Scientists Discover Another Way Marijuana Affects Men and Women Differently

Photo Credit: Jeff Standley

Photo Credit: Jeff Standley

At Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, psychiatric researchers have determined cannabis is more effective at relieving pain in men than in women. In the study, researchers administered THC or placebo to male and female participants, and then used the Cold Pressor Test to measure their pain levels. Participants placed their hands in cold water and were asked to report their pain and pain sensitivity. The amount of time they were able to keep their hands in the cold water represented their pain tolerance. Researchers reported THC decreased pain sensitivity in men, who typically tolerated the cold water longer, but did not decrease pain sensitivity in women. While this study used a common method for assessing pain, cannabis also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that could reduce pain in those suffering from chronic pain conditions.

While it is unclear as to whether or not these difference result from cannabis' ability to release and control hormones, the medical community seems to agree that cannabis does in fact provide some sex effect. Studies have found other ways cannabis affects men differently than women, including inhibiting motor coordination in the non-dominant hand of women more than in men, and impairing the attention in males more often than females.

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