London: Hormones could be the reason why cannabis affects women differently than men, brain studies on animals and humans suggest. The studies showed that sex differences in response to cannabis are not just socio-cultural, but biological too. The findings showed that men are up to four times more likely to try cannabis and use higher doses, more frequently.
“Male sex steroids increase risk-taking behaviour and suppress the brain’s reward system which could explain why males are more likely to try drugs including cannabis,” said Liana Fattore, Senior Researcher at the National Research Council of Italy.
“This is true for both natural male sex steroids like testosterone and synthetic steroids like nandrolone.” But despite lower average cannabis use, women go from the first hit to habit faster than men.
In fact, men and women differ not only in the prevalence and frequency