Published On: Tue, Feb 2nd, 2016

Foria Relief: Cannabis vagina suppositories which ‘eases period pain’ sold in US

But the treatment is not yet approved by the US' drug regulatory body

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Approximately 3.4 billion women globally experience period pain – or dysmenorrhoea – as the muscular wall of the womb contracts and presses against neighbouring blood vessels.  Suppositories filled with cannabis designed to be inserted into the vagina have hit the US market.

Similar in shape to tampons, the suppositories sold in packs of four for $44, each FORIA Relief capsule contains 60mg of THC and 10mg of cannabidiol,  to deliver the pain-relieving properties of cannabis without making users feel high.

FORIA website says “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 cannabis treatment – which is made using plants grown outdoors in Northern California – interacts with the nerve endings around the uterus, cervix and the ovaries and also blocks mechanisms which cause inflammation.

But does it work? A reviewer for the website Broadly wrote that: “Within 20 minutes, my cramps totally disappeared.”

She added that while other pain relief methods wore off, “one Foria suppository did its job well into my evening.”

Leafly wrote: “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.”

But her Conclusion was:

If you suffer from debilitating cramps, I cannot recommend this product highly enough. It was absolutely worth the cost and if it’s available in your area (currently only in California and Colorado), do yourself a favor and take a chance by diving (figuratively) into the great unknown.

Also, it made my crotch smell delicious.

Dr Helen Webberley, of the Oxford Online Pharmacy, told the Huffington Post that all medicines in the US must be passed by the FDA.

“This capsule has not even been studied yet and it hasn’t been passed by the FDA. The assumption is that, as cannabis can cause muscle relaxation, it may help to ease period pains.”

“I would be very worried about women using this product before it has been fully evaluated, ” she said.






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