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New Study: Women are More Sensitive to Cannabis

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New Study: Women are More Sensitive to Cannabis

With roughly half of men admitting to having tried marijuana and only a third of women saying the same, it’s no wonder the pothead image throughout society is often a male-dominated one. Is this with good reason? Or are women more private about advertising their weed use? There could be numerous explanations — either way, a recent study in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal suggests because of their estrogen levels, women may be more responsive to the key active ingredient in the plant.

In the study, funded by a National Institute on Drug Abuse grant, Washington state psychology professor Rebecca Craft found that female rats are at least 30 percent more sensitive than males to the pain-relieving qualities of THC, which is the ingredient in cannabis that leads to a high. The study also found the females developed a tolerance to THC more quickly.

“What we’re finding with THC is that you get a very clear spike in drug sensitivity right when the females are ovulating — right when their estrogen levels have peaked and are coming down,” she said.

Having the munchies appears to be the only THC reaction where males show more sensitivity than females, according to Craft who said studies in California found that THC stimulated the appetites of male animals more than those of females.

Despite the recommendation of the National Institutes of Health in 1993 to include more women in clinical drug trials, Craft said most THC tolerance evaluations have been done on males, who have more stable hormonal profiles. Is this just confirming that because of estrogen, women tend to be overall more emotional, vulnerable and — in this case — more susceptible to the side effects of drugs? Maybe.

But, even if they are biologically more sensitive to THC — culturally, women who use marijuana obviously enjoy partaking in it. Though perhaps they feel the effects more as the study suggests, maybe that’s a good thing since they are using the drug in the first place to alter their mind state.

Besides the U.S., in general, becoming more accustomed to pot use, females particularly may have a growing presence in the marijuana community thanks in part to people such as Jane West. She is the owner of Edible Events Co., an organization that seeks to mentor female business executives in the emerging marijuana industry and stages monthly events and educational happenings around the country.

“I was observing that women weren’t equally in positions of power in the industry,” West told the National Journal. “There are a lot of eager young professionals and so little information about who enters it.”

West’s work to encourage more women to enter the weed industry includes an idea to rebrand the plant as more “luxury” and “cosmopolitan.” Portraying the act of smoking as glamorous isn’t exactly novel — look at how tobacco used to be — but in the case of marijuana it could be especially effective. As cigarettes mostly get vilified as death sticks nowadays, pot could be becoming more charming in general.

Are you a woman who smokes cannabis? Tell us about your experiences in the comments below.



  1. Siobhan Beach

    September 30, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Hey there, I’m a 30 yr old mom, work full time and have smoked for many years, when I was in my early 20s I was on a fast track to killin myself with alcohol and drugs (not weed duh) I personally made the decision after jail n rehab n detox n all that b.s. to just quit drinking and start smoking more weed. As I sobered up I realized how bad it was and that I had been using alcohol and hard drugs to suppress the depression and anxiety I had been suffering from. When I was only 15 I was on paxil n other anti-anxiety drugs and when I started having thoughts of self-harm because of those drugs I stopped taking them. So once I was out on my own I used alcohol like I said to suppress that anxiety I had always been dealing with. Long story short, I use weed for my anxiety and if it were offered when I was 15 instead of brain – chemistry disrupting medicine I never would have gone through years of addiction, depression and deep dark pain.I saved my life using weed and am so very thankful I am alive and sober and have a wonderful son and bf and job 🙂

  2. suga baby

    September 29, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    I have smoked for about 10 yrs. It helps with my migraine headaches, focus, open mindedness, brings out my creative side 🙂 helps me sleep too. I usually smoke one around noon and one at bedtime

  3. Rebekah - Natures Healing Resource

    September 28, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I’m a single mom of two teenage boys, I recently turned 40 and have never felt better. After experiencing extreme anxiety and migraine headaches when my 68 yr mother had 2 strokes, a close friend turned me onto cannabis. After research for a few years and learning about the different strains & how they can help with multiple health issues I took the jump and started smoking, I use a vape pen as well when out in public, for my arthritis in my spine I consume edibles which have been great in treating pain. I am 100% supportive of medical and recreational cannabis, so much so, I opened my own mobile dispensary in San Diego county. I hope to educate women of all ages in the health and wellness benefits of cannabis and how to incorporate it into our love lives with the help of FORIA THC Lubricant spray that I sell.

  4. Dani

    September 27, 2014 at 6:48 am

    I’ve been smoking since I was 14 I’m 35 now and have a very bad nerve disease. This herb helps my pain more than my opioid pain medication. I’m in NY and will be a candidate for TCCA though it’s not much here in NY it’s something.

    I agree women have a higher tolerance as I can smoke guys under the table.;)

    This herb needs to be legalized so many are suffering for no good reason. So I’ve been happily smoking for over 20 years this herb does for me what no medication can. Side effects are much more tolerable as well.

  5. Alexandrra Hope

    September 19, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I smoke with my aunt, my sister, friends, and even by myself. I enjoy smoking a lot 🙂

  6. Brandalee

    September 19, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I have been smokin’ pot since I was 9 yrs. old … I am now 57.
    It has been my “go to” for any number of reasons ; anything from severe arthritis and spinal pain relief to just a simple unwind at days end.

  7. Unknown

    September 17, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    I’ve smoke almost everyday for six years and I can say I do not get higher than guys when I smoke, it’s about the same if not less. If I go a few days without smoking sure it will only take a few hits but I have to smoke a joint to myself to be where I’d like to be. I’m usually the one who wants to smoke again ten mins after I smoke.

