There are several reasons why women and weed pair perfectly. First of all, the plant we smoke is female. In fact, many cannabis growers strive to keep their entire plant female. Second, ladies everywhere are demanding their voices be heard when speaking against the war on drugs. There has never been a better time to be a pot-smoking woman.
1. Ladies run the cannabis industry
If you want to kick-off your role as a feminist, what better way than to support a business ran completely by women? And if you smoke cannabis, it will be a piece of cake, considering women rock the cannabis industry.
The cannabis industry is one of the fastest growing industries in America. In fact, Arcview Research recently released data stating that weed will bring $11 billion in revenue in 2019.
Being that the cannabis industry is helping tremendously with our economy, women can contribute by taking on many different roles of leadership in the industry. From chefs to doctors and attornies to investors, the possibility for women to inspire others and make a difference is endless.
2. Women also lead cannabis reform
Women Grow is an excellent example of how women lead marijuana reform. In fact, they began with only 70 people.
However, today they have grown substantially with over 1,000 people that meet every month in 30 different cities. Another example is Shaleen Title, a drug reform activist attorney that runs THC staffing. Like Women Grow, her agency is owned by women and more than 50% of the employees are female.
Last, but certainly not least, the majority of people making legalization efforts in Washington and Colorado were women between the ages of 30 and 50. With all of these examples in mind and even more not mentioned, it’s clear that women aren’t backing down when it comes to their beliefs.
3. Weed makes women creative
Being that cannabis is scientifically linked to creativity, feminists can indeed embrace it and make an impact in their own way. According to a study at Johns Hopkins University, people saw high levels of creativity just 30 minutes after consuming cannabis.
In other words, weed can cause more contrast thoughts that contribute to the creative process.
Although you don’t have to smoke pot to be creative necessarily, a lot of women have benefited from partaking in both recreational and medical cannabis.
4. Marijuana is a godsend when it comes to periods
As a matter of fact, periods are one of the most overlooked bodily functions on this planet. In reality, only women who experience it can truly relate.
However, women in the cannabis industry have no problem speaking up about it. Specifically, how marijuana can help ease the pain that comes with it.
Whoopi Goldberg, who I always talk about because she’s so awesome, is straightforward on the issue. In fact, her line of products focuses on women specifically. From bath salts to chocolate, Whoopi has us covered when it comes to menstrual cramps. Surely, periods are yet another reason why women and weed go together.
5. Pot reduces anxiety that many women deal with
With this in mind, it’s important that women seek help for their mental health issues. In fact, cannabis is proven to be successful in combating some mental disorders.
According to a study published in Trends in Pharmacological Science, cannabinoids “Could be important modulators of anxiety, and might contribute to individual differences in anxious temperament and risk for anxiety disorders.”
Although cannabis worsens anxiety and stress for some, especially those with schizophrenia, most studies prove the opposite. Thus, weed can help many women stay sane, which is entirely necessary in the world we live in today.
6. Weed isn’t just a “guy thing”
Despite the number of women out there that are in the green scene, men are still the main ones smoking weed. In 2009, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimated that 8 million American women smoked pot that year, which ended up being a rather small number.
However, a 2015 survey said that 35% of women have toked on the reefer at one time or another. And these figures continue to grow.
Equally important is the fact that the stereotypical stoner image has transformed. Indeed, studies actually show that no matter the income or gender, everyone is equally as likely to smoke weed eventually.
As a matter of fact, half of America admits that they’ve tried pot before. Whether you are a woman, a male, a student, or a professor, chances are you’ll smoke pot at least once.
All in all, merely being a pot-smoking lady can help rid of the stereotype that only men smoke weed. Moreover, all the reasons above conclude that we women will continue to admit that we love our cannabis, and we aren’t the least bit ashamed.