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Horrible Cramps? Marijuana Might Just Be the Answer

Women often rely on heating pads, painkillers, and their go-to chocolate bar to deal with PMS each month. And then there's Midol. Since the 1930s, the over-the-counter acetaminophen-based drug has been marketed to women for their "periodic pain." Beyond that, there haven't been many new mainstream medical options available to alleviate stubborn menstrual discomfort. Searching for remedies, women have turned to various holistic and alternative medicine treatments like chasteberry, Mayan abdominal massage, or acupuncture.

Perhaps we just need to look back to ancient times for another viable remedy: cannabis. Medical marijuana is now legal in 28 states and Washington DC, and cannabis is on the rise as an innovative solution for managing PMS. That's good news for women dealing with cramps, headaches, or irritability.

Relief For Common Symptoms

While marijuana has been a medicinal remedy for millennia, there is a lack of modern research on it. That's because it is difficult to acquire research grants from the National Institute of Health while pot is still illegal at the federal level. But a few promising studies do exist, and reviews of existing literature have concluded that cannabis effectively treats otherwise treatment-resistant conditions, including pain management. Despite the lack of research, many "green doctors" consider PMS a qualifying condition for a marijuana prescription to provide relief from common PMS symptoms.

The Various Products and Methods

When it comes to actual treatment, there is no shortage of specific period products. Foria Reliefrecently gained notoriety as the "weed tampon." A vaginal suppository you can use along with a tampon, it releases pain-decreasing cannabis in your uterus, helping to relieve cramps. The suppository can also be inserted rectally to relieve pain in the back and hip areas. Foria Relief contains both THC and CBD and does not cause psychoactive effects in most women, in part because it is inserted vaginally. While Foria is developing a study to further understand the benefits of vaginal delivery, the current understanding is that the suppository prevents the liver from processing THC, allowing the medicine to be absorbed locally without getting you high. In addition to reducing the effects of being high, CBD relaxes muscles and acts as an antianxiety and anti-inflammatory agent, according to the company.

Mathew Gerson founded Foria, which started off making a line of cannabis-infused female pleasure products. Gerson told us why it's important that women don't get high from the Foria cannabis suppository: "The number of women who could benefit from what it [cannabis] has to offer with respect to menstrual cramps is a much larger number if they didn't have to deal with being stoned." He says the suppository delivery method still allows for a high cannabis potency, but since it won't get you high, you can go about your day — going to work, taking care of your family, or enjoying time with friends. Currently, Foria is available only online to California residents with a valid physician's recommendation letter or at dispensaries in Colorado and California.

Since it doesn't get you high or put you into a more relaxed state, Dr. Berman says Foria might not be able to treat other symptoms of PMS, like irritability, but sees little downside to the product. "The only limitations are the regulatory restrictions state to state, that it takes 20 minutes to work, and you have to lay down." She also says the potential for abuse is always a concern when you're dealing with any drug.

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Rectal suppositories are safer than smoking weed, medical experts suggest

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Looking to experience the ultimate weed high? Then you might want to try inserting cannabis in your rear end rather than smoking it.

Medical experts suggest that using rectal marijuana suppositories may be much more effective than smoking pot, according to Canada’s National Post.

“Rectally is actually a lot more preferred because of the volume of absorption,” explained Mikhail Kogan M.D., medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. “You can put a lot more and it gets absorbed a lot better, but not everybody is open to this way of administration.”

Paul Farnan, an addictions specialist at the University of British Columbia, adds that smoking pot can cause damage to the lungs, which obviously is not an issue for weed suppositories.

“We know there’s something in opium that helps pain, and we’re able to pharmaceutically develop morphine and other analgesics, but we wouldn’t say to people, ‘You have pain? Why don’t you smoke opium?’ ” said Farnan. “We’re kind of saying to people, ‘We think there’s some stuff that cannabinoids will be helpful for. Why don’t you just smoke cannabis?’ First of all, cannabis is actually a really dangerous thing for your lungs.”

