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Difficult Menstruation Can Now Score You Medical Marijuana In New York

Dysmenorrhea joins chronic pain and PTSD on list of qualifying conditions. 

By: Al Olson   |   May 24, 2017 

Photo by martin-dm/Getty Images

Women of New York: It’s time to rejoice. A bill allowing cannabis as a qualifying condition for difficult menstruation and menstrual cramps passed the New York Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday. 

That’s right. If you suffer from dysmenorrhea — painful abdominal cramping during menstruation — you can legally consume marijuana under the state’s medical marijuana program.

For many women, cannabis relieves the often debilitating pain. Legend has it that Great Britain’s Queen Victoria suffered from dysmenorrhea and her doctor prescribed cannabis to help her.

Assembly Bill 582, sponsored by Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan),  fought for the measure after state lawmakers approved chronic pain and PTSD as qualifying conditions.

“Not only will this improve women’s wellness and productivity during menstruation, but it will also advance New York State in one of the country’s fastest-growing industries,” Rosenthal said before Tuesday’s vote.

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ELEMENTAL Wellness Center Article

New Provider 'Foria' Added to Menu

By Kyle Pappas   |   September 06, 2016

We’re ecstatic to welcome two new products from Foria to our menu: Relief Suppositories and Sensual Lubricant! The medicine from our first-of-its-kind proivder are aimed at helping women find relief and improve quality of life. In Foria’s relatively short existence, several national media outlets such as VICE, Leafly, and HelloMDhave already lauded its therapeutic qualities, giving it a unanimous stamp of approval.

Now at Elemental, Relief Suppositories (60mg THC & 10mg CBD, $24/2-pack) are created with pain relief in mind, particularly the discomfort associated with menstrual cramps. Composed of strictly organic cocoa butter, THC oil, and CBD isolate, Foria tests for pesticides, residual solvents, and microbials to ensure that patients are putting only the cleanest possible medicine into their bodies.

Since cannabinoids are delivered through the vaginal mucosa, it’s absorbed directly into the bloodstream, meaning full activation time is approximately 15-30 minutes. The suppositories have garnered rave reviews from cannabis critics, as the folks over at Leafly concluded, “If you suffer from debilitating cramps, I cannot recommend this product highly enough.”

Additionally, for female patients wanting to enhance the quality of their sex life, Elemental now offers Foria’s Sensual Lubricant. An all-natural oil infused with premium Northern California cannabis, the Lubricant can, “help promote natural lubrication, reduce pain and tension, and create the relaxation necessary for sensual experience or restorative rest.” Studies have suggested that THC assists in helping nerves block out pain, while still allowing pleasant signals to be received by the brain.

Each spray contains about 2.5mg THC and patients normally feel its effects in 15 minutes or less. Most women do not experience psychoactivity (the “high” feeling associated from THC) when using the Relief Suppositories or Sensual Lubricant as directed

For more details, you can visit Foria’s official website, or ask any of our wonderful consultants at the counter on your next visit. 

Be well!

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ELLEMENTA Article

The Ins and Outs of Weed Lube

By: Melissa Pierce  |  May 23, 2017

I’d heard there was such a thing as “weed lube,” so my partner and I decided to give it a try.

The first thing I learned about weed lube is this: Don’t let your boyfriend lead. He’ll learn all he can from sites like Reddit, but most of the posts about weed lube he finds will not be written by women. Or he will read the packaging and extrapolate based on his own experiences, which will not be close enough to yours to be relevant. I should have known this already as my first experiences smoking and eating cannabis with his guidance were equally as fraught. He may have more experience with cannabis than I do, but he has zero experience being a woman in her 40s.

What I really should have done was to check in with other women.

From his perspective, Foria Pleasure definitely made sex seem better for me. According to him, I was more vocal and appeared to enjoy everything more exuberantly. But from my perspective, sex with my partner is usually pretty wonderful. Plus this sex had a lot of foreplay as we had to wait nearly an hour for the Foria Pleasurebrand of lubricant to work. So I can’t say for certain that I noticed a big difference from our other sessions where foreplay was plentiful.

