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.
A new innovative company called Foria, which is known for cannabis-infused products like lubricants, has just released the "weed tampon." And here's the good news: This type of marijuana use isn't for stoners.
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.
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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.
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