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Is Cannabis the Women’s Wellness Cure We’ve Been Waiting for? CARE2.com

  • By Jordyn Cormier
  • February 12, 2017

No matter how you feel about it, cannabis is a fast-growing facet of the wellness industry. Sixty percent of Americans support legalized marijuana—and for good reason. Cannabis has been shown to help with anxiety, chronic pain, blood sugar regulation, seizures, inflammation and so much more. But cannabis may also help in an oft unaddressed area of wellness: women’s sexual health.

Women’s sexual health is notoriously undervalued. Many women have immense difficulty orgasming or relaxing during sex, while others experience sometimes crippling symptoms of menstruation, like unrelenting cramps and heavy nausea. Not enough has been done in the wellness world to support women’s healthy sexuality. Cannabis has the power to change that.

Cannabis has been used by cultures for millennia to enhance sexuality and the sexual experience. In a profound way, it can help modern day women have both healthier sexual experiences as well as more tolerable menstrual cycles. While it may seem odd, using cannabis to support a healthy sex life makes sense. After all, cannabis promotes muscle relaxation and increased blood flow, both of which are essential for a healthy sex life.

This therapeutic value is what led Mathew Gerson to found FORIA, a line of cannabis suppositories and sprays designed specifically for people with vaginas.

Mathew Gerson, FORIA’s co-CEO/creator, is no stranger to the business of making sex safer and healthier. As creator and former CEO of Sir Richard’s condoms, he worked to make condoms cooler and more accessible to those who really need them. Now, he’s on to help women have healthier and more empowered sex lives with FORIA’s cannabis vaginal products.

FORIA is a line of vaginal suppositories and vaginal sprays that infuse cannabis with vaginal-friendly oils like liquid coconut oil and organic cocoa butter. Their popular, aptly named products include Pleasure and Relief.

Pleasure is a sexual enhancement oil that promotes relaxation, increases blood flow to reproductive organs and the current line offers a mild psychoactive effect. It contains solely THC and works as a pre-lube, applied a few minutes before things get frisky. While I haven’t tried it personally, it has received rave reviews. Women claim it has made sex more powerful, emotional and sensual. Some experience multiple powerful orgasms. Others claim it allows them to fully enjoy sex for the first time. And that is truly a beautiful thing. Pleasure seems to help women who experience pain, discomfort or anxiety during sex to finally begin relishing in their sexuality and enjoy getting it on.

Suffer from killer menstrual cramps, back pain and headaches when it’s that time of the month? Relief has been formulated to have no psychotropic effect (meaning it won’t get you high) and is designed to help ease the symptoms of menstruation. It contains both THC and CBDs. When inserted into the uterine area with a tampon applicator (but don’t be fooled; it’s not a tampon), CBDs directly affect the immune system and nerve endings within the uterus, ovaries, cervix and surrounding tissues to suppress inflammation and relax muscles to reduce cramping. THC helps to block pain signal in the nerves to reduce discomfort. Think of Relief as a natural, more effective Midol, without the serious side effects, potential drug interactions, artificial colorings or fancy pharmaceutical patent.

Currently, both Relief and Pleasure are only available in California and Colorado, but Gerson says they are working to get their products in to recently legalized states soon.*

*(For those who don’t live in cannabis-friendly states, a cool new product, Awaken, will be released in March that will be legal in all 50 states, regardless of marijuana laws. It will be a lubricant like Pleasure, but comprised of the whole plant extract of organic hemp, meaning it will have the potent therapeutic benefits of most cannabinoids without any of the psychoactive effects of THC.  I think that’s pretty exciting!)

I had the chance to chat with Gerson about the wellness industry, the benefits of cannabis, its shifting public image from dangerous drug to plant-based medicine. According to Gerson:

“We need to holistically look at our health and be citizen scientists for our own bodies. It’s been forgotten that you have a right to understand your own body. We don’t need to wait for the upper echelons of the health industry to tell us something is good. Figure it out for yourself.”

When I asked what Gerson would say to those who still cling to the negative stigma that has followed cannabis in recent decades, he said:

“We need to be really sensitive to other attitudes and beliefs and respect them. We need to allow people to have their positions and learn [about cannabis's medicinal benefits] through first and secondhand experiences.”

