Created by Foria, the cannabis vaginal suppositories seek to take down cramps associated with periods. The handy little “tampons” were developed with our worst period moments in mind, and we’re feeling pretty grateful. One gynecologist told Racked that using cannabis for periods isn’t unheard of. According to Morton Barke, M.D., a retired gynecologist and medical director of a California medical marijuana evaluation center,
“We know that cannabis does help pain. We do see a lot of patients with dysmenorrhea. Dysmenorrhea is painful menstrual periods. It’s a fantastic modality to help patients.” - Sounds pretty darn good to us.
So what’s the science behind their products? ... They’re particular about their cannabis. Foria grows their cannabis in Northern California without the use of harmful pesticides. Which is basically one giant yay.
Their product contains THC and CBD. For those of us who aren’t super up-to-date on the inner workings of weed, the two key active cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis are THC and CBD. The cannabinoids in Foria products interact with the nerves and muscles that cause cramps, encouraging less painful periods. THC in the tampons helps take down pain, while encouraging ~good vibes~ in the brain, while CBD encourages muscles and nerves to chill TF out.
So far, people are loving these tampons. Folks who have tried Foria since they released the suppositories this past January have said they have less hardcore cramps as a result of the product. So that’s fantastic news.
Long story short? It just might be time to say goodbye to writhing around in pain while crying over your favorite rom coms, and, TBH, we can’t complain. As much as we ~love~ indulging in ice cream seven days out of every month, we’d much rather not be in total and complete agony.
When you’ve got a case of excruciating PMS cramps, you’d pretty much do anything to stop the pain. Now there’s an innovative solution out on the market — even if it might not be legal in every state.
Here’s the good news: This type of marijuana use isn’t for stoners. A new innovative company called
It’s the first to hit the market dedicated to treating menstrual cramps, but take note that it’s actually a suppository rather than an absorbent feminine hygiene product.
When it comes to organic sources of pain relief, marijuana is nothing new. It’s used to help with many ailments, including nausea and muscle pain. And with legalization sweeping across U.S. states and its many medical uses — from stopping seizures to treating cancer patients — this bud has gained legitimacy in the health and wellness industry.
Read more: Everything You Need to Know About Marijuana
The cannabis suppositories are made with organic cocoa butter, THC oil and CBD isolate. Some women have reported that it smells like cookie dough or cookie butter. And it keeps getting better: For you ladies that aren’t interested in getting all squinty-eyed, this product can still work for you because the THC won’t make you high.
Here’s how it works: The capsule is blended with a 6-to-1 ratio of THC oil (approximately 60 grams — twice as much as the average joint) to CBD isolate. The THC targets the nerves to block out the pain, while CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic, helping relieve muscle spasms.
The company says that the combination of THC and CBD used in the vaginal suppositories are specifically designed to “activate certain cannabinoid receptors in the pelvic region when introduced into the body.”
In short, marijuana’s magical ingredients go straight to where they’re needed.
Thus far, the Food and Drug Administration has neither approved the product nor ran it through clinical trials, but
The suppositories are currently only available in California and do not require a medical-marijuana card (although they do require a physician’s letter). Check back with the site from time to time to see if it expands into other states.
So far, the product has a four-star rating on its site along with highly positive reviews. Some women have noted relief from cramps within only 20 minutes. There is even talk about it being used as an aid in childbirth.
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BY GABRIELLE DIEKHOFF IN LIVING
Once a month, I live through literal hell for seven to nine days straight. My uterus is tied in knots and wrung out by the invisible fists of the devil himself. My soul touches the void. I pound ibuprofen and Tylenol by the handful for little to no relief. Eventually, I fantasize about removing my uterus all together because I see no other solutions in sight. What a life that would be, devoid of insufferable, never-ending menstrual cramps. Rainbows and butterflies and the ability to venture out into the world and skip down the street period-pain-free, instead of writhing and whining in my bed and ordering an XL, grease-soaked pizza to my door (which only ends up making me feel worse). Ah, the joys of owning a uterus.
If your menstrual experiences mirror mine, first of all, I’m so sorry, I feel you. Second of all, hold up – there could be a sliver of hope for us yet. Foria, a company known for its cannabis-infused products (including their well-renowned weed lube), has just released an ingenious and potentially life-changing product: marijuana-infused ‘tampons.’ I use the word ‘tampon’ loosely, because they aren’t technically classified as such: rather, the brand refers to them as suppositories. But, they are inserted vaginally in a similar fashion, and they’re a period product, so might as well call ‘em tampons (I guess?).
