Now there are health benefits to inserting cannabis vaginally
Cannabis-infused suppositories that are inserted into your vadge (female personnel only) to relieve period pain have gone on sale in California and Colorado. At some point of their lives, most women will suffer from period pain, known to science as dysmenorrhoea, where the muscular wall of the womb contracts and compresses neighbouring blood vessels, cutting off the blood supply to the womb and causing pain.
What it is
The suppositories resemble tampons and make use of the pain-relieving properties of cannabis but have no psychoactive effect. They interact with the nerve endings of the cervix, ovaries and uterus. That’s good news for your vadge. Under the brandname of Foria Relief, they are sold in packs of four for $44 (?30-ish) and contain the large dose of 60mg of THC, 10mg of cannabidiol and cocoa butter.
What does it do?
A reviewer for the women’s website, Broadly, affirmed, “Within 20 minutes, my cramps totally disappeared.” This would make sense because medicine delivered through the mucosa of your vadge is directly absorbed into the bloodstream, in contrast to oral or topical treatments. Per the reviewer, Foria lasted longer than other methods of pain relief, persisting well into the evening, whereas she might have to take some other product half-a-dozen times in one day. More testimonials are to be found at Foria’s webssite.
A little warning
Foria has yet to be evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Dr Helen Webberly of the Oxford Online Pharmacy revealed that she would be “very worried” if the product was used before being approved. “Herbal detox pearls” that are inserted to your vadge are sold by another company, Embrace Pangaea, to treat endometriosis, ovarian cysts and thrush and gynaecologist Dr Jen Gunter cautioned in a blog post that they could cause toxic shock syndrome, which can be lethal. Of Foria Relief, Dr Gunter blogged that there have been no formal studies of THC/CBD for menstrual cramps and what few studies of the reproductive tract exist looked at rat uteri. But then, is cannabis going to be dangerous?
Where the idea came from
The idea for Foria Relief emanated from Dr Jennifer Berman, a urologist in Beverly Hills (and it’s pretty cool to even work there). She previously appeared on the gogglebox in the Emmy award-winning series, The Doctors. A 75-year-old patient told her of Foria’s “weed lube,” Foria Pleasure, a THC-enhanced lubricant which helps women, particularly those beyond childbearing age, to regain sexual pleasure and have orgasms. Some users spoke of feeling stoned when using Foria Pleasure for anal sex, but that’s another story. Dr Berman wondered if cannabis could assuage pelvic inflammation and contacted Foria’s founder, Mathew Gerson, in California.
Dr Berman explained that menstrual cramps were muscle spasms and cannabis relieves spasms by increasing blood flow and decreasing contractions. Dr Berman summed up: “All we are talking about is that cannabis-based products help relax the muscles and the uterus is a muscle” – it’s hardly revolutionary.
The cannabis plants from which the THC is derived are grown outdoors in California. Marijuana can also be employed as an anti-irritant, a hair conditioner and a skin moisturiser.