Marijuana Tampons are treating period cramps

Marijuana Tampons are treating period cramps

May 23, 2019

No one enjoys living in physical pain. 
If there are natural ways to prevent the pain, many of us are interested.
There's obviously been a big trend towards finding more natural ways to cure what ails us. Honey for coughs, turmeric for arthritis pain and now marijuana for menstrual cramps and pelvic discomfort.
Although if you ask Grand Rapids pain expert Dr. Marla Gendelman of Liberate Pain Management, it's not anything new, "Cannabis has been used for PMS literally since pre-biblical times. They burned incense and it was used as topically and orally."
When it comes to treating those painful monthly menstrual cramps, it may be time to put  those other pain killers like Motrin, Midol or Vicodin back in your medicine cabinet and give marijuana a try.   Numerous women face intense pain and muscle cramps during their periods, so they will be delighted to hear that a company called Foria has created “cannabis vaginal suppositories”, designed to help them relieve these symptoms as they are suppositories with cannabis that dissolve inside the vagina.
Foria Relief, currently available only in California and Colorado, has introduced a medicated tampon that the company promises will “maximize the muscle relaxing and pain relieving properties of cannabis without inducing a psychotropic high.”
The  marijuana tampons contain 60mg THC / 10mg CBD.


You can find topicals and oils in area medical marijuana dispensaries. Even Whoopi Goldberg has opened an online shop specializing in pain management for women.
Women who have tried the tampons claim that they are incredibly effective, but in order to purchase them, one needs to join Foria’s collective and depending on the state you live in, she might need to submit an application along with a physician’s recommendation letter. Additionally, a pack of four of these tampons costs $44.
Lake Effect Consulting is a medical marijuana dispensary in Portage. Rachel Fogleson with Lake Effect says they provide a few options for women looking to manage their menstrual pain most of their products are topical or oral, "Each dose is going to be a little bit more specific to what your needs are your pain levels and things like that."
The Foria tampons are not available for sale yet in Michigan, but that could soon change now that recreational marijuana is legal. Fogleson says it's a good thing, "There's a huge market for women, but not a lot of products that are directed towards women."
Dr. Gendelman agrees, stating "I think there's going to be all kinds of things out there." From skin care with claims to reduce your wrinkles to other products Dr. Gendelman says might make you do a double take, "There's even CBD mascara, which I question the need for."
Some products will push the boundaries of marijuana's medicinal claims -- others like the Foria weed tampons, will push the boundaries of your wallet at $11 dollars a suppository. Either way, it looks like women may start to have more choices when it comes to managing monthly pain.
Ingredients Label Is Short:
  • Organic Fair Trade Cocoa Butter
  • Distilled THC Oil
  • CBD Isolate (99.99%) from Organically Grown Hemp
Results?
The product will give your vagina a slightly intoxicated sensation, but the effect won’t travel to your brain. (And it won’t exactly make your vagina high.) According to one happy customer, the product “smells like cookie dough and cocoa butter.”
In October Harvard University announced it is conducting an observational study of 400 women who have agreed to use marijuana suppositories for menstrual pain. The hope for researchers is that this is a first step towards clinical trials that may eventually lead to FDA approval
On the website Racked.com, Sophie Saint-Thomas tested the suppositories and reported her results:
IT WAS LIKE IF ATIVAN MADE A BABY WITH TYLENOL, EXCEPT I HADN’T THRUST ANY NASTY PHARMACEUTICALS INTO MY VAG; JUST CANNABIS AND COCOA BUTTER.
And here’s the science:
THC POSITIVELY AFFECTS THE NERVES AND ASSISTS IN BLOCKING OUT PAIN WHILE ALSO ALLOWING FOR MORE PLEASANT SIGNALS TO BE RECEIVED BY THE BRAIN. CBD WORKS IN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM BY SUPPRESSING THE MECHANISMS RESPONSIBLE FOR INFLAMMATION. CBD ALSO SLOWS DOWN ELECTRICAL SIGNALING TO MUSCLES AND ALLOWS THEM TO RELAX, THEREBY REDUCING CRAMPING.
Is it FDA approved? Nope. Since cannabis is considered a Schedule 1 drug by our federal government, the FDA cannot and will not sanction the medical efficacy of the product. Yet.

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