He says we need to try again.

I say maybe I just need to go out and have bad sex with and without Foria and get back to him.

He doesn’t get my humor.

I gave the bottle to a friend of mine – let’s call her Anne – who used it solo. She swears using it gave her mind blowing orgasms that lasted and lasted. I was happy for her. Dang if I should have consulted my local girl gang about how to use Foria instead of my boyfriend because it sounds like I missed out on some next level sexy time.

I don’t want you, dear reader, to miss out. So here is the skinny on Foria:

1. Foria isn’t actually a lube.

If you normally use a lubricant, you should probably have a bottle of your favorite handy for actual lubing.

Foria comes in a tiny spray bottle and is meant to be used as a “pre-lube.” It’s about the size and shape of a breath spray.

The effect is supposed to be relaxing while also acting as an aphrodisiac. Each spritz contains about 2.5mg of THC so you don’t need a lot. The website instructs you to use four or five sprays on your clitoris, labia, and vaginal opening. I used five just on my vaginal opening as instructed by my boyfriend. Anne says she uses about eight all over her lady parts because she’s a pro.

2. The effects of Foria Pleasure can take up to an hour to start working.

Don’t feel as if you have to rush into the action after application. Put your feet up, light some candles, think about how you just sprayed your hooha with an aphrodisiac that resembles a bottle of breath spray, laugh uncomfortably then riotously… relax, good things come to those who wait.

3. Foria Pleasure is coconut oil based.

The website cautions that you should not use the product with latex-based toys or condoms because coconut oil degrades latex. If you have waited 40 minutes to one hour for it to work, are already feeling that frisky discoin your underpants, and are also using your regular lubricant, I can’t imagine a few sprays of Foria actually matter that much in terms of latex degradation. But you never know, so safety first.

4. Because Foria Pleasure has THC in it, it’s not available everywhere.

You can only buy Foria at dispensaries in California and Colorado. I hear they are coming out with a THC-free variety of Foria this June so that should be good news for adventurous women everywhere.

Bottom Line: Trying out Foria that one time was really fun for my boyfriend and for me, but since Anne isn’t giving back my bottle of Foria anytime soon, I’ll have to either buy some more next time I’m in a state where it’s sold or make my own.

If you don’t happen to live in California or Colorado and can’t wait for Foria to get to your area, you can always make your own cannabis infused coconut oil. Here is a handy recipe.

Happy Experimenting!

XOXO
Melissa

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ALLURE

15 Ways to Add Marijuana to Your Love Life

From 420-friendly dating apps to cannabis-themed professional wedding planning, there's a whole new crop of ways to make marijuana a welcome third wheel in every step of a relationship. For now, options are clustered in the states that have legalized pot, but as legalization spreads, so will your options for adding weed to your love life. Read on for some of our favorites.
APRIL 20, 2017

Don’t miss out on introducing weed to the bedroom: Get your vagina stoned with weed-infused lubes like Foria’s; try Sexxpot, a marijuana strain designed to heighten pleasure; or step up your massage game with BOND, a sensual cannabis oil.

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Pot Sex Lube Maker FORIA Preps New Product
APRIL 15, 2017

Review samples of Foria's new product Awaken are heading out to journalist this week and the product is set to launch in May.

Foria Awaken is a "synergistic blend of natural botanical essences, thoughtfully designed to increase arousal, stimulate natural lubrication and heightened sensation."

This is no truck stop yohimbe, either. Foria claims it's 100 percent all-natural and made with eight plant-based aphrodisiacs that are "known worldwide for their historical use in the bedroom."

Because the product does not contain any THC -- the main active ingredient in cannabis -- readers anywhere in the world will be able to order the product by mail.

“FORIA is the beginning of a plant based sexual revolution,” said FORIA Founder, Mathew Gerson, "the vision of FORIA was always to bring the subtle but potent powers of plant medicine and plant based aphrodisiacs as an option to women and their partners’ sensual needs everywhere."

