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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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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.

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### Cannabis Infused Female Suppositories Are the Crazy New Cure for Cramps
“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!

RYOT News: Informational Video on FORIA Relief
Cannabis Tampons Could Relieve Your Most Painful Cramps /

Cannabis Tampons Could Relieve Your Most Painful Cramps. Find out why some women swear by this.

By Maria Carter
Aug 1, 2016

Your period can cause all sorts of discomfort, not least of which is stomach cramping. But now there's an alternative to downing ibuprofen by the handful: Foria, the makers of marijuana lube, have introduced cannabis vaginal suppositories to help ease the pain.

Doctors have used other forms of the known pain reliever to treat menstrual cramps before. Morton Barke, MD, a retired gynecologist and medical director of a California medical marijuana evaluation center, told Racked that cannabis is a "fantastic modality" for helping patients with dysmenorrhea, or painful menstrual periods.

Foria Relief "tampons" ($44 per four-pack) contain only three (all natural!) ingredients: organic cocoa butter, CO2-extracted cannabis oil, and a cannabidiol (CBD) isolate, one of the main chemicals in marijuana. When inserted vaginally, the ingredients activate cannabinoid receptors in the pelvic region, and, according to The Hearty Soul, cause nerves in the uterus, cervix, and ovaries to block pain.

For those wondering about the obvious question here: No, it doesn't get you high.

This particular delivery system sends the medicine directly to where it's needed, maximizing the "muscle relaxing and pain relieving properties of cannabis without inducing a psychotropic high," according to the company's website.

Customer reviews for the product say it helped relieve cramps in as little as eight minutes and even left one user "decidedly dreamy," though some said it wasn't effective on back pain.

EmpowHER-Menstrual Medical Marijuana? Combat Painful Periods ... With Pot

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.

Author: Hannah Cutts

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Foria supports women's health with a new product targeted to reduce pain.

Foria is one of the most exciting companies within the cannabis industry. If you have not heard of their new product Foria Relief, and you are a woman, I would encourage you to keep reading. This past week Foria launched Foria Relief, a cocoa butter-based vaginal cannabis suppository designed to ease menstrual cramps in women. According to Brittany Confer, the Director of Communications for the company “Relief has been carefully crafted and is intended to maximize the muscle relaxing and pain relieving properties of cannabis without inducing a psychotropic ‘high’. What’s nice about Relief is how it can create a full body sensation of relaxation without delivering the ‘head high’.”

Author: Pamela Hadfield, Co-Founder & Director of UX

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How I cured my menstrual cramps using weed — without getting high /

I tried a weed-based vaginal suppository to cure my cramps... and it worked

by Stefanie Weiss

As a woman who has long suffered from incapacitating, soul-crushing menstrual cramps, I have tried everything, and I mean everything to suppress them.

I fell off my extremely helpful Arvigo massage regimen in recent months because of a heavy travel schedule, so my last two cycles have been badass bitches, sending me straight to bed. Luckily Foria Relief, a new weed-based cramp medicine, walked into my life at exactly the right time: It’s the vaginal cannabis suppository I had no idea I needed.

Let me start by saying that I’m crazily sensitive to all inebriants. I’m the girl who gets drunk off a half-glass of pinot and can’t take more than one Advil or I’ll fall instantly to sleep. When I ate a quarter of a space cake in Amsterdam on my requisite post-college European backpacking tour, I was still high when my mother picked me up at JFK two weeks later. Smoking weed or experimenting with edibles is kind of out of the question for me, given my brief, sketchy history with recreational drugs.

The last time I got high

To wit: I tried to use pot medicinally (if not terribly strategically) in my 20s for my grueling periods. I had cursory knowledge of weed’s storied history as a cramp cure and kept a delicate, girlie, mint green pipe in my night table drawer. When day 28 got closer, I’d make sure I had a tiny bit of weed on hand (usually gifted by a generous friend), because for me, four tokes total was almost always one toke over the line.

More: Lube is not just for vagina problems during sex

But one night in graduate school would end up being the last time I raised that pretty little pipe to my lips. I got home from class as my first round of cramps began to swell, and prepped my pain-destructing arsenal: freshly packed pipe, Milano cookies, glass of milk, a new jar of Tiger Balm and my remote control for a few back-to-back reruns of The Simpsons. All usually worked synergistically to banish my cramps, but this night would be unlike any other night.

