What a (Stoner) Girl Wants
This one is for my ladies who love weed!
Young women in the cannabis industry know they are outnumbered. You might not know it walking through our doors and seeing all the beautiful and knowledgeable ladies (and I'm totally one of them, right?) working here, but disparities in gender still persist through most of the industry; only 36% of executive positions in the cannabis industry are held by women. Crazily enough, that's a higher ratio than most American industries. I will definitely give cannabis props for providing women with an industry that they can excel in without a long history of male dominance. However, I believe equality comes when I can see women on Bong Appetite,in MG magazine and seeing vendors in the back room just as often as the guys.
I'm not alone. As cannabis use becomes more normalized as a medical and recreational activity, more and more women come into Barbary as patients and vendors alike, and more women are owning their relationship with cannabis. Girls and women can dab, roll joints and down 200mg edibles while making that money too, and they're helping each other do it too. WomenGrow is a network of businesswomen in the cannabis industry who want to connect likeminded ladies with business skills and opportunities. They host networking events, conferences and education seminars in the hopes of cultivating a new generation of women working and dominating in cannabis. They have chapters all over the United States, so nowhere is "too far."
There are, additionally, many female-owned collectives and female owned brands making a name for themselves by making products that are made by women with women in mind. This doesn't necessarily mean that everyone is making a PMS-geared topical like Whoopi Goldberg, but women have a different perspective of the world, so it follows their relationship with cannabis may differ. Many female patients will agree that it's awkward talking to a man you don't know about your cramps and bloating, and they might not be able to make an informed decision. If you do not live within a convenient distance from a dispensary storefront or just don't feel comfortable discussing your symptoms, no worries.
Let's get our girl talk on!
I am an immense believer in cannabis as relief for pre-menstrual and menstrual symptoms. I have friends with endometriosis, debilitating cramps, extreme nausea. The best remedy is a combination of high-THC and high-CBD products, or one that utilizes both, so both the pain and inflammation are addressed. Not all of these products were made by women, but if they weren't, they definitely had women in mind.
Dr Kerklaan's PMS cream is the most straightforward product geared not only towards those 2 symptoms, but also the bloating (hallelujah!). If you deal with daily comfort but can't incorporate a psychoactive prpduct, a multifunctional product such as this is the next best thing. Mother Humboldt carries both oil and cream consistencies for their topicals, which can be incorporated into a massage for some THC and TLC. Another personal favorite of mine are the OM Epsom Bath Soaks, particularly the Athletic formula, for a pamper session. We also have a breast health serum called BOSM, with essential oils, THC and quartz crystals to help stimulate lymphatic drainage, relieve soreness in that area and help reduce our risk of breast cancer!
But alas, for most of us, PMS affects not only our bodies, but our minds. I know I am much more likely to be irritable, emotional, fatigued and altogether just a little "off" when that time comes around, but cannabis has helped me manage symptoms without resorting to Advil.
CBD is key. I am never without some kind of CBD product year round now, and most of them satisfy our crankiness and our sweet tooth.
The ACDC CaliGold chocolate bar is a 70% cacao bar with over 100mg of CBD, and minimal THC so it is not a psychoactive product. Dosing information in printed on the label, but I like 1-2 squares in the morning and another a little after lunch if I'm out and about. Kiva also makes two 1:1 CBD:THC bars if you prefer a high, or if your symptoms are so severe you are prone to nausea or immobilization, as I know some are.
If chocolate isn't your thing, fear not. We also carry Korova's CBD Vanilla Bean cookie, Kushy Punch's CBD gummy, and various CBD-based tinctures and sublinguals from Wunderfruit and Prana Bio Medicinals.
Don't think I forgot my lady dabheads, because I certainly didn't. if you're new to CBD concentrates, don't expect the same brain melt. CBD dabs are powerful as anti-nausea and anti-inflammatory agents, with little psychoactive effect. At our dab bar, you can purchase a CBD dab if you're curious, and you can dab that alone or add it to a high-THC dab for a sedating, euphoric sensation. The line of vaporizers, hmbldt, provides 6 different THC and CBD ratios for flexible symptom relief. For women, I especially like the CBD-rich Calm pen and the mood-enhancing Bliss pen. Both are accurately-dosed for microdosing throughout the day.
Have you tried any of these products? Did you like them? We encourage our patients to give us their feedback on our curations, even the PMS cream! Ultimately, ladies, we are all in this together, and we have the power to change the tide of an entire industry! Never underestimate the value of your tastes and desires. Eat that gummy! Take that dab! Whatever your method, know that your concerns are valid, and we are here to help.
Peace out ladies!