Medical marijuana laws impact use among sexual minorities differently than heterosexuals

ScienceDaily | 9/4/2019 | Staff
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"Our work builds on the Institute of Medicine report highlighting the importance of conducting additional research on LGB populations across the life course," said Morgan Philbin, PhD, assistant professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia's Mailman School. ""While research has explored how LGB discrimination polices may impact substance use, less work has explored how substance use policies may impact LGB men and women differently than heterosexuals."

The researchers analyzed data from 126,463 adults 18 and older in the 2015-2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health to study the odds of past-year marijuana use, any past-year medical marijuana use, daily/near-daily marijuana use, and marijuana use disorder. They also tested the interaction between residence in a state with medical marijuana laws and sexual identity.

Researchers - Relationship - State - MML - Status

When the researchers examined the relationship between state MML status and MU outcomes they found that gay/**** women in MML states had higher daily/near-daily (300+ days/year) MU than gay/**** women in non-MML states while bisexual women in MML states had higher past-year use than bisexual women in non-MML states; both ****/gay and bisexual women in MML states had higher medical MU than those in non-MML states.

"We further extended these findings to estimate daily/near-daily MU prevalence, which was seven times higher among bisexual women than heterosexual women and 2.3 times as high for bisexual men compared to heterosexual men," noted Silvia Martins, MD, PhD, associate professor of Epidemiology and senior author.

Marijuana - Use - Percent - Women - Percent

Past-year marijuana use was 10 percent among heterosexual women, 26 percent among gay/**** women and 40 percent among bisexual women. Daily use was lower among heterosexual women (1.5 percent) compared to lesbians (6 percent) and bisexual women (10 percent). Similar patterns emerged for past-year marijuana use disorder.

Past-year marijuana use for medical reasons was reported by slightly more than one percent of heterosexual women, 5 percent of ****/gay women...
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