Five powerful women in cannabis history


Although the cannabis industry is often perceived as male-dominated, women have been (and continue to be) a significant driving force in the cannabis and hemp fields. In fact, they occupy 36% of executive positions in the cannabis industry, compared to 22% in other industries.

Women cannabis entrepreneurs are not only breaking the glass ceiling of cannabis, but women have been enjoying the benefits of cannabis for centuries. Let’s take a look at some inspiring women in cannabis:

Table of ContentsWomen in Cannabis: Maya Angelou

The world-famous author recounts her cannabis-smoking days in Gather in My Name , the second part of her autobiography.

Women of Cannabis: Queen Victoria

This powerful queen used marijuana to ease menstrual cramps. Her doctor, who prescribed her marijuana, played an important role in bringing Cannabis indica from India to Europe.

Women in Cannabis: Hildregard of Bingen

This German composer grew cannabis and wrote about his experiences with herbal medicine.

Women in Cannabis: Isaac Dinesen

This author, featured in Out of Africa, is known for experimenting with many different strains of cannabis.

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Recent Thoughts on Women in Cannabis

Unfortunately, not all women can talk about their cannabis use as the war on drugs continues to disproportionately target women of color. Over the past few years, many women from different racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds have begun to carve out a place for themselves in the growing industry. It will be interesting to watch the cannabis industry diversify and evolve over the next decade. One thing is for sure, women will play a vital role in the industry’s growth.

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