What do you do when those inevitable premenstrual cramps hit? Probably pop a Midol (or two) and just deal with it. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn't.
One company wants to change that. Foria, the company behind a cannabis-based sex lubricant for women, has just released another marijuana-based product that aims to change the way you deal with period pain forever.
Foria Relief is a suppository you place inside your vagina that is intended to "maximize the muscle relaxing and pain relieving properties of cannabis without inducing a psychotropic 'high,'" the company writes on its Web site. "… 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."
For $44, users get a four-pack of suppositories containing 60 milligrams of THC and 10 milligrams of CBD (cannabidiol, another compound in cannabis believed to help alleviate nausea and pain).
"Together they activate certain cannabinoid receptors in the pelvic region when introduced into the body via these specially formulated suppositories," Foria claims on the product page. "Users have reported a significant decrease in the pain and discomfort often associated with menstruation" by directly impacting the immune system and nerve endings in female reproductive organs and surrounding muscle tissue. It can also be used alongside tampons, so you theoretically don't have to choose between pain relief and period relief.
There isn't a lot of hard, science-based information on the efficacy of Foria Relief, just anecdotal evidence from test subjects. That said, one writer said she experienced the relaxation effect when she used it.
"I put on some relaxing instrumental music and chilled out for the 20 minutes suggested in the Foria pamphlet, letting the cannabis do its work," Sophia Saint Thomas wrote on Racked.
Want to try it? Unfortunately, you have to live in either California or Colorado right now to buy it. But it's worth it, according to Thomas.
"Not only did my cramps ease up, but I felt good. Really good. There was no heady high, but I felt serene."
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