Whoopi may be on to something.
As you may recall, a few weeks back, everyone’s favourite former nun announced that she had launched a line of medical marijuana products. Even better, they’re targeted at menstrual cramps.
Goldberg teamed up with Maya Elisabeth, who Vanity Fair calls “one of the leading ‘canna-businesswomen’” in the field. Aptly called Whoopi & Maya, the company will offer cannabis edibles, tinctures, topical rubs, and – totally genius – a THC-infused bath soak that it describes as “profoundly relaxing.” In an interview with Vanity Fair, Goldberg said that she wanted to provide a product for females that was discreet and provides relief – but that wouldn’t leave you glued to your couch like some teenaged stoner.
“For me, I feel like if you don’t want to get high high, this is a product specifically just to get rid of discomfort,” she says. “Smoking a joint is fine, but most people can’t smoke a joint and go to work.”
But, of course, some of us do anyway (just kidding).
“This, you can put it in your purse,” Goldberg continues. “You can put the rub on your lower stomach and lower back at work, and then when you get home you can get in the tub for a soak or make tea, and it allows you to continue to work throughout the day.”
Users will be able to look at the ingredients on any Whoopi & Maya package and know exactly what’s in it.
Of course, us 420 advocate ladies already know how a little greenery can make those period cramps somehow disappear and your irritated mood magically subside (the one thing it may not help you with are those ice cream binges). Believe it or not, women have even taken to putting weed up their vaginas to alleviate period cramps. That’s right; the first and only cannabis suppository dedicated to treating menstrual cramps is now available.
THC and CBD (the active chemical compounds found in cannabis) have been shown to generally relieve pain, and decrease anxiety and nausea, which may help the cramps, headaches, depression and anxiety associated with PMS and PMDD. But women can also benefit from medical marijuana in ways that aren’t related to our monthly visitor. A growing number of women dealing with breast cancer are also turning to cannabis to deal with their symptoms. Yesterday, Rethink Breast Cancer even held a forum in Toronto on medical marijuana and cancer treatments.
Whether others (i.e. the conservative set) like it or not, the medical marijuana craze is quickly catching fire (pun intended).
As highlighted by Vanity Fair, Washington state did nearly half a billion dollars in marijuana sales it’s first year after legalization, and some projections predict it will be a $20 billion industry in the U.S. by 2020. And Medical Marijuana is rapidly becoming a trend in Canadian cities too, and a growing number of our pot-smoking peers are taking the dispensary route, whether they have a pre-existing medical condition or not. From Toronto to Vancouver, dispensaries (or ‘compassion clubs’) have been springing up everywhere as of late, where all you have to do is provide written authorization from your doctor stating your medical condition – which can include anything from stress and anxiety to glaucoma or arthritis – and you can get access to their THC and CBD-filled offerings, literally like a kid in a candy-store (because yes, they even sell cannabis infused candies, baked goods, and beverage additives).
So if you actually do suffer from things like stress (and who doesn’t?), anxiety, muscle spasms, or insomnia, rest assured that the dispensaries have something for you. Both the extensive menu and the employees can provide you the benefits of each strain and how it can help your symptoms.
Furthermore, sophisticated websites like Leafly.com are popping up, which is basically an encyclopedia of cannabis, allowing visitors to search hundreds of strains (categorized into sativas, indicas, and hybrids), learn about their medical properties, side effects (like euphoric feeling, dry mouth or appetite boost), read reviews from users around the world, and even locate a dispensary in your area that carries your chosen strain.
When these dispensaries are filled with everyone from young professionals in business suits, to well-dressed people our parents’ age (ie. baby boomers), there’s really no shame in emerging from a shop with a big weed sign on the door in broad daylight.
Moving forward, the lingering stigma surrounding Ms. Mary Jane will only erode further as further studies prove and reveal it’s wide-ranging medical miracles, and more and more women everywhere continue coveting cannabis.