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Study: Is Marijuana More Addictive for Women?

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Study: Is Marijuana More Addictive for Women?

New research conducted by Women’s Health Research at Yale (WHRY) is set to examine whether women are more likely to become addicted to marijuana than their male counterparts.

The study, which comes as part of an announcement funding research on a grouping of female health issues including ovarian cancer, obesity and heart attacks, will examine how smoking cannabis affects the brain in women and men. According to the study’s lead researcher Kelly Cosgrove, there are differences between the ways males and females start to use marijuana, progress to dependence and experience the symptoms of withdrawal.

“Cannabis is generally thought of as a safe drug despite a substantial number of studies showing negative, potentially long‐term effects on the brain, including cognitive dysfunction and mental illness,” Cosgrove told the Yale News. “Over the past 30 years, cannabis has become increasingly potent, with its major psychoactive ingredient content growing from an average of 1.5 percent before the 1980s to current strains that contain upwards of 25 percent.”

In her previous research Cosgrove and her team developed a type of brain scan to access neurological differences experienced by men and women while smoking a tobacco cigarette. This method of examination will be adapted in the new study, except the subjects will be analyzed while smoking marijuana.

“Neurochemical sex differences have been documented for tobacco smoking and alcohol dependence, and we need to find out if there are sex differences in the neurochemistry of cannabis use in humans,” Cosgrove said. “We need to investigate these differences so people can understand what cannabis does to their brains and — for people who become addicted — allow for the development of gender-sensitive treatments.”

The release announcing the study’s funding cites a 2014 report issued by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration which states that 4.2 million Americans have marijuana use disorder, something that’s defined when marijuana “causes significant problems with health or the ability to meet responsibilities.”

The WHRY research is being funded by the Wendy U. and Thomas C. Naratil Pioneer Award, which was established in 2014 advance research studies exposing gender differences in health.

What do you think? Do you consider yourself addicted to marijuana?



  1. Sherlock

    November 28, 2016 at 1:03 am

    Cannabis is not addictive song Mind Over Matter and I can prove that myself

  2. Sherlock

    November 28, 2016 at 1:02 am

    Cannabis is not addictive all Mind Over Matter

  3. Shadar

    May 28, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I would say no, given that during 50 years of toking, I’ve paused for a while several times. Once for more than ten years. But I never thought of it as quitting or stopping, and it never bothered me beyond some very vivid dreams for a couple of days. But at times started getting in the way of something else I wanted to do, starting with going back to university at age of 30 to get my Electrical Engineering degree. Math and weed don’t work together for me.

    Fortunately, now that I’m old and no longer gainfully employed, there are very few things that get in the way. But I still have to make sure I get certain things done first each day — tasks that are complicated or are highly involved with other people. But then the rest of my day is spent with my vape in the garden or in the woods with the dogs.

    Addiction per my definition is when you let it get in the way of doing what you want or need to do. From 1968 to now, I have never allowed that. If my professional life and weed came into conflict, then the weed when on the shelf for a while.

  4. Dirtdigger

    May 26, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    This is the problem with this entire article it comes from (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) And its all bullcrap please use reliable sources for stories guys not these witch hunters.

  5. AkivaBenShlomo

    May 25, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    If addicted means not wanting to ever run out of Cannabis, may YAH forbid it; then Absolutely. I am addicted to Cannabis and I am addicted to YAH, CREATOR of Cannabis

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