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May 04, 2016

Troubled By Menstrual Pain? Foria's Got a Cure: Pot Suppositories

GRASS VALLEY, Calif.—Time sure flies when you're having fun, doesn't it? It seems like yesterday—but was in fact 2014—when we first wrote about then-new company Foria's sexual aid products, which at that time were limited to THC-infused lube which, when sprayed on a clit, is supposed to bring about greater sexual enjoyment. But now the company has doubled its product line with Foria Relief, which AlterNet's Kali Holloway described as "a THC-infused suppository that's come to be known as the 'weed tampon'," adding that, "The company says it won't get you—or your vagina—high, but it might be the cure for what menstrually ails you." Interestingly, it's not as if using pot for cramps is anything new. The study "Cannabis Treatments in Obstetrics and Gynecology: A Historical Review" by Ethan Russo, M.D., which Holloway references, includes the news that, "women may have begun using the drug to treat cramps as early as the 9th century. A translation of an Arab text from that time says that women used the juice of cannabis seeds to 'treat migraine, calm uterine pains, and prevent miscarriage.' Further examples appear in texts from the 11th century and 13th century in Persia and a Chinese text from 1596, which says women used cannabis flowers for 'menstrual disorders.' Perhaps the most notable historical example is that of Queen Victoria, who was reportedly prescribed cannabis during her menstrual cycle each month by her doctor, Sir John Russell Reynolds." Also, in Russo's book, The Handbook of Cannabis Therapeutics: From Bench to Bedside, the physician reports several articles and studies from as early as 1891 also lauding the beneficial effects THC has on cramps and other gynecological problems. The Foria website also includes testimonials from several women who've used the product and gotten relief of their cramps from it. "It took about forty-five minutes of laying in the fetal position before I realized that my suffering had gradually subsided," wrote Gabrielle Korn. "I sat up, in wonderment. Instead of stabbing pain, I felt a weird sense tranquility, like my uterus had done some deep breathing exercises. ... About an hour later, my girlfriend came over, and by that time, I was feeling great. I don’t think I was necessarily stoned, but I was definitely extra giggly and being fully weird, which revealed itself in various moments like when I decided to tell her that the inanimate object she most reminds me of is a banana (pronounced, accidentally, ba-NAYNA!!!)." Foria Relief is available at various dispensaries in California and Colorado, and for those with medical marijuana accessibility in California, Foria Relief is also available by mail to members of Foria's Collective, which can be joined here. Pictured: Foria Relief being shown on the Conan O'Brien Show.

 
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