Foria is touting enhanced sensation, deeper orgasm, increased desire, improved lubrication, heightened awareness and bull body relaxation. Though they say user experiences may vary and no health or physical benefits are guaranteed by this product.

Awaken is designed to be applied to the clitoris, and inner and outer labia, and inside the vagina. It's edible, vegan, and gluten-free. The disclosed ingredients are: Liquid Coconut Oil (MCT), Organic Whole-Plant Extracts (KAVA Root, Hemp, Cinnamon, Ginger); Organic Cardamom, Peppermint and Vanilla Oils; and Cacao Oil.

Here's two of our past episodes of out podcast The Hash that focus on the weed lube kingpins.

STYLE CASTER

The Stoner’s Guide to the Chicest 4/20 Products Out There

Drug rugs. Rasta colors. Pot-leaf motifs. Honestly, the reason many people aren’t open about their enthusiasm for cannabis is how embarrassing the surrounding culture is. But this 4/20, we’re celebrating a new generation of chic, well-designed cannabis offerings we’d be proud to give or receive.

Ahead, find everything from a rose gold vape and hipster underwear that can hide your weed, to a less, uh, literal body scrub. Behold: The chicest 4/20 products out there.



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RAVISHLY REVIEWS FORIA AWAKEN

"I'm not sure whether or not you can get addicted to a lube made from a drug, but I've been pretty hooked on this stuff ever since I first gave it a try."

DANIELLE PAGE | 04.20.17 12:01AM

Operating your vagina without taking advantage of the latest sex products on the market is kind of like still using a flip phone. Sure, it gets the job done. But you don't know what you're missing out on.

One recent addition to the wonderful world of things you can put in your V? A new women's pleasure lube from FORIA. Known for their cannabis-based products, FORIA's new formula, Awaken, harnesses the power of CBD (short for cannabidiol). As far as products made from the ganja go, you're probably used to hearing about the ones made with THC — aka the chemical responsible for the mind-altering effects of marijuana. The big difference between the two is that CBD won't leave you feeling high. But it has been loosely linked to health benefits like relief from stress and anxiety, and even alleviating minor aches and pains.

While the jury is still out on research to support whether or not CBD can lead to a better orgasm, the folks at FORIA claim it's the key to a more intense climax. In fact when tested, those who tried the product said they experienced "enhanced sensation, deeper orgasm, increased desire, improved lubrication, heightened awareness and full body relaxation." Count me in.

There are few things I won't try (especially where better orgasms are concerned), so I gave Awaken a spin during one of my solo sessions. Here's what it's like to get yourself off with CBD lube.

The Application.

Most of the lubricants I've used come in some type of pump or squeeze set-up, but FORIA Awaken comes as a spray. As soon as I experienced its light, albeit somewhat watery consistency, I understood why. Applying it probably wouldn't have been as messy if I had a partner spraying me down. But trying to operate the bottle's pump upside down was a bit awkward.

I followed the directions which said to "apply liberally directly to the clitoris, inner and outer labia and inside the vagina," noting that the typical "serving size" is four or more sprays. I started with four, then added a few extra for good measure once I got the bottle working. It's definitely worth noting that (at least to me) this stuff smells incredible, kind of like a fresher version of mint chocolate chip ice cream. To that end, Awaken is also edible — so no worries if your partner wants to go down on you after you've already lubed up.

What It Felt Like.

Once I was thoroughly lubed up, I kind of expected to experience a difference immediately... but no dice. A few minutes later, I started feeling majorly turned on — and I hadn't even started touching myself. It almost felt like my clit was gently pulsating. I let that sensation play out for a few more minutes, wondering if it might get stronger or if this was the peak. After spending five minutes or so on that pulsing plateau, I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands (you know, literally).

FORIA's test users weren't kidding about the heightened sensitivity that happens when you're using this stuff. For the sake of this article (and because what's the fun in orgasming immediately?), I had to slow down the typical pace I use when I'm rubbing one out. It took some time for me to get used to how sensitive all parts of my vagina were thanks to being coated in this mythical CBD ingredient — especially my clit. I ended up unintentionally edging myself a few times throughout the process, backing away from the big 'O' and building it back up again.