Anyway, here’s the lowdown on how they work:
The suppositories, which come in packs of four, are made up of only three ingredients – fair trade cocoa butter, THC oil, and CBD isolate from organically grown hemp. You stick it in your vag and, supposedly, the cannabinoids cause the nerves in the uterus, cervix, and ovaries to block out pain and relax the constricted uterine muscles (aka, the source of that nasty cramping feeling). Unlike something you ingest orally, (Midol, Tylenol, et cetera), the suppositories attack the pain at the source. The vaginal walls absorb the natural medications directly into the bloodstream, providing imminent relief.
They aren’t yet FDA approved, and there is no factual research to prove their effectiveness, but users, like this writer from Broadly, have reported nearly immediate and long-lasting results. “Within 20 minutes, my cramps totally disappeared,” said Mish Barber Way. “I was not surprised at how well the suppository worked. What I was surprised about was the longevity. Midol will wear off after about half a work day, and during most periods I'll pop six a day. But one Foria suppository did its job well into my evening.”
If, like me, you’re willing to try literally anything to relieve your menstrual misery, you can buy a pack of Foria Relief on their website.
Foria, a company that focuses on cannabis oil and cannabis-infused products (like weed lube) has come out with relief suppositories (four for $44 USD) to help women deal with period cramps without making them high.
"Cannabis has a long, cross cultural history of use as a natural aide in easing symptoms associated with menstruation. Our intention is to share the powerful medicinal properties of this plant while utilizing modern extraction techniques to standardize purity and potency, thereby ensuring a safe and accessible experience for all women," the site notes.
Each suppository is made with fair trade cocoa butter, organic hemp and other oils.
And while medical marijuana is used by many to fight different types of pain, LiveScience notes smoking up for menstrual relief may not be the best idea.
The site argues there is very little evidence to back up the use of cannabis to help period cramps. Even studies that imply it's safe show little evidence that it actually works, says LiveScience.
At the moment, Foria's "tampons" haven't been confirmed by clinical testing or the FDA to be effective in actually relieving cramps.
“With exception of a study in the 1800s, I see no evidence in the medical literature that supports that use" of marijuana for menstrual cramps, Dr. Ranit Mishori, a professor of family medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, told LiveScience.
However, one Foria reviewer on Broadly notes after 20 minutes of using the relief suppositories, her period cramps "totally disappeared."
"What I was surprised about was the longevity. Midol will wear off after about half a work day, and during most periods I'll pop six a day. But one Foria suppository did its job well into my evening," writer Mish Barber Way reports. Reviews on the company's website also talk highly of the product.
Depending on the pain factor (if your periods are super painful, you may already be taking medication), other ways to relieve period cramps is improving your overall diet, using a heat pad or consuming more fish oil, Everyday Health reports.
By Maria Carter
Aug 1, 2016
Your period can cause all sorts of discomfort, not least of which is stomach cramping. But now there's an alternative to downing ibuprofen by the handful: Foria, the makers of marijuana lube, have introduced cannabis vaginal suppositories to help ease the pain.
Doctors have used other forms of the known pain reliever to treat menstrual cramps before. Morton Barke, MD, a retired gynecologist and medical director of a California medical marijuana evaluation center, told Racked that cannabis is a "fantastic modality" for helping patients with dysmenorrhea, or painful menstrual periods.
Foria Relief "tampons" ($44 per four-pack) contain only three (all natural!) ingredients: organic cocoa butter, CO2-extracted cannabis oil, and a cannabidiol (CBD) isolate, one of the main chemicals in marijuana. When inserted vaginally, the ingredients activate cannabinoid receptors in the pelvic region, and, according to The Hearty Soul, cause nerves in the uterus, cervix, and ovaries to block pain.
For those wondering about the obvious question here: No, it doesn't get you high.
This particular delivery system sends the medicine directly to where it's needed, maximizing the "muscle relaxing and pain relieving properties of cannabis without inducing a psychotropic high," according to the company's website.
Customer reviews for the product say it helped relieve cramps in as little as eight minutes and even left one user "decidedly dreamy," though some said it wasn't effective on back pain.
"We are changing the world, one asshole at a time," Mathew Gerson, creator of the infamous cannabis-infused pleasure line Foria, tells me over the phone. He's at Pride in San Francisco, manning his popular Foria truck in the middle of the festivities. "The van has been swarmed every day," he says, "and we are so excited to finally have a product geared at men and the LGBT community."
