Menopause and Medical Cannabis explains how “no studies to date have examined the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis to alleviate menopause-related symptoms”.

Menopause-Related Symptoms

Have studies to date, examined the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis (MC) to alleviate menopause-related symptoms?

No. In More Women Turning to Medical Cannabis for Relief of Menopause Symptoms, published 03 August 2022, the North American Menopause Society note:

“Several observational studies previously demonstrated that medical cannabis use is associated with various clinical benefits, including improvements on measures of anxiety, mood, sleep, and pain, as well as cognitive improvement after treatment. But no studies to date have examined the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis to alleviate menopause-related symptoms”.

Perimenopause and Postmenopause

Did A Survey of Medical Cannabis Use During Perimenopause and Postmenopause, published 02 August 2022, examine the safety and efficacy of MC to alleviate menopause-related symptoms?

No. The Conclusion of the authors of A Survey of Medical Cannabis Use During Perimenopause and Postmenopause: Conclusion, with 258 participants, was:

Menopause and Medical Cannabis“Results suggest that many individuals are currently using MC as an adjunctive treatment for menopause-related symptoms, particularly sleep disturbance and mood/anxiety. Future research should examine the impact of different MC use characteristics (e.g., cannabinoid profiles) on the efficacy of MC use for menopause-related symptoms. Increased severity and prevalence of mood and anxiety symptoms in perimenopausal participants suggest promising targets for clinical trials of cannabinoid-based therapies”.

Healthcare Provider

What should be noted about the use of MC to relieve the symptoms of menopause?

In Cannabis May Offer Relief From Menopause Symptoms: More Research Is Needed To Understand Cannabis Use for Menopausal Symptoms the Open Access Government elaborate on:

“Although some research studies have been done to understand the uses of cannabis in women to relieve the symptoms of menopause, more research needs to be done on the effectiveness of CBD products for menopause relief”.

On page two in More Women Turning To Medical Cannabis for Relief of Menopause Symptoms the NAMS note:

““Given the lack of clinical trial data on the efficacy and safety of medical cannabis for management of menopause symptoms, more research is needed before this treatment can be recommended in clinical practice. Healthcare professionals should query their patients about the use of medical cannabis for menopause symptoms and provide evidence-based recommendations for symptom management,” says Dr. Stephanie Faubion, NAMS medical director”.

What are two of the recommendations included in the Joint Position Statement By the British Menopause Society, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Society for Endocrinology on Best Practice Recommendations for the Care of Women Experiencing the Menopause?

On page two in the Joint Position Statement By the British Menopause Society, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Society for Endocrinology on Best Practice Recommendations for the Care of Women Experiencing the Menopause, first published online 10 June 2022, two of the recommendations are:


Menopause and Medical Cannabis

  • “All women should be able to access advice on how they can optimise their menopause transition and the years beyond. There should be an individualised approach in assessing women experiencing the menopause, with particular reference to lifestyle advice, diet modification as well as discussion of the role of interventions including HRT
  • Women should be advised that implementing or maintaining a healthy lifestyle can improve menopause symptoms. A healthy diet (one low in saturated fat and salt and rich in calcium and vitamin D), stopping smoking, reducing alcohol intake and including regular exercise can be beneficial. Reducing caffeine intake may also improve symptoms”.

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Last Updated: 18 November 2022 – Last Revised: 18 November 2022