Women have a significant role in the future of cannabis in the United States. They buy and sell. And, they have become major players in the canna industry as entrepreneurs, innovators, and executives. The women and their cannabis relationship will determine much of the industry's future.
Women cannabis customers
Women from the Baby Boomer generation and those among Millennials use cannabis for recreational and medicinal benefits. Perhaps more interested in cannabis edibles, lotions, and cosmetics, they contribute significantly to canna-industry receipts each year.
Menstrual pain: Certain cannabis strains contain enough CBD to reduce inflammation-related pain and correct the smooth muscle spasms associated with Primary Dysmenorrhea in menstrual cycles. But cannabis also has properties to combat nausea and vomiting often associated with Secondary Dysmenorrhea.
Unfortunately, many women also suffer from Menorrhagia, abnormally heavy and prolonged bleeding. Many women use Floria’s Cannabis Tampons. They contain 60mg THC and 10mg CBD. Cannabis tampons inserted in the vagina before inserting a regular tampon should take effect within 20 minutes as its contents leach quickly through the vagina walls to the bloodstream. Cannabis tampons do not stop the blood flow, but they can significantly reduce the pain attached to menses.
Migraine headaches: According to The Washington Post and The Migraine Research Organization, 28 million women suffer debilitating migraine headaches in the U.S. Women lose time at work and with their families as a result. For some, migraines destroy social relationships, lead to depression, and isolate the victim’s suffering.
Cannabis has treated migraines for centuries. No one understands the mechanism of action, but experience and science indicate cannabis does two things:
Cannabis distracts or fools the brain by reducing the pain signals.
Cannabis interferes with brain and body functions to relax their intensity and ease suffering.
Women also use cannabis to eliminate the headaches, pain, and mood shifts associated with PMS and PTSD.
Sexual satisfaction: Women have come to the cannabis market looking for products to ease the discomfort of sexual penetration and to reduce their anxiety in sexual relationships. Cannabis will make them better lovers by reducing fear, concern, and inhibition.
Cannabis lubricants and suppositories will relax the labia and vagina to avoid the pain of sexual discomfort in some women. Cannabis products soothe and calm the vagina's soft muscle tissue. They add moisture and enable the vaginal canal to adapt to the penetration’s size.
Cannabis smokes and edibles allow women to relax socially. As a therapy of choice, cannabis products will reduce social anxiety and inhibitions. Women should not use cannabis products with alcohol. Cannabis inebriates, so the decision to use must be the woman's choice.
Menopause: Symptoms of menopause include depression, hot flashes, irritability, sleep disruption, joint and muscle pain, urinary issues, vaginal dryness, among others. Practitioners prescribe therapies, including antidepressants, herbal treatments, or hormone replacement treatments.
However, many women self-medicate with cannabis products, from marijuana joints to applying cannabis patches. Women interviewed attributed the positive results to cannabis' action as an anti-anxiolytic, anti-emetic, and anti-inflammatory therapy and its influence on moods and muscles.
Pregnancy: Women should reconsider their use of cannabis while trying to get pregnant. Research evidence finds regular cannabis use will reduce female fertility. Limited research also indicates that cannabis use during pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect the child adversely.
Chronic fatigue: Many women suffer from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia symptoms. Chronic fatigue involves more than a tired feeling after an active vacation. It follows the burden many women bear as multi-taskers, juggling dozens of duties. They feel an entire brain and body exhaustion they cannot shake.
Women may have anemia, cardiovascular issues, depression, thyroid problems, sleep apnea, or vitamin deficiencies. However, chronic fatigue bundles these symptoms. If the symptoms are severe and long-lasting, affected women should get medical advice. However, cannabis sativa can provide a burst of psychoactive clarity and focus.
Sleep disorders: Insomnia occurs in women more frequently than men. Sleep disorders affect women who have experienced a traumatic brain injury or undergone medical treatment for cancer. Sleep problems also accompany Alzheimer's disease, menopause, Parkinson's disease, or restless legs syndrome.
Many of these suffering women choose cannabis Indica strains because of their relaxing effects. Potent Indica strains may sedate the user, but consumers can find cannabis Indica strains and edibles that deliver the calming relaxation that invites sleep.
Skin treatment: Women have raced to the market for lotions and cosmetics containing cannabis. Many make their own. In any case, producers offer skin products free of harsh chemicals. They tend to produce cannabis skin treatments in organic disciplines.
CBD, for example, will reduce inflammation and hydrate the skin with fatty acids. The CBD properties will reduce or relieve the itching resulting from eczema or psoriasis. And dermatologists have turned to cannabis treatments for acne.
Women at work
The cannabis industry has seen an increasing number of women in leading roles, promoting legislation to legalize cannabis sales and use. However, women dominate the design and marketing of innovative cannabis products. This shortlist offers a glance at these pioneers and the work they do.
Kayla Clements created Luna Volta, providing a line of plant-based cannabis-infused items.
Lolita Corneagay launched Cansoom with its network of cannabis advisors positioned to advise medical cannabis consumers on the best cannabis products for their syndrome.
Jamie Evans founded Herb Somm to promote cannabis’ potential as haute cuisine.
Sarah Mirsini opened MASK to provide cannabis-based solutions for those suffering from facial skin conditions.
Melissa Parker has built Reed’s Remedies on innovative hemp-based CBD products available in an increasing number of pharmacies.
Other professionals lead the fight to extend cannabis legalization and decriminalization. They include Kyra Reed and Kelly Conlan at WEIC (Women Empowered In Cannabis), Ann Lee of RAMP (Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition), and Wendy James, the first Black woman to own a cannabis dispensary.