Foria Wellness of California was already well-known for its cannabis-based sexual lubricant, Foria Pleasure. Since February 2016, it has purveyed Foria Relief. This comprises cocoa butter, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, which has a psychoactive effect) and cannabidiol (CBD, which isn’t psychoactive) and is intended for insertion to your fanny.

No! No! No! Not “weed tampons”!

These aren’t “weed tampons.” A dictionary will tell you that a tampon is something you put in your fanny or some other orifice or wound to absorb blood.

True, you stick Foria Relief up your fanny. But it’s a suppository that instead of absorbing anything is itself absorbed by vaginal tissue and so need not ever be removed. It’s also much smaller than a tampon, being only one to three inches long and around half an inch wide. And users are instructed to keep Foria Relief in a freezer for 15 minutes prior to insertion. This makes the cocoa butter firmer, so it doesn’t dissolve too rapidly. You don’t do that with tampons. Users are also directed to lie on their backs with their legs raised to promote maximal absorption. You don’t need that for tampons, either. Foria Relief doesn’t even have a string. On a more positive note, Foria Relief won’t cause the possibly lethal condition of toxic shock syndrome. It smells nice, too: like chocolate and coconut.

So it isn’t a tampon. You’ll still be needing those. One writer commented that she could imagine some unfortunate inserting one of these while wearing light-coloured jeans “and finding quite a mess a couple hours later.”

But that’s what people call it

Brittany Confer, Foria’s marketing director, admits that “weed tampon” is what folk call the product and search for. Foria has to use the term in its product title for this reason. But it’s keen to educate people as to the difference, and Confer implores journos to contact her to get educated. For rather than a tampon, this is something you put in your fanny to relieve pain, taking effect in 20 to 45 minutes. It works on the body’s cannabinoid receptors, which are more common in the pelvic region than anywhere else other than the brain.

Liberate Pain Management’s Dr Marla Gendelman commented that cannabis has been employed in the treatment of PMS “literally since pre-biblical times.” Foria Relief, Dr Gendelman will tell you, assuages pain for between four and six hours. It doesn’t help with bloating but does with “the feeling of ‘yuck'”, lack of appetite, aches and pains and menstrual cramping. Sure, there’s some THC, but it won’t make you high. This is just one more cannabis-related thingy beneficial to health. Dr Gendelman adds, “There’s even CBD mascara, which I question the need for.”

It’s time for a study, oh yes

In October 2018, Harvard University declared that it would be undertaking a study of 400 wimmen using cannabis suppositories for menstrual pain. The venture will be part-funded by Foria. Researchers hope this will one day lead to clinical trials and eventually approval of Foria Relief by the US Food and Drug Administration for pain relief.

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