While the thought of cramming weed up your backside might be new to you, suppositories containing medical cannabis can help treat women going through menstruation and period pain. Legendary stoner icon Tommy Chong also credits pot suppositories for helping him beat prostate cancer.

While the act of passing a blunt or taking a huge bong toke may be much cooler activities than butt-chugging your stash, Kogan believes smoking medical marijuana should end up becoming a thing from the past.

“We have so many other products now, so many modes of delivery, that smoking in my opinion is very archaic and has very little clinical applicability,” he added.

“Having said that, I think that probably the majority of people still smoke because it’s the most available method.”

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SUMMIT DAILY

Marijuana not Midol: Cannabis-infused suppositories ease menstrual cramps

By Heather Jarvis | February 15, 2017

Elana Halpern has struggled with severe menstrual cramps for as long as she can remember. Experimenting with different remedies, at one point she went on birth control to try to combat the debilitating pain, but didn't like side effects the drug came with. As a Summit County budtender, six months ago she came across a cannabis-infused product to deal with the pain.

Halpern discovered Foria Relief after it came on the local recreational marijuana market. The product is a cannabis suppository blending both THC and CBD, and at that point, Halpern said she would have tried just about anything to relieve the suffering she felt every month. After using the pack of two, Halpern discovered it was the best form of relief she's tried to date.

"I used to eat Midol like M&M's, which is really bad, it's just toxic. … Not even those could provide the same relief that I get from the THC and use of cannabis. … It really just allows me to be much more of a human being on that week of my life," she said, sitting in the lobby of Altitude Organic Cannabis in Dillon during her shift, one of the few places in Summit County where Foria Relief is sold.

With a kick-in time of approximately 15 to 20 minutes, Halpern estimated, relief came quickly — and lasted 20 hours or more. She didn't use the second suppository until two days later.

“I was suffering so much, and I had gone off my birth control so I was suffering even more," she said. "And I was like, 'This is absolute hell.' I was basically willing to try anything at that point, and if it was weed related, even better in my mind. … I trust marijuana solve a lot of my problems."

HOW IT WORKS

Foria Relief claims to be "crafted to maximize the muscle relaxing and pain relieving properties of cannabis without a psychotropic ("high") effect," according to its website. Each serving contains a blend of 60 milligrams of THC, the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and 10 milligrams of CBD, a compound found in cannabis that has medical effects, but does not make people feel high, combined with cocoa butter. Each suppository is similar to the shape of a tampon, yet smaller in size.

"CBD is antispasmodic, so it's cramp relieving, and THC blocks out pain and goes to the source of the pain," said Karin Linner, operations manager of Foria in Boulder, Colorado. "You're basically putting the medicine right where the pain is instead of taking aspirin or Ibuprofen. … You're actually putting the medicine and cramp-relieving, pain-relieving properties right where the cramps are happening."

The product melts and absorbs into the body in around 15 minutes, and because it's used vaginally, Linner said, most people do not experience a psychoactive head high. She noted that everyone's bodies can react differently, however, and to plan not to drive the first time they try the product.

Halpern reported she didn't experience the traditional high from typical cannabis use, but experienced more of a relaxing body high.

"Nothing up in my head at all, I didn't feel stoned," she said. "Just relief, basically."

Kim Henry, another local budtender, also tried the product after Breckenridge Organic Therapy, the dispensary she works at, began carrying it. While she said she doesn't suffer much from menstrual cramps, she said she did notice it helped her feel less tense and tight around her uterus during her cycle, and believes it to be an effective remedy. It also works well for lower back pain, she noted. A downfall to the product, Henry said, is it can become mushy and hard to insert.

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FAST COMPANY'S TOP 10 INNOVATIONS MAKING WOMEN'S LIVES BETTER IN 2016

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Our picks of the companies that have carefully designed products to improve the quality of women's lives.

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Technology designed for women exploded in 2016, with new products hitting the market ranging from wearable trackers for expectant mothers to networking apps to help female professionals get ahead. "The online consumer market of women is a new phenomenon" in part because investors are waking up to the opportunity, says Anu Duggal, founding partner of the Female Founders Fund, a firm that invests in women-led startups. "The purchasing power of women is massive and becoming clearer."

