Health effects of using cannabis for therapeutic purposes: a gender analysis of users’ perspectives

Bottorff, Joan L., Bissell, Laura J. L., Balneaves, Lynda G., Oliffe, John L., Kang, H. Bindy K., Capler, N. Rielle, Buxton, Jane A. and O’Brien, Robin K. (2011) Health effects of using cannabis for therapeutic purposes: a gender analysis of users’ perspectives. Substance Use and Misuse, 46 6: 769-780. doi:10.3109/10826084.2010.537732


Author Bottorff, Joan L.
Bissell, Laura J. L.
Balneaves, Lynda G.
Oliffe, John L.
Kang, H. Bindy K.
Capler, N. Rielle
Buxton, Jane A.
O’Brien, Robin K.
Title Health effects of using cannabis for therapeutic purposes: a gender analysis of users’ perspectives
Journal name Substance Use and Misuse   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1082-6084
1532-2491
Publication date 2011-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/10826084.2010.537732
Open Access Status
Volume 46
Issue 6
Start page 769
End page 780
Total pages 12
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Abstract The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe how individuals who self-report therapeutic use of cannabis perceive its health effects. Data from 23 individual interviews were transcribed and analyzed. Understandings of gendered roles and identities were used to explore the data and interpret differences in perceptions. Descriptions of the health benefits of cannabis for therapeutic purposes included cannabis as life preserving, a disease therapy, a medicine for the mind, a means for self-management, and a way to manage addiction. Self-management of risks focused on the potential effects of excessive use, smoking-related risks, and purchasing precautions. Although the reports of women and men were similar in many respects, there were important differences in patterns and practices of use that reflected gender influences. Insights from the study provide direction for developing gender-specific information to support decision making and usage for therapeutic users.
Keyword Cannabis
Gender influences
Health benefits
Medical marijuana
Perceived risks
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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