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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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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!

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I Tried Anal Weed Lube so You Don’t Have To

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"It got me stoned, relaxed, and warm.

I'm willing to do it again."

"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.

Read more: What Happens When You Drink an Entire Bottle of Weed Lube

"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."

 "I want all men to think of this as their Flintstones vitamins." 

Read More: The role of cannabinoids in prostate cancer

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."

Photo by Cameron Zegers via Stocksy

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."

Read more: Sticking Weed in Your Vagina Can Help Period Cramps

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.

Sharon Letts takes us on the road with Dope Magazine

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ROAD TRIP: DENVER
Sex, Paint, and Wedded Euphoria

By: Sharon Letts Photo: Sharon Letts - March 14, 2016

Cannasexuality

Los Angeles Sex Educator turned “Cannasexual” advisor Ashley Manta further discussed intimacy in the expo’s lecture room, displaying said products. To the young married couples just starting out, she shared, communication is key to a happy relationship.

“The most important thing I’m going to teach you is how to open your mouth and make words come out,” Manta laughed. “Communication is the key to everything in relationships. For a young couple about to be married, being able to process difficult emotions together in a supportive way is crucial.”

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Cannabis, Manta added, is the perfect substance for a honeymoon for many reasons. Manta said alcohol is a big variable, stating it could be a social lubricant, as many claim, or it could lead to arguments, withdrawing behavior, and the typical hangover. She further stated that there is no way to imbibe alcohol without having the typical side effects, other than intentionally consuming only a small amount, which rarely happens during a traditional alcohol-laden wedding reception.

“Cannabis allows more customization,” Manta explained. “A couple could begin the day with a back rub using medicated lotion, then shotgun a hit off of a joint as a foreplay tool. Foria’s topical could be added, with a 30-minute makeout session while waiting for the effect. The happy couple could then vape with sleepy indica and curl up together and cuddle.”

The abovementioned scenarios don’t have analogs for alcohol use, and Manta added that cannabis is highly conducive to experimentation and creative playfulness, helping couples feel more present in their bodies by heightening sensation.

 

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Leafly-Is Cannabis Lube Better than Mainstream Brands? Our Research Concludes..Foria Pleasure.

'I need you to review this lube'

This isn’t how we typically begin our editorial meetings at Leafly (unfortunately), but on that particular day, the brand Foria had delivered a little gift to us ladies: arousing cannabis spray. Some of us, being skeptics, wondered whether the special ingredient actually made a difference in arousal or if it was just a novelty, so we took to our bedrooms to investigate a question that most people wouldn’t even think to ask: Can a cannabis oil enhance sex better than traditional lube?

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GreenRushDaily.com- Elevate Your Sex Game This Valentine's Day with these Hot Cannabis Sex Products

Author: Chuck Ludley at Green Rush Daily.

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HIGHTIMES: 10 Valentine's Day Gifts for Your Stoner Sweetie

BY SATIVA VON TEESE · TUE FEB 09, 2016 · @HIGH_TIMES_Mag

Valentine's Day might be the hardest holiday when it comes to shopping for your better half. Regardless of whether you're in a new relationship or married to your long-time love, the pressure to eschew traditional gifts for something more personal—but not too hokey—can drive you mad.

Thankfully, if you're valentine this year is a stoner, we're here to help! Chocolates and bouquets don't seem quite as contrived when you add weed! 

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Lingerie is great and all, but if you're looking for a sexy Valentine's Day gift, why not take it up a notch?  Foria is a cannabis and coconut oil sexual lubricant that provides a "more heightened sensation around sensual acts" and has received rave reviews. 

Read the full list of cannabis gifts

for your Stoner Sweetie HERE!

Reference Link: http://hightimes.com/read/10-valentines-day-gifts-your-stoner-sweetie

Best Valentines Day Gift for the Cannabis Lover

 

 

Take your relationship “high”er this Valentines day with these Cannabis infused THC and CBD gifts. Medical marijuana has officially gained widespread acceptance in the majority of the country and recreational use is now legal in four states. So there has never been a better time to give your loved one something a little more special. From an odor-less purse to a very sensual oil these are special gifts you won’t find in your local shop…

FORIA
INFUSED OIL for HER

$90 Available in California and here
Utilizing one of the oldest known aphrodisiacs in the world, Foria is a sexual enhancement oil designed for women from natural liquid coconut oil and crafted from the female flower of the marijuana plant.

