Like many things in life, cannabis affects men and women differently in a number of ways. While cannabis affects everyone differently, and each strain has been known to provide varying differences among consumers and patients, according to the science we have available, there are a few very clear ways in which cannabis affects females differently than it does males.
In this article, we are going to look at five ways that cannabis affects men and women differently. These include how cannabis affects the appetite, our sexual health, pain relief efficacy, and more. Let’s start with how cannabis affects the appetite of females versus that of male cannabis consumers as well as a recent study that looked into this topic more in-depth.
How Cannabis Affects Appetite in Men vs. Women
A recent study from the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas has concluded that females who consume cannabis regularly tend to experience more intense cases of the munchies in comparison to their male counterparts. The study which was published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal earlier this year concluded;
“These results indicate that neural activity primarily underlies response to cannabis cues and that a complex relationship characterizes a convergent neural response and a divergent subjective craving response that differs between the sexes. Accounting for these differences will increase efficacy of treatments through personalized approaches.”
However, more research is needed in this area, as many research studies in the past have found that men are more susceptible to increased hunger after cannabis consumption in comparison to women. One such study can be found here.
How Gender Affects Pain Relief Benefits from Cannabis
Whether or not men or women have a higher tolerance to pain is a topic that has been debated for many years. When it comes to the potential pain-relieving benefits of cannabis, however, it seems that men find more relief utilizing cannabis to treat pain in comparison to women.
In a study titled “Sex Dependent Effects of Cannabis Induced Analgesia” from 2016 concluded that “men exhibit greater cannabis-induced analgesia relative to women. These sex-dependent differences are independent of cannabis-elicited subjective effects associated with abuse-liability, which were consistent between men and women.”
This does not mean that women cannot find pain relief utilizing cannabinoid therapies; it just seems that it may take a higher concentration of cannabinoids to provide the same amount of relief that men can find in lower concentrations.
How Gender Affects Cannabis Tolerance
In a study from the Washington State University, psychology Professor Rebecca Craft took an in-depth look at how cannabis affects women and men differently. Her findings concluded that females tend to develop a tolerance to active components within cannabis, such as THC, much more quickly than their male counterparts. Her study also suggests that these sensitivities could increase their vulnerability to negative side effects such as addiction, paranoia, and anxiety.
The research was made possible through a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and was published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal in 2014. Her study also found that sensitivities to drugs such as cannabis frequently fluctuate in women due to hormone changes within the body in comparison to men.
How Cannabis Withdrawal Varies Between Genders
In the study titled “Socio-Demographic Characteristics Of Cannabis Smokers and the Experience Of Cannabis Withdrawal,” researchers took an in-depth look at the association of demographic characteristics such as gender, and it’s correspondence with the experience of cannabis withdrawal. While the study was performed on a relatively small number of individuals, it provided some interesting results.
Among these conclusions is that women were much more likely than men to report physical withdrawal symptoms. Women who participated in the study reported withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, sleep issues, and a lack of appetite more frequently in comparison to men. Women also commonly reported the withdrawal symptom of an upset stomach, something not reported among the male participants. These results suggest that women may want to consider taking a tolerance break more often than men to help prevent their tolerance from building up too intensely.
Increased Arousal and Libido in Women
When it comes to our sexual health, it seems that cannabis treats women a little better than it does men. Studies have shown that regular consumption of high levels of THC can cause temporary low levels of testosterone in men. Lower levels of testosterone can have negative effects on sex drive, fertility, and sexual performance.
In a study from the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that cannabis-infused topical products significantly increase sexual arousal and stimulation in women and improve their overall sexual health, an effect not experienced by male test subjects.
So, ladies, is it true? Do you get the munchies more than your man? Do you have a higher tolerance than “the boys” when it comes to puffin blunts? Let us know your thoughts on this topic and keep the convo going!