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International Women's Day & Cannabis

“International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.” "Each year, March 8 is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women and renew our efforts in achieving gender equality – in Canada and around the world. International Women's Day is celebrated around the world – in many countries, it is a national holiday. It has grown to become a global day of recognition of women's achievements and a call to action to support women's rights and advance gender equality.” Status of Women Canada “The vape pen has changed my life. No, I’m not exaggerating. In fact, her name is Sippy. Yes, she’s a she. And yes, I named her Sippy because I take tiny, little sips — sassy sips, even — from her. And with each sip comes relief — from pressure, pain, stress, discomfort.” Whoopi Goldberg "If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a nation". African Proverb

Canada is the first G8 Nation that has legalized cannabis for recreational and medicinal use across the whole country - all 10 provinces and 3 territories. This year is the first time women of our diverse country have the legal right to use cannabis as they see fit. Cannabis overcame almost 100 years of prohibition, 95 years to be exact, and still much has to be done to educate the general public in Canada of its multiple uses and benefits.

Due to its stigma as a formerly banned and illegal substance, celebrating International Women's Day with Cannabis ties into the 2019 theme: think equal, build smart, innovate for change. Both have been misunderstood, misrepresented and mistaken over the years resulting in prohibition on the cannabis side and misogyny on the women's side. This is a day to reflect on and celebrate progress made by women in communities across Canada.

Women in Canada now have the legal right to choose cannabis for a myriad of reasons including:

  • to be explosion of cannabis research on everything from biochemistry to homeopathic medicinal uses and much more

  • for health benefits...stimulates the immune system

  • for wellness...uplift or relax your mind, body and soul plus decrease anxiety

  • for the environment and increase awareness through what you wear

  • for home decorating...there is a plethora of objets d'art, books, trinkets, smoking devices and accessories

  • for entrepreneurial reasons...opportunities are growing rapidly

  • for medicinal healing..with strains and extracts of cannabis, there is a homeopathic solution for almost any ailment

On this International Women's Day in Canada, we celebrate three courageous women creating change with cannabis in their communities. Bea is a First Nations woman from Winnipeg and a former prison inmate who served time in the old federal maximum security Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario. She suffers from PTSD and severe arthritis as a result of her years served. Nowadays she volunteers in her neighborhood, serving hot meals at a Drop In Women's Center and sharing jokes and tokes from her carefully rolled spliffs. Recently the recipient of the volunteer of the month award, she wishes to grow her own cannabis plants at home so she may give to the Elders who are poor and sick. A true modern medicine woman who embodies grace and compassion with the heart of a warrior. "Grandma" wishes to begin a cannabis substitution therapy program for the marginalized people in her city in BC. As a volunteer for many non profit agencies, she noticed a large percentage of the homeless population had an opioid addiction. With the Fentanyl crisis looming so prominently on the streets, she knew first hand that Naloxone doesn't always work well to reverse an overdose. She realized that cannabis could be the answer to many of their physical and mental health conditions. Currently, Grandma is researching ways to start this benevolent project. She hopes to meet compassionate growers who could donate and give back to a community in need. "Just a joint could change someone's life!"

“Grandma's own mother "Great-Grandma" is an Octogenarian who fell and broke her hips. The doctors prescribed powerful opioids drugs to help her with her pain management. While recovering from multiple surgeries, she became very frightened and refused to eat the foods and drinks prepared for her. Grandma despaired over this sad predicament for her beloved mother. Luckily through a colleague she met an certified clinician who was able to recommend a 1:1 tincture and a effective THC/CBD topical. Within 3 days, Great-Grandma regained her healthy appetite and was able to walk slowly across the floor with the aid of canes. The best result of her taking cannabis was regaining her happy self confidence to be able to give warm hugs and kisses to her great grandkids. These truly powerful benefits provided a miraculous recovery for Great-Grandma and her double hip replacement surgeries. Inspired to share her story of how she was healed, she is now a cannabis for pain relief advocate for other seniors and patients in her neighborhood. This year on International Women's Day, women can choose the best cannabis products for their needs. Methods of using cannabis include:

  • Vaping

  • Dabbing Rigs with Extracts

  • Edibles

  • Smoking out of pipes, bongs,

  • hot knives etc

  • Joints with rolling papers that are elegant colours, shapes and flavours

  • Hemp skin care

  • Bath bombs with THC, CBD

Cannabis can also empower women with regard to their body. Women's rights and autonomy over her person include:

  • THC lubes for enhancing her own sexual health and pleasures

  • CBD oils for busy mothers and business women who need to relax

  • Cannabis suppositories for menstrual pains

Remember when we grow the cannabis plants it is the female plants' flowers we seek and worship. Without the advancement and protection of women or women centric practices in life and in cannabis, where would we be? Women and cannabis go hand in hand on this parallel path to being respected. Happy International Women's Day!

Better the balance, Better the world.


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