“Menopause is so much fun!” says nobody, ever. Menopause, also known as “the change”, generally happens to people with vaginas during mid-life, at around 45-50. With menopause, ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, halting childbirth. Some people go through it earlier with surgery that is generally needed to address reproductive health issues. My hysterectomy was medically induced when I was just 36-years-old.
Some menopause symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, emotional highs and lows, grey hairs sprouting everywhere, and mounds of Venus that look like they suffer from alopecia. None of these increases our self-esteem. We can become very self-conscious about our bodies and question our desirability and ability to give and receive pleasure.
The end of decades of PMS and monthly periods can be freeing sexually and otherwise. However, what is rarely discussed or mentioned is the entirely absurd fuckery of the dating world in 2020 for people, especially women, over 50. Also not mentioned as much as it should be are the benefits of cannabis during mid-life. Whether partnered or not, our yonis and emotional selves still deserve love, care, and attention.
At 55-years-old and dealing with trauma, chronic arthritis, and the effects of menopause, cannabis allows me to relax enough to masturbate and orgasm. I believe in the medicinal benefits of cannabis and sharing that information. Not only does it help with the physical pain of chronic lower back arthritis, but with my anxiety and depression as well.
One of the things I stress as a Healing Artist is the necessity of becoming informed about cannabis. The information is out there, and much of it is free. There are women cannapreneurs covering health and wellness from every aspect. Part of sexual health includes talking about menopause, our bodies, and ourselves, and how we can dispute with confidence things taught to us in ignorance. It’s imperative for us to own our sexuality, our minds, our bodies, and our hearts.
Frank, honest, and compassionate discussions need to happen to help us decide how we will treat ourselves, and how we set boundaries to be treated by others. For the record, a good cannabis strain will have you thinking about all of this in a whole new way. Good, because you deserve it.
Published: March 04, 2020
Founder & Interim Editor of L.A. Cannabis News