Article by Madison Margolin, LA Weekly
Bros and blunts are cool, but ganja’s more of a girl thing these days. With cannabis as America’s fastest-growing industry, and Los Angeles the capital of that industry, women are determined not to be left out.
From pot princesses to power women who love weed, a handful of L.A. ladies have taken it upon themselves to form social clubs, throw parties and host educational events to empower women in cannabis. The movement is about providing an alternative space where women can feel comfortable, and where they don’t need to compete with men, or even with one another.
“You flip the script. We’re used to bros and booze, but what if it was about women and not-booze?” says Corinne Loperfido, who founded Pussy Power House to throw 420-friendly, alcohol-free parties, full moon circles and seminars on topics such as women’s health. “It’s time for weed to come out of the closet and into the public. So many people enjoy cannabis in different ways now that it’s legalized and integrate that into the mainstream culture as an alternative.”
Pussy Power House isn’t only about the events Loperfido puts on but about the community those events foster between parties. “Cool people get to meet each other, work on a project and have those relationships,” she says. “I like to come in and be the catalyst, to create the container for people to have those conversations and experiences on topics more meaningful than getting drunk at the bar.”
Held every month or two, the parties have a different theme: fruit, periods, flowers. They’re opportunities to learn about gardening or menstrual cups over a joint with friends, artists, herbalists and other creatives. The parties also feature “medicine woman” Lizzy Jeff, founder of Zen & Kush, who hosts a medicine bar where guests can learn about cannabis and other herbs. “For so long, when you think about mainstream cannabis culture, it’s been directed to men: How high can you get, how fat is your blunt?” Jeff says. “But for me, this is a tool for us to tune into deeper levels of our spirit.”
Cannabis also is increasingly being used as a platform to bring women together. Cannabis Feminist, for instance, hosts regular cannabis women’s circles where women meet and share their stories over weed. They can use the space to feel vulnerable, to bond with one another and to form relationships to help further their goals. For Cannabis Feminist itself, the goal is to create a women-run cannabis empire, in which women can sign up to be educators and brand representatives, sharing with the canna-curious what products might work for them.