Scientific Reasons Why Women Should Smoke Weed
Everyone should smoke weed, including women, and yet there’s nearly twice the number of men who smoke weed in the U.S. than the number of women who smoke weed.
This is particularly strange because there are actually a good amount of scientific benefits to smoking weed that are women-specific!
The good news is that there’s never been a better time to smoke weed as a woman and the number of women who smoke and are proudly open about it is rapidly growing. Don’t let smoking and being a stoner continue to be a male-dominated pastime! Keep reading to learn all of the scientific health reasons that smoking weed is good for women.
1 Smoking Weed Can Help Alleviate Symptoms of PMS
Smoking weed is a great pain reliever, and you should make use of this benefit when PMSing, unless you enjoy the gut-wrenching feelings that PMSing brings.
THC has not only been found to reduce aching pains, but it also helps alleviate headaches, nausea, and bloating. This is great news as those are some of the most typical symptoms women face when PMSing. And don’t underestimate the strength of marijuana's pain-relieving effects either.
Weed can actually even be used to help women who suffer from dysmenorrhea, which is a condition in which the pain from PMSing is severe and debilitating. Sometimes smoking weed even works better than prescription pain meds. So ladies, whenever you are having bad period cramps or a vicious PMS headache just grab a blunt, light up, and let it work its magic.
2 Weed Alleviates Anxiety
Anxiety can affect anyone, but in general, it is way more prevalent and severe in women. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, women are twice as likely to suffer from a generalized anxiety disorder than men. It has long been known that weed can help with symptoms of anxiety but as of recently we’ve figured out why.
Students from Vanderbilt University found cannabinoid receptors in the Amygdala, which is the part of the brain responsible for controlling anxiety– the part of the brain that signals your fight or flight response. So if you’re someone who suffers from anxiety and needs something to help you turn off your brain, weed can do the trick.
3 Weed Can Cure Insomnia
Like anxiety, insomnia is much more prevalent in women. Luckily though, weed is a super effective sleep stimulant and just a toke or two can have you asleep in a matter of minutes. For some, smoking weed is so effective at helping them fall asleep that they often end up falling asleep on the couch watching TV before they make it to bed.
It’s not a bad idea to keep a small pipe or a few blunts by your nightstand for when you are tossing and turning and can’t seem to fall asleep. It’s an especially good idea to smoke before bed if you have an important meeting or interview the next morning. When we have something important to do the next morning our minds tend to want to rehearse possible scenarios and they can continue to race for a long time. A lack of sleep is only going to make you do worse though. Because weed helps with anxiety and makes you sleepier it’s extremely helpful in these cases.
4 Weed can Improve Your Sex Life
Believe it or not, weed can help your sex life. As you might have already been noticing, a lot of the benefits that weed brings tie into each other, and that’s exactly the case for weed improving your sex life. Smoking weed reduces anxiety and racing thoughts which will better allow you to be in the moment and focus on the sensations and experiences you are having.
Many studies have also found weed to be an aphrodisiac, claiming that pot allows women to lower their guards and better get into the mood. Lastly, smoking weed can even help women achieve stronger orgasms. This is due to a few reasons mainly having to do with being relaxed, but on top of this, there is also some evidence that suggests that couples who smoke weed before sex have more foreplay.
5 Women Get Stoned Easier
This probably isn’t surprising but women get stoned easier than men. Part of the reason for this has to do with size, with most women typically being smaller than men. That’s not the only factor, however, as women tend to have stronger highs even when they are the same size as a male friend. This is because higher estrogen levels mean higher drug sensitivity, especially when it comes to THC.
For the most part, being more sensitive to weed is a good thing, as it means you won’t need to smoke as much and can save more money. It also makes smoking without anyone knowing easier in that you don’t have to smoke for as long to get high. That said, the one downside is that women are more prone to getting too high, but this doesn't happen all that much to begin with, and once you know your limits it will never happen.
6 Marijuana Can Help Treat Breast Cancer
Cannabis is often used nowadays in cancer treatment, specifically to reduce nausea and pain as well as to aid in stimulating appetite. That is not what we’re talking about here though. On top of those benefits of marijuana, weed also has the magical effect of preventing the spread and growth of breast cancer cells.
A lot is still unknown about why or how this is true but nonetheless just about every study so far has concluded that weed slows breast cancer.
7 Alleviates Symptoms of Morning Sickness
Women have the amazing ability to create life, but with that comes the burdens of childbirth and pregnancy. Morning sickness is one of those burdens of pregnancy, and while there isn’t a cure for it, weed is often touted as a great way to manage it.
This is due to marijuana pain-reducing effects that can alleviate headaches and nausea. Smoking weed (or eating it) while pregnant is highly controversial and there is the jury is still out as to whether it is detrimental to the development of the fetus– still, one thing that’s clear is that it does help with morning sickness.