In the last year, there has been a wave of legislation legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana for recreational and medical purposes. In response, there has been scientific study after scientific study looking at how cannabis affects smokers’ health and brain function, and even crime rates.
Now, researchers have compiled several recent studies for a review published last month in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, showing how the use and effects of marijuana vary by sex. They argue that it is not just sociocultural factors that differentiate patterns between men and women, but biological aspects too. And it comes down to our hormones.
It is worth pointing out right from the start that these are the conclusions of animal studies, not human studies, and it can be difficult to get lab rats to self-administer cannabinoids in a way that mimics cannabis use in recreational users. However, while they might not be definitive nor can they conclusively prove