US cannabis laws are slackening, and a number of enterprising girls are tapping into female interest in the medication through publications, cooking, health and way. Candice Pires reports
As weed’s legal status loosens across the US, the style cannabis is being marketed, sold and celebrated is evolving. An industry that has been dominated by men is finding a female voice in consumers and new business owners. Search #womenofweed on Instagram and you’ll find a female chef drizzling cannabis oil on to a soup, and a woman relaxing in a rose-petalled bath with a spliff in hand. These are women who are celebrating cannabis as an important part of their lifestyles- an aid to their health, as much as their creativity.
The legality of using cannabis differs from state to state( and within countries) in the US. In California, you’re able to possess an ounce if you’re aged 21 or over. In Indiana, possessing any sum could land you up to 180 days in jail.( In the UK, being caught with cannabis in small doses comes with a penalty or advising, but production and supply can lead to a prison sentence .)
Still, new business opportunities are emerging. There are now yoga retreats, workouts, day spas, parties, seminars- all for women who like weed. One female artist is attaining gold-trimmed porcelain hash pipes that appear more sculptural than functional. Whoopi Goldberg has started a line of cannabis products, including body salves and bath soaks, that help with PMT.
As the weed marketplace continues to grow, girls are changing perceptions of the drug and its users. Stoner stereotypes are being knocked back and women are talking openly about the place weed has in their lives. Ideas of community and equitable access to the industry are held as highly as enjoyment of the foliage. And aesthetic representations are being stimulated through a female lens.
Editor of women’s weed publication Broccoli
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