Marijuana infused suppository could ease painful period cramps
It’s a scenario many of women are familiar with – being huddled over in pain when that time of the month arrives. But now a revolutionary new treatment boasts that it is able to help ease period pain – by using a vaginal suppository infused with cannabis.
However, while the drug is used by some for psychotropic effects, the suppository delivers pain relief without giving the same hallucinogenic properties.
Menstrual cramps are caused by the uterus contracting during the period. These contractions are caused by prostaglandins, and the more of these you have the more painful your cramps will be, according to the Mayo Clinic.
In severe cases, the blood vessels leading to the uterus are constricted by the contractions, which triggers even more pain by preventing blood from reaching the womb.
While experts have long searched for a remedy for period pains, the new Foria Relief capsules have so far had some good reviews.
The capsules, which are shaped like tampons, come in packs of four and cost $44. They contain 60mg of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the contributing ingredient to marijuana’s effects on the brain, which the manufacturers say helps to block the pain.
It also contains 10mg of cannabidiol, also in marijuana, which is said to reduce inflammation, as well as cocoa butter.
“Through the use of a suppository these antispasmodic and pain relieving properties go directly to the area in need of relief,” a statement on the Foria website reads.
“The plant medicine works with your body to gently, yet profoundly, shift your unique experience in a holistic and natural way.”
Despite the initial success of the product, it has yet to be evaluated or accredited by the US Food and Drug Administration.
“Our intention is to share the powerful medicinal properties of this plant while utilising modern extraction techniques to standardise purity and potency, thereby ensuring a safe and accessible experience for all women,” the statement continues.
While it has had positive reviews by many, medical experts have warned against using any drugs not approved by the FDA.
“This capsule has not even been studied yet,” Dr Helen Webberley, of the Oxford Online Pharmacy, told the Huffington Post. “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.”