A new drug, called Foria Relief, hopes to ease women’s pain of menstrual cramps by literally putting marijuana in the vagina.
“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,'” explains the website. “Cannabis has a long, cross-cultural history of use as a natural aid in easing symptoms associated with menstruation.”
Women can now say goodbye to Midol, hot water bottles, tea and the fetal position to be relieved from menstrual cramps.
Foria Relief is a tampon-like product that contains organic cocoa butter, THC oil and CBD (another active ingredient in marijuana). These cannabinoids help with pain relief and prompt muscle relaxation—without the psychotropic (high) effect.
According to Foria, “Users have reported a significant decrease in the pain and discomfort often associated with menstruation.”
These little cramp-relievers are currently only available in California and Colorado (where pot has been legalized) at $44 for a pack of four capsules.
Although appealing, Dr. Helen Webberley, of the Oxford Online Pharmacy, told the Huffington Post she is very concerned about women using the product, given it has not been approved by the FDA.
She aired her concern that he capsule has not even been studied yet. 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.”
Mayo Clinic explains that during a woman’s period, the uterus contracts to help expel its lining. Hormone-like substances (prostaglandins) involved in pain and inflammation trigger the uterine muscle contractions. Higher levels of prostaglandins are associated with more severe menstrual cramps.
Severe contractions may constrict the blood vessels feeding the uterus. The resulting pain can be compared to the chest pain that occurs when blocked blood vessels starve portions of the heart of food and oxygen.