Here’s why women in cannabis are flocking to High There’s Community Based Platform

Women using cannabis-based products have increased over the past two years, particularly due to pandemic stress. With Gen Z women driving much of the normalization of cannabis-based products, more women are following suit. Female cannabis users are more strategic and research cannabis strains, brands and product types more than their male counterparts. So it’s not surprising that one cannabis-based community platform, High There, has seen a huge increase in women creating groups and discussion forums across the site.

High There’s platform was created as a hybrid editorial/social network for cannabis education, news, recipes, reviews and peership. High There CEO Leo Giel launched the website and app to teach you simple tools such as For example, how to read a label, how to source cannabis responsibly, and how to consume it responsibly. “We will make it our mission to bring that awareness to the market because I hear too many stories about people irresponsibly consuming cannabis that may be black market and laced with fentanyl. And then an unfortunate event happened. We want to teach responsible cannabis use, responsible cannabis sourcing and behavior. You know, don’t smoke cannabis and drive your car. Most importantly, we’ve assembled a group of physicians to support the community with factual medical data, right. If you are unsure about any of these questions, please feel free to contact one of our medical professionals for advice,” he shared.

dr High There Chief Medical Officer Melanie Bone is not surprised by the number of women who have come to High There to learn about cannabis use. dr Bone has been a practicing OBGYN for over 30 years and started a medicinal cannabis practice in 2016. “I have seen around 3 out of 4 women in my practice continue to use cannabis either as an alternative or complementary treatment to manage their gynecological issues. I hope to help more women on High There discover what alternatives might work for them and answer questions they have long had about the safe and beneficial use of cannabis.”

There are several different topics and discussion forums on various uses of cannabis for women such as anxiety, metabolism, recovery, sleep, menopause, etc. for users to learn and discuss. dr Bone goes on to explain how cannabis can help with women’s health issues, as seen in her practice and on the platform. “From menarche (the onset of menstruation) through menopause, there are ways to use cannabis to optimize outcomes. For example, severe menstrual cramps may or may not respond to combinations of birth control pills and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. The addition of cannabis can be beneficial and avoid the need to introduce narcotics for pain relief. The same goes for endometriosis. The cannabis may not treat the underlying condition, but it does alleviate the symptoms. In these cases, using cannabis doesn’t mean getting high to ignore the pain. Good doctors can guide patients in using cannabis with a view to treating symptoms without placing the emphasis on getting high. Topical creams, patches or gels, or even topical vaginal suppositories can be useful without the psychoactive effects that many patients wish to avoid,” she explained.

“During menopause, I find that cannabis, especially CBD-dominant cannabis, helps reduce the anxiety that causes hot flashes and sweats, and it can improve sleep quality. I believe patients should have the option to incorporate cannabis into their treatments, rather than just offering hormones, antidepressants, or other medications like gabapentin, which aren’t FDA-approved for hot flashes but which many doctors in this demographic are treating feel comfortable ”

Alexia Bullard is an avid user of High There because she wanted a community and resource that didn’t censor information related to cannabis use. “I joined High There almost as soon as I found out about this. After my main Instagram page was deleted and the new page was banned, I looked for other platforms that were cannabis friendly. As a marketer in the cannabis industry, I use social media on a daily basis and need a platform that doesn’t censor cannabis-related content. I found High There and immediately loved how it created a community that shares a wealth of resources. I’m part of several groups on High There now, although I post most often on Pain, Mood, Sleep. I usually share content with other women related to using cannabis for pain such as: B. Menstrual or sexual pain. I post articles about using CBD and respond to individual posts and comments on these topics. I also share product reviews and introduce other High There users to products that I have found to be effective and of high quality,” she explained.

Bullard believes that discussion of using cannabis as a viable treatment option has been discouraged for decades. She thinks that having a platform like High There, where women can find the information and help they need, is something that many women have long needed: “It seems to empower a lot of women to take control of their well-being and health to take on health by finding answers to their questions about using cannabis for well-being and finding out what products work for them.”

Another active High There user, Melanie Voss, found the platform after experiencing depression and looking for peers who were also using cannabis to treat depression. She also wanted to find a community of moms who are 420-friendly: “As a 420 mom who wishes cannabis was more accepted, I needed to find other moms who were ‘2 playdates together’ types and I’m excited To be able to say that I’ve met a few ladies and moms who I now consider girlfriends thanks to High There!” Voss is the most frequent visitor to the Kitchen Group, which explains how to incorporate cannabis into your daily life: ” The Kitchen Group is fantastic for sharing different infusions on recipes and just showing off some of my creations. Thanks for such benevolent and interesting questions and back and forth. I wish for a world where moms can admit they smoke to keep calm or to be healthier without worrying about the social stigma that comes with it, and where I found at least one app that does applies. Being a mother is the toughest job on the planet and I find that I am a better mother on cannabis than on prescription drugs and many other women feel the same way. This app offers us a place to come together and talk about how we use cannabis medicinally.

Voss appreciates the combination of social and scientific the most: “Not only can we share our pictures and memes, but the site also has a HUGE selection of topical articles if you want to learn something specific. This app is a great combination of social and scientific that really appeals to me and many others.”

With the increasing acceptance and legalization of cannabis-based products, the next decade will allow women to take control of the narrative in a male-dominated industry. Platforms like High There allow this narrative to take place inside and outside the app.

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