A California company invents a cannabis alternative for women

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Marijuana suppositories may be the solution to menstrual symptoms

It may not be a topic most like to talk about. However, it is something that all women have to deal with for the better part of their lives. Menstruation is not a particularly fun time for anyone but there may be some natural relief from the myriad of symptoms – cramping, bloating, mood swings – through marijuana.

A company out of California has developed marijuana suppositories that it aptly called “Relief.” Unlike tampons, which are uncomfortable and potentially hazardous to the health, Relief is nothing more than a suppository pill based on cannabis that, when inserted, is absorbed instantly.

The suppositories are now going to become part of a study led by Harvard University. Researchers will monitor 400 women using the product to determine its effectiveness in treating menstrual symptoms. The study will involve Harvard Medical School, the Marijuana Investigations for Neuroscientific Discovery at McLean Hospital and the Cognitive and Clinical Neuroimaging Core.

Harvard’s Stacy Gruber, who is leading the research, indicates that clinical trials will help determine the validity of the suppositories that, according to Foria, have been used for 10,000 years.

Foria has picked up over $2 million in investment money to develop cannabis healthcare products for women and the company is paying for the study alongside Flow Kana, a California-based cannabis brand. In addition to the suppositories, Foria also offers marijuana lotions, vaporizers and sprays. According to the company’s CEO, Mathew Gerson, “What actually made this market was empathy. We serve the plant, we serve our clients, and as a result, our investment community and the people that support our brand benefit from that.”