The majority of research on how cannabis affects health has been done with male subjects – and that’s where Kayla Joyce comes in.
Joyce is a master’s student at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She hopes to fill the gaps in cannabis research that often don’t account for physiological difference between men and women—particularly in how cannabis affects women during different stages of their menstrual cycle.
“A lot of the research that has been done to date has been done mostly with male subjects,” Joyce told StarMetro. “A lot of my participants come in and they tell me that they’ve tried to find studies that look at women’s cannabis use or addictive behaviors in general, but they haven’t been able to find anything. So that is one of the main reasons why I got involved.”
For her study, Joyce will survey 80 women between the ages of 19 and 45. The women