Why Women Think Men Smoke More Pot than They Do?

A recent study revealed that men smoke more weed than women do. We asked a few women why they think men are more likely to smoke weed than women. And they all had their own theories – but one thing was real clear; Most women smokers feel that they will be judged more harshly than a man. Shocking, right? No.

Here’s what they had to say:

“Do they? I thought women were historically the drug-holders of the two sexes. I’m thinking poison rings, benzedrine, hash-brownie recipes. Perhaps there are just as many women tokin’ as men, but they’re just too smart to go public with it.” – Tanja M. Laden, 35-44, Writer/Editor/Producer

“I think that for a lot of women weed is stigmatized. They think that because it’s criminalized it’s bad. To those girls, I just want to scream TRY IT! One of my female in-laws tried weed for the first time with me at the age of 36. After being extremely judgmental towards me for smoking, she finally opened her mind after the state she lives in decriminalized recreational marijuana. She’s now a regular customer at her local dispensary and so much more pleasant to be around.” – Marissa, 32

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“I think it has a lot to do with the fact that women, on average, are more prone to anxiety. I think we’re more likely to develop paranoia and worry. I know I am personally guilty of this happening to me, and it’s why I don’t smoke weed. I don’t know if the differences are biological as much as they are due to societal factors. Women typically are put in a position of higher scrutiny if we partake in the type of things men do. Getting high is one of the many things of this nature that is for some reason allotted as a male activity or at least something that is more okay for men to take part in. I see it being similar to casual sex in this sense. Women suffer the consequences greater when things go wrong. Thus, we are made to feel more guilt and shame for doing the same things men do.” –Alison Stevenson, 27, Writer/Comedian

“Women who exercise their independence from the feminine stereotypes tend to get labeled with deviant terms ranging from slut to stoner chick. Meanwhile, men get praised as freethinkers and the like. I combat this by choosing to hang with forward thinkers who can go beyond the binary into seeing people as autonomous individuals. Problem solved.” Becky Garrison, Contributor to KINDLAND

“It’s seen as being more socially acceptable.” –Roxanne, 29, Cannabis Business Owner


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“Maybe because they’re less able to communicate or handle their feelings and emotions, and rely on marijuana as a coping device. At least with heavy users that might be the case. This, of course, is influenced by heteronormative parenting and the ways in which men have “typically” been raised…or something. I find that within my social circle, the people who heavily use pot tend to be men and tend to be extremely sensitive, but use pot to really tune out. I can think of so many caveats to this. Who knows.” –Danielle, 31

“We did a cannabis study last year that correlates to the findings based on our patient database of over 17k (at the time). We found 64% of users were male and 36% were female. That said, ten years ago women stood at about 24%, so more women are partaking today than a decade ago. I think this is partially due to lessened stigma, but I also think this varies state to state. Historically in CA we are much more inclined to view people who use cannabis with less stigma than say in Alabama. So, in a state such as CA, more women would likely volunteer this sort of information. But I also think it is true, that women are less likely to volunteer whether they partake in cannabis in a public forum no matter where they are!” –Pamela Hadfield, Forever 39, Co-Founder HelloMD

“Patriarchy as a function of capitalism.” –Vanessa, 33, Teacher/Writer

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“It’s always been more socially acceptable for men to indulge in “vices.” It’s part of a longstanding patriarchal structure. Similarly, pop culture often tends to portray male pot smokers as cool, funny renegades, whereas women are aimless and indulging in an irresponsible impulse (not well versed enough in film and TV to cite this definitively, but one of the most successful positive portrayals of female pot smokers is maybe Broad City?)” –Deena Drewis, 30, Writer/Editor

“I would say that a lot of my female friends who aren’t huge smokers cite that they feel like they aren’t in control when they are high, or think they get “weird.” I wonder if that has to do with the fact that as women, relinquishing control is something we historically can’t afford to do—in theory. I think part of being a woman is always having that need (or survival instinct) to feel in control of ourselves, our bodies, etc. And even if we know we are in a safe space, perhaps smoking weed leads to an emotional response stemming from that. I feel like females think fast and we think quickly and we think a lot of how others are perceiving us; men (at least most cis, white men) tend to have the privilege of not having to worry about that… losing their grip is something that can be exciting for then. For some women, that’s probably not the case. And perhaps even if there are other ways they could smoke weed and not feel that way (CBD or something), they aren’t willing to do that because of previous bad experiences. I’ve definitely smoked weed where I’ve gotten too high and had a really intense emotional response. “ –Margaret Allen, 27, Advertising

“Any man who thinks they can smoke more weed than me should give me a call! I’m very surprised by these results, but I’ve come to the conclusion that most women are probably just a little more discrete when it comes to being open about their cannabis consumption.” –Jaime Lewis, 38, CEO/Founder of Mountain Medicine; Chief Operating Officer of Mayflower Medicinals

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