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Difficult Menstruation Can Now Score You Medical Marijuana In New York

By: Al Olson   |   May 24, 2017 

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Women of New York: It’s time to rejoice. A bill allowing cannabis as a qualifying condition for difficult menstruation and menstrual cramps passed the New York Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday. 

That’s right. If you suffer from dysmenorrhea — painful abdominal cramping during menstruation — you can legally consume marijuana under the state’s medical marijuana program.

For many women, cannabis relieves the often debilitating pain. Legend has it that Great Britain’s Queen Victoria suffered from dysmenorrhea and her doctor prescribed cannabis to help her.

Assembly Bill 582, sponsored by Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan),  fought for the measure after state lawmakers approved chronic pain and PTSD as qualifying conditions.

“Not only will this improve women’s wellness and productivity during menstruation, but it will also advance New York State in one of the country’s fastest-growing industries,” Rosenthal said before Tuesday’s vote.

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FITNESS Article

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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SFGATE

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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MIC Article

Marijuana Lube: Recipes, reviews, benefits, where it's for sale and what to look for

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With 63 million Americans now living in states where recreational marijuana is legal, the weed industry is churning out countless new products for first-timers and veteran stoners alike. A typical dispensary could sell everything from THC-infused chocolate and microdose mints to pot concentrates and weed soda.

Among these novelties, you may also find marijuana salves and creams, meant to be applied to (and absorbed by) your skin. These cannabis topicals, as they're called, are ideal for relief from localized pain and inflammation, and since they're largely nonpsychoactive, they don't actually get you high. 

But one topical in particular seems to have captured our imaginations, and it's not hard to figure out why: The very combination of the words "marijuana" and "lube" hint at some interesting possibilities. If your curiosity is piqued — and you know it is — then read on to explore this new frontier in stoned sex.

What is marijuana lube, exactly?

At the moment, there are two major brands of cannabis-infused oils marketed as aphrodisiacs: Foria and Bond. Foria bills its flagship product, Foria Pleasure, as an "all-natural sensual enhancement oil designed specifically for women," while Bond calls its product a "sensual oil."

In both cases, the liquid itself is a combination of refined cannabis extract, derived from the power of the marijuana plant, and regular coconut oil. The lube comes in a sleek little spray bottle.

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SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

5 other ways to use medical cannabis and the hottest products for seniors

Medical cannabis has advanced far beyond the days of simple raw cannabis buds. With medical legalization and adult-use laws, those raw flowers can be refined into a wide range of different types of products for more targeted therapies.

Specifically, seniors and Baby Boomers are being targeted with a new wave of no-euphoria and low-euphoria medical marijuana products and modalities for age-related medical conditions.

We highlight some of the most popular, widely available, high-quality, award-winning ones and the medical conditions patients are using them for.

Science note: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main therapeutically active ingredient in cannabis and causes euphoria. Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most common active molecule in cannabis but it does not cause euphoria. Cannabinol (CBN) is a degraded form of THC, and causes sedation. Lastly, tetrahydrocannabinol-acid (THCa) is the initial 'acid' form of THC, and does not cause euphoria.

TOPICAL

PRO
Won’t cause euphoria; very tame modality for new patients; targets joint and muscle pain and also can treat skin disorders. 

CON
Works locally, not throughout the body; can have an aroma; can stain clothing.

Foria Pleasure
Foria, based in Los Angeles, offers a game changer for women suffering from genital dryness and pain. The infused coconut oil prelube comes in a spray bottle and promotes relaxation, increased blood flow and lubrication. It also reduces pain and tension, without a head high.
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Jane St. Journal, Women and Weed

The History of Women and Weed

It’s Women’s History Month! Marijuana and the matriarchy actually go way back. Call em’ pot princesses, ganja goddesses, stiletto stoners, cannabis queens, or merely women who like weed.