All you have to do is read the reviews to know how effective this product is. In the words of one Foria user “It. Was. Epic. I feel like I fell in love all over again. The connection was intense, fast-acting and allowed me to enjoy multiple occasions of high-frequency, long-lasting waves pulsing through my body (a rarity for us as a couple, let’s be real) Before eventually collapsing, out of breath, next to my lover.” 

That sounds like the valentines gift that keeps giving.


ANNABIS
FASHIONABLE POT PURSE

Bucket Bag $295, Clutch $175, Small case $120, Available here.
Women like cannabis but that doesn’t mean they want to advertise it or smell like a dispensary every time they open their purse.

The solution is the Annabis handbags and which clutches have a dedicated place for everything, from pipes to eye drops and breath mints. The bags are lined with an odor-blocking resin used in food preparation and medical technology to discretely conceal the cannabis aroma.

Perfect for a cannabis smoking women with style, it is a great gift that validates a women’s choice with a beautiful accessory.


KUSH KARDS

$8, Available here.
No gift is complete without a card so give your special someone the ultimate stoner card from Kush Kards. With over 30 to choose from your sure to find the perfect card for every occasion. Enhanced with a match strike and the capability to insert a pre-rolled item of choice on each card.


POT-O-COFFEE
THC & CBD INFUSED COFFEE, TEA & COCO

Prices vary, *Sold throughout California, Find Locations Here.
Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee or tea in the morning or a warm glass of coco when the temperature drops?

Well Pot-O-Coffee has sourced the finest & purest ingredients in the world and carefully handcraft them into perfectly infused Cannabis (THC) & Hemp Cannabidiol (CBD) beverage blends for a premium taste that is sure to elevate your daily beverage routine.

CBD products will be available online the week of February 12, 2016. THC Products will be available in Colorado and Washington by the end of March 2016.


EVOXE CBD PEN
THE GIFT OF RELAXATION

$40, Available here.
The Evoxe CBD Pen is the perfect gift for anyone who is looking for a natural pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, sleep aid, relaxant and more!  With Evoxe you get the natural neuro-protectant properties of cannabis with non-psychoactive effects.

What makes this CBD pen so special is the non-psychoactive CBD oil is blended with essential oils like Frankincense to refresh you, Ylang Ylang to help lift your mood, Geranium to cleanse the body of toxins and Tangerine to awaken the senses.

This proprietary blend helps easy the stresses of the day and gives the gift of total well-being.


CANNABIS 3-COURSE DINNER
THE ULTIMATE CULTIVATED NIGHT OUT

$225, Available here.
Show off your attention to detail with a very special evening where you sample world-class, locally harvested, small-batch craft Cannabis along with fine wines, a three-course gourmet meal prepared by a personal chef.   Located 90-minutes from Denver in the heart of Summit County, the gateway to year-round Rocky Mountain adventure and activity, Cultivating Spirits offers truly unique, one-of-a-kind Cannabis experiences.

The night starts with an intimate culinary demonstration, than you are escorted through the stunning Colorado Rockies in a luxurious Escalade limousine to an exclusive marijuana dispensary experience followed by a private wine tasting and finishing with a multi-course fine dining experience prepared before your eyes.

This is the ultimate way to say I love you.

Reference to Article: http://thetraveljoint.com/the-best-valentines-gifts-for-the-cannabis-lover/

Margaret Cho Talks Marijuana Lube

The HIGH TIMES Interview: Margaret Cho

by Mary Jane Gibson | Jan 18, 2016

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Your comedy is so raunchy and bawdy. What relationship does pot have to sex for you?

Pot puts me in touch with my body. It’s something that helps you let go of inhibitions, but in a way that’s safe, not in a way that’s like you don’t care what’s happening to you. You can just really feel and enjoy what’s happening to you; it’s a great enhancement and a great aphrodisiac. It’s something that puts you at ease and transitions you from whatever is the real world to the sensual world, which is all internal.

I think that marijuana is a very effective tool in dissolving all of the social constructs around sex. I would recommend pot for any kind of sexual encounter, or if you have issues in sexuality that pot might help you release.

All of my experiences with sex and pot have always been positive—I really couldn’t imagine sexuality without it. Why would you want to? If you have something that really works, you should utilize it. I think that people don’t connect sexuality and pot as much as they should. And the best thing: marijuana lube!

Read the full article HERE!

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