Women and Weed: A History
The relationship between women and weed isn’t a new movement, rather a resurgence. Women have been using cannabis since before this millennium to help alleviate menstrual pain, aid pregnancies and promote sexual health. We’ll be taking a look at the various relationships women have had with weed over the years, as we walk down memory lane.
circa 1400 BC
India’s relationship with Cannabis dates to the Vedas, where Cannabis is mentioned as part of the five sacred plants. It was said that bhang could help increase women’s sexual libido, achieve happiness and has the potential to control fear.
cIRCA 1250 BC
SESHAT, THE GODDESS OF CANNABIS
Also known as the goddess of mathematics, creative thoughts and knowledge, her emblem (right) was often shown with a seven-point hemp leaf. She was known to ‘open heaven’s door’, perhaps alluding to the feelings of bliss and happiness often associated with cannabis.
CANNABIS-INFUSED VAGINAL SUPPOSITORIES.
If you thought CBD tampons today are ingenious, you have the Egyptians to thank, who used cannabis-infused vaginal suppositories to help ease menstrual, uterine pain and ease childbirth.
Weed, sex and intimacy is not a Western phenomena. In fact, bhang, a milky cannabis-infused drink was used by women as an aphrodisiac and during tantric sex. In addition, cannabis was used during childbirth to relieve the mother of pain.
It was said that Persian women would mix the juice from cannabis seeds with a variety of herbs to create a tonic known to help prevent miscarriages, maintain pregnancy, calm pains and ease migraines
MIDWIVES, MENSTRUATIONS & THE MONARCHY
Midwives across Europe were using cannabis as a topical treatment for pregnant women, by rubbing a fat-based ointment on swollen breasts. It’s also been rumoured that Queen Victoria was prescribed cannabis as a solution for her menstrual cramps.
The relationship between women and weed stretches back thousands of years and (despite its temporary dip in popularity over the last century) will continue to thrive as the world re-embraces the conversation, research and education surrounding cannabis.