Skinning up could soon mean something entirely different thanks to one company’s latest invention. Fiora, an intimate health and well-being company, has recently launched ‘cannabis vaginal suppositories’ to help women deal with debilitating period cramps.
The tampons contain THC and CBD, two main active cannabinoid compounds found in marijuana. This is what makes you feel happy and relaxed when you smoke weed. According to Fiora, THC helps your nerves block out pain while CBD slows down electrical signalling to the muscles and suppresses inflammation.The cannabis-laced tampons are designed to maximise the muscle relaxing and pain relieving properties of the drug without the inducing the psychotropic ‘high’. The munchies though…
They can be inserted vaginally to relieve cramps in the womb area as well as rectally for pain in the back or hip area. The company says users begin to experience relief around 15-30 minutes after insertion. It can be used with a tampon, with the suppository inserted first.
Is the cannabis tampon safe?
The makers admit the suppositories are not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Pink Parcel resident GP, Dr Sarah Johns, is not impressed. She says, “There is no supporting medical evidence for the use of cannabis suppositories for painful periods. Cannabis tampons have not been medically tested and have no established benefits with the potential to cause significant harm.”
Cannabis tampons: the cost
The company says it is, “committing to promoting good health and well-being...by creating products that enhance natural, sensual pleasures and provide relief from discomfort and pain.” It seems relief doesn’t come cheap: a pack of four costs $44 and you have to join the Fiora collective to purchase some.
But that’s not the only potential cost. Dr Johns says, “The vaginal walls are mucous membranes and therefore the content of these products can be absorbed into the bloodstream. This means they can have effects on other parts of the body, including the brain. Painful periods can sometimes be caused by underlying conditions (such as endometriosis and fibroids) and it is not known how cannabis tampons might affect these conditions.”
If you’re suffering from painful periods, the advice is clear: see your doctor. Dr Johns advises, “The recommended drug treatments available for painful periods include non-steroidal anti-inflammatories which are a group of drugs including ibuprofen and aspirin. Mefenamic Acid is another anti-inflammatory medication which works more specifically on the chemicals which cause period pain. These medications are available over the counter but your GP can prescribe stronger anti-inflammatories (such as naproxen) if they have not been effective. The combined contraceptive pill is also a good treatment for painful and/or heavy periods as it will often make them lighter and less painful and this can be used in combination with pain relieving medications above."
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