“Stigma has created this idea of the lazy stoner, of people being irresponsible and not productive, but if women can take that back, it shows all the ways cannabis continues to help people,” says Natalie Ginsberg, policy and advocacy manager at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies.

Both women and cannabis have a shared reputation for healing. “Women have a history of being caretakers,” says Ginsberg. The medical cannabis movement that grew out of Santa Cruz, California, in the early Nineties was in large part led by women, she points out.

The country’s oldest, continuously operating medical cannabis collective, the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana, for instance, was co-founded in Santa Cruz by Mike and Valerie Corral, after Valerie discovered that cannabis stopped her epileptic seizures. Her 95-year-old mother, Aurora Leveroni, a.k.a. Nonna Marijuana, spent the past several decades cooking gourmet Italian edibles to treat her daughter’s illness.

In her book Tokin’ Women: A 4,000 Year Herstory, Ellen Komp, deputy director of California NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law), begins the tale of women and weed in the third millennium BC when both goddesses and plants were exalted for their healing powers. The Sumerian goddess Ishtar, for example, was associated with cannabis — such as when when people would burn kaneh bosm {cannabis} incense in her honor.

Of course, among all the reefer’s medicinal properties for men and women alike, pot for periods is a no brainer. Back in 1890, Queen Victoria used a cannabis tincture to ease the pain of her cramps. And way before that, eleventh century European women used a cannabis ointment to “disperse the swelling” from premenstrual swollen breasts (weed is known to have anti-inflammatory properties). Meanwhile, Mayan and Aztec women took baths full of medicinal herbs, including cannabis, for menstrual relief.

Today, pot for PMS is a growing market. The Whoopi & Maya line of cannabis period products includes everything from medicated hot cocoa to rubbing salves to herbal bath salts, while Foria medicated suppositories provide topical relief straight to the uterine region where cramps originate. Foria’s cannabis lubricant also helps women achieve orgasm during sex.

Read whole article at: https://janestreetjournal.com/article/2017/03/02/history-women-weed/

 

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VICE: Weed Aphrodisiacs

I Tried to Get Horny with Weed Aphrodisiacs

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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The Alternative Daily

Would You Try Cannabis Lubricant For New Sensations During Sex?

Posted On February 18, 2017 By 

Recreational drugs for your lady parts? Is that really a thing? One Californian company certainly thinks so. Recently, the Aphrodite Group created a stir in the online alternative community by creating a line of products under the name of “Foria.” So what do those products do? Why, they get your vagina stoned, of course.

Check out Foria’s website and you’ll learn that this new line of pioneering products is a “cannabis-infused sexual enhancement oil.” That’s with regards to the range of “Foria Pleasure” products, anyway.

Essentially a cannabis lubricant spray, Foria Pleasure “is a therapeutic oil designed to enhance female pleasure and is made with all natural liquid coconut oil (MCT) and purified pharmaceutical-grade cannabis oil.” Aphrodite uses residual-free, highly refined, standardized, pure cannabis extract in order to provide maximum bioavailability.

It’s pretty crazy-sounding stuff. So, how the heck does it work?

How to use Foria cannabis lubricant

The range of Foria Pleasure products all come in handy spray bottles. Presumably, the coconut oil is a fractionated version, meaning it remains in liquid form no matter what the temperature. This oil contains a certain percentage of infused THC, the main psychoactive component of cannabis. 

Here’s what the “official” Foria guidelines stipulate for maximizing this curious sexual product:

1. Apply four to eight sprays directly onto the vagina. Internal application provides the highest absorption. As everyone’s relationship to THC is unique, we encourage you to experiment to find what strength is just right for your body.

2. Wait up to 15 minutes for “full activation.” The company suggests employing foreplay and sensual massage to while away the minutes.

