'Weed Tampons' For Period Pain Hit The Market

Samantha Kilgore

Foria, a California-based cannabis company, has unveiled its newest item. FORIA Relief are capsule-shaped suppositories that are filled with cannabis and reportedly bring relief to mestruating women without giving them a high.

Or, in less scientific terms, weed tampons.

According to the company's website, the weed tampons FORIA Relief have "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 aide in easing symptoms associated with menstruation."

The company's intention for the weed tampon, their website states, is "to share the powerful medicinal properties of this plant... to standardize purity and potency, thereby ensuring a safe and accessible experience for all women."

It should be noted that, although referred to as the "weed tampon," FORIA Relief does not provide the absorbency of a traditional tampon.

The website further explains how the company believes the "weed tampon" actually helps relive women of their period woes.

"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...The cannabinoids directly impact the immune system and the nerve endings of the uterus, cervix, ovaries and surrounding smooth muscle tissues."

Dr. Jen Gunter, a gynecologist, wrote a blog post warning potential users that the "grass isn't always greener" when it comes to using such products like the weed tampon in order to provide relief. She takes particular task with the idea that the company claims that the product does not get users high.

"The company says it's product won't get you high because 'the medicine is administered as a vaginal suppository'. This makes no sense. Medications are absorbed from the vagina into the bloodstream and then from the bloodstream they go to the uterus and the brain and everywhere else that blood goes. This requires only a rudimentary knowledge of physiology. Medication doesn't crawl up the vagina to the uterus and then just hang out avoiding circulation."

In addition, Dr. Gunter points out that there is no science proving that using THC or CBD are effective methods to treat period pain and, as such, the weed tampon may be useless, if not dangerous. "There is no study on THC and/or CBD for menstrual cramps or pelvic pain or endometriosis," she states, bluntly.

Gunter also stressed the fact that the dose given by the company for their so-called weed tampons is high, and dangerously so.

"Technically there is more than enough THC in Foria Relief vaginal suppositories to get you very high and even send you to the emergency department, although as vaginal absorption of THC is totally unstudied who really knows? Also, you are taking their word that this is the actual dose. The product might also contain not much of anything."

What do you think? Would you be willing to try a product like this?

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