The Orgasm.

Not going to lie, the grand finale wasn't anywhere near as good as the process of getting there. And since diddling with CBD continued to measure up to what I'd heard other users say about the product throughout my experience, I was expecting this orgasm to pretty much be earth-shattering. It wasn't the best one that I've had — but certainly more intense than if I hadn't used Awaken to get me there.

The Verdict.

Would I try Awaken again? You bet. I'm not sure whether or not you can get addicted to a lube made from a drug, but I've been pretty hooked on this stuff ever since I first gave it a try, and have been recommending it to pretty much anyone who will listen. Also, for you lucky folks who are actually getting laid on the regular, I can only imagine what it would feel like to use this stuff while you're making love. No but really, please try it and report back.

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GLAMOUR

6 Weed Products Your Vagina Will Be Totally Cool With

We all know how marijuana is traditionally used, but as legalization has become more common across the country, some considerably more interesting 420-friendly goodies have hit the market, including ones geared specifically toward…your vagina.

From easing the pain of menstrual cramps to giving lube a little somethin' extra, we pulled together the cannabis products designed specifically with women in mind.

1. Foria's weed suppositories

Though they're often called "weed tampons," Foria weed suppositories aren't meant to absorb menstrual blood, but they could relieve cramps. Just put one in and let the 60 mg of THC, 10 mg of CBD, and organic fair-trade cocoa butter get to work blocking the pain receptors in your uterus. Two women over at Buzzfeed tried them, and while one got impatient and ended up just eating it (typical), the other said it actually worked wonders on her cramps.

2. Whoopi & Maya's medical cannabis line

After suffering from severe menstrual cramps and then watching her daughter and granddaughters go through the same agony, Whoopi Goldberg partnered with Om Edibles founder Maya Elisabeth and launched a line of weed products to spare women everywhere this experience. The salve, tincture, bath soak, and edible chocolate provide luxurious cures for period pains.

3. Foria's weed lube

Foria Pleasure, a spray made of cannabis oil and coconut oil, not only keeps everything nice and slick down there but also enhances sensation all over. "I started to feel this warm, intense feeling throughout my body," one reviewer wrote. "You will orgasm deeper than you ever have."

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DAILY MAIL

From lubricants made from coconut oil to sex toys fashioned from CRYSTALS: The rise of 'clean sex' and the products making waves right now

  • The wellness industry is one of the biggest, and called a 'trillion dollar industry'
  • It has now made its move into the sex industry - with clean sex products
  • From vegan condoms to crystal sex toys, FEMAIL introduces some of the latest
  • Daily Mail Australia also spoke to some of the founders behind the products

They call it the 'trillion dollar industry', so perhaps it was only a matter of time before wellness - and the obsession that comes with all things 'clean' - moved into the sex market, too.

But from lubricants made from coconut oil to vegan condoms, crystal sex toys and even an aphrodisiac made from cannabis oil, clean sex has never been bigger.

FEMAIL takes a look at the new, all-natural products to hit the sustainable sex shelves. Would you use them?

COCONUT OIL LUBRICANT

Late last year, Bernadette Finney, 46, from Sydney, launched Australia's first completely natural personal lubricant, Private, with the help of her daughters, 24 and 22.

Private is made from pure coconut oil and came about because Ms Finney and her family started using coconut oil cooking spray, before turning their new healthy approach to other areas of their life.

VEGAN CONDOMS

As the third-fastest-growing vegan market in the world, it's safe to say that Australia has a lot of time for veganism.

But former Cleo Bachelor of the Year finalist, Dustin Leonard, spotted a rather unusual gap in the market, when he launched a new line in his range of HERO condoms, which are both 'natural' and made with a 'plant-based' lubricant.

CRYSTAL SEX TOYS

Crystals - whether they're rose quartz, jades, onyxes or moonstones - are having a moment right now, and this moment is not immune to the sex industry.

