For years, women have been arguing that pads, tampons and other feminine hygiene products be improved in various ways. While the cup, reusable pads, underwear with built-in protection and other inventions have made some headway in this department, there are still so many things that can be done. How about pads that come with chocolates or pain killers? How about pads that actually tackle the pain of period cramping themselves?
The answer to this last possibility is here with new marijuana tampons. Given that it is considered to be medical marijuana, these suppositories may eventually be available for purchase to any women in the 23 states where medical pot is legal as long as state laws (usually requiring prescriptions) are followed. Currently they are only available in Colorado and California. Users of the tampons say that their cramps have disappeared in as early as 20 minutes following insertion, giving women with chronic menstrual pain hope for better living.
Foria, a company that has also produced marijuana lubricants and other personal care products, has not yet had their product approved by the FDA or in clinical trials yet, but the company states that they intend to help women manage their periods naturally on their website. “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. Each serving contains a specially formulated blend of THC and CBD, cannabinoids which are known to relax muscles and release tension and cramping in the body. Through the use of a suppository these antispasmodic and pain relieving properties go directly to the area in need of relief. The plant medicine works with your body to gently, yet profoundly, shift your unique experience in a holistic and natural way.”
Many women experience debilitating pain with their periods each month. While some experience no pain at all, others have pain that is comparable or worse to appendicitis, gallstones and kidney stones. While women with severe cramping should still see their doctors in order to diagnose possible problems like dysmenorrheal, women with different levels of pain may still be able to obtain relief from marijuana tampons.
In addition to menstrual cramping, women can also experience relief from the back pain that often accompanies their menstrual cycle with marijuana tampons. Not only do they work fairly quickly, but the products also deliver results without causing a psychotropic high, allowing women to live and work confidently without sacrificing time for their periods as many often must do.
Some women say the tampons smell like cookie dough or cookie butter, which is simply another fun benefit. While the products do cost much more than the average tampon at $44 for a pack of four, the price may be worth it for women who have a hard time finding relief from painful symptoms. The suppositories can be inserted 15 minutes prior to regular tampons to enable the vaginal walls to absorb the medicine and provide quick relief.