    • megatron420

      September 18, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      Clearly you never read the part that said females build up a tolerance more quickly as well.

  8. Psaiwi Nenothu

    September 17, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I have been smoking regularly since I was 17 and am now 25 years old. I have a ruptured disc and severe back pain. I also have severe anxiety and depression and weed is a life saver. Not only does it help with my back pain but it helps immensely with my anxiety and depression. I look at it this way. God put weed on this earth so I can smoke it and be relieved of some of my very difficult problems. It’s a wonderful plant that should be legalized.

    • Donna

      September 18, 2014 at 11:32 am

      My chronic back/neck pain coupled with DX of anxiety, severe depression and PTSD had me on MEGA pain meds as well as for anxiety and depression. I was taking so many pills. Now I take 2-3 hits 2-3 x a day and am leading a more normal life

  9. amanda

    September 17, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    I love weed, and I will never stop smoking it.

  10. Mariah

    September 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I’ve been smoking for 6 years now and it has become a normal part of my day to smoke and unwind. About a year and a half after I began smoking regularly, I noticed the effects weren’t as prevalent as they were,but in turn it began becoming more pleasant and I would not have anxiety as I did for the first while. I feel as though smoking marijuana has greatly improved my life and daily routine,And has decreased my depression, anxiety, moodiness, and makes me more calm as a whole. My two passions include cannabis and cooking, and one day I would love to have my own edible business where I can represent the female cannabis smoking population in a positive way.

  11. [email protected]

    September 17, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I have been smoking for about 21 years. I have never had forgetfulness or short term memory. It helps me to calm down and think straight.

    • brooklyn

      September 19, 2014 at 6:39 am

      I definitely agree!

  12. alexsandra

    September 17, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I have been smoking for 6 years now. At first i did it because it made me be more of a social person. When i started i always had a smile on my face and started to be more understanding. Later in the years i fell off my skateboard and poped my bone Out…..i started to smoke it for the pain and i relized that it helped me forget about the pain… anyways my point is that weed doesnt only make you happy and more understanding it helps you get through pain in my opinion. …. i now only smoke 3 times a week to maintain consternation in school

  13. CheyBae

    September 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Hi I’ve been smoking weed for 4 years and honestly I like reggies more because louds give me that paranoia effect and also make me feel numb all over not really in a good yay my pain is gone but in a my foot fell asleep way also i do get munchies all the time no matter what I smoke

  14. Brieyannah

    September 17, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    I’ve been smoking almost everyday for about 3 years now (and I know that it may not seem like a long time but for being almost 17, i have a lot of expirience in the field) but the residual effects it has, has been an essential part of my everyday life. It’s helped me to get through my severe depression and deal with my anxiety without being prescribed any medication. It’s fun, safe and I wouldn’t be who I am without it. The only long term affects I’d say, is the change of pace in my thought process. It helped me to broaden my horizons, along with put my psychological disorders to rest. I absolutely adore smoking marijuana.

  15. SweetestNightmare

    September 17, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I’m 19 almost 20 and I’ve been smoking since I was 9. I’m an everyday smoker. For me it relieves stress but the downfall is I have scoliosis and a pinched nerve in my back and it tenses up my muscles and creates more pain.

    • suzanne mcginnis

      September 17, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      I am a smoker since 1975.I am now 53. Thank God for putting forth this seed.

  16. Amanda

    September 17, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I have been smoking marijuana since 2003 . That makes it 11 years since the first time I’ve smoked. My tolerance for marijuana (NOT A DRUG) is about 8 hits into a .5 blunt of headies and it has been the same since 2008. That makes it 6 years and my tolerance is the same. I do not smoke marijuana because it alters your mind wich it really doesn’t that much just saying . I smoke it because it relaxes me and it helps wich a lot of issues I’ve has since 16 . I love WEED

  17. Moonrider

    September 17, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Additionally (since there is no edit function in comments) I would point the author and women of childbearing age to seek out the Jamaican study done on cannabis use during pregnancy. You will discover that babies born of cannabis using mothers are healthier than babies born of mothers who do not use. I encouraged my granddaughter who is married to continue use during pregnancy and she has given birth, now, to two very beautiful and very healthy baby girls, the second just three months ago and the first 14 months before that (yes, I know she got pregnant again too soon, so does she).

    • Momma of 3 Boys

      September 17, 2014 at 6:20 pm


  18. samantha Davenport

    September 17, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I am 19 years old and I smoked pot since I was 15. Up until about a year ago, I had a very bad expierence while smoking, and its completely changed the way I thought. I really believed that I was losing my mind. I was really slow, I barely spoke, I had the worst case of anxiety and paranoia Ive ever had… I stopped smoking and it got a lot better for me. It took me a year to fix myself. But even now only when I smoke do I that weird awkward scary mindset that scares the shit out of me and makes people around me make fun of me which makes the expirience worse. I miss enjoying pot so much, and I support them legalizing it everywhere. I just need a stonner therapist lmfao.

  19. Barb

    September 17, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I’ve been a smoker for 33 years. I’ve found that pot may not necessarily take all the pain away it does take the tension off to tolerate it more. My family has a history of nervous disorders and lots of meds. Marijuana is meds and that only..

  20. Jennifer E

    September 17, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I am a few days from turning 34. I am a stay at home wife and mother of two. My husband and I have been smoking since we were teenagers. Like a lot of the other posts….started for recreational use. But now, I smoke to help me with my day to day stress and help with my anxiety. We do not smoke while our children are around. My husband smokes to help with the aches and pains he has due to his job. I hope one day it will be legal where we live!

