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.
We all know how marijuana is traditionally used, but as legalization has become more common across the country, some considerably more interesting 420-friendly goodies have hit the market, including ones geared specifically toward…your vagina.
From easing the pain of menstrual cramps to giving lube a little somethin' extra, we pulled together the cannabis products designed specifically with women in mind.
Though they're often called "weed tampons," Foria weed suppositories aren't meant to absorb menstrual blood, but they could relieve cramps. Just put one in and let the 60 mg of THC, 10 mg of CBD, and organic fair-trade cocoa butter get to work blocking the pain receptors in your uterus. Two women over at Buzzfeed tried them, and while one got impatient and ended up just eating it (typical), the other said it actually worked wonders on her cramps.
After suffering from severe menstrual cramps and then watching her daughter and granddaughters go through the same agony, Whoopi Goldberg partnered with Om Edibles founder Maya Elisabeth and launched a line of weed products to spare women everywhere this experience. The salve, tincture, bath soak, and edible chocolate provide luxurious cures for period pains.
Foria Pleasure, a spray made of cannabis oil and coconut oil, not only keeps everything nice and slick down there but also enhances sensation all over. "I started to feel this warm, intense feeling throughout my body," one reviewer wrote. "You will orgasm deeper than you ever have."
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"Foria is a newish company that’s either totally outrageous or doing the Lord’s work, depending on how you want to look at it."
According to a report from CNN, pain management is the most commonly prescribed use for medical marijuana in the United States. Foria's website says their little butter-encased suppository works to "directly impact the immune system and the nerve endings of the uterus, cervix, ovaries and surrounding smooth muscle tissues." Or in other words, it targets all the parts of you that hurt while you're on your period and tries to relax them.
The best instruction, though, was the one that said I should lie down for a while and relax. After cultivating my perfect vagina-weed environment, I messaged my editor, “ok it’s weed time,” and shoved the suppository into my vagina, with the help of a tampon applicator.
The accompanying instructions told me I shouldn’t necessarily feel high. But let me tell you. I felt high. Not, like, I-can’t-perform-my-job-anymore-today high, but definitely things-are-funny!!!! high. I ate my cookie and then also ate approximately 45 Annie’s white cheddar bunnies. And then also I ordered a sandwich. But! I totally felt no pain. My cramps, which had been firing away at full blast, subsided as my weed butter melted in my vagina.
In short, I loved these little THC butter bullets. Not quite enough to move to California (I don’t trust a state with that much sunshine), but definitely enough to hoard my remaining three for days when my cramps are truly awful.
Four "bowing deeply" emojis, because I was truly in awe of this weed butter vagina experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last week, a California-based business called Foria released a vaginal suppository called Foria Relief to its customers that contains a mix of tetrahydrocannabinol which is also known as THC, cannibidiol which is also called CBD, and cocoa butter.
It is designed to be inserted in a similar manner as a tampon, where it dissolves relatively quickly into the nerve-rich, cannabinoid receptor-filled pelvic region.
The pearl-shaped suppository interacts with the nerve-endings in the uterus, ovaries and cervix. It is said to ease the discomfort that women experience during menstruation.
THC helps to block feelings of pain, instead sending more pleasurable sensations to the brain. CBD works with the body’s immune system to both reduce inflammation and relax cramping muscles.