Women, Weed, and Wellness
Cannabis might be the secret to helping women live healthier and more relaxed lives.
Cannabis is forging a path to the center of Colorado’s growing wellness community. And while this comes as a surprise to new consumers approaching the plant from the lense of past stigmatization to us, it’s no surprise. We’ll explain.
Most Denver dispensary shoppers are familiar with the basics of what cannabis can do:
- treat general pain and anxiety
- help people get a good night’s sleep
- have fun
- relax after work
- inspire focus and creativity
But many people are still in the dark when it comes to the therapeutic value our favorite plant provides to women. We don’t intend to ruffle men’s feathers, but, like many aspects of society, even though cannabis is an ancient herbal remedy, it tends to be associated with men more than women.
However, when it comes to enjoying and benefiting from our favorite plant, women might have the upper hand.
If you don’t believe us, keep reading.
Here are three ways cannabis can help women unwind and lead healthier lives.
Cannabis is a natural aphrodisiac.
There are hundreds of articles discussing the connection between cannabis and better sex. Now, because of a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, we know that marijuana not only improves sexual experiences but cannabis consumers on average, have 20% more sex than those who abstain.
Cannabis opens the door to a new world of sensations, confidence, and feelings of sexual liberation for female consumers, and our industry has taken notice. That’s why more sex-focused cannabis products are emerging for women.
Cannabis can help women suffering from postpartum depression.
Nearly 600,000 American women suffer from postpartum depression (PPD) each year. It’s a debilitating condition that’s difficult to diagnose and can include extreme sadness and depression, anger, anxiety, stress, and difficulty sleeping and eating. Fortunately, evidence suggests that high-CBD cannabis strains can help relieve its most common symptoms like loss of appetite, depression, and anxiety.
Cannabis can help alleviate the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
Women in the throes of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), can experience symptoms ranging from mild discomfort to crippling pain, and cannabis is an ideal natural remedy. Studies show that THC contains more than twenty times the anti-inflammatory properties of Aspirin. And cannabis doesn’t come with the unfortunate gastrointestinal side-effects of a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) like Aspirin.
“Four out of ten surveyed female cannabis consumers turn to marijuana as a natural alternative to manage mood swings caused by menstruation, menopause, or mental health conditions. Relief from premenstrual pain and cramps also registered as major drivers, with 39% of menopausal consumers choosing cannabis
Women get high faster than men.
According to a Washington State University study, women feel the effects of THC in cannabis faster than men. Researchers looked at the effects of cannabis on female and male rats over ten days. Their results showed a lower tolerance to THC in female rats than their male counterparts, indicating that women have a more significant sensitivity to psychoactive cannabis cannabinoids.
Women represent an emerging and growing cannabis consumer market.
Women today hold more spending power than ever. According to Forbes, women are responsible for 70-80 percent of all consumer spending through a mixture of influence and buying power. As the legal cannabis market grows, it’s easy to see why female consumers continue to shape it with their acceptance of marijuana as a product for self-care and health.