Many a ‘lady toker’ will attest to cannabis’ power to alleviate the pain associated with menstruation. For some, the symptoms are uncomfortable or a mild annoyance; for others, they can be debilitating.
While generations of women have been self-medicating, it’s only in recent years that cannabis has received adequate attention as a possible medication for menstrual aches and pains. Actress Whoopi Goldberg released her own line of cannabis-infused products for treating menstrual symptoms earlier this year, after which a bill was proposed in New Jersey that would allow “menstrual cramps” to be added to the state’s approved list of ailments for medical cannabis.
Now there’s a new product on the market – humorously referred to as “cannabis tampons” – that can help you manage your monthly pains the green way.
Not an Actual Tampon
Foria initially made a name for itself when the company released a cannabis-infused lubricant that promises to act as a “therapeutic aphrodisiac” for cannabis lovers and love-makers. Foria’s branding is very much directed at women – so it’s no surprise that a “cannabis tampon” would be next in their production line.
Foria Relief is, in fact, a vaginal suppository and not a tampon (sorry ladies, I guess we’re still waiting for that dream to materialize). Made from organic cocoa butter, THC oil, and CBD isolate, Foria promises that their product is safe for bodily insertion: their cannabis is grown outdoors without pesticides, and the cannabis oil is extracted using a solvent-free pharmaceutical grade process. With intimate access to the organs and areas most affected by menstruation, Foria Relief releases its active ingredients as close to the site of pain as possible.
Menstrual cramps are caused by muscle contractions in the uterus, although many women also suffer from headaches, lower back pain, and changes in mood before and during menstruation. The capsules contain 60mg of THC and 10mg of CBD: THC acts on the nerve-endings, reducing pain and increasing pleasurable feelings, while CBD provides anti-inflammatory, muscle-relaxant, antispasmodic, and anxiety-reducing properties. However, despite the THC present, the capsules shouldn’t get you high. Because the THC is absorbed through the vagina, its psychoactivity is mitigated; most women should be able to feel the pain-relieving and mood enhancing effects without getting lifted – although results may vary, so use with caution.
According to their website FAQ, Foria Relief can be inserted into the vagina before a tampon, so assumedly it works just fine with sanitary pads and menstrual cups too. It can also be inserted rectally, and thus can be taken at any time of the month to target pelvic pain and similar ailments.
The Really Good News
Aside from telling your friends that you’ve got weed in your vagina, Foria Relief offers a range of benefits over traditional menstrual medications. Women who suffer from severe menstrual cramps finally have a safe alternative to pharmaceutical painkillers, and the capsules could prove to be effective pain-management for women with endometriosis.
Hopefully Foria’s foray into cannabis lubes and suppositories will open the market to further products and services that target women’s reproductive and sexual health, shedding the stigmas associated with both cannabis consumption and menstruation.