  21. Linda

    September 17, 2014 at 2:33 am

    I’m 54 a nurse a mother of 2 boys now adults. I have smoked with my girlfriends for 30 years. We find it relaxing & we always smoke together when time permits us all. Some have a glass of wine, we smoke.

    • Linda

      September 17, 2014 at 2:39 am

      P.S I also cook with it as I believe in it’s healing qualities.

  22. Linda van lierop

    September 17, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Hi there im linda 33 years old living in Holland where the weed is legalized i smoke since i was 17 smoked spliff after spliff when i lost my parents i left Holland to life in the UK when i came there i stoperd for a few months now im smoking only a few spliff a day believe me its better like this although i have a few female friends who gets paranoide from the weed one of them needed to stop cause she got scared to go out and couldnt really look after her kid i swear the cannabis aint that good as what u guys write here i have seen loods happend only cause of marijuana its good for pains but after a while it aint working either anymore and people who smoke it to take away the stress, the problems going nowhere its only you feel relaxed but after that same problem is still there solve the problem first and after that relaxed with a spliff and enjoy!!!!

  23. Moonrider

    September 17, 2014 at 1:32 am

    I’m 70, a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. I’ve been smoking cannabis since I was 26. I attribute that regular use of cannabis for the fact that I need no prescription drugs, I am leaner, more fit, more flexible, and in better health than my peers who do not use this wondrous and euphoric herb. I am still tubing the river in the summer. I expect to live well into my late 90s, or longer, with all my faculties (mental and physical) intact.

  24. me_and_maryjane

    September 16, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    I definitely agree, my husband has always smoked more than me during a session. I can easily take one puff and have just about enough. He on the other hand can smoke double or triple. We always wondered why that might be due to the fact the we are everyday smokers, you would think we would have built up a tolerance together but like always we always seem to be opposite lol

  25. Chelsea

    September 16, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    I’m a 23 year old female, and I admit to first trying cannabis at 18, because it was “cool”. Now I’m a regular smoker, because it helps with my headaches and keeps me completely calm (both in my mind and body). It’s helped me do a lot of soul searching and being so young, I feel accomplished in who I am. It’s also much easier to sort thoughts.

  26. Sydney

    September 16, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I’m 16 I’ve been smoking weed since I was 13 it really does help me with my insomnia, anxiety, and helped me feel okay eating when I was trying to recover from an eating disorder I’d prefer weed over pills any day I really don’t see a reason to be giving people my age all these pills they don’t need when they could smoke and feel a lot better, It was neat little study they did I think they could do a better one using humans instead of rats though. That’s just my opinion

  27. milka

    September 16, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Started smokingweed when I was 14 now im 16 stoped for a while cuz I have realyy religous family a strict parents and my religion says its a sin but can honistly say that im proud and my concious can be nothing but clean I can finely sleep my reguler night hours I used stay up all night I went 2 almost 3 month only slepping 10 hrs it was ridiculous and I looked like a dead girl walking also helped me with some bullshit I was going threw helped me forgive all the people that hurt me and im so happy…legalize marijuana

  28. Rachael Anne Meredith

    September 16, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    I smoke pot, it calms me down. I’m a very in your face person and I believe it makes me more tolerable, especially since smoking makes you feel relaxed, my friends laugh with me more and I think if it was the go to drug and alcohol was not the world would be a better place. One Love.

  29. Krystal

    September 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I’m 24 & love to smoke weed. I believe anyone can benefit from its many strains & uses. For me indica’s are perfect. I have severe nerve damage so the relaxation of my body after I smoke an indica is healing. My insomnia is also no longer an issue & my temperament had improved.

  30. annie

    September 16, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I have tried weed only three times in my life. Each time i smoked i went into severe anxiety attacks and developed migraines. Since smoking i now have continuous off and on axiety or/and panick attacks. I will begin to vomit also. The last time i tried it i ended up in the hospital several days after smoking it because i had an anxiety attack so severe i couldnt even speak clearly. I rambled uncontrolabley about nothing. I felt like my lungs were literally caving in. Each time i tried it was with different ppl yrs apart from eachother so maybe im just one of those ppl who have a severe reaction to something in it. It wad never good for me. It caused problems that i didnt have before. It has been 4yrs since i triwd it last and i am stuck with these horrible anxiety attacks that hit me out of nowhere.

  31. Nikki

    September 16, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I am a 41 yr old woman who smokes weed daily. I am a professional woman, I have raised a child and run a successful business, and I have smoked weed daily since I was 19. After I had my son I developed severe endometriosis and my time of the month was miserable. Hell, on a bad day life was miserable. Smoking helped with the pain. Finally I had a hysterectomy 8 years ago. I still use weed to help with many ailments. I love weed and will probably never stop smoking, I look forward to a day when we don’t have to sneak around and be treated the same or worse sometimes as criminals.

  32. roxanne

    September 16, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    My name is roxanne & I found that maryjane has helped me in maaannnnyyy ways. On dealing with depression,stress,anxiety,anger & some pain. I think a lot of women smoke there just afraid to admit it. And I understand y u wound want to expose yourself BC of kids work & noise neighbors etc. But I truly enjoy smoking with my husband & relaxing!!!!!!

  33. Monique Villalobos

    September 16, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    I am 27, I started smoking at 19, I used to do it for fun and socially now I smoke for creative inspiration for my art and for pain management along with hormone control. It definitely makes a huge difference in my mood so much so that my husband will notify me when I need it.

