Do you have your finger on the pulse of online conversations related to vaginas? Clearly you are — you’re reading this article! You are probably already aware of the recent buzz about using medical marijuana as an antidote to painful menstrual cramps, known as dysmenorrhea.
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.
Because marijuana interacts with fats and oils, the cocoa butter serves a double purpose of activating the chemicals in the plant and imparting a pleasant smell.
According to Matthew Gerson, one of Foria Relief’s creators, this area of the body “contains more cannabinoid receptors than any other part of the body except for the brain,” making this new product an ideal way to treat painful periods.
Foria Relief does not have psychotropic properties and does not result in a “high.” Several people who sampled the suppository and wrote about their experience claim that they began to feel the effects in about 20 minutes.
The effects lasted longer than those of other menstrual pain-relief medication they had tried. Foria Relief was found generally to be easy to insert. (Read a more complete review at the website listed under Resources.)
The Foria website emphasizes a respect for the marijuana plant and its powerful medicinal properties. It advertises a safe and natural alternative to existing pharmaceutical pain-relief drugs on the market.