If you were to Google “What do people think about pot” or “weed quotes” or something similar, you’d get dozens if not hundreds of well-worded sentences by many, many men—Ivy League-educated gentlemen; intelligent men; political men; men of all shapes, sizes and colors (but let’s face it, mostly white), celebrity men, even scholarly men, most of them, men of means.
It’s not that quotes by intelligent women are completely missing from the cannabis dialog, but the selection is certainly thin.
Celebrity Voices, As Always, Are Present
A couple handfuls of female celeb weed wisdom typed into neat memes is out there, by the likes of Martha Stewart (“Of course I know how to roll a joint”), Sarah Silverman (“I’d have to be honest, I have contempt for pretty much every drug other than pot”), Jennifer Aniston (“I enjoy smoking cannabis and see no harm in it”), even prim old Sarah Palin has a weed quote floating around out there (“I can’t claim a Bill Clinton and say I never inhaled”).
Celebrity quotes bring in higher views, which certainly has its’ effects on what words are front and center in cyberspace.
Unfortunately, it’s not as easy to dig up the words of female scholars, doctors and quotes by highly intelligent cannabis users in a Google search–just yet.
In an attempt to strike a balance of the plethora of white dudes ever willing to share their insights (and mightily documented as having done so), High Times reached out to intelligent women to get a round up of some interesting quotes on cannabis to add to the list for the next time you’re blitzed out on some ripe sativa buds and wondering, “What do women with high IQ’s have to say about me getting stoned?”
The Mensan’s Musings On Marijuana
D.V., a 32 year old member of Denver Mensa and a graduate student with a 4.0 GPA uses cannabis frequently. She was a cannabis advocate and voted to legalize in Colorado in 2014, yet, she has a few concerns about the outcome of her hard work.
“Unfortunately, the extreme regulation around the plant has made cannabis very expensive, both recreationally and medicinally,” D.V. explained.
She also felt some disappointment that though cannabis is increasingly legal, people are still serving jail sentences for having used and sold it.
“My best hope was for prior convicted felons to be released–a process that has not been as fast or thorough as I’d like.”
Furthermore, she is disturbed about the waste created via legalization.
“There is a ridiculous amount of containers, stickers, bags and sleeves that come with cannabis products,” she lamented. This is a topic that High Times covered in October 2018.
As a person who highly values her intellect, D.V. feels that deciding to use cannabis recreationally might be worth the wait.
“I am a firm proponent that people should not use cannabis until around age 25 or so, when adult brains are more developed,” she explained.
However, she also believes that some of the rhetoric associated with the idea that weed kills brain cells might simply fear-mongering and hype.
“A few years ago, I was scared my marijuana use was making me stupid, since that’s what our media portrays. As I’d always been quite smart, this terrified me. Around that time, I took the Mensa Admissions Test, and got in! I tested into the 99th percentile.”
So, maybe if you want to be like D.V., use more cannabis?
“I know I’m not the only smart person who smokes weed,” she chided.
D.V. shared an interesting observation when she drew an association between the stigma of cannabis and it’s unique odor.
“I think a lot of the stigma of marijuana comes from the fact that it has a distinct smell, both as a plant and when being smoked,” she said. “Because law enforcement can sniff it out in the air or in pee, it seems as though they are inappropriately eager to identify cannabis consumption.”
And finally, D.V. imparted a witty observation.
“Our bodies have natural THC receptors. THC can stay in the body fat, hair and et cetera for months,” she shared. “Perhaps it should be considered a critical “vitamin” and non-cannabis users could be considered “THC-deficient.”
The Doctor’s Thoughts On Dank Nugs
Chris Wells, a 46 year old researcher, Ph.D. and Cannabis user credits cannabis for helping her to come off of prescription drugs.
“I’ve used edible marijuana products since they were legalized here in Colorado,” Chris explained, “and they have allowed me to come off of psychiatric medication that I took for many years.”
It’s always extra interesting to hear a doctor eschew western medicine to opt instead for a plant-based solution.
The Editor’s Eloquent Enlightenment
Tiffany Pace, a Nevada-based 47-year-old editor, Mensan and Facebook admin for a group of Mensans who are interested in marijuana says she only started using cannabis a few years ago when back pain kept her from being able to sleep for more than a handful of hours at a time. Cannabis helped her greatly; so much so, that she began to enjoy long stretches of sleep, and her back pain went away.
She believes that cannabis legalization is long overdue. “I think it will have immeasurable benefits to people who are suffering–not just those in physical pain, but those with Crohn’s disease, MS, epilepsy, anxiety, depression, and the list goes on,” Tiffany explained.
She is also excited about what may come from federally funded research.
“New uses and treatments as well as isolation of specific compounds that are effective in treatments may make marijuana as medicine even more target specific to certain diseases and disorders,” says Tiffany.
As you go about your days and nights, perusing Quora, Twitter and various search engines for what women of high intellect have to say about cannabis, understand that there may be some cause for disappointment with what is uncovered.
However, take some solace in that as cannabis grows ever more legal across the United States, that will change.
Sisters Speak On Sativa
In addition to the wise words above, a few additional snippets unearthed by women of note included the following, which can (and should) be added to all lady-based tear-sheets of cannabis quotes. Here, we shared some of our favorites:
“The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS — or by the harsh drugs sometimes used to treat them. And it can do so with remarkable safety. Indeed, marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe every day.” – Joycelyn Elders, MD / Pediatrician, Public Health Administrator
“The American Nurses Association (ANA) recognizes that patients should have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis. Cannabis or marijuana has been used medicinally for centuries. It has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of symptoms and conditions.” – American Nurses Association
“We need to legalize now so both patients and consumers can share in the gifts of cannabis.” – Diane Fornbacher / NORML Board Member
“You know what I’m really tired of is people getting arrested for the possession of marijuana. It’s just a plant. It makes no sense.” – Madeline Martinez, proprietor of America’s first ever Cannabis Cafe
“We think of cannabis as a drug, in accordance with international opinions. This means that even consuming small amounts can lead to very severe dependence. With alcohol or cigarettes however, sensibly limited consumption does not bear the risk of immediate addictiveness as this is the case with cannabis according to our opinion. With alcohol there surely is an element of a tradition. However, enjoyed in moderation, as supplement to a meal for example, alcohol is not something that causes immediate dependence. Still, there is a great need for prevention and information in this matter.” – Angela Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor
Homer, I am getting really worried you are going overboard with this. We are out of clothespins, there are half-eaten cupcakes all around the house, and the curtains smell like doob.” – Marge Simpson, The Simpsons
What Say You About Weed?
If we missed a great quote or if you happen to be a women with something intelligent to say about indica (or any other cannabis strain), add to this form, and share the link with wise weed-informed women friends.
Because, have you gotten the recent memo? What women say matters now, so let’s jot it all down in the herb annals while we can.