Nola Evangelista’s Tokin’ Women
A 4000-Year Herstory of Women and Marijuana By Nola Evangelista
Women are more visible than ever in the cannabis industry. Groups like Women Grow and the many female-owned businesses are gaining more and more momentum. Even here at DOPE Magazine we have a high concentration of female contributors. And it’s no wonder: cannabis consumption by women is neither new nor unusual, and the presence of increasingly more female professionals in the cannabis industry is a testament to that. That’s why I was stoked to find Tokin Women: A 4000-year Herstory of Women and Marijuana by Nola Evangelista aka Ellen Komp of CalNORML. Tokin Womoen125 pages dedicated to influential women who have played historical and present-day roles in the cannabis space.
This book opened my eyes to its presence throughout history. Being exposed to the history that is so often glossed over in our culture led me to pursue a deeper understanding of women and cannabis on my own.
Tokin’ Women highlights over 50 women, including the well-known influencers Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday and Whoopi Goldberg. This book highlights each woman’s lifetime accomplishments in the cannabis space accompanied by a photo. Every woman’s section stands alone so you can read about whomever you want, in no particular order. I learned so much so fast!
The effects of marijuana were spoken of lovingly by many of the women in this book, and I feel a kinship with this love. These incredible women and I have shared the same experience, the same infatuation with cannabis. Maya Angelou describes how marijuana made her job as a waitress bearable, and how her outlook on life changed drastically when she began to smoke pot. “For the first time, life amused me…” she said, and I know exactly what she meant. Smoking marijuana helped me through the worst jobs, the longest days and the dullest moments. To know some of the women I truly admire have used cannabis to elevate themselves creatively and spiritually is inspiring.
Not only does Tokin’ Women give exposure to women who have been in support of cannabis, it also broadened my own idea of how women of certain time periods used the plant. Throughout the decades, women have used cannabis to heal, to laugh and to live. This book opened my eyes to its presence throughout history. Being exposed to the history that is so often glossed over in our culture led me to pursue a deeper understanding of women and cannabis on my own. I would recommend Tokin’ Women to anyone looking for a cannabis herstory to add to their bookcase or keep on their coffee table next to the dab rig.
If you’d like to learn more about women and cannabis you can check out the authors blog https://tokinwoman.blogspot.com, and https://www.veryimportantpotheads.com for a look at some influential potheads of all genders.