Females from every walk of life are part of the cannabis movement. Women stoners aren’t lazy, grungy, or unmotivated. In fact, they make up a large portion of executives and leaders in the cannabis industry and are some of the biggest movers and shakers behind policy reform and marijuana legalization. It’s no wonder either! Even the plant lends itself to the female gender! After all, it’s the female plant that provides the material we all think of when we refer to weed.  So who are these lady users? Everyone!

Marijuana Moms

Yes, moms smshutterstock_131325224 (1)oke and many will tell you that they feel it makes them a better parent! These ganja loving moms say that weed helps them focus, makes them more pleasant and patient, and doesn’t cause hangovers and hideous side effects. January Thomas, a 37 year old mom from California, has said “Marijuana makes me a better and more creative parent. It puts me in the moment with Zeena (her daughter) and stops me worrying about everyday problems.” Moms are turning to cannabis to relieve stress and treat things that keep them from being their best as parents, like anxiety and pain. After all, if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy, right?

Marijuana moms are fed up with the stereotypes too!

“Being judged for doing something nontoxic and totally organic, enjoying a god-given plant, by moms who suck back two bottles of Chardonnay like sports drinks feels like shit”

Margaret, a marijuana mother, told Today.“Any hypocrisy is hard to swallow.” Margaret is right too! It’s all about moderation and responsibility, a concept that most Marijuana Moms are very familiar with. Brittany Driver, a mother of one, summed it up pretty well, “I don’t think anyone would object to a parent having glass of wine at end of day, similarly [with] the more acceptance of marijuana, I doubt people would object to half a joint before bed if you’ve been with kids all day… That’s different from a fifth of scotch at breakfast and quarter ounce of marijuana throughout the day.” As the cannabis landscape changes, this is just another stereotype we need to tear down!

Stiletto Stoners

These high-powered, driven women are a force to be reckoned with! From attorneys and CEOs to executives and entrepreneurs, weed is no stranger to the world of smart, successful women.  These pantsuit pot devotees are destroying the “norm” on a daily basis. Stiletto Stoners aren’t glued to couches, devouring Cheetos, and sequestering themselves from the real world. They are engaged and ready to get the job done! It’s this drive that seems to be behind their choice to engage in ganja over alcohol or other potentially dangerous activities that relieve the daily stress of their lives. The risks versus the rewards are less drastic.

There are no hangovers or overdoses to potentially contend with, no extra calories or dietary problems, or significant health risks such as cirrhosis and cardiovascular disease

Of course, these women face their own challenges and prejudices to overcome as well and many have to keep their pot preferences on the DL in order to protect their professional reputations.  Even in states where marijuana has been legalized, professional women can face termination for failing a drug test or being caught in the act! Just ask ganjapreneur, Jane West, who was fired from her long-time job after appearing on CNBC’s Pot Doc legally utilizing a vaporizer, but doing so in violation of her former company’s drug policy.  It appears even Stiletto Stoners have a long way to go in terms of overcoming social stigma.

Ganja Grannies

DId you know that people over the age of 65 account for 14% of the population but account for more than 30% of prescription drugs? In addition to the incredible number of prescriptions that can be reduced by females defying normsutilizing cannabis instead, Ganja Grannies have a unique condition that cannabis is especially suited for- menopause. Marijuana is being used as an alternative or a supplement to hormone replacement therapies due to it’s effects on the endocannabinoid system and its ability to help stimulate bone growth, restore sex drive, reduce pain, lower body temperature, and increase serotonin.

With those kind of benefits without the side effects of prescription drugs, it’s no wonder more and more seniors are embracing marijuana! This demographic is probably one of the most important ones to come around on the subject of pot too. Seniors are more likely to vote than other demographics and their opinion carries a lot of weight at the polls! In a recent CBS news interview, retired school principal, Sue Taylor, describes her conversion from opponent to advocate and describes weed as part of her healthy lifestyle.

“Seniors don’t want to get high; they want to get well,”
Taylor said. “And the cannabis helps.” Of course, if this recent video of grandmothers toking up is any indication, getting high might not be that bad. 😉

The bottom line is that you can’t assume that you know a woman just because she uses weed.  We are varied and we are many.

Women are leading the way to destroy stereotypes and assumptions

Thanks to the ingenuity and dedication of a great many women, legalization is spreading like wildfire and cultural acceptance is at an all time high. Cheri Sicard says it well in her book,  Mary Jane: The Complete Marijuana Handbook For Women, “We are undergoing a revolution not just in how our culture views weed overall, but also how it view’s marijuana’s popularity among women.” It’s this revolution that is going to take the cannabis industry to the next level.

Amber Faust

About the author: Amber Faust is a freelance writer and editor who specializes in natural lifestyle pieces and sociopolitical commentary. Amber is a lifelong activist for social justice and environmental issues. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, painting, drumming, meditation, and yoga.