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January 29, 2016

'Weed lube' company creates vaginal cannabis product to ease period cramps

Women's Health Medications
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A four-pack of Foria Relief costs $44.

California-based brand Foria, known for its THC-enhanced lubricant, has developed a cannabis-based vaginal suppository designed to ease menstrual pain.

Foria Relief contains both THC and CBD, the two key active cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis, according to the company's website.

The suppository is intended to maximize the muscle-relaxing and pain-relieving properties of cannabis without inducing a psychotropic “high.”   

A reporter for Broadly put the product to the test.

I was not surprised at how well the suppository worked. What I was surprised about was the longevity. Midol will wear off after about half a work day, and during most periods I'll pop six a day. But one Foria suppository did its job well into my evening.

"When a medicine is delivered through the mucosa of the vagina, rather than orally or [as] a topical treatment, it is directly absorbed into the bloodstream," Dr. Jennifer Berman told Broadly. 

"This is not about Foria being better or worse than prescription medication for treating cramps—nor is Foria FDA-approved, nor has it been clinically studied in women yet. All we are talking about is that cannabis-based products help relax the muscles, and the uterus is a muscle."

A four-pack of Foria Relief costs $44, and it presently is only available at medical marijuana dispensaries in California and medical and recreational dispensaries in Colorado.

Read more from Broadly here.