It looks like women across the country are getting high on more than just life these days.
According to new reports, women are partaking in recreational marijuana more than ever, and a rising trend of marijuana-themed retreats is capitalizing on this craze. Just like summer camp, you can sign up for a pot-friendly retreat — and this trip isn't about taking bong rips, but rather spiritual enlightenment.
There certainly appears to be a demand for it, according to a report by medical cannabis delivery service Eaze Insights. In their 2016 State of Cannabis Data Report, the industry analysts reveal there’s been a 32 percent annual increase in female users since 2015.
Just last month The New York Times reported an uptick in female-owned cannabis businesses, particularly by women in their 50s, 60s and 70s. The most recent statistics show that women hold, on average, about 36 percent of the executive roles in the cannabis industry while women in “standard” U.S. businesses only hold 22 percent of leadership roles.
In the quest for spiritual enlightenment, inner peace and self-empowerment, one retreat is beginning to offer an special amenity to, shall we say, heighten the experience.
Dubbed the Ganja Goddess Getaway, the retreat offers four locations throughout California (where recreational marijuana is now legal) for women to find a deeper connection to themselves, their spirituality and their creativity — with a little added help from cannabis.
“The vision is to offer women a way to connect with their divine feminine and to connect to each other as sisters, and we feel that cannabis is the ideal tool to accomplish both,” co-founder and marijuana entrepreneur Sailene Ossman told Well+Good.
The retreat includes dance classes, goal setting, organic vegan food and cannabis-themed workshops and has attracted between 50 and 100 guests thus far, according to Well+Good. Tickets range from $120 for a day pass to the aptly priced $420 for the luxury-filled ultra-deluxe double.
Ganja Goddess isn’t the first cannabis-themed retreat: Other states where marijuana is legal offer their own versions, such as the Ganjasana and Puff Puff Pose yoga retreats in Colorado. These retreats are no doubt using the calming benefits of marijuana (in the short term at least) to help participants achieve states of bliss.
Ganja Goddess is one of the few women-only retreats and, marijuana aside, that’s the retreat leaders’ primary focus: to develop sisterhood and connection first and foremost, with the ancillary perk of cannabis.
That said, if forming sisterhood happens over a shared bong, then all the better!
What Do YOU Think?
Would you attend a cannabis-themed retreat? If so, what’s the draw? And what would you hope to get from it that you wouldn’t otherwise get from "unaltered" retreats? Tell us in the comments!