Women In Weed: A Herstory


Cannabis consuming and weed growing women are on the rise, as are the numbers of us working in all aspects of the cannabis industry. Yet many women feel that this is still a male dominated space and that women’s achievements and roles in the  history of cannabis are overlooked or downplayed. If you were to think of cannabis household names in science, activism and culture, how many of them would be women? How many female names would roll off the tongue easily? For a plant whose female form is revered and sought after infinitely more than its male form, we want to bring women’s relationship with cannabis throughout history to the fore. In light of Women’s History Month, this blog is the first of our contributions to a cannabis herstory and the start of our Women In Weed series. Cannabis Consuming Goddesses Ishtar Heading way back in time 3-4000 years from now, the Sumerian goddess Ishtar was universally revered as a heavenly monarch, healer, goddess of love, and later, goddess of war, in Mesopotamia (ancient Middle East). Ishtar worship was associated with herbal medicine, healing and fertility. Worshippers were thought to have burned cannabis as an incense in associated ceremonies. Ishtar’s widespread popularity was eventually silenced by Christianity between one and six hundred years after Christ with prophets denouncing the burning of cannabis. Kali-Ma The ancient goddess of life and death, the creator and destroyer, and mother of all, is also the consort of Shiva, aka The Lord of Bhang (cannabis). According to the ancient Hindu texts – or Vedas –Shiva first discovered cannabis, and spread it across the land so that humankind could benefit from it. Sadhus, followers of Shiva smoke cannabis in chillums and Varanasi, a town in Northern India associated with Shiva, is rife with bhang shops.…

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