Men or women? Who has greater tolerance to marijuana?
There are many rumors about whether marijuana affects women in the same way as men. Science has sought to get to the bottom of this matter and the truth is that it has reached a surprising conclusion:
women have more tolerance to marijuana than men.
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What science says
Researchers at Washington State University have uncovered evidence that women may develop tolerance to marijuana more easily than men.
The study focused on the calming effects of cannabis in male and female rats. Rats also have a menstrual cycle (which lasts four or five days instead of 28) and experience painful hormonal fluctuations similar to those of humans.
At the beginning of the experiment, female rats developed a greater sensitivity to cannabis than males. However, after ten days of testing, the researchers discovered that the females needed higher doses of cannabis than the males to experience the same sensation of pain relief. In other words, while female rats began to be more sensitive to cannabis, after ten days, they were less susceptible.
“We observed the calming effects,” explains Professor Rebecca Craft. “One of the things that worries us when we keep the same medication for a while is if it will continue to have the same effectiveness”.
“It is not completely safe, but if your body immediately tolerates a drug, you have a greater risk of becoming addicted,” explains Craft, head of the department of psychology at the University and director of the research. It also points out that tolerance by itself does not define dependence on drugs; It is only a characteristic of addiction.
Focused on pain
One aspect that has been studied in more depth, is the therapeutic use of marijuana in both men and women, resulting that smoking marijuana provides more relief against pain to men than women, according to a study by researchers at the Medical Center from the University of Columbia (CUMC), in New York (United States).
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