If you dread ‘that time of the month’ because of the terrible pain that accompanies your menstrual cycle, you’re not alone. According to Statista, over 37 million women in the United States have experienced menstrual cramping at least once in the last year, and it’s no secret that the level of pain ranges from mild to crippling – with those who suffer from the latter knowing sure well that it has a severe effect on their lives.
Despite the prevalence of the problem, however, it isn’t taken particularly seriously. There are treatments available, but most are basic and come with side effects. However, things might be about to change thanks to a fantastic new treatment: Cannabis tampons!
What are Cannabis Tampons?
Basically, they are special tampons infused with marijuana! The idea is to allow the weed to be absorbed into your body via the vagina, and it will work to remove the pain you feel during the menstrual cycle. It sounds like an amazing innovation, but there are still a couple of problems to be worked out.
First of all, Foria is the only firm to sell cannabis tampons, and they are also only available in the United States. Secondly, a pack of four costs $44 (an extremely high price tag for tampons) – although if you have severe cramping, it will probably represent money well spent.
Foria Relief Are CBD Tampons
You might be thinking: “Won’t these cannabis tampons get me high?” The answer is no, because Foria Relief’s ingredients are actually a CBD isolate that uses CO2-extracted cannabis oil and organic cocoa butter. While the cocoa butter contains 240 mg of added THC per tampon, there is also 40 mg of CBD which helps reduce any potential intoxicating effects of the THC.
Also, when you use these CBD tampons the ingredients activate the pelvic region’s cannabinoid receptors and also ensure the nerves in the ovaries, cervix, and uterus block cramp-induced pain. It is a unique delivery system whereby the cannabinoids go to where they are needed to relieve pain at the actual site.
How Quickly Will These Hemp Tampons Work?
To be clear, Foria Relief cannabis tampons haven’t been approved by the FDA at the time of writing, nor have they been tested in clinical trials. However, the response to these CBD tampons has been overwhelmingly positive. According to some customer reviews we read online, in fact, Foria’s hemp tampons began to relieve cramps in just eight minutes. One user even said the product left her feeling ‘decidedly dreamy.’ We’re not sure exactly what that means, but we’ll take it as good news!
Other users have suggested the CBD tampons work in around 20 minutes, and that they smell similar to cookie butter or cookie dough, which is yet another bonus. Moreover, according to Foria you can use a traditional suppository with their cannabis tampons – just put in the Foria Relief tampon, keep it in for around 15 minutes, and then insert a ‘normal’ tampon. It makes sense that this hemp tampon would work, given the widely-recognized medicinal properties of the marijuana plant.
Where to Buy CBD Tampons for Sale
Unfortunately, not only is there only one supplier of CBD tampons, but their availability is limited. Foria Relief cannabis tampons were initially released in California and Colorado, and you needed a medical marijuana card to buy them. However, the MMJ card is no longer necessary in these states since weed became legal for recreational use.
You can buy the CBD tampons online, but we were astonished to find several vendors were sold out of Foria Relief! The problem customers – and the company – face is the fact that United States federal law doesn’t allow products that contain THC to be transported across state lines – even between states where it is legal for recreational use. Therefore, you have to be a resident of Colorado or California, where you can purchase the cannabis tampons in recreational dispensaries (if aged 21 or over).
I Don’t Live in Colorado or California … How Do I Get Hemp Tampons!?
Unfortunately, if you don’t live in Colorado or California you aren’t able to buy Foria Relief CBD tampons, but guess what… you can try to make them at home!
You can replicate the Foria recipe by using 0.5 cups of Cocoa Butter, 0.25 cups of Coconut Oil and 1 gram of concentrate weed (or approximately 5 grams of raw bud). Simply place the marijuana plant in boiling water to clean and sterilize it, strain the weed, and then dry it out.
Next, heat the finely ground matter to around 225 degrees Fahrenheit – at this temperature, the inactive THCA is converted to the active THC. Make sure you cover the material when heating it above boiling point, though, or else you will reduce the potency. Also make sure you remain below 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or risk boiling the cannabinoids to a point of ineffectiveness.
After you’ve done this, place the coconut oil in a clean container (preferably a mason jar) seal it, and place it in warm water for 60 minutes. Cool the container to room temperature first and then put it in the freezer overnight. If using raw weed, defrost and place in hot water one more time before straining (straining is unnecessary if using hash or BHO concentrate).
Finally, melt the cocoa butter in a microwave until it’s nice and liquidy – but be careful not to leave it in too long! After you add the coconut oil and stir the mixture, take an ice cube tray (or another kind of mold) and pour in the liquid. Wait for it to cool and set before using it. It is best to use one of these homemade cannabis tampons internally, and then add another one externally on the abdomen. While you’re using weed, the THC dose is so low per tampon that you’re in no danger of getting high.
Final Thoughts on CBD Tampons & Pain Relief
Within the bounds of reason, there isn’t much that a woman wouldn’t do to find relief during a particularly painful menstrual cycle. The pain is usually crippling, and is sometimes so bad that you’re forced to call in sick to work. The CBD tampons offered by Foria are a real life-saver for women that have excruciatingly painful periods.
The cannabinoids in weed work wonderfully with your ECS, and when the cannabis tampons touch your skin, its ingredients make their way directly to where they are needed the most. Pain relief usually lasts for well over an hour, and it starts to work within minutes. If you’re not lucky enough to live in Colorado or California, you can try to make your own hemp tampons by following the instructions above.