Feminized weed is the only way forward

By Chris Roberts |

Every person on this planet has consumed cannabinoids.

They were a main ingredient in our very first meal.

We can thank our mothers for that dose. That’s how we survived infancy.

Human breast milk contains cannabinoids, chemical compounds that act upon the body in the same way as the cannabinoids contained in the cannabis plant. That secret ingredient in milk activated receptors in your brain and body — the endocannabinoid system — to trigger the first pangs of hunger in your life. Without that first dose, we wouldn’t know how to eat.

It’s fitting that the first woman in all of our lives gave us our first taste. Without several very important women, we would have no legal marijuana.

Women have played key roles in the struggle for cannabis freedom from the very start. One of the movement’s very first heroes was a former IHOP waitress who made a name for herself baking cannabis-laced brownies. As a volunteer during the AIDS crisis, “Brownie” Mary Rathbun roamed the halls of San Francisco General Hospital, handing out medicated treats to the sick and dying. In the days before retrovirals, the brownies offered rare relief, and early proof that America’s favorite outlaw drug was also a valuable medicine.

This month, we’re paying homage to Mary and the other women we have to thank for what we have today.
In a twist of irony, today’s “green rush” — the stampede of opportunists seeking to make a name or a buck off of now-mainstream marijuana — is dominated by men seeking to profit on a female plant.

It’s the resin of the dried flowers of the female Cannabis sativa plant that contains the magical cannabinoids, as well as the intoxicating economic potential.

In marijuana horticulture, feminized seeds — seeds guaranteed to produce a female pounds-producing plant — are worth more than their weight in gold.

And if the legalization movement and the cannabis industry are going to advance any further, women are required.

Legalization needs women’s votes. After all, there are more women than men in California (50.3 percent to 49.7 percent). If women can’t be convinced that legalization is a good thing, we’re in for more prohibition.

And all green rush miners need women customers. The biggest growth opportunity for the marijuana industry is among women — who in turn may be able to take advantage of a non-toxic, natural ingredient to replace the chemicals used in the enormously-profitable beauty, cosmetics, and sleep-aid industries.

In this issue, you’ll read about some of the women who, like Brownie Mary, took huge risks to provide marijuana to the rest of us, men included. You’ll also learn about the people playing vital roles in today’s legalization movement and cannabis industry.

Some of them happen to be women.

I think you’ll agree that we need feminized weed, in the same way we needed that first brush with cannabinoids courtesy of our mothers.

Photo Courtesy of David Smith