Does Medicinal Cannabis Have A Different Effect On Men And Women?

The rise of medical cannabis is a testament to society’s appreciation for the fact that cannabis is not just a drug. The cannabis plant contains dozens of compounds that affect the body in different ways.  Medicinal cannabis products are specially formulated to contain these compounds in different proportions.

Cannabis and Female Sex Hormones

Hormones, especially estrogen, play an important role in the way the body responds to THC, the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis. Estrogen is present in both men and women, but it is much higher in women of reproductive age.  Women’s estrogen levels fluctuate through the menstrual cycle.  They are highest at the end of the follicular phase, just before ovulation.  The end of the follicular phase is when women are most sensitive to the effects of cannabis.  Hormonal contraceptives (birth control pills, injections, implants, and IUDs) also affect women’s estrogen levels and responsiveness to cannabis.

Different Male and Female Responses to Cannabis

Because of the relationship between cannabis and female hormones, growers and infusers have made female-specific cannabis products.  For example, Whoopi and Maya tincture is designed to relieve menstrual discomfort.  The company also makes a variety of other cannabis products designed for women.

The psychoactive effects of cannabis also manifest themselves differently in each sex.  The appetite stimulating effects of cannabis (the “munchies”) are more pronounced in men.  Meanwhile, women exhibit symptoms of forgetfulness at lower doses of cannabis than men.  Women also tend to experience cannabis tolerance and withdrawal symptoms at lower doses than men do.  Low doses of cannabis increase female libido, while high doses decrease it.

Santa Monica marijuana delivery is much more than an easy way to get weed for an evening of fun.  Green Door West supplies cannabis products specifically indicated to treat a variety of symptoms.


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