N.S. research suggests women may be upping cannabis use to cope with depressed mood linked to disorder

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Investigators considered participant saliva samples on low and high progesterone days of their respective menstrual cycles and reported cannabis use and depressive symptoms. Nova Scotia investigators looking at women with pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) found that using more cannabis appeared to be a coping motive for dealing with depressed mood before and during menstruation. The 19 women with retrospectively identified PMDD had higher rates of persistent depressive disorder, used cannabis on more days and consumed more standard joint equivalents per day. Those taking part in the study used cannabis four or more times during the month, according to Psychiatry Advisor. Study authors report that coping motives explained heightened cannabis use both pre-menstrually and menstrually among those with PMDD, while depressed mood explained increased weed use menstrually.

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Nova Scotia investigators looking at women with pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) found that using more cannabis appeared to be a coping motive for dealing with depressed mood before and during menstruation.

The observational study involved using data from the electronic daily diaries of 69 naturally cycling female cannabis users with or without retrospectively identified PMDD over 32 days, notes the research paper in Addiction.

Investigators considered participant saliva samples on low and high progesterone days of their respective menstrual cycles and reported...

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