Women in Weed: A Herstory Part 2

Women in Weed: A Herstory Part 2

In recognition of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, we are writing Part 2 of Women in Weed: A Herstory. This article is part of Seedsman’s Woman in Weed week, which you can read more about here. Women worldwide consume cannabis, work in the cannabis space and champion its legal liberation. The cannabis plant we know and love is female, and women are the fastest-growing demographic of legal cannabis users. However, men have tended to take up more space in the cannabis industry and dominate the plant’s narratives and archetypes. This has been slowly changing: in the US, in 2019, women occupied 37% of exec positions in the industry (compared to a national average in other sectors of around 30%). Sadly, this has dropped to 22% in the last couple of years. Whether or not this results from the regressive impact on gender equality the pandemic has had, who knows. But one thing is clear. There is still more work to be done to ensure women’s experiences, needs and work are duly recognised in this field. In an attempt to redress the balance and champion the work of women and cannabis, this article will trace the herstorical moments from the 1980s until now. 1988 – Dr Allyn Howlett Discovers the CB1 Receptor In 1988, Dr Allyn Howlett made the all-important breakthrough of discovering the CB1 receptor, the receptor to which THC binds to produce its effects. This finding laid the foundations for our subsequent understanding of both the effects of cannabis and the role of the endocannabinoid system in human health. Dr Howlett is currently a professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where the Howlett Lab continues to investigate the function of the CB1 receptor. 1992…

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