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Cannabis use for menopause in women aged 35 and over: a cross-sectional survey on usage patterns and perceptions in Alberta, Canada
  1. Katherine Babyn1,
  2. Sue Ross2,
  3. Mark Makowsky1,
  4. Tony Kiang1,
  5. Nese Yuksel1
  1. 1Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  2. 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nese Yuksel; nese.yuksel{at}ualberta.ca

Abstract

Objective Use of cannabis for medical reasons has increased in Canada since legalisation of recreational cannabis in 2018. The objective of this study was to examine the pattern of use and perceptions about cannabis for menopause in women aged 35 and over in Alberta, Canada.

Design Cross-sectional, web-based survey.

Setting Online (location of participant residence in Alberta, Canada).

Participants Self-selected sample of women recruited through social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) between October and December 2020. Inclusion criteria included: identified as woman, ages 35 and over, living in Alberta, Canada.

Primary and secondary outcomes measures Self-reported data were collected on demographics, menopause status and symptoms, cannabis usage and how participants perceived cannabis. Descriptive statistics, comparative analysis and logistic regression explored relations in cannabis use and participant characteristics.

Results Of 1761 responses collected, 1485 were included for analysis. Median age was 49 years; 35% were postmenopausal and 33% perimenopausal. Among analysed responses, 499 (34%) women reported currently using cannabis and 978 (66%) indicated ever using cannabis. Of the 499 current cannabis users, over 75% were using cannabis for medical purposes. Most common reasons for current use were sleep (65%), anxiety (45%) and muscle/joint achiness (33%). In current users, 74% indicated that cannabis was helpful for symptoms. Current cannabis users were more likely to report experiencing menopause symptoms compared with non-users. History of smoking and general health status were associated with current cannabis use.

Conclusions Some women are using cannabis for symptoms related to menopause. Further research is required to assess safety and efficacy of cannabis for managing menopause and develop clinical resources for women on cannabis and menopause.

  • community gynaecology
  • gynaecology
  • primary care

Data availability statement

All data relevant to the study are included in the article or uploaded as online supplemental information.

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Footnotes

  • Presented at An abstract of this study was presented at the 2021 Annual Meeting for the North American Menopause Society in Washington, DC, USA (22 September 2021–25 September 2021).

  • Contributors KB and NY were responsible for study concept, study design, study protocol and drafting the manuscript. KB collected the data and conducted statistical analysis. SR, MM and TK also contributed to study design and critically reviewed the manuscript for important intellectual content. All authors approved the final manuscript version for publication. NY act as guarantor of the work.

  • Funding Funding was received from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (RN410370-433031).

  • Competing interests NY has been on the advisory board and/or speaker for Biosyent, Bayer, Amgen, Organon and Duchesnay. MM: none to disclose. TK: none to disclose. KB: none to disclose. SR: none to disclose.

  • Patient and public involvement Patients and/or the public were not involved in the design, or conduct, or reporting, or dissemination plans of this research.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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