 per cent).

27% reported using cannabis to manage their symptoms, and another 10% conveyed an interest in trying it out to help them manage their symptoms. Hot flashes and night sweats were the most common menopause symptoms that led women to try cannabis.

The study’s lead author, Carolyn Gibson, PhD, MPH, was quick to point out that while cannabis use appeared to be relatively common for menopause symptoms, more research still needed to be done around safety and effectiveness.