Founded in 2016, Whoopi & Maya is a joint medical cannabis venture between multi-award-winning actress, Whoopi Goldberg; and founder of Om Edibles, seven-time winner of the High Times Cannabis Cup, Maya Elisabeth. Based in the Bay Area, Whoopi & Maya offer a range of products for menstrual relief, including a bath soak, raw cacao powder, salve and tincture. With a focus on holistic practices and top-quality ingredients, Whoopi & Maya seek to provide women with natural, effective options to relieve menstrual cramps and discomfort.
If you are reading this article, it may be hard for you to comprehend the story that follows. In a state that has come to be known as the herald of medicinal marijuana, it may come as a surprise just how illegal cannabis still is in other parts of our country. This story is one among thousands that illustrates that stark contrast between state laws. The fact that someone could still face decades of prison time in the United States for using cannabis to treat a fatal disease is absolutely unfathomable to most who live on the east or west coast of the U.S. However, for those that dwell in the middle of our continent, marijuana prohibition is still in full swing. Taking some of the “heart” out of our “heart-land”.
Despite the fact that the cannabis industry seems to be full of female employees, you don’t see nearly as many on the patient side of the counter. Women often elect not to go into dispensaries to get their medicine, opting to send a male friend or significant other instead. It’s not that women aren’t smoking cannabis—according to a 2016 Gallup Poll, 12% of men & 7% of women regularly smoke cannabis, with 48% of men & 34% of women saying that they have tried cannabis at some point in their life. These numbers indicate that there shouldn’t be such a noticeable difference in how many men & how many women go to dispensaries, but there is.