  34. The Butterfly Goddess

    September 16, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Medical cannibus saved me from being on sleeping pills and I no longer take clonezapam (anti anxiety med) due to ptsd. I found it has stabilized bipolar, not having extreme maniac or severe depressions. I have ibs strain called ulcer colitis. Medical Marijuana helps with spasms and cramps I struggle with daily. Marijuana is natural. It is a plant. It is economical compared to the pharm med pricings. Legalize Marijuana already. Thank you.
    @)}>~%~~a rose for those of you who understand.

  35. Jenna Jesse

    September 16, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Pot is the fucking best
    End of story

  36. sara

    September 16, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    My name is sara and im a 20 year old wife and mother of two beautiful step children. I have been smoking since I was 15 years old. I have bipolar and extreme migraines. I was given vicodin do to my migraines cause me to black out and fall. I always hated taking them so my friends got me on smoking maryjane. Ever since then I haven’t stopped, my migraines have subsided and its so much easier to control my bipolar. Tho I do only smoke at night when the kids are in bed asleep it still helps so much. Im happier and healthier now because of maryjane. I say legalize it, some many people will be happier, healthier, and safer.

  37. Candice

    September 16, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I am a mother who smokes cannabis on a daily basis. I found that it helps me handle my stress and anxiety in a more rational way. I have always enjoyed it and it has helped benefit me and several ways.

  38. Sandra

    September 16, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I’m 19 years old who loves weed i smoke all day everyday not literally but almost hah i’m not a lazy person i have a job and will be going back to school soon. Just because you smoke weed doesn’t mean your a bad girl… just roll up a joint and relax trust me you’ll love it. 😉

  39. Jess

    September 16, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Hey, my name is Jess. I am now 23 years old but have been smoking since I was 17. I definitely agree with this study. Like many people I have never been one to go to the doctor for every little thing and find that smoking marijuana helps alot of things that I have issues with. I hope that one day it will be legal in the state of Virginia. We need more studies like this in the states that aren’t too sure about legalizing it. 🙂

  40. Karin

    September 16, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I have smoked pot for 30 years. In the beginning granted I did it for recreation. Now since my spinal injury, death of my daughter, severe n constant back pain n finally my divorce it keeps me stable. My stress level is lower. Not so agitated and over all maintain a steady life. I have 3 kids. One 29, one 12 .. daughter would of been 21 this year. It keeps me sane. I smoke at night to level out. I have had insomnia n PTSD for so long before bed helps me sleep with out sleeping pills. Please see the sense in legalization.

  41. Jasmine Ali

    September 16, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Couple years ago I started smoking weed because I was depressed and going thru a lot of personal bullshit. At first I hated, I got so paranoid I thought I was going crazy. When my bf started smoking, I continued to smoke and became used to it and then I couldn’t go a day without it. My job was so stressful, I hated it, everyday was an issue and weed was the only thing keeping me sane. But then I had to stop because I was getting drug tested for a new job. I never started back smoking. I actually hated it and I started drinking instead. A few times I would take a puff or shotty from my bf and I would get so paranoid and so sick. I vomited a couple of times. All I kept thinking about was everything bad that ever happened to me in the past. I wanted to kill myself. I couldn’t do it anymore so I stopped completely. Recently I made a big change in my life and instead of me being happy I was actually depressed and so sad. I was angry all the time, fighting with everyone I know, screaming and yelling on the top of my lungs. Cursing my bf out and just losing control of my anger. I had some serious anger issues. I wanted to run far away or kill myself just so I wont have to feel this anger and pain. One day after a long day of stress and crying my bf came to me and told me to try smoking again. I obviously said no and was terrified to go back to weed and go thru what I went thru before. But then I realized I have no choice I might as well try it. And sure enough, when I smoked I felt so much better. I felt this relief wash over me like all my anger and stress was gone. I started smoking everyday all day and I can honestly say I’m much happier now. I haven’t felt angry in months and I’m always smiling. Weed saved my life.

  42. Meaghan

    September 16, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    It relaxes me, helps me eat, and helps with my back pains from messed up disc. I’m 16 and been smoking cannabis since i was 15.

  43. crystal

    September 16, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Im 30 years old and I’ve been smoking regularly(3 times a week) for about 4 years now. I had smoked here and there when I was younger for fun but now it’s for a completely different reason. I was going through a deep depression and given an antidepressant from my doctor. I really don’t like taking pills so I decided to start smoking everyday instead. Within 2 weeks my whole outlook on life had changed. I became happy and hopefully. It was like I saw the world brand new. I began to love life and love myself. Cannabis is most definitely a medication and I will never stop taking my meds. I never want to feel the way i felt 4 years ago.

  44. lauren- Kansas

    September 16, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I’m a 26 yr old wife and mother of 2 gorgeous little boys. My husband and I have both smokes cannabis since the age of 15. It was not for the same reasons then as it is now. Don’t get me wrong, I have always enjoyed smoking! I don’t believe there will ever come a point where I/we will quit. I love my family and I know how truly blessed I am to have the life I do, but smoking helps me in so many ways!! I am no where as stressed, depressed, Upset, mad, sad, etc. After I get high. I think it’s ridiculous to waste so much time, money, and effort TRYING to ‘control’ cannabis. Making it legal for medical and recreational use would end so many problems our sad country has every day due to ‘drug’ related violence. Not to mention, I’m sure there are a million other people just like me that would much rather go to a store to purchase their cannabis, instead of a ‘dealer’ or ‘friend’….
    And as for women being affected more…. I’m a biiiig smoker and I have yet to ever pass up smoking. It’s never made me sick in anyway. And I can smoke blunt after blunt and still function just the same, I’m just not as agitated about things.