“Tell people, do your research. Look at the research on how cannabis has helped so many sick people. The most transformative way to share cannabis is to inspire that empathy response… We are at the vanguard here, and the diversity of benefits being discovered is almost daily, with all the studies being published, I believe in 5 to 10 years, cannabis will completely separate itself from the long shadow that’s been cast over it.”

Cannabis has the potential to be tremendously beneficial for not only women, but our health and wellness as a culture. Perhaps cannabis has a future in your medicine cabinet, having so many beneficial uses and no serious side effects. In fact, Gerson thinks cannabis is a uniquely loving plant with both medicinal and cultural value:

“It is really a very compassionate plant [cannabis], I can say that for sure. It loves us. It dulls pain and increases the good feels. We’ve co-evolved with this plant—in fact, our bodies have receptors that specifically interact with it. We’ve grown together.”

And it seems true. Cannabis must love us. It has empowered the health of so many people, from inconsolable seizure patients to women who have long suffered with sexual dysfunction. Who knew a humble plant could so powerfully revolutionize the modern wellness industry?

Read the whole article here: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/is-cannabis-the-womens-wellness-cure-weve-been-waiting-for.html 

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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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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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!

12 SWEET & FIERCE STOCKING STUFFERS FOR CANNABIS LOVERS

Check out the complete list of #SweetAndFierce Stocking Stuffers HERE! 

Are you still hunting down the perfect gift for your favorite stoners? Knock out your holiday shopping list at Sweet Leaf! In years past, people would gift their friends cute little baggies of herb or a holiday blunt. Modern marijuana has added many wonderful new options. You can give infused items ranging from bath soaks to beverages. Use this list of 12 Sweet & Fierce Stocking Stuffers to check off your list.

#7 FORIA SENSUAL ENHANCEMENT

UNDER $50

Foria got its famous start in California when it debuted as the industry’s first sensual enhancement product. They made their first appearance in Colorado at the X Games in Aspen this past year. You can find this product on our Rec side in either 10 or 30 mL.

Go with this gift if you are looking for something passionate. 

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6 ways marijuana is being consumed without lighting up
by Clint Davis of ABC10 News KGTV San Diego 
ABC 10 News KGTV San Diego

 

Smoking a joint is so old-fashioned.

As marijuana use becomes more legal and mainstream in the U.S., users are coming up with creative ways the substance can be consumed.

Listed below are six forms in which pot is currently being marketed and sold.

Marijuana Butter

Recipes for pot-laced butter are readily available online and several companies sell the substance under various brand names. Marijuana butter often reportedly contains elevated concentrations of THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high. A 2014 story alleged that eight people at a birthday party in Spain were hospitalized after unknowingly eating a cake that was baked with marijuana butter.

Breath Spray

Late last year, an Oakland, California-based company launched a line of breath sprays that were infused with THC. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, one option “tastes minty, sweet and spiked with a bitter medicinal extract flavor.” The effects of marijuana mouth spray take just a few minutes to set in.

Sexual Lubricant

This is arguably one of the most creative uses for marijuana since the substance started becoming legal in recent years. California-based Foria sells a pot-infused sexual lubricant that is aimed at women. According to the Daily Mail, the spray uses the “relaxing properties of cannabis” to make sex better.

Tea

Creative marijuana users have been making drinks out of pot for decades but the Internet makes it easier than ever to find a recipe. An Ohio woman temporarily lost custody of her newborn daughter in September after admittedly drinking marijuana tea while pregnant. The woman claimed the tea helped with morning sickness and that she researched the health ramifications of the drink heavily.

Cotton Candy

KandyCare, a company that makes pot-infused sweets, has produced possibly the only cotton candy that will give consumers more than just a sugar high. The company’s Cotton Kandy is available in two flavors: Phaded Pink and Blazed Blue. Each package contains 55 milligrams of THC, which is an amount meant for people with a “high tolerance,” according to experts on medical marijuana.

Lotion

Colorado-based Apothecanna offers a line of skincare products derived from pot. According to the company, the lotions won’t result in a failed drug test but may provide some level of high.

Clint Davis is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.

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