Crystals are becoming bigger and bigger, there are now crystal sex toys (pictured)

Rosie Rees, from Perth in Western Australia, sells both crystal dildos and yoni eggs (a small egg-shaped crystal designed to help strengthen the pelvic and vaginal muscle).

AND THE REST...

Last but not least is Foria's Pleasure Spray bottles - 'a natural sensual enhancement oil' designed specifically for women and made from cannabis oil.

'FORIA Pleasure is hand-crafted from the female flower of the marijuana plant - one of the oldest known aphrodisiacs in the world - using modern extraction techniques for optimal potency and purity,' the website reads.

Foria Pleasure spray retails for $44 online

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BROADLY for VICE

APR 18 2017 4:45 PM

I'm not usually a huge fan of pot, but I found that "turning foreplay into 420-play" was surprisingly dope.

FORIA Awaken

Weed lube sounds like an urban legend, but a quick Google search and survey of friends proved that it is a very real product with a massive cult following. FORIA Awaken, the latest innovation in marijuana-spiked lubricant, hits markets in late April and is an organic blend of eight supposed plant aphrodisiacs, leaving out the THC so it's legally accessible anywhere. FORIA's first product, Pleasure, is a beloved classic and an innovator in the bourgeoning get-high-via-your-vag movement.

Per the press release, FORIA Awaken will: enhance sensation, increase desire, improve lubrication, heighten awareness, deepen orgasms, and relax your body. As a high-powered career woman who is often too stressed to masturbate—should I move to LA?—I figured this edible, vegan, and gluten-free (!) lube would be a welcome addition to my routine, perhaps in conjunction with a vibrator. I applied the lube liberally to my clitoris, inner and outer labia, and inside my vagina, as instructed, and turned on my favorite device.

Wow?! 10/10. Everything felt incredible, though I'm devastated weed lube will now have to be a regular expense for the rest of my life. (Thirty-ml bottles cost around $76.) While masturbating, I felt each sensation and touch was intensified, and I was more relaxed than I have been in a long time. Fuck human partners!

Their O.G. product, FORIA Pleasure—which contains THC—was even more spectacular. Every surface felt relaxed and super-sensitive to touch.

FORIA Relief, aka Vaginal Suppositories

Even though this product offers you a vehicle for shoving weed into your vagina, this isn't necessarily a sex thing. For women with terrible period cramps, the vaginal suppositories from FORIA harness the muscle-relaxing and pain-relieving properties of cannabis—without inducing a psychotropic "high"—and alleviate the back pain, abdominal cramping, and general achiness associated with menstruation. A single serving contains 60 mg of THC, 10 mg of CBD, and cocoa butter, and once you push it as far as you can into your vagina, the whole thing dissolves and starts working pretty quickly.

While I wasn't menstruating when I tried these, my body did feel tense. It was Easter Sunday, and I was nervous about seeing a Broadway play—The Little Foxes starring Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney—with my friend's family. Plays, dramatic and long, are hard for me. So two hours before the show, I followed the product's accompanying instructions, put a pillow under my butt, and jutted my pelvis towards the ceiling. I inserted the suppository as far as I could, and it dissolved almost instantly. I stayed in that position, naked, for ten minutes as the pug I'm babysitting jumped on the bed to see what was happening, running back and forth across my face.

After 20 minutes, my muscles did feel super-relaxed, and while in retrospect I realized this experience could have gone terribly wrong, that afternoon I enjoyed the play spectacularly. I didn't even get upset or agitated when Nixon's character yelled "I hope you die—SOON" at someone. I can't wait to try these when I actually have period cramps. (That night, my masturbating experience was top-notch, and I imagine there was a correlation.)

From a discharge perspective, my underpants remained substance-free, except every time I peed it smelled like weed.

FORIA Explore, aka Anal Suppositories

Since the headline implies I tried all of these products, I held these pen-cap-sized capsules in my hand and considered putting them in my butt, which is a lot farther than most people go with anal suppositories. Anal has never been anything but excruciating for me, so I couldn't bring myself to insert them. There was nothing sexual I felt like doing with my butt or having someone do with my butt. Even sex columnists have lines.

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