Not the most detailed of instructions, but you get the idea. Spray it onto (and into) your lady parts, and wait for the magic to happen. However, there are a few things which you probably need to know before spraying this stuff willy-nilly and expecting your world to be turned inside out:

  • Foria isn’t technically a lubricant. It is, in fact, designed as a “pre-lubricant,” with those 15 minutes of waiting designed to allow the bioactive compounds in the coconut oil to soak into your lady bits and start altering sensations.
  • Foria isn’t friends with your typical latex condom. Some people find that it can actually melt the latex. Not ideal if that’s your key form of contraception. It is, however, kosher with polyurethane and nitrile condoms.
  • Foria can actually take up to an hour for the THC to kick in. If you struggle to find foreplay inspiration at the best of times, you might want to hold off on any touchy-feely stuff for around 40 to 50 minutes after application.

Experiences with cannabis lubricant

According to Foria’s creator, Matthew Gerson, women respond to their line of cannabis lubricant in a variety of different ways. Some became considerably stoned after spraying the product into their mouths. Yet, they found no effect at all from applying it to their vagina. Others might not get stoned from applying it orally, but they have a blast when they use it in a sexual propensity. As individuals, it’s hard to say how Foria might be received by our bodies.

Enter, the willing guinea pigs. Unsurprisingly, alternative bloggers and marijuana aficionados have been quick to jump all over the topic of marijuana lubricant. Many have written about their experiences, and here’s just a sample of how they’ve responded to Foria Pleasure:

Ashley Hoffman from Alternet found that in her first few tries, nothing really happened. Then, after applying six sprays to her lady parts, spending an hour or so on foreplay, the THC kicked in. According to Hoffman, “as soon as the licking started, it hit me. There are the drugs. It was an all-over buzzy tingly feeling that spreads the pleasure much further than wherever you’re being directly stimulated. It pulsated like there was a delicate vibrator inside of me, but better. Cloudier. I hadn’t felt anything like it before.”

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Marijuana Goes Mainstream At South By Southwest (SXSW®) As Cannabis Industry Leaders, Athletes, Media And Politicians Gather To Discuss Business, Investing, Medicine, Legalization, Politics, Sex, Sports And Startups

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SXSW® To Feature Leading Cannabis Companies Including 420Games, Canna Advisors, Foria, Gateway, Harborside, Headset, HelloMD, Leafly, Marijuana Policy Project, Marley Natural, New Frontier Data, Strainz and VapeXHale

LAS VEGASFeb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Strainz, a leading national cannabis brand management and lifestyle products company, today announced that CEO Hugh Hempelwill be speaking on the panel, Cannabis for Treatment of Injuries and Illness, at South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas. The panel will be held on March 13, 2017, from 11:00 – 12:00 p.m., at the Four Seasons Ballroom AB. This year's SXSW® event is elevating its cannabis content as cannabis legalization continues to be a national conversation.

SXSW® plans a dramatic extension of cannabis content in 2017 that will feature many cannabis industry trailblazers, athletes, politicians, media and venture capitalists. There will be a total of 13 cannabis focused panels this year, carefully selected from hundreds of entries, with topics touching on all aspects of the marijuana industry. 

On March 14thLegalized Marijuana: What's Happening Now!, will include Shanel Lindsay of Ardent, Caroline Rustigian-Bruderer of K-LINE & Company, Emily Paxhia of Poseidon Asset Management and PR professional Gaynell RogersPaul Campbell of Privateer Holdings will also present how data, technology, and innovative marketing and advertising are forging the cannabis industry in a session called Modern Cannabis: From Ditch Weed to Tech Disruptor.  Berrin Noorat of Marley Natural, Meg Owen of Leafly, Kayla Cook of Privateer Holdings and Adrian Farquharson of MARY Magazine will discuss how to grow brand awareness in a panel called Mainstream But Muted: How to Market Legal Cannabis. Wrapping up the day, Brittany Confer of Foria, Molly Pecker of Highly Devoted Coaching, writer Ashley Manata and Chris Sayegh of The Herbal Chef will discuss The Surprising Health & Sex Benefits of Cannabis.

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