Why Is There A Gender Gap In CBD Research For Mental Health?
According to a Brightfield Group survey of 5,000 people, as many as 39% of CBD users stated that they were using CBD products more as a result of the pandemic and 42% listed anxiety as their primary reason for using CBD. Since CBD doesn’t get one high, people are flocking to it. There have been many studies about CBD for anxiety and its positive impact, but we don’t know a whole lot about how it works for anxiety. Unfortunately, almost all of the existing studies on CBD and mental health were conducted using only male subjects. Lack of equal representation in medical studies could lead to many problems later on as history has shown us again and again. Cannabis affects men and women differently and it could mean different things with regards to mental health as understood by animal models.
For example, brain studies in rats have revealed that females are more likely to become addicted to cannabis than males, and that female sex hormones also make them more sensitive to cannabis.
While findings from a review of animal studies, noted that subjects responses varied based on strains. It is difficult to understand why fewer women participate in CBD studies. Some theories are that males respond to advertisements more than females and also females have more childcare and household responsibilities, and potentially less time to participate in clinical research. Understanding the reason behind this will help in solving the problem at a root level. According to a cannabis industry report by Brightfield Group, 55% of CBD users are women. The gender needs to play a key role in the future of CBD mental health research because women suffer from anxiety and depression much more than men and also needs to understand the influence of female hormones on anxiety and its treatment.
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