    • jacob

      September 16, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      I found this article through Facebook and read it out of boredom. I decided to go through the comments. I totally agree with everything you wrote here. The thing i agreed with most was how you would rather buy your product from a pharmaceutical retailer rather than a dealer … i agree totally

  45. Skye

    September 16, 2014 at 10:41 am

    As an avid female pot smoker I have had great experiences and terrible ones. For a long time I had terrible insomnia , pot helped me incredilby with that, when I hurt my ankle or had bad muscle pains from work a joint made me feel sooo much better. It brings upon laughter, and everyone knows laughter is the best medicine. When it’s ‘that time of the month’ I get super stoned all day , it helps with cramps, back pain, and headaches. The bad experiences I have had were over smoking, you shouldn’t let smoking consume you. To much smoking leads to a terrible burnout, forgetting important things, falling asleep before planned, it’s not good. I find guys are more parinoid them females while smoking.

  46. LaQuesta Freeman

    September 16, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I totally agree. I haft to smoke to ease my mind from the pressure and the struggle of life. It really helps me cope.

  47. Cody Lorenz

    September 16, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I smoke at least once a week if not more. As soon as I feel the high I sit and relax. Then I get the munchies like crazy. Then I relax some more and go to bed. I sleep better when I smoke and I can enjoy a meal since I don’t really eat when I’m not high. I also have major depression and it helps more than my anti depressant I’m taking.

  48. rose

    September 16, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I’ve smoked since I was able to know better not to. I’ve been in “sales” just as long. My motto, “nothing will ever interfere with my relationship with Mary.” And thus far, it has not. I am a woman in the industry and that I will remain until there is no industry to partake.

    • Perla jim

      September 16, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      I’ve been smoking for 9 years now and I couldn’t agree anymore with this study. My boyfriend an I have been smoking nonstop since the day we met and we’ve been together for 3 years now. He’s a current patient so we load up on the daily and every time we load up we try new strands. That being said every time we try a stronger stand we always ask each other after the blunt how high we feel. His answer obviously is ” I’m high as fawk

  49. Harley Zickefoose

    September 16, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Hello! My name is Harley and I am nineteen 🙂 Most of my marijuana experiences have been particularly phenomenal. Only a few times have a I got so stoned to the point that I was sick (but I of course knew how it had happened and why). I’m bipolar and I tend to over think a LOT (anxiety maybe?), but when I smoke marijuana it helps tremendously. Even when I smoke when I’m in a good mood does it enhance my outlook on everything. I also have bad joints and sciatica problems and it works wonders for pain relief, even with migraines! Marijuana is a positive relief for emotional/physical problems. I think it should be legalized DEFINITELY for medical use, and I think it would solve a lot of problems if it were to be legalized everywhere for recreational.

  50. Stephanie

    September 16, 2014 at 9:03 am

    This makes perfect sense. I have a lot of guy ‘stoner’ friends and when I smoke with them I feel as if they’re getting higher than me because their lung capacity, but then it’s always as if we’re on the same level. So then I think that there has to be something to even it out. Girls are more sensitive to THC? I’ll take it, haha.

  51. Stephanie Essink

    September 16, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I love maryjane im bipolar n have back issues n smoking helps calm da urge to kill someone dramatically n helps take da edge off da pain for a little while she is my best friend n ill never leave maryjane lol

  52. zayda

    September 16, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I have found great comfort both physical and mental in cannabis. I have experienced the loss of a child and cannabis helped me stay stable reflective calm and allowed concentration in that which should matter at the time. I got pregnant again and I used cannabis oil throughout my entire pregnancy including delivery (OPen) and edibles. I was raised strictly Catholic and marijuana was stigmatized. I broke out and I embraced a new happy profound competent and productive way of life. Because I tested positive at the hospital with my recent child I have been bullied by the California child protection services system I have been forced to stay “sober” and “drug” free. I have 5 months without medicating. And I have been offered numerous rx to help me in my journey through grief and anxiety. I believe all women experience anxiety, worry some feelings broken expectations etc. A woman who becomes a mother experiences that at a heightened level we want the best for our children and if you’re me you want to leave the best living human legacy I am not an addict I have a particular pallette in medicine in healing I believe firmly that I will not back down I will not be intimidated or threatened. I will live to derb/toke another day.

  53. Baylee

    September 16, 2014 at 8:51 am

    I am a female who has been smoking cannabis for over 5 years . my boyfriend is a medical Marijuana patient and we smoke daily. I smoke not only to get a buzz but to also help my body. I have troubles eating as well as insomnia so cannabis helps me a lot. I tend to smoke a lot more sativas than indicas because I find that those strains help me more. I think a lot of females don’t smoke because they don’t know a lot about cannabis, opposed to men who have more of a knowledge about the subject.

  54. Kaely

    September 16, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I love to smoke 😉 it’s the best

  55. Brittany Sepeda

    September 16, 2014 at 8:13 am

    I’m 18, And I Smoke Pot. I Have For 5 Years. And I’ve Built Up A Tolerance To THC. But My Boyfriend Has Been Smoke For 7 Years And Doesn’t Have The Tolerance I Have. So I Agree With Your Studies. One Day I Hope To Be A Marijuana Business Person.

