Suburban Moms Selling Weed Is No Longer Just A TV plotline

COLORADO:  Suburban moms selling marijuana is no longer just the plotline of the Showtime series “Weeds”. It’s a growing reality.

Women are increasingly entering the marijuana market as business owners and customers, as the legal obstacles are gradually cleared and retail spaces grow in number.

Women Grow, a Denver-based industry network for women in the cannabis market, estimates that about 20% of marijuana business owners in the U.S. are female. (Women-owned companies comprise about 30% of all U.S. businesses, but as the majority are nonprofit, they account for just 4% of overall business revenue, according to a 2014 report by the National Association of Women Business Owners.)

In Colorado, the proportion of women in the medical marijuana patient population has grown to 35% in 2015 from 28.5% in 2009, a trend Cassandra Farrington, chief executive of Marijuana Business Media, says extends nationwide.

 

The Secret Ways Women Used Pot Throughout History

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Ever wondered what it would feel like to slather a mixture of lamb’s fat and cannabis all over your naked body? The sensation was a familiar one to European women, once upon a time.

While the U.S. is only now starting to explore modern medical uses of marijuana, for centuries, women around the world have harnessed the magical green leaves to relieve pain, make sex better, and even attempt to manage STDs. The jury is still out on how safe and effective these remedies were, but perhaps they’ll inspire new research into cannabis’ potential today.

Here’s a quick tour through pot’s lesser-known history with the ladies.

Women rubbed pot on swollen breasts.

Weed has been used as a topical treatment for centuries. Back in the eleventh century, women used it to treat swollen breasts. The Old English Herbarium described the process as follows: “Rub [the herb] with fat, lay it to the breast, it will disperse the swelling.” Documents show the same method was used in nineteenth-century Germany and Austria, where cannabis was “laid on the painful breasts of women who have given birth.”

 

Marijuana Makes Honeys Higher

WASHINGTON:  According to a new study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, the hormonal composition of women makes them more sensitive to the effects of marijuana. Oddly, women develop a tolerance to THC much faster than men.

The research project has an odd origin. Psychology professor at Washington State University, Rebecca Craft, noticed one day that many marijuana studies only had male participants. It was that observation that inspired her to gain a better understanding of marijuana and women.

Using lab rats as test subjects, Craft and company discovered that females were 30 percent more sensitive to THC than the males. Craft was also quick to point out that this could also result in females being more likely to experience the negative effects of being stoned such as anxiety and paranoia.

Researchers also saw that the female rodents built up a tolerance to THC much faster than the males. In fact, over time it took larger doses of THC to recreate the same sensations of pain relief for females.