Isn’t is amazing that in all the years women have been around, PMS is still a medical mystery?
We know that premenstrual syndrome is linked to chemical changes in the brain and varies in severity based on a number of factors such as genetics, age, lifestyle and diet… but that’s about it.
To provide a little context:
Researchers study erectile disfunction 5x more than PMS, yet only 19% of men suffer from erectile dysfunction and 90% of women have reported suffering from PMS symptoms and horrible cramps at some point in their lives.
Which leaves many women taking PMS pain relief into their own hands and looking to alternatives such as cannabis for relief.
Enter cannabis “tampons”.
There is a new product on the market for medical patients in California and recreational shoppers in Colorado called Foria Relief.
Foria Relief claims to give users the muscle relaxing and pain relieving properties of cannabis without a psychotropic effect, meaning you won’t get “stoned.”
Each pack contains:
- 4 suppositories for about $35.
- A single serving contains 60mg of THC and 10mg of CBD
The vaginal suppository format helps deliver the medicine directly to where it is needed most. With more and more Americans turning to healthier options for pain relief and medicine, it’s not surprising that women are turning to legal cannabis as an alternative solution for PMS relief.
Let’s take a look at the three most common drugs that doctors prescribe for PMS symptoms according to WebMd:
1. Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
Ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory drugs can be quite effective when treating minor pain, but they also come with a laundry list of common dangerous side effects. Seriously- I didn’t even know there were that many! While popping a pill might be convenient, the long term side effects of using NSAIDs can be risky if you’re using them to curb pain on a regular basis.
Foria is using magical natural properties of the cannabis plant to provide women with holistic methods of relief. Check out this excerpt from their website, “The cannabinoids directly impact the immune system and the nerve endings of the uterus, cervix, ovaries and surrounding smooth muscle tissues.”
Best of all, you don’t have to take this days before you expect the pain to start!
2. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
Before you start talking to your doctor about antidepressants for PMS, consider the side effects of SSRI drugs. It can sometimes take people years to find the right balance/dosage.
Is it a coincidence that there are twice as many women on antidepressants as men?
“THC positively affects the nerves and assists in blocking out pain while also allowing for more pleasant signals to be received by the brain.”
Good. Vibes. Only.
3. Hormonal Birth Control
While lighter periods are a positive side effect of hormonal birth control, there are so many negative side effects that often do not help with your mood or period pain. I know this from personal experience as I’ve struggled with the birth control pill for over 10 years and have suffered everything from mood swings to weight gain to migraines.
The only positive side effect I’ve ever experienced from using hormonal birth control is not becoming pregnant (which is my primary reason for using birth control). And while many women are using hormonal contraception, they are still feeling the full effects of PMS. Not to mention, oral contraceptives are classified as a carcinogen, meaning they cause cancer. This is one of the many reasons women in the United States are switching to the IUD.
While cannabis cannot replace birth control, its properties can help reduce inflammation and pain while elevating your mood at the same time.
Having a cure all for PMS in one friendly little suppository sounds like it may be too good to be true but hey, it’s up to us to figure out, right? Click here to see what other women are saying about Foria and decide if its something that’s right for you. I’ll be placing my order ASAP and will let you know how it goes!
Good luck, ladies!