It may help relieve PMS symptoms—but is it safe and effective?

By Charlotte Hilton Andersen
February 04, 2016

Pot: You can smoke it, drink it, vape it, and eat it. But have you ever considered putting it in your vagina? If the internet is to be believed, it's an actual thing some women are doing now-all in the name of PMS. (But how will you know if marijuana or PMS is to blame for those Ben & Jerry's cravings? And will you need to eat twice as much?)

Pot jokes aside, medical marijuana is serious business with proponents touting the drug as a safe, reliable way to help manage epilepsy and make chemotherapy bearable. And now, one company has a new use for the leafy drug-as a vaginal suppository used to reduce the pain and cramping that comes with PMS.

Foria, the manufacturer of these suppositories, extracts the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana's high) and cannabidiol from the plant, and mixes with cocoa butter. Once inserted, the compound is said to block pain, relax uterine cramps, and reduce inflammation, giving women PMS relief without the high.

Sounds like a (pipe) dream, right? Not so fast, says Alyssa Dweck, M.D., OB-GYN, assistant clinical professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and co-author of V is for Vagina. She doesn't recommend it to her patients since it's not approved by the FDA and there are no drug trials showing that it actually works. Plus, at this time, it's only legal in Colorado and California.

Still, she says, the idea shows promise, and she's interested in seeing actual research done on the product. "It's certainly plausible that this could work since there is some evidence that marijuana use can provide pain relief, fight nausea, and induce relaxation-all issues women may face during premenstrual time," says Dweck, adding that it is possible to absorb the chemicals through the vagina. Until we start seeing more studies on safety and efficacy, stick to tried-and-true methods for PMS relief. Start by eating these foods shown to reduce PMS symptoms and then crush cramps with these yoga poses.