Recent findingsÂ show thatÂ period pain can be as painful as a heart attack â€“ something women have been saying for years.Â Period pain can range from a dull acheÂ which can make certain activities and clothing uncomfortable, to full blown PMDD orÂ endometriosis â€“ a condition celebrities like Susan Sarandon and Julianne Hough have spoken publicly about suffering with.
However,Â when consulting their doctors about severe period pain, women are often left walking away with frustrating ‘solutions’ – like relying on strongÂ painkillersÂ orÂ going on hormonal birth control. Many women do see birth control as an answer to their problems â€“ some hormonal contraceptive devices like Nexplanon can lessen or even stop your periods for up to three years.
Many women on the contraceptiveÂ pill find themselves skipping over their seven day ‘break’ in which their periodÂ falls,Â becauseÂ they fear the oncoming pain and cramps that can come with your period.Â However, hormonal birth control isn’t suitable for everyone, and putting the responsibility on women to pump aÂ cocktail of hormones into theirÂ systems from a young age all to avoid chronic pain, doesn’t seem like the right answer. Hormonal birth control can also interfere with seizure medication, making it unsuitable for women suffering with epilepsy.
Period pain is usuallyÂ severelyÂ downplayed â€“ with many women being told that their suffering is ‘just cramps’, and to pop a painkiller and get over it. At the same time women are often painted as hysterical monsters forÂ three to sevenÂ daysÂ of each month, whenÂ in reality we’reÂ just trying to get by and deal with the pain while living our normal lives.
With increasing legalization across America and Canada, companies are finally looking for more creative ways to market cannabis and CBD related products toÂ consumers.Â ForÂ a longÂ time, the cultural image of cannabis users has been quite narrow. The image most people have of someone who uses marijuanaÂ is oftenÂ an average looking, underachievingÂ white guyÂ in his late teens toÂ mid-thirtiesÂ with little to no life ambitionÂ (thanks, JuddÂ Apatow).Â On the otherÂ hand,Â cannabis use is alsoÂ linked with ideas of black youth and rap culture, which contributes to the criminalization of black youth from a young age.
However, societyÂ is slowly beginning toÂ realizeÂ that â€“ shock!Â women smoke too â€“ and that there is a huge untapped market for feminine related beauty andÂ self-careÂ products.Â After suffering with endometriosis for much of her life, actressÂ Whoopi Goldberg launched her ownÂ line of cannabis infused menstrual products in 2016,Â after learning that there was little to no impulse by current manufacturers to caterÂ to these issues.
It just goes to show that there are still prejudices in place that mean people don’t see women as users of cannabis and CBD products, and so companies are losing out on manufacturing products accessible to over 50% of the population.
Whoopi Goldberg’s line includes a tincture, CBD body butter, bath salts, and raw cacao infused with CBD. Companies like Foria are even making ‘weed tampons’ – vaginal suppositories made of cocoa butter infused with THC and CBD, that dissolve from your body heat once inserted into the vagina. This allows the treatment to be absorbed into the body much faster than when taken orally, allowing for a higher dosage of THC and CBD without the psychoactive effects.
So its not hard to imagine that if CBD tampons are coming to the United Kingdom then cannabis tampons are probably not to far around the corner. Cannabis based tampons is the newest craze the is circling the United States so it will definitely come the UK at some point. It’s just a matter of when at this point.
In late 2018, Staci Gruber, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and director of the Congintive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core and the Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery program, announced plans to conduct and observational survey. The observational survey would consist of 400 women who would use Foria’s Relief suppositories over the course of a four month period.
When asked what was the objective of the survey Gruber told Business Insider, “What we’re looking to do is take anecdotal information and turn it into data,” adding that the observational study, which will be funded by Foria and Flow Kana, is a first step and that a clinical trial would be the “holy grail”.