Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cannabis Suppositories
As more states recognize cannabis as a reputable plant medicine, more products flood the market claiming to cure every sort of complaint. One such company, Foria, known best for their cannabis-based female arousal spray, has also been getting praise for one of its other products, Foria Relief, a cannabis-infused suppository specially made for period pain. We decided to pop-the-hood on this product and give you the low-down.
What are Cannabis Suppositories?
First things first, Foria’s cannabis suppositories are not “weed tampons.” The suppositories are made with a blend of MCT oil (fancy coconut oil) and the pharmaceutical grade cannabis oil, not an oil-soaked tampon which the misnomer can sometimes bring to mind. Think of them as little missile destroyers aimed at cramps.
The Foria cannabis suppositories are “intended to maximize the muscle relaxing and pain-relieving properties of cannabis without inducing a psychotropic ‘high.’” Each suppository has a blend of THC and CBD cannabinoids specially formulated to relax muscles and release cramping and tension in the body. I feel better just reading that.
How Are They Used?
You insert them directly into the vagina. Because you are putting Mother Nature’s medicine directly to the source, you’ll be delivering the antispasmodic and pain-relieving qualities where you need it most. The suppositories work gently so give it a few minutes to feel the gentle waves of relief. You use them by tucking a pillow under your bum to lift the uterus and insert into your vagina. Wait a few minutes as your body heat dissolves the suppository.
Tip: Pop the suppository in the freezer for a few minutes to make insertion what can only be described as “less-melty.”
Happy Results and Some Disappointing Obstacles (some good with the bad, Y’all)
Everyone seems to love them. From promises of “waves of relief and warmth” to feeling like “my entire lower body unlocked from its cramped prison,” anecdotal praise floods the internet. It generally takes between 15-20 minutes for maximum effect and duration seems to ebb between four and ten hours.
However, as with all things, there are a few drawbacks. If you have allergies to coconut or cannabis, you shouldn’t use them. Next is accessibility—you can only purchase Foria Relief in Colorado and through one delivery service in California. Finally, the cost is a bit more than most women will probably want to shell out for cramp relief; a four-pack of these cannabis crusaders will set up back $44.
As more states legalize the use of medical marijuana, hopefully this cramp killer will become more widely available to the over 40% of women who say menstrual pain interferes with their daily lives. You can also check out some additional ideas to quell your period pain in our archives. Happy menstruating!