The Prohibition of Cannabis is Sexist. And It Has Been For A Long Time

Female cannabis plants are the ones worth money — the ones that yield medicine. Perhaps it should come as no surprise, then, that cannabis and women have long and entangled roots. According to Dr. Ethan Russo, in his 2002 paper ‘Cannabis Treatments in Obstetrics and Gynecology: A Historical Review,’ known instances of women using cannabis medicinally date back to Ancient Mesopotamia. In ancient Judea, the plant was used in childbirth. Doctors in 16th century China prescribed it for menstrual disorders. In modern America, however, the 10 percent of women who experience disruptively painful periods, and one in three women who experience pain during sex, often to not have access to this natural and longstanding remedy.

In a country where Viagra is often covered by health insurance but birth control is not, perhaps it should come as no surprise that a medicine that’s been used for thousands of

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