​Aunt Flow, Meet Mary Jane: Cannabis for Cramp Relief?

Danielle Blackwell  |

Scrolling through my Facebook one day, a message popped up from my friend Ashley. She was excited to tell me about a company that was making cannabis suppositories for menstrual cramps. Say what? Weed…my vagina? No way. I had to research this...

Now, before you jump to any conclusions about me, let me be upfront: I wasn’t simply intrigued by the prospect of an exciting new way to get high. When I was 22, I was diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis. Endometriosis is a painful, chronic disease that affects at least 6.3 million women and girls in the U.S., 1 million in Canada, and millions more worldwide, according to the Endometriosis Association.

Long story short, my menstrual cramps were more like contractions (yes, like when you have a baby) and the pain was unbearable. I currently take medication to ease the pain, so the thought of using a weed suppository that could emulate the same relief was beyond intriguing to me.

My research led me to Foriapleasure.com. Upon visiting the homepage, I was welcomed with large font text proclaiming “Relief is here: Introducing the first vaginal suppository, designed to help menstrual cramps.” I took a look at the “Buy” section to check out the ingredients, as well as the price of the suppository. A pack of two suppositories came to $22. Not too shabby. Ingredients included organic cocoa butter, CO2 Distilled THC Oil, and CBD Isolate (99.99%). Servings contains 60mg of THC and 10mg of CBD. Hmm…I still wasn’t sold, and I still had a few nagging questions, like:

How Does it Work?

According to Foria, when the suppository is inserted, the THC and CBD oil activate certain cannabinoid receptors in the pelvic region. This prompts pain relief and muscle relaxation. The THC assists in blocking out pain, while CBD sends electrical signals to the muscles allowing them to relax. Each working without inducing a psychotropic “high.” Well that doesn’t sound so bad. But...

What are the Experts Saying?

Lauren Streicher, M.D., associate clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University and author of Sex Rx says, “There simply aren’t any studies that show this product does what it claims to do.” In short, Dr. Streichert advises you to not put weed in your hoo-ha.

Alyssa Dweck, M.D., OB-GYN, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine doesn’t recommend the drug either, due to the fact that it has not been approved by the FDA.

Dr. Helen Webberley of the Oxford Online Pharmacy also raised her concerns on the usage of the drug stating, “I’d be very worried about women using this product before it has been fully evaluated."

So...Did I purchase my own vaginal suppository?!!

That’s a big fat NO. I decided not to purchase the suppository. Seeing as this is the first product of its kind on the market, I feel it’s smart to wait until further research has been done. After all, this is my hoo-ha were talking about. And I’m not sticking anything anywhere without a doctor’s approval. PERIOD.

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