A new pain-relief product for women plagued by menstrual pain will soon be available in the U.S.—”weed tampons.” Sure, they’re not actual tampons, they’re “cannabis-based vaginal suppositories” (tampon-shaped but without the absorbent quality of tampons), but “weed tampons” has a certain ring to it!
FORIA, the California-based company famous for their “weed lube” (a THC-enhanced lubricant for women), announced that their new product will help ease pain by relaxing the muscles around the uterus, cervix, and ovaries. Users, they claim, will get the benefit of the pain-and cramp-relief that cannibis provides without the accompanying stoned feeling. So, it’s designed to get your vagina high but not your brain.
Not all medical practitioners, however, are buying it. Gynecologist Jen Gunter warns against using these suppositories due to the lack of medical testing and the limited scientific research backing up Foria’s claims.
The company says its 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.
She also points out that the dosage of the suppositories is considerably higher than what’s recommended for oral ingestion:
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. Why they decided to go with such a high dose is unknown as much lower doses can produce analgesia (pain relief), unless of course it’s not about the cramps after all. If Foria Relief really does contain 60 mg of THC and absorption is between 15 and 60 minutes it’s hard to believe the goal isn’t to leave you paralyzed on the bed thinking menstrual cramps aren’t so bad after all.
Each suppository contains 60mg of THC and 10mg of CBD and a 4-pack of them will retail for $44.oo. Just don’t eat them!
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