He's talking about Foria's latest offering, Explore: an anal suppository that contains 60 milligrams of THC and 10 milligrams of cannabidiol (CBD). It's designed to induce relaxation and enhance pleasure without the psychoactive effects that usually come with cannabis. This business model has been successful for women's products, but he wanted to open the (back) door to men as well.
"I have been in the sex product industry for a long time now, and I wanted to extend the pleasure line with something that could include men," Gerson says. "The male body does not absorb as well through the genitals just by the reality of them being external instead of internal—in terms of sexual enhancement, a topical [cream] on a male just won't do it."
Foria launched in 2014 with Pleasure, a lubricating THC spray meant to enhance sex for women. The California company spread all over international news, even drawing the attention of Los Angeles urologist Dr. Jennifer Berman, who then helped them develop a vaginal suppository, Foria Relief, to help ease menstrual and pelvic pain. (The difference between the vaginal and anal suppositories is the amount of specific cannabinoids, as well as the medium that holds them. Foria's vaginal suppositories are made of coconut oil, while Explore uses jojoba because it is latex compatible.)
"I saw [Explore] as an opportunity to present a product to a community of men whose needs have not been addressed when it comes to using cannabis for intimacy and pleasure," Gerson says. "Explore can also lead to more blood flow and stimulation around the prostate, which facilitates a male orgasm."
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Although Foria's main goal was always pleasure, the conversation shifted to health and wellness with its Relief product, probably because the entire line contains large amounts of THC and CBD, which can seem surprising.
When the weed suppositories are inserted anally, your body absorbs 70 percent locally and the rest goes into the bloodstream—only 10 percent of users reported slight psychoactive effects. "If you smoked that much you would want to go in the woods and be alone," laughs Gerson. "However, when inserted anally, there is a different effect—more in the body, not your head."
Explore is made from purified THC, CBD, organic sunflower lecithin, and jojoba extract. The THC increases blood flow and sensitivity, while the CBD reduces inflammation and relaxes your muscles, but the other ingredients are important, too. "I really wanted to put something on the market that was latex compatible," says Gerson. Jojoba oil is key here; it's also in popular, FDA-approved lubricants designed for anal play like Pjur Backdoor and Simply slick. "Both those products have what you call the 510(K) FDA clearance for latex compatibility. Because we are in the cannabis industry, we can't work with the FDA in the same way."
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Because Foria uses an ingredient that isn't legal everywhere, Gerson and the company rely on the help of open-minded physicians, researchers, scientists, and chemists who believe that cannabis can be a source of pleasure and pain relief to promote their product. Gerson himself swears by the healing capabilities of Explore. Not only do users report less discomfort during anal sex and the ability to handle deeper penetration, Gerson says, but Explore can be used to treat all kinds of pain around the anus. Gerson himself uses it three times a week to manage his sciatic pain. "Mother Nature cooked up major anti-inflammatory properties with cannabis, and we should use this in the best way we can," he says. "I am Trojan horsing cannabinoids into the ass, but this is a wellness protocol. I want all men to think of this as their Flintstones vitamins. To be able to separate the mental psychoactive components from the physical ones will open up so many doors for people getting the full benefits of this plant."
Still, this product is not just for men, but anyone who wants to engage in anal play. "People are becoming much more open to it," Gerson says. "We have had a lot of feedback from heterosexual women who said they never enjoyed anal before because it was uncomfortable—the tension, they would not relax. When they used Explore, the relaxation in the pelvis allowed them to open up and enjoy the experience for the first time."
When my Explore samples arrived, my husband was pumped; he was going to get to fuck me in the ass in the name of journalism. I use Foria Relief for my period cramps, and once I inserted the Explore suppository, I thought I would have to follow the same protocol, but in reverse: With Relief, you lie down with your legs in the air like you've just been artificially inseminated and are trying to make the sperm swim the right way.
I was wrong. Unless you've been receiving double anal penetration on the regular since the mid-90s, your asshole is pretty tight. After about 20 minutes, I felt some warm relief in my pelvic region, but not a startling amount. It was subtle. Even when lying in bed, my lower body felt stoned, relaxed, and warm.
But during sex, I was so focused on fucking for a testimonial that the whole event became a joke. (You know what prevents a penis from penetrating your asshole? Laughing as it's going in.) That was my fault, not Foria's. As someone who has enjoyed anal sex many times (usually with the help of alcohol), I am determined to try again. In Gerson's words, we are a "tight-ass culture"; I want to fully support his mission of helping people feel more comfortable sticking things up there.
Our Founder and Co-CEO, Mathew Gerson sat down with Green Flower Media at their recent Cannabis Entrepreneur Summit to share some start up stories.