  56. Patricia Stangler

    September 16, 2014 at 8:13 am

    I am Patricia I just turned 26. I have been a pot head for 7 years. I have a lot of emotional issues and pot has helped me deal with them and sleep so much easier than I had in the past. It is help me not be such a stick in the mud and relax from anxiety. I’m not on any medicationand have it been since I started smoking weed. There’s been a big difference and change in me since I have been and it is been all for the better. I know that marijuana cannot fix everything but it helps when my brain isn’t stressing out my body. Thanks for listening.

    Patricia Stangler

  57. terra

    September 16, 2014 at 8:12 am

    I’ve been smoking for six years and its always helped me control my bipolar and depression disorders. Unlike mood stabilizers and anti depression meds that make me feel like a zombie with no feeling, marijuana makes me feel normal

  58. ariel tienda

    September 16, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I agree very much so the difference between male and female. I think this article was very useful.

  59. Danielle Doty

    September 16, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I smoke cannabis it take more than a bowl to get me high but when I’m finely to that high my pain in my body gos away and I can clean and play with my kid’s, and it makes sex more enjoyable. Its hard to have sex or do anything around the house or play with my kids with out smoking cannabis. I have tried every pain medication out there and non of them work for me but when I smoke cannabis my pain just gos away.

  60. Trekisa Tinseysmith

    September 16, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I have a Bachelors of science in Criminal justice and I enjoying smoking cannabis. I work as a bartender/waitress which I enjoy but can’t get anything better because of drug testing. I wish to God they would just legalize it. I guarantee that the unemployment rate would drop and there would be less people on welfare.

  61. venice king

    September 16, 2014 at 8:03 am

    I use to smoke reggie and i would get so high until i discovered “loud”. I have never felt a high like that before, blue dream was the first strand i ever smoked and it had me feeling light and happy like i can take on the world….now it takes a lot for me to get high.

  62. Tenzy M

    September 16, 2014 at 7:58 am

    I love weeeeeeed

  63. Angela

    September 16, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I do not use medical cannabis to get “high” I use it for my fibromyalgia and panic disorder. No pill or pills has ever helped me so its over assuming all females use it to get high.Period!

  64. charlene king

    September 16, 2014 at 7:56 am

    I would have to say that I totally agree with this study. My husband and I smoke together all time and I always noticed that we could smoke the same amount but I would usually be more stoned than he is. Once I got pregnant (I didn’t know I was at the time) smoking would make me feel really out of it and I would smoke less than I usually do, and reading this article that really makes sense since I had raised estrogen levels. That would cause it to affect me more!

  65. Rachael Toland

    September 16, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I’m a lady who smokes cannabis and I am very opened to people when they ask. All my sister’s and brothers smoke and is very public with our use.we all smoke it for recreational use but we didn’t start like that.I also believe tht it is true that women grow more of a tolerance than men because my sister’s and I can outsmoke ask of my brothers and boyfriends.

  66. Sugabear

    September 16, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Man I love smoking weed. During that time of the month, weed kills my headaches!

  67. Andrusia

    September 16, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I am a woman who uses canabis everyday! There are certain days where I am more sensitive to the drug as mentioned above. But that changes things around :). It relieves my migraines almost instantly and it’s a good destresser. I love marijuana!!!!

  68. Samantha

    September 16, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I smoke weed on the regular and my body feels amazing I hav scoliosis and other things going on and it’s a remarkable feeling also I believe it’s makes most woman sexually happy it’s intensifies the sensitivity and just relaxed

  69. brandy cheetham

    September 16, 2014 at 7:23 am

    I smoke every single day.
    Small amounts usually, even selling it was under my belt. I use marijuana as a pregnancy aid. I’m in my 3rd pregnancy and I’ve smoked with each child. All healthy. Thanks to marijuana assistance.
    I also have a fear of choking that causes men to not be able to take regular medications. Thanks to pot, I function like a regular human being.

    Pot mom and proud.

  70. dione

    September 16, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Hi am a daily smoker and ive found that now a days i cant get high like i used to and the feeling of being high only last to half to an hour i would love if cannabis was legal.

  71. Victoria E Smith

    September 16, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Anytime I smoke for pain I get very sensitive from the beginning later I feel fine but I don’t one to feel so anxious for a while, which medication I can smoke to make me feel that way I can smoke and they don’t make feeling so sensitive ?
    Thank you
    Victoria E Smith

  72. Mandy

    September 16, 2014 at 6:58 am

    My name is Mandy. I have been using marijuana for the last 15 years especially for my mistral cycle. The older i get the worse that time of the mth gets. I really to see more studies done on women and the Good effects it has on their pain . Especially Red headed women. Thumbs up to you Ms.Craft.

  73. Taylor

    September 16, 2014 at 6:56 am

    I am 29 yr old female. I started smoking ganja when i was 12 to help me eat to gain weight. I had an extremely high metabolism. I also used it for helping me to calm my nerves when i got anxious. I still use and it still works.

  74. Gale Chunko

    September 16, 2014 at 6:55 am

    I have smoked weed,Mary Jane since I was 16 yrs old.I am 42yrs old.I was razed that weed was a bad thing.I have found through out the years weed is not bad .I t(weed)takes my anxiety and pain away.I was on pain killer’s and anxiety meds that made me feel light headed.I don’t get side affects from weed!I LOVE THE WAY MARIJUANA MAKE E FEEL!

