Foria, a company that sells sensual enhancement oils and suppositories imbued with marijuana, has recently released Foria Relief, a vaginal suppository meant to relieve period pain with the use of marijuana.
Also known as “weed tampons,” they are actually vaginal suppositories infused with THC and CBD, two of the most active ingredients in marijuana also known as cannabinoid compounds. These two chemicals activate receptors in the pelvis that relieve cramps.
The tampon is also infused with cocoa butter, and the marijuana it is made from is grown organically. It is smaller than an actual tampon and will dissolve once put into the body. According to Foria, the tampon contains none of the psychotropic effects marijuana is known for causing, resulting in no form of high.
“The cannabinoids directly impact the immune system and the nerve endings of the uterus, cervix, ovaries and surrounding smooth muscle tissues,” said a statement on Foria’s website. “THC positively affects the nerves and assists in blocking out pain while also allowing for more pleasant signals to be received by the brain. CBD works in the immune system by suppressing the mechanisms responsible for inflammation.”
Foria is just one company that has jumped into the business of using marijuana to relieve period pain. Actress Whoopi Goldberg’s company, Whoopi and Maya, sells products aimed at period pains, including rubs and soaks infused with marijuana.
Currently, Foria is only selling their product in California with requirement of a doctor’s referral. Whoopi and Maya are also only available in California.
In November 2016, nine states are voting laws regarding the use of marijuana, whether it be for recreational or medicinal purposes.
In Florida, for example, votes are cast on whether to allow the use of medically prescribed marijuana, while in California, debates surround reforms of the amount of marijuana one can sell and harvest.
Dr. Jennifer Berman, a sexual health expert and contributor to Foria products, told Buzzfeed that one of the benefits of these suppositories is that they keep doctors from prescribing more addictive narcotic pain relievers.
Currently, there is no definitive scientific answer as to whether these suppositories, rubs or any other period relief is effective for period cramps. This may have to do with licensing obstacles that make it difficult for scientists to legally test the effects of marijuana in a lab setting. As a result, no research into the effects marijuana has specifically on period cramps has been conducted.
Doctors have prescribed marijuana to help with pain in cancer patients, and Foria’s products are said to help in a similar way. Reviews on the Foria website praise how they “demolish” menstrual cramps. As marijuana gets closer to full medical legalization, we may see more products like this hit the market.
By Nathalie Mairena