I put the balm on my belly, washed my hands (thoroughly, I thought), took a few gentle tokes, dipped a cookie into the milk and settled in with Lisa, Marge and the gang. Moments later I realized my tongue was numb. I ran to the bathroom and fished the Tiger Balm insert out of the garbage. "Contact Poison Control Center immediately if ingested," it read.

I dialed and started to tell the Poison Control lady what had happened. “I accidentally ate Tiger Balm — am I going to die?” As soon as the words came out of my mouth, I looked at the phone and, high as a kite, wondered if the DEA and Poison Control were in cahoots. I hung up, washed my mouth out and prayed. The moral of the story: Who should not get high? This girl.

Enter weed-based cramps meds

So when I read that Foria had invented a non-psychotropic cramp cure, I had to give it a try. This is the company responsible for delivering the miracle of weed lube to orgasm-hungry women in California and Colorado: They know their vaginas as well as they know their marijuana.

More: Everything you always wanted to know about the IUD

My old red friend arrived last week, delivering the fiercest of fierce cramps I’d felt in a long time. Unfortunately I had to wait until the end of the day for my experiment, as I was on deadline and wasn’t sure what I was in for. So by the time I inserted the suppository, I was well on my way to the most awful cramp-land. Waiting this long would ordinarily not bode well for any medicine’s effectiveness.

My pretty little tin of Foria Relief had an eight-pack of suppositories. I opened one and examined it — it was small, soft and smelled lovely (it’s cocoa butter-based). The Foria literature suggests stashing your suppositories in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to make sure they’re not too soft to insert, but I had no issue at all. I gently pushed the friendly little suppository up my vag, put a pillow under my hips, lowered the lights and hoped for the best.

Next I queued up the Democratic debate and listened to the dulcet tones of Rachel Maddow as I waited for something to happen. I was worried that I might freak out, given my history.

What did happen was nothing short of a miracle. Within half an hour, my cramps weregone. Not only were they gone, but my entire middle section felt gooey in the best possible way. Like warm, melted butter waiting to be blended with the remainder of chocolate chip cookie ingredients. Yet I was not high at all. No paranoia, no hallucinations, nothing out of order. Bernie and Hillary were not morphing into strange creatures aka Donald Trump, and I didn’t have to call the Poison Control Center for any reason whatsoever.

More: Mysterious massage technique can cure your PMS

And not only that — my cramps didn’t return the next morning, as they usually do. When they’re bad, they’re bad — and they last for 24 hours. Yet I didn’t have to insert a second Relief suppository — the effect continued, and the cramps never returned.

How the magic happens

Foria Relief employs both CO2 distilled THC and CBD, the two key active cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis. THC is psychotropic if ingested, yet when used as a vaginal suppository, it stays localized: You don’t get high. If you want to get high, you do you, but you won’t be able to use this product for that purpose.

In addition to THC oil, thought to block out pain while allowing for more pleasant signals to be received by the brain, the CBD suppresses inflammation and slows down electrical signals to the pelvic area muscles, allowing them to relax and reduce cramping.

Although Foria Relief is not approved by the FDA and currently legal only in California and Colorado, I trust that eventually every menstruating lady in the land will want to get her hot little hands on it.

Women with endometriosis have used Foria Relief for their debilitating pain. It can also be used for painful ovulation, and, I suspect, women with tight pelvic floor muscles and other reproductive issues might be able to incorporate it into their pain-management regimen.

As the Eco-Sex lady, I also really appreciate that all the weed used in Foria products (including their magical lube) is grown pesticide free in Northern California. The cocoa butter in Relief is organic, as is the coconut oil base in their lube.

Now that I know that I can live the rest of my period-having life pain free, I might just have to move to LA or something. This is almost too good to live without.


BBC News asks, "Why are women putting cannabis in their vaginas?"

Why are Women Putting Cannabis in their Vaginas

BBC News Foria Relief Vaginal Suppository

American company Foria have started marketing suppositories that claim to help women ease their period pains. They say they work because, "the pelvic region contains more cannabinoid receptors than any other part of the body except for the brain."

The pills are made from cocoa butter mixed with 40mg of cannabidiol.

"Some have lauded them as a miracle cure for their cramps..."

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