Following the introduction of weed-based lubricants, women have begun experimenting with weed as an alternative way to ease menstrual pain. Foria
is a new company offering cannabis vaginal suppositories (available in California and Colorado only). According to the company's website inserting the marijuana suppositories into your vagina is supposed to provide relief from menstrual pains. It can be easily inserted along with a tampon and contains cocoa butter, THC oil, and CBD (another active ingredient present in weed).
The cannabinoids present in weed are thought to reduce the pain and induce muscle relaxation, without causing brain fog or a sudden urge to eat more (both common signs of smoking weed).
However, some researchers are of the opinion that you may be better off smoking a joint to kill the pain, rather than sticking weed up the vagina to get cannabinoids into your body. It is known that the body can quickly absorb compounds through the sensitive vaginal region, which doesn’t seem to make the weed-based product feel any safer. Plus, the pills have a high dose of THC, the active ingredient in weed.
The effectiveness of using weed for menstrual pain relief has not been confirmed by clinical or FDA-approved research, and hence there is no data available that determines the safety and effectiveness of the product.
Foria—the company responsible for manufacturing marijuana filled lubes—introduced Foria Relief Suppositories this year priced at $44 for four-pack of suppositories.
Foria claims the capsules won’t disturb the vagina’s natural pH and that they don’t have any hidden side effects. Since the product is not FDA-recommended, the company encourages anyone using the product to ask the doctor before using Foria relief with other medications. If you really want to reduce cramps naturally, why not go in for one of the following instead?
1. Turn On The Heat
Taking a hot bath or placing a hot water bottle or pad on your lower belly can help. The heat can help open blood vessels and improve blood circulation that can help reduce inflammation and pain.
2. Keep Caffeine Away
Doctors advice patients with menstrual cramps and PMS symptoms to limit their caffeine. Caffeine tends to constrict blood vessels resulting in cramps. Limit your coffee to not more than 2 cups in a day.
3. Get Moving
Regular aerobic exercise gets the heart rate up and makes you break out into a sweat. Exercise also releases endorphins (feel-good hormones) that may not directly relieve pain, but definitely lessen its intensity.