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Cannamama: I Breastfeed and Use Cannabis

Cannamama: I Breastfeed and Use Cannabis

A couple of weeks ago, after speaking with a handful of receptionists in an effort to find a new primary care physician, I realized there must be a large number of people who are unaware cannabis is the technical term for marijuana.  I discovered this when I asked for the doctor’s stance on cannabis use, and […]

Why I Love the Potential of VasalGel: Cheap, Effective Male Birth Control

Why I Love the Potential of VasalGel: Cheap, Effective Male Birth Control

After being mostly ignored by the mainstream media for years, Vasalgel has started to really gain cultural momentum here in the United States after being featured in several mainstream media outlets this fall. So what is Vasalgel? In short, it is a low-cost, long-term male birth control product being developed by The Parsemus Foundation. It is […]

National Advocates for Pregnant Women Speaks Up on SCOTUS Ruling

National Advocates for Pregnant Women Speaks Up on SCOTUS Ruling

In the abortion clinic access decision last week, and again on June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court reminded us that all women, including pregnant women and their families, must continue to fight for our human rights to health, living wage work, and to be recognized as full and equal members of society. Yesterday’s two 5-4 […]

INFOGRAPHIC: Maternity Leave by Country

INFOGRAPHIC: Maternity Leave by Country

The staff over at The Atlantic are always working on cutting-edge investigative pieces with real social impact. Sometimes, this means looking at certain national issues through a larger, global lens. As a means of examining the a long-stalled bill intended to guarantee maternity leave to women workers in the United States, The Atlantic republished an […]

Beyond Bars: Drug War Ideology in the Civil Child Welfare System

Beyond Bars: Drug War Ideology in the Civil Child Welfare System

Among drug policy reform activists, there is a consensus that punitive approaches should not constitute the bulk of our national strategy to reduce the harms associated with addiction and problematic use of drugs. Whether in recognition of its fiscal irresponsibility, its conflict with public health goals, or its disparate impact on brown, black, and poor […]

The Female : Cannabis Relationship

The Female : Cannabis Relationship

IMAGE: “Daydream,” Andrew Wyeth Women have long kept their health lore confined to their close female communities.  Until the late 19th century, birthing was the domain of women and they carried this, as well as other women’s health knowledge, forward.  Natural birth control (often herbs) had to keep secret.  There is lore that women once […]

How Will Colorado’s Marijuana Legalization Laws Affect Families?

How Will Colorado’s Marijuana Legalization Laws Affect Families?

PHOTO: Lisa Williams, Creative Commons In May, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law historic legislation regulating the growth, sale, and use of the marijuana in the Rocky Mountain state, and several related bills have been signed or are expected to be signed.  In many ways they are excellent documents and should be celebrated as […]

Lies About My Body

Lies About My Body

As a woman maturing through adolescence and into adulthood, I had repeatedly discovered (as most women do) that I was being lied to about my own body. Historically, this is something that comes with the territory. We have been lied to about our body’s capacity for pleasure: the female orgasm and clitoris has appeared and disappeared […]

Lean Whichever Way You Want: Women Are The Key To Drug Policy Wins

Lean Whichever Way You Want: Women Are The Key To Drug Policy Wins

Recently, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg of “Lean In” fame came under fire (again) for being an out-of-touch opportunist. Despite its founder being worth an estimated $400 million, someone from the “Lean In” organization posted an ad for an unpaid intern. Thinking about the absurdity of a young woman providing unpaid help to an organization founded by […]

Cannabis And The Female Life Cycle

Cannabis And The Female Life Cycle

PHOTO: Happy Uterus by primavera777 By Estelle Toby Goldstein, MD At one time, it was simply assumed cannabis would mark the various stages of the life cycle in women. Today, traditions must be re-examined in the light of modern medicine, experimentation, gathering scientific data – and most importantly, in safety considerations. Cannabis and Menses The tradition of using […]