Dalhousie Student Researching Cannabis Use Across Menstrual Cycle Hopes To Build ‘Educational Tool For Women’

Article by Mitchell Kedrosky,

Dalhousie student researching cannabis use across menstrual cycle hopes to build ‘educational tool for women’ By MITCHELL KEDROSKYFor StarMetro Halifax Kayla Joyce, a 23-year-old master’s student at Dalhousie University, is studying women’s cannabis use in relation to menstrual cycles. (MITCHELL KEDROSKY / FOR STARMETRO)

In the wake of cannabis legalization, more Canadian women might be looking for answers about using the drug and its relationship to their health.

Kayla Joyce, 23, is currently engaged in psychiatric research in the second year of her master’s degree at Dalhousie University. For her thesis, she is examining patterns of cannabis use and addiction found in women across their menstrual cycle.

“A lot of the research that has been done to date has been done mostly with male subjects,” Joyce said.

“A lot of my participants come in and they tell me that they’ve trying to find studies that look at women’s cannabis use or addictive behaviours in general, but they haven’t been able to find anything. So that is one of the main reasons why I got involved.”

According to Joyce, research surrounding women’s cannabis use has yielded mixed results. “The findings often fight each other,” she said.

She wanted to develop a better study to examine cannabis use across the menstrual cycle, so in an upcoming study, 80 subjects will be surveyed about their cannabis consumption over a 32-day span.

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