Nazi analysis suggests that girls improve hashish use with a purpose to deal with depressive moods associated to issues
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Female cannabis users with premenstrual dysphoria use more weeds than those who don’t.
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Nova Scotia researchers who studied women with premenstrual dysphoria (PMDD) found that consuming more cannabis appeared to be a coping motive for dealing with depressed mood before and during menstruation.
The observational study included the use of data from the electronic daily diaries of 69 naturally bicycling cannabis users with or without post-identified PMDD over 32 days, the research report in Addiction says.
Researchers looked at participants’ saliva samples on low and high progesterone days of their respective menstrual cycles and reported cannabis use and depressive symptoms.
According to the Psychiatry Advisor, the study participants consumed cannabis four or more times a month. The 19 women with retrospectively identified PMDD had a higher rate of persistent depressive disorder, consumed cannabis on more days, and consumed more standard joint equivalents per day.
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While women with PMDD had higher levels of depressive symptoms and cannabis use during the days before menstruation and during menstruation, no correlation between positive mood and cannabis use was observed, according to the publication notes.
The study’s authors report that coping motives explained increased cannabis use both premenstrually and menstrually in people with PMDD, while depressive moods explained increased weed consumption menstrually.
Regarding positive mood and improvement motives, they write that these were “associated with decreased cannabis use during the follicle / ovulation phase,” they add.
PMDD is a serious “form of a common problem called premenstrual syndrome or PMS,” according to information from the Nova Scotia government. About three-quarters of women of childbearing age have some PMS problems, with an estimated three to nine percent of them suffering from PMDD.
Symptoms of the latter include sadness and crying, feeling nervous or anxious, anger or irritability, craving for certain foods, trouble paying attention and concentrating, fatigue, trouble sleeping, and physical problems such as breast tenderness, headaches, joint or muscle pain, and swelling or flatulence reporting information.
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An article published in Addiction Research & Therapy in 2017 gathered contributions from women who reported having experienced PMS and PMDD, and also advocated lifelong cannabis use. “It was found that women have a significant expectation that cannabis would treat all PMS / PMDD symptoms, with the exception of overeating / food cravings. Treatment expectations for cannabis were positively associated with PMS / PMDD symptoms and monthly cannabis use, and negatively associated with cannabis-related problems, ”the authors wrote.
The National University of Natural Medicine advises that when diagnosing PMDD, it is important to rule out psychiatric disorders first. “Eliminating other disorders ensures that perimenstrual disorder does not exacerbate other mental impairments such as major depression, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, dysthymia, or personality disorder,” claims NUNM.
The authors of the Nazi study suggest that reported rates of cannabis use among Canadian women may be of concern, given that women “develop cannabis use disorder faster than men and have a higher rate of comorbidities in emotional disorders.”
They also write that “Addictive behaviors and moods and motivations can change during the menstrual cycle,” especially in those with PMDD.
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