Company Releases Cannabis-Based Vagina Suppositories

By McCarton Ackerman 02/04/16

Most people wouldn’t think to put marijuana in their vagina, but cannabis-based suppositories have become the latest fad claiming to relieve women of period pain.

Company Releases Cannabis-Based Vagina Suppositories
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Foria, a California-based brand, has launched a line of relief capsule suppositories that are similar in shape to a tampon. The suppositories are sold in packages of four and cost $44. Each of the suppositories contains organic cocoa butter, 60 milligrams of THC and 10 milligrams of cannabidiol. The product is designed to relieve pelvic pain and inflammation by relaxing muscles around the ovaries, uterus and cervix. Although they’re filled with cannabis, the suppositories do not deliver a high to the user.

A statement on the company’s website explained that the suppositories use “a delivery system intended to maximize the muscle relaxing and pain relieving properties of cannabis without inducing a psychotropic 'high.' Cannabis has a long, cross-cultural history of use as a natural aide in easing symptoms associated with menstruation. Our intention is to…[ensure] a safe and accessible experience for all women.” They also boldly claimed that the uterus has “more cannabinoid receptors than any part of the body except the brain.”

However, Foria’s cannabis suppositories have not been either evaluated or approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration. Several medical practitioners have also slammed the product. Gynecologist Jen Gunter wrote in a blog post that there is no research on THC or CBD for menstrual cramps to support Foria’s cramps, in addition to criticizing their claim that the suppositories will not deliver a high.

“Medications are absorbed from the vagina into the bloodstream and then from the bloodstream they go to the uterus and the brain and everywhere else that blood goes,” she wrote. “This requires only a rudimentary knowledge of physiology. Medication doesn't crawl up the vagina to the uterus and then just hang out avoiding circulation.”

Foria previously raised eyebrows in June 2014 by releasing a cannabis-infused sex lube for women. Each one-ounce bottle costs $88 and contains 360 milligrams of THC and other cannabinoids, in addition to food-grade coconut oil. However, it’s currently only available for medical marijuana patients in California.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.