Although indications for medicinal marijuana differ by state, pain is a common condition behind a prescription. But the pain relief effects of cannabis differ by gender, according to a new study from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), and men reap more of the benefits.
“Preclinical evidence has suggested that the experience of pain relief from cannabis-related products may vary between sexes, but no studies have been done to see if this is true in humans,” Ziva Cooper, PhD, associate professor of clinical neurobiology (in psychiatry) at CUMC, said in a news release.
Using 21 male and 21 female recreational smokers, the researchers set out to understand the subjective and physiological effects of marijuana in a double-blind study. The participants were split to receive active cannabis (3.56% to 5.60% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)) or inactive marijuana (0%