Many of the female founders that made our list struggled for years to raise capital, but were able to convince investors in their vision through persistence and creativity (and of course, a solid business pitch). Miki Agrawal from Thinx, a period underwear maker, tells us she requested that one of her male investors wear a maxi pad during an entire meeting to get him to empathize with what women experience. Others like Morena Simatic, cofounder of wearables startup Bellabeat, had little trouble raising financing for a product designed specifically for women rather than a pink version of an existing product.

 Five years ago, Harvard Business Review conducted a landmark survey of professional women and found that most felt vastly underserved in the marketplace compared to men. That's starting to change. "Women were a neglected category, until recently," says Simatic.

To compile this list, we asked a range of investors and entrepreneurs and solicited feedback from dozens of women. Here are their picks, in no particular order.8. SEX AND SEXUAL HEALTH: FORIA

Two words: Vaginal cannabis. Many of the women we spoke to raved about Foria Relief, a cocoa butter-based cannabis for the vagina that is designed to help with menstrual cramps and other sexual health issues. That accompanies Foria Pleasure, a product that aims to increase sexual pleasure through a lubricant spray. As one happy customer described the experience: "(It was) like my vagina was kicking back on the beach in Mexico, without a care in the world." Sex and sexual health is a notoriously underfunded space, but Foria has garnered rave reviews from users and continues to sell well in Colorado and California.

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Cannabis vaginal suppositories to fight PMS?! Yes, it's a thing.

By NuttyCoGirls, November 10th 2016 

How is PMS still a medical mystery?!

90% of women report suffering from PMS symptoms. Increasingly women have been taking pain relief in to their own hands, to look for alternative solutions, such as cannabis, which provides muscle relaxation and pain relief without getting "high". Enter cannabis suppositories called Foria Relief, which provide all these benefits, without the pharmaceutical chemical ingredients and side effects.

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Reference Link: https://nuttyco.com/2016/11/10/cannabis-tampons/

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BuzzFeed Video Review of FORIA Relief "Women Try 'Weed Tampons' For Period Cramps

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"The things we have in our medicine cabinets are dangerous and we don't think of them as drugs.
BUT THEY ARE! They're drugs!"

 

"FORIA Relief is a cannabis-based product in the form of a vaginal suppository that dissolves with the heat of your body."
- Dr. Jennifer Berman, MD, Urologist and Female Sexual Medicine Expert

 

HELLOGIGGLES: Cannabis-Infused Female Suppositories aka "Marijuana tampons" are here and they could be SUPER effective

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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.

Reference Link: http://hellogiggles.com/marijuana-tampons-super-effective/
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ABC10 News: Marijuana-Infused Inserts for Women Help with Discomfort without the Marijuana High
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LIVESTRONG.com: Cannabis Infused Female Suppositories Are the Crazy New Cure for Cramps
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“Weed” tampons have hit the consumer market, and so far they sound pretty legit.
“Weed” tampons have hit the consumer market, and so far they sound pretty legit. Photo Credit Yeko Photo Studio/Adobe Stock

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 Foria, which is known for cannabis-infused products like lubricants, has just released the “weed tampon.”

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 THC ingredient in the tampon helps with pain and muscle relaxation.
The THC ingredient in the tampon helps with pain and muscle relaxation. Photo Credit marjan4782/Adobe Stock

The product, Foria Relief, is created “using a delivery system intended to maximize the muscle-relaxing and pain-relieving properties of cannabis without inducing a psychotropic ‘high,’” says the company’s website.

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 Foria is marketing it as completely safe and user-friendly — claiming the cannabis is grown without pesticides and that the product is made with no harmful contaminants.

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.

What Do YOU Think?

Would you try Foria Relief? What are your thoughts on marijuana becoming a major player in the health and wellness industry? Tell us in the comments!

BUST MAGAZINE: These New Marijuana Inserts for Women Could Be The Answer To Your Period Prayers

BUST MAGAZINE
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.”

Rad.

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.

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