What's all the Fuss About Hemp and Your Period?
It’s a contentious issue. The legalization of marijuana has been wrought with struggle. Today in the United States of America it is a schedule 1 drug, considered one of the most dangerous drugs by the DEA, along with LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide), heroin and ecstasy (Methylenedioxymethamphetamine). These drugs are listed as schedule one drugs because they allegedly have no medicinal value and have a very high potential for abuse. Marijuana, according to its classification, is more dangerous than Methamphetamine (Meth) and Cocaine which are classified as schedule 2 drugs. Because it’s high on the list of controlled substances, being caught with marijuana can often result in some of the stiffest penalties for controlled substances. But marijuana was not always seen as such a dangerous substance. In fact, not too long ago cocaine was legal as well. Cocaine was so accessible in fact that it was used as medicine and was even part of the secret formula of Coca-cola from 1886 to as recently as 1929. This is actually where it got its namesake from. Before its prohibition, marijuana too had many medicinal purposes. It was used to treat headaches, mental disorders, gout, cholera, hydrophobia, and even insomnia. Hemp, was used to make rope and clothing and in the early colonies of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland it was even used as legal tender. Cannabis has also been used in the past to deal with reproductive disorders as well. Many cultures across the world today still use it as a traditional herbal medicine to treat painful menstrual cramps. It is even said that the British Queen Victoria use to use marijuana to soothe her painful monthly menstrual cramps. Now there are innovative female entrepreneurs who are bringing new products to the market that help treat painful menstrual cramps with the power of hemp. Products that Fight Menstrual Cramps with Hemp If you live in a state that has legalized marijuana you may be interested in relieving your cramps through hemp. (Keep in mind that it is still federally prohibited to be in possession of marijuana at the time of this writing.) If you’ve ever wondered if you could just stick a nub of weed inside your vagina like a tampon to beat cramps, you’re not the only one who thought of this idea. Foria, are vaginal suppositories that are inserted into the vagina to provide pain relief. To keep the suppository from melting too soon it must be frozen at least 15 minutes before insertion. Because it does give a high, a medical marijuana card is required to purchase the 4-pack. If a vaginal suppository is not your style you could always look into a cannabis-infused topical cream. Apothecanna has a calming body crème that helps with menstrual cramps. Or you can even consume edible cannabis to relieve your cramps. Whoopi and Maya have products that are designed to be taken orally. Relax is a liquid tincture that you can add to your favorite beverages or Raw Cacao which can be spread on fruit or toast or enjoyed in your favorite drink. Whatever method you choose to relieve your menstrual cramps is up to you. Just make sure that you are abiding by all local, state and national laws that apply to your jurisdiction. No matter your choice, there are other ways to make your monthly visitor a little less of a nuisance. Like period panties, these are absorbent panties that also protect your clothes from getting stains while still being breathable without all the bulk. Learn more about period panties here.