Menstrual Marijuana

New legal medical marijuana products offer relief from menstrual pain

Already, 15% of U.S. Millennials smoke or eat marijuana weekly, with nearly 1 in 10 (9%) doing so daily (The Cassandra Report: Body Mind Soul). As legalization spreads across the country, these figures stand to increase; however, that doesn’t mean we’re about to turn into a nation of stoners. Rather, many are interested in marijuana’s miraculous medicinal capabilities. Lately, marijuana’s ability to soothe menstrual pain has people talking, as new “period pot” products hit the consumer market.


Actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg, along with business partner and cannabis entrepreneur Maya Elisabeth, recently launched Whoopi & Maya, a new medical marijuana startup marketing to women through its emphasis on treatment of menstrual pain. The line includes four products, two of which are psychoactive (i.e. they may make the user pleasantly high) and two of which are not (though they nonetheless make the user feel incomparably relaxed): Savor, a raw cacao edible that can be enjoyed a number of ways; Relax, a discreet herbal tincture; Soak, a bath product; and Rub, a body balm. The brand is currently available at select dispensaries in California. 


Foria is a female-targeted cannabis product company that counts among its offerings a sensual enhancement oil and a product designed to ease menstrual cramps. The latter, called Foria Relief, is an organic cocoa butter-based vaginal suppository that delivers 60 milligrams of THC (the main active ingredient in marijuana) directly to the cervix. Cannabis’ active ingredients have the ability to decrease pain and swelling, as well as muscle spasms like cramps. Though people have long used plant medicine to ease pain tied to menstruation, Foria is bringing it into the modern age with techniques to standardize purity and potency. 


No, there isn’t a new medical marijuana brand named after the Garden State, but New Jersey could soon be relaxing its marijuana laws to allow women who suffer from menstrual pain to find relief through cannabis. Last month, the state’s Democratic Assembly members contributed legislative proposals to make its marijuana laws less restrictive. Inspired by Whoopi & Maya, Assemblyman Tim Eustace introduced the bill that’s since become known as the “marijuana menstruation law,” arguing that “by denying women in New Jersey access to a means of treating dysmenorrhea, [New Jersey] fails to acknowledge the serious impact it can have on their wellness and productivity.”