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Women’s sexuality is complex and is often cerebral. We’re tired, distracted, overwhelmed, and sometimes (or a lot of the time) find it challenging to “get in the mood.” Pleasure isn’t always looked at as a priority, but that time is now! Research studies and centuries of anecdotal evidence confirms that cannabis not only helps women experience better orgasms, but it also helps with pain below the waist.

Additionally, women suffering with chronic conditions and rape and assault survivors can experience physical PTSD years later, and struggle to find help. This natural alternative needs to be normalized, and we need more education about our options. Thankfully, there’s an entire community of advocates in this space, and I had an opportunity to speak with two powerful ladies in the industry.

Antuanette Gomez, Founder and CEO of Pleasure Peaks

Antuanette Gomez

Antuanette Gomez

Antuanette Gomez is the Founder and CEO of Pleasure Peaks, the leading Canadian cannabis brand for improving women’s sexual health. 

At 18 years old, Antuanette was working as a holistic nutritionist when she came across the Compassion Club — 5000 patients self-prescribing with cannabis. She was fascinated to discover the efficacy of this natural alternative medicine used by veterans and patients suffering with chronic pain, Crohns Disease, cancer, and MS, to name a few.

But what drove Antuanette’s vision for Pleasure Peaks was the ailments affecting sexual health and the fact that these issues did not get enough attention.  In fact, 1 out of 10 women have endometriosis which is the same statistic as 1 out of 10 people being diagnosed with cancer — yet few people have heard of endometriosis. In short, it’s an inflammatory condition where the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus. The pain caused can be debilitating and can also cause infertility. It takes 8 years to diagnose. Eight years of unfathomable pain and suffering.

Seeing women in their 20s suffering with endometriosis, thyroids, polycystic syndrome and infertility made Antuanette fight for the patient. That’s when she discovered cannabis infused suppositories — a life-changing product that, among other things, can be of help women for women who wish to get pregnant. Cannabis-infused suppositories have a localized affect so you won’t feel high, but you will feel relief due to increased blood flow, arousal, and sensitivity to touch. Think of cannabis as the female version of Viagra. Similar properties like vasodilators allow for more blood flow when used topically.

Like any other industry, Cannabis is an industry dominated by white men, so I asked Antuanette to share a piece of advice for entrepreneurs today.

“Lead with passion, otherwise you’ll get burnt out. This market is face paced and competitive.  While compassion is important, you need to stick out. There’s a massive opportunity for entrepreneurs and minorities to be part of this booming industry.”

Antuanette has dedicated almost 10 years to helping women’s sexual health with cannabis, so I asked her what she is most proud of with regards to Pleasure Peaks. “I’m proud of the team I’ve created and the amazing corporate culture and trust within the company. We’re always learning at Pleasure Peaks and I’m proud that I’ve lead by example.”

Pleasure Peaks; an inspiring movement. 

Gomez is on a mission to change the landscape of healthcare with personalized medicine that encompasses social equity, research, and education. Pleasure Labs and The Green Rush Program are perfect examples of this.

The Green Rush Program is dedicated to teaching people how to enter the cannabis industry in 7 courses and 28 lessons. Students learn critical parts of the industry such as the history of the plant, compliance, raising capital, mindset training, branding 101, and more.

Additionally, Pleasure Labs is helping drive research on cannabis and sexual health — one of the least funded and researched subjects.

Pleasure Peaks is currently serving the North American market and next up is Europe and South America. Expanding into these continents will help spread awareness about cannabis and sexual health and inspire, destigmatize and normalize. Is it critical to reduce stigma, as many people are left people in the dark and in most cases, a lot of pain.

We all have an endocannabinoid system that processes cannabinoids for this life-changing medicine. It’s time we better understand how cannabinoids interact with our bodies, whether it’s to mitigate pain, connect with our sexuality or start having more orgasms.

Special Offer! Promo code ALPHA to receive 20% off all Pleasure Peaks products HERE!

Laura Hamilton, Founder of Women Sex and Cannabis

Laura Hamilton

Laura Hamilton

Meet Laura.  Her mission is to get women talking about libido issues and menopause, and get a million women orgasming thanks to cannabis. I had an energetic and meaningful conversation with Laura last week. Here’s the gist of it.

It was October 2018 when cannabis legalized and Laura was sitting at her desk staring out the window. She thought, “This is my escape route. A sign in the sky. Laura quit your job.” And after 17 years in the corporate world, that’s exactly what she did. 

Laura took a myriad of cannabis courses to increase her knowledge, and the more she studied, the more she realized that cannabis can help alleviate the painful symptoms of menopause she was experiencing herself. Then the experiment began. For 3 months, Laura used infused cannabis all over her body to solve her own sexual health issues and at the same time, fell in love with the industry because of the like-minded women she was meeting and surrounded by.  

I asked Laura why she does what she does, and the bottom line is that when women go through menopause they are typically advised to have hormone replacement therapy to address symptoms of perimenopause – or just wing it. The medical community lacks attention on these issues, so she knew this was her calling.

Laura explained the role our Endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays in reproduction: we have CB1 receptors in our ECS that are for cannabis. For women, they’re highly concentrated in our pelvis.  Cannabinoids that interact with these receptors will help generate your own natural secretions, help regulate hormonal symptoms like anxiety and hot-flashes, and overall, enjoy a better sex life.  Laura now teaches Educational Workshops for both men and women on libido, menopause, and cannabis to help with a variety of sexual health issues. 

What do you hope the future will look like for women?

“Although there are a lot of great products that target women’s issues, the question becomes, how do we get women talking about it and feeling safe to talk about it? Women suffer in silence because starting the conversation is like opening a can of worms. It’s complicated. But at the same time, there’s a huge orgasm deficit in heterosexual women, and that needs to change. Women should feel empowered enough to ask for help without judgement.”

Women need to live orgasmically, for too long we have learned to be ashamed of our own pleasure and desires. Cannabis can help release us. 

A special thank you to Antuanette and Laura for sharing their expertise and passion on these important topics with me!!

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