A recent study suggests that female cannabis users experience more intense cannabis cravings than their male counterparts.
Researchers from the Center for Brain-Health at the University of Texas at Dallas found that women who regularly consume cannabis experience more intense cravings than their male counterparts. The study, “Sex-related differences in subjective, but not neural, cue-elicited craving response in heavy cannabis users” was published last month in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal.
The study was conducted on 54 women and 58 men who had used cannabis at least 5,000 times. They were given a “piece of cannabis equipment to hold” – likely a pipe or bong – and asked to rate their urge to use cannabis on a scale of 1 to 10. Women rated their cravings as 5.5 while men rated their cravings at 4.6.
Moreover, researchers found that when the female participants were categorized by their self-reported menstrual cycle phase, those in the phase – when estrogen levels increase – showed a significantly higher craving response compared to male users. However, previous studies have found no correlation between cannabis use and menstrual cycle phases, and the authors note that more research is required to clarify the reason behind this difference in cravings.
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