If you struggle with any type of pain, you have probably heard of the many CBD and THC products available.
Nowadays there are various different CBD and THC products on the market. From tinctures to vaporizers, to lotions, and pills – so many choices! But there are new options on the market, one of which you may have not heard of, including…THC tampons (also known as weed vaginal suppositories). You heard that correctly, cannabis-infused tampons are on the market and specifically designed to target menstrual pain.
For many, periods are synonymous with painful cramping, overwhelming fatigue, bloating/fluid retention, as well as various other unfavorable side effects. Menstrual cramps in particular are a difficult symptom to manage and are a common complaint among women. To make matters worse, some of the common interventions and treatments for cramps are over-the-counter medication that doesn’t provide long-lasting relief and in some cases can even trigger other side effects, leading many to turn to alternative treatments.
In this article we are going to cover some of the popular products on the market, some of the benefits of THC tampons (weed tampons, marijuana tampons, whatever you want to call it!), and ultimately help you decide if they are a good fit for your symptoms and lifestyle.
Well, first, who are we?
We are the Hello Again Team! More specifically, we are a women’s wellness cannabis company focused on providing true relief from the challenges women face daily with THC suppositories. We specifically formulate our products to combat some of the common symptoms of menopause and have been helping women of all ages and demographics achieve their wellness goals.
We decided to write this guide to help those who are interested in alternative interventions and natural remedies explore the options that are currently on the market.
This guide is designed for those looking for a way to effectively manage their menstrual, perimenopause and menopausal symptoms.
Benefits of THC Tampons:
While cannabis may be perceived as an alternative treatment in today’s world, it has a long history of medical applications, especially as a period-related pain reliever. In fact, a study in cannabis treatments in obstetrics and gynecology found that the use of cannabis to treat menstrual cramping dates back to the 1800s!
So, what exactly are the benefits?
The reason why “cannabis tampons” or cannabis suppositories are an ideal option is that they work directly at the source. Cannabis can help release tension in the uterine muscle, which is the source of the pain women feel.
Those experiencing painful periods, including painful cramps, bloating, insomnia, acne, and mood changes, can benefit from cannabis products. Particularly with cramping, cannabis may be a fantastic way to soothe muscles and reduce pain with its anti-inflammatory effects. This is why we often see cannabis used to manage inflammation-based conditions like arthritis and autoimmune disorders.
CBD can help with anxiety and THC can help with mood swings, irritability, and low resilience (your ability to handle stress). Both can help relax the uterine muscle where cramps occur, and alleviate many PMS symptoms. If you don’t like the altered feeling of THC, you can get a lot of PMS relief just using CBD.
Endometriosis & Pelvic Pressure
There’s also lots of research studying the anti-inflammatory benefits of THC and CBD. This suggests their usefulness in easing cramps and pain related to endometriosis and pelvic pressure. One out of every ten humans with a vagina are diagnosed with Endometriosis, a whole-body disease. Many women are now more openly discussing the unrelenting pain, the endo belly, isolation, weakened immune system, depression, fatigue, and painful urination and bowel movements associated with endometriosis.
The truth is, scientific evidence regarding how and why cannabis may relieve endometriosis symptoms is still in its infancy. While we might not have this evidence more women are turning to cannabis as a natural solution to help with their symptoms.
Cannabis may also be a great option for hangovers and post-party relief.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make my own?
Yes, you can make your own suppositories. There are suppository molds on the market and you can find recipes for suppositories as well. While making your own suppositories is an option, we prepare to buy products made with pharmaceutical grade machines and packing. Any suppository that is sold in a dispensary in California has been through rigorous testing that is more stringent that the testing of most organic foods.
By purchasing through a dispensary you know you are getting a product that is high quality and meets the strict standards of state regulations.
Difference between THC and CBD Tampons
THC and CBD both have beneficial properties that can be used to improve your health and wellness. CBD is primarily used for pain relief, to reduce inflammation and relieve stress. THC can also help with pain as well as anxiety among other things. While both CBD and THC have benefits when used independently, many believe that both the CBD and THC work better when used together.
Will I get high?
A vaginal delivery system does result in some absorption into the blood stream through the blood vessels and capillaries of the female reproductive tract. However, significantly less reaches the bloodstream compared to oral ingestion — which may explain why women experience benefits without the high.
Are there any side effects?
We have not been told of anyone experiencing side effects of THC and CBD suppositories. However, if you have concerns or experience anything unusual you should always check with a doctor or medical professional.
How quickly do they work?
THC and CBD tampons melt within an hour and can take effect within 30 minutes of insertion. Every body is different, but most women say the suppositories melt in 15 to 30 minutes.
Where to buy THC Tampons:
Unlike traditional tampons that absorb menstrual blood, cannabis suppositories are designed only to help ease stress and pain from cramps. Therefore cannabis suppositories are seen as a replacement for conventional over-the-counter medications and narcotics.
“CBD tampons work by having a small percentage of the cannabinoid compound be absorbed through the vaginal mucosa.” Then, they say, it’s absorbed by the blood vessels in the pelvic region, ultimately helping to ease uterine pain. Data from self-reported diaries say that the tampon was 35% more effective than a placebo at relieving pain within 30 minutes of insertion.
“There are no published research studies on using CBD for period pain relief,” Dani Gordon, MD, a London-based expert in CBD and cannabis medicine previously told Refinery29. “However, it does have well established, well studied anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects across a wide range of chronic pain conditions.”
“There are suggestions that CBD can help with muscle cramps, and certainly if you’re inserting something into the vagina you’re going to get it in close proximity to the uterus,” into the tampon can eliminate vaginal inflammation, which at the same time lead to relaxation of the abdominal muscles.”
Tatum Verona is a bioinformatics researcher and brand partnership manager based in Los Angeles, CA. Her background in neuroscience and psychology has fueled her passion for mental health and integrative medicine. Now she is the co-founder of We’re Hysterical, a community intended to educate and empower those interested in realistic wellness. For more on health & wellness, follow @werehysterical on all platforms!