Kayla Joyce a master’s student studying at Dalhousie University is hoping to fill in the gaps in cannabis research between men and women.
“A lot of the research that has been done to date has been done mostly with male subjects,”.
“A lot of my participants come in and they tell me that they’ve trying to find studies that look at women’s cannabis use or addictive behaviours in general, but they haven’t been able to find anything. So that is one of the main reasons why I got involved.”
The study will survey 80 subjects will be surveyed about their cannabis consumption over a 32-day span. During this time they will record how much cannabis they’re using, how much money they’re spending on it, their mood, their stress levels and their menstrual cycle.
Sherry Stewart who is a professor in the department of psychology has worked with Kayla on projects since her third year.
“We’ve looked at alcohol consumption, gambling and now cannabis use across the menstrual cycle. So now we’re trying to get all our findings and combine them into some sort of educational tool for women to look at different sorts of addictions in women,” she said.
According to Joyce, research surrounding women’s cannabis use has yielded mixed results. “The findings often fight each other,” she said.
“There might be a relationship between mood and usage. Specific moods could either increase or decrease women’s cannabis use. And that in turn could also influence their reasons for using.”
Source – The Star
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