  75. Diana

    September 16, 2014 at 6:38 am

    I’m a women who indulges in smoking of cannabis and when I smoke with my guy friends they seem to be “light weights” compared to myself. A study like this only tells us about rats and animals. You want an actual result use people in a study created about people. Cause let’s be honest although certain animals are similar to the human race. Nothing is closer then the real thing.

  76. Vanessa

    September 16, 2014 at 6:27 am

    I smoke once and awhile and I tend to get a paranoia affecte.and wish I van just chill.

  77. tiffany

    September 16, 2014 at 6:22 am

    My partner and I smoke half an ounce a week. I’ve noticed in the three years we have been to together, it’s always me with a different affect. We only some reggies but different strains affect me differently. Some I can’t even get high, some give me horrible headaches, while my male partner never seems to have any of those problems.

  78. Sky

    September 16, 2014 at 6:18 am

    I’ve smoked pot on & off since I was a Freshman in high school, but recently became more involved my last year of high school & smoked with females & males, and its true that I know a lot more guys that smoke than girls, but when us girls get with boys we get respect & acknowledged that we can roll with them & do just as much as they do. The cannabis community is more male-dominated but from my experience they aren’t sexist or disrespectful.

  79. Tea

    September 16, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Yes I do smoke! I’m a female that’s had breast cancer, and I think it’s saving me. I’m not sick I eat good and continuing getting better. I wanna know how I can get more involved.

  80. Kathryn Evans

    September 16, 2014 at 6:09 am

    I smoke daily and I enjoy relaxing. I smoke comercial
    And medical. I prefer medical because I get more active and it is not just the males who get munchies. I get mad munchies and I dont know if it is like this with other females my hormones go nuts sexual wise. So just to smoke is very awesome. I do get the giggles out of the blue and I just randomly do it. So yes for me as a female i love my weed. 2 years of use yo.

  81. Jefferey Burnside

    September 16, 2014 at 6:01 am

    My wife is the first to ask to get high and the first to pass on taking a hit because she is high.

  82. Jordyn

    September 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

    I am 22 years old, and have only been smoking for 3 years. I have scoliosis, and my lower back hurts daily. Sometimes the pain shoots down my legs as well. I have a 4 year old, and I’m a full time student, with a full time job. My life has to continue on regardless of how much pain I’m in. Cannabis has become my narcotic free life. I was placed on different medications that only made me drowsy, and sleepy all the time. Now I don’t take any medication. Except cannabis. The pain relief is almost instant. Praying the decriminalization laws pass in my state soon. I’m just a hardworking mom trying to support my tiny feet and not suffer.

  83. Chaparra013

    September 16, 2014 at 5:57 am

    This must be true or idk but with my experince i smoked since 13 yearz old now I’m 20 but I smoked occasionally up till like 17 then by that age I was smoking like everyday literally morning afternoon and night and by 18 19 I could tell sumn was wrong when I would smoke I would get really bad anxiety and be in my head a lot i kept questioning who I was and stuuf like that so I knew sumthing was wrong with my mind state then I was diagnosed with depersonalization a disorder where u lose ur sense of self, so i literally didnt recognize my refelcetion and questioned who I was and things like that to this day i struggle with it but since cutting weed off I’ve been way better.! I defenitley blame cannabis!!!!

  84. Tanya

    September 16, 2014 at 5:28 am

    100% pot enthusiast!!

  85. Annie

    September 16, 2014 at 5:09 am

    I started smoking weed 10 years ago, when my rheumatoid arthritis pain became too much to manage with the anti inflammatory drugs that were eating up my stomach. It helps combat the effects of the chemo drugs they use to manage my immune imbalance, the loss of appetite and libido, the nausea, the pain…. There’s not one single area of my life that weed has not improved.

  86. Emily Cassidy

    September 16, 2014 at 4:29 am


  87. Brittany

    September 16, 2014 at 4:15 am

    I’m a woman who smokes cannabis. I’ve been smoking for a long time,& I never knew the effects were different for men and women! I get the munchies very badly depending on the type of cannabis smoked. I feel like my body has become so much more immune to the effects of it over the past few years. All in all, this was a very informative article and I enjoyed it!

  88. Lillian Young

    September 16, 2014 at 3:55 am

    Very interested in learning.

  89. kim

    September 16, 2014 at 3:32 am

    I smoked bud for 21year n i liked it but since i gave up 4yr ago i have had 2 c a councilor n i now suffer with anxity n get all the illnesses that r goin started 2 mess my head up so i gave it yes i think women r mre sensertive 2 it x

  90. MJ Lozano

    September 16, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Hi! I’m a Filipina and I’m a smoker of cannabis! Love it so much!

  91. skye buckeridge

    September 16, 2014 at 2:11 am


  92. skye buckeridge

    September 16, 2014 at 2:00 am

    I always love reading facts and opinions about marijuana an cannabis

  93. Chrissy

    September 16, 2014 at 1:34 am

    I’ve been smoking pot for 5 years now. I love it, it relax me and puts my worrying mind to rest. It actually lets me be me. I have a really high tolerance to it, a higher one than my boyfriend who’s been smoking for 10+ years

  94. Teisha Marino

    September 16, 2014 at 1:23 am

    I smoke weed,
    It relaxs me more than anything.
    If I smoke a lot of it then I tend to get the “munchies”.
    I smoke it before I go to sleep because I have problems sleeping, I will have a smoke then I go to sleep easy. Compared to if I didn’t have a smoke I will be up half the night.
    I hope I’m not going to get in trouble for this.

  95. Melissa

    September 16, 2014 at 1:13 am

    I am a 34 yo female and I smoke. I use it to help with depression, anxiety and other mental functions. I use it to make myself eat and I use it for pain. I am a marijuana smoker and proud to be!

