If you know any female cannabis users, you may have heard that it can be very effective at relieving menstrual cramps. Now, a company called Foria Relief has created a vaginal suppository that could replace ibuprofen, Midol or Vicodin. It’s even made with an aromatic cocoa butter base.
FORIA Relief has been carefully crafted using a delivery system intended to maximize the muscle relaxing and pain relieving properties of cannabis without inducing a psychotropic “high.” Cannabis has a long, cross-cultural history of use as a natural aid in easing symptoms associated with menstruation. Our intention is to share the powerful medicinal properties of this plant while utilizing modern extraction techniques to standardize purity and potency, thereby ensuring a safe and accessible experience for all women.
The active ingredients are extracted from pesticide-free cannabis flowers and made into exact doses—60 mg of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and 10 mg of cannabidiol (CBD)—in a microbial-free process. As the manufacturer states, it does not make you high.
Foria Relief contains both THC and CBD, the two key active cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis. Together they activate certain cannabinoid receptors in the pelvic region when introduced into the body via these specially formulated suppositories. Users have reported a significant decrease in the pain and discomfort often associated with menstruation. The cannabinoids directly impact the immune system and the nerve endings of the uterus, cervix, ovaries and surrounding smooth muscle tissues. THC positively affects the nerves and assists in blocking out pain while also allowing for more pleasant signals to be received by the brain. CBD works in the immune system by suppressing the mechanisms responsible for inflammation. CBD also slows down electrical signaling to muscles and allows them to relax, thereby reducing cramping.
Since the pelvic region has more cannabinoid receptors than anywhere else in the body, this product is a logical move. We have reported on many studies discovering the amazing benefits of cannabis as medicine, centered on its use to stimulate our body’s endocannabinoid systems.
Here’s what one writer at Leafly.com had to say about the product:
All of the muscles that had been cramped and clenched so tight gradually released and my body relaxed. Where I had been painfully aware of every inch of my midsection, suddenly it felt as though I had no midsection at all. From my waist down to my thighs, it was almost as if my groin had simply dissolved and was floating in some galaxy far, far away.
The Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved this product as a treatment, but that isn’t stopping people from trying it and finding that it works. Foria Relief is only available in California now, although hopefully this will expand as cannabis legalization is spreading rapidly.
This company is taking the therapeutic use of cannabis in unique directions. It already makes a product called Foria Pleasure, which is a “sensual enhancement oil thoughtfully designed for women and their partners” in the tradition of cannabis as a natural aphrodisiac.
Of course, everyone’s body is different, and seeking a doctor’s advice before inserting something inside your vagina is always a wise choice. That being said, the testimonials about Foria Relief are plentiful and full of praise.
Justin Gardner writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com