  96. Erica

    September 16, 2014 at 1:00 am

    I am a 29 year old woman who smokes daily. I wake and bake. I go to school, work and take care of my 11 month old daughter. I love reefer, it brings peace love and pure bliss into my life all day long lol
    I have been smoking for years and I’d rather smoke then drink anyday.

  97. tiffany

    September 16, 2014 at 12:41 am

    I have been smoking but for 10 yrs, when i was young i just got high but as i got older i developed bad anxiety,and anger issues, all i have to do is smoke one and i am instintly feeling back to my self, i am more comfortable on.job interviews, anything i have to go in public for , it relaxes my state of.mind and im not so.quick to get angry ….. i say legalize it!!

  98. Rosa Lopez

    September 16, 2014 at 12:39 am

    I’ve smoked pot since I was 12 I am now 22 and I would have to say I would rather smoke weed than pop any pill when I’m on my menstrual cycle or when my back hurts when my head hurts, stomach ache or anything it really does help me I don’t take and meds when I’m in pain or stressed I just use pot as kinda like a thing that keeps me sane and pain free it really does help me in many ways and now I have to stop using it because they still drug test for this and yes it’s not fair to make it illegal if it can help thousands of ppl for thousands of reasons it’s just plain dumb I still support legalizing it thou so let’s fight this thing!

  99. Anne

    September 16, 2014 at 12:22 am

    I use marijuana for Crohn’s disease, bipolar disorderII, chronic pancreatitis, RA, nausea, insomnia, and it’s the very best for stopping vomiting. I don’t ovulate anymore, so I can’t speak to that.i just know that it relieves my symptoms much better than the chemicals I ingest. And it’s God-given, natural medicine. It helps me tremendously.

  100. Alice Bennett

    September 16, 2014 at 12:18 am

    I have been smoking weed since age 11 am now 53, I am nit ashamed about it, it helps me in many ways, it helps me deal with depression, anxiety, pain relief, and my Epilepsy

    I have been smoking weed at age 11 am now 53. It helps me with a lot of medical issues, such as depression, anxiety, pain, and epilepsy, and some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism, and had lump in my left breast it is now gone, and it works great for morning sickness, and yes my son turned out to be VERY intelligent. In closing I am not or ever been ashamed of smoking weed in fact I am PROUD of it and yes I’m legal.

  101. Amanda

    September 16, 2014 at 12:14 am

    I recently had a hysterectomy, so my estregen is low. And i do feel like i felt the effects of weed alot more before my surgery

  102. Tiffani Daul

    September 16, 2014 at 12:13 am

    I love helps me sleep eat and takes away my back pain..

  103. Michgoody

    September 16, 2014 at 12:12 am

    I smoke for my LUPUS. When I was younger I smoke to get HIGH. Now I smoke for my PAIN. 24/7. All I can say is “My Higher Power”, Has NOT said or left a note, Memo, nor a Bird flying By, to tell me to stop. Nomore pills, It helps ME.

  104. Joni

    September 16, 2014 at 12:05 am

    yes i agree, i get higher,and much more emotional,than my male partner,it does ease the monthly cramping stages,but i can no way function to work or drive, just relax,and sleep,so yeah it is true i believe!

  105. Crystal

    September 15, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    both my fiance and I smoke regularly . it’s always before we get in bed and it helps calm the mind and numbs any aches and pains that either of us have. I have to say the “high” hits me way before him. I have depression and anxiety,and I also take medication for them both. it seems that if I have a bad day or what not ..smoking or just taking a couple puffs helps tremendous. just enough to help myself and mind calm down and be able to go about doing my normal duties. we do not misuse or let this get in the way of our parenting skills . we always put our child first and never neglect him. as for most people that think of parents that smoke or use cannabis to be bad parents or unfit, that’s definitely not the case .

  106. Jane smoker

    September 15, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    I am a female and have been smoking for 17yrs. More than half my life. Without thc I do not eat as much or at times at all until late evening I notice. Not having a eating problem at all. I just have always been a very picky eater. Also don’t have the apatite feeling that most explain they do. I can go 8/12 hrs without food if I’m busy without noticing. Then the tummy pain starts . But if I smoke when I wake up I’m hungry about 30 min to hr after. I also find my attitude is less Likley to go from happy to sad or mad as easy and sad or mad moments don’t last near as long when I’ve smoked. Another note: I don’t get may head aches but when I do I smoke and or take a nap if it’s pretty painful and I’m good in 30min/1hr 😉

  107. elnora austin

    September 15, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    I love my weed. Its relaxing. .also a stress an pain reliever I have major back pain an weed helps me deal wit it alot. .it also keep my mood from c hanging often I do suffer from depression/bipolar. .I smoke at least a half of ounce every two days which includes smoking blunts or off a bong love it..

  108. Alicia

    September 15, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    I smoke maurijuana everyday and I know many other females who do to I think that females aren’t in the legalized feild do to it seems like a fantasy I want to get in the feild but I don’t see away to

  109. Tracey

    September 15, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    I find that it alleviates residual pain from menstruation, as well as long term back pain – I am a regular smoker and find that I have heightened levels of creativity which is good for me as a writer and psycho-social philosopher – I believe that every one of us have different genetic makeup and chemical balances of imbalances and as individuals we need to ensure that we don’t take anything that is not suitable for our individual make-up – it suits me and those I know just fine though – it works to calm anxiety as well

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