Vaginal Cannabis, Menses & Menopause.   The Science.  The Possibilities.   


                      May 30, 2018.     Marin County, Ca.                           

Vaginal Cannabis is a virgin area of research.  Women no longer need to suffer silently as their mothers did because of hormonal imbalances, but first, they need to know their options.  The word “vagina” seems taboo in our culture and even more so with the added stigma of the “evil weed”.  For millenniums, women have used marijuana.  Queen Elizabeth’s doctor prescribed marijuana indicia tinctures in the 1800’s for her premenstrual and menstrual aches and pains.

Today D9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in cannabis is becoming a revolutionary new hormonal supplement alternative for women’s health, without the cancer risks.   A few women trimmers had found and felt the pleasures of vaginal cannabis. This unusual usage became public after lab testing found vaginal secretions on selected buds.  Recent clinical research proves that even a gram of cannabis smoked can manipulate a woman's hormone production and disrupt her natural reproduction cycles *6. 

Vaginal cannabis was first marketed as an avant-garde woman’s sexual enhancer and lubricant.  Foria was introduced throughout California medical dispensaries, in 2014.   At the time, very little was known about the vaginal systemic application of cannabis-infused coconut oil and the full benefits of this blessing from the ganja goddess.  Women in the cannabis business were curious about how it worked, the possibilities, and wondered whether it was really safe to use down there. 

In Sept of 2014, free samples of vaginal cannabis infused coconut oil became available at the Vallejo Health Holistic Center.  Courtesy of private funding, vaginal systemic cannabis “crowd-sourced” research was underway.  Qualified volunteer *1 patients with a valid California doctors recommendation quickly found the courage to try vaginal and anal cannabis for the first time.

At first, patients using vaginal cannabis reported reduced pain during intercourse, increased natural lubrication, enhanced sexual sensations, and easier or multiple climaxes.  Then, their unexpected life-altering results began to filter in.  Used daily, older women observed unprecedented and bewildering improvements in increased vaginal lubrication, reduced mucosal atrophy, and vaginal dryness.  Younger women reported applying it to the tip of a tampon and rubbing it on their abdomens which provided unexpected relief from their menstrual cramp pain and discomfort.

The more we learned, the happier life became for everyone involved.  At The Emerald Cup, in December of 2014, hundreds more of the samples were distributed to anxiously awaiting patients *1.  This systemic modality was providing an unforeseen calming.  It seemed to chase away the blues.  Vaginal cannabis was reducing anxiety, women’s unwanted menses, menopausal, post-menopausal, and premenstrual symptoms (PMS).

The list continued to grow as hot flashes, endometriosis, migraines, fibromyalgia, hemorrhoids, back-pain and sleeplessness, were added. Fewer old-lady facial-chin hairs, stronger fingernails, and healthier skin were also included. THC had to be a hormone, the evidence was clear, but it was not!  The science continued to be a mystery.

Patient number one, Kym Ferrari, started using daily applications of vaginal cannabis in September of 2014, before additional patient samples were distributed.  At the age of 60, she personally experienced unprecedented post-menstrual results after three days.  A few weeks later, Dr. Lizellen LaFollette, a Marin County, world-renowned obstetrician, and gynecologist witnessed Kym’s positive systemic hormonal effects and still supports its use, three years later.  Dr. Lafollette was so impressed; she offered to provide volunteer patients diagnosed with endometriosis for a clinical, double-blind, medical study.  This study has yet to come to fruition due to lack of funding.

The Science
There was no doubt that systemic cannabis and THC vaginally applied was easing gynecologist associated health issues and disorders.  It became more bewildering as to why weed could address so many female issues.  Kym was discussing this mystery in the lab when Michael (now with Guild Extracts) recalled that THC and Progesterone had the same chemical molecular formulas.  Science prevails; mystery solved!  It was possible that THC was balancing women’s out-whacked-out hormonal issues!  THC had shown its potential to be a safe and natural Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).   This was a huge clue, now we could start moving forward to learn more.

  • THC is a biologically identical (bioidentical) hormone to the steroidal hormone progesterone, also known as (aka) a constitutional isomer.  THC and oxygen atoms; C21H30O2.  They also have the same average mass weight of 314.462 g/mol.  
  • Small amounts of cannabis can affect a women’s natural reproduction cycle *6.
  • THC and Progesterone are both recognized muscle relaxants.
  • Progesterone plays an essential role in the fine balance between hormones and our body’s neurotransmitters.  Progesterone is especially important in childbearing years, sufficient levels are required for conception and maintaining pregnancy.
  • Applied vaginally or anally, and delivered via mucous membranes to the bloodstream, cannabinoids are distributed throughout the entire body and can pass through the blood-brain barrier.
  • Progesterone and other hormone production naturally decrease drastically after childbearing years. THC may be the missing link that allows women to age more gracefully.

There are volumes of confirmed knowledge and clinical studies on the endocannabinoid system and cannabis. Endocannabinoids bind to endocannabinoid receptors aka cannabinoid (CB) receptors.  These CB receptors help maintain and restore homeostasis balance in our body.  In our bodies, cannabis’s cousin, anandamide, aka “bliss”, is the natural endocannabinoid neurotransmitter that binds to these CB receptors.   

These CB receptors are necessary for life and reproduction.   This natural endocannabinoid neurotransmitter connects a mother’s uterus to her babies embryo providing their first communications.  Without this endocannabinoid neurotransmitter, our life-giving umbilical cord would never become attached.   Endocannabinoids are in every cell in our body.  They are in mother’s milk and entice the baby to suckle, like getting the munchies the baby wants more. Mother’s milk turns out to be a true gateway to the blissful effects of marijuana.  Supplementing with cannabis products during pregnancy or breastfeeding are not recommended and may put the baby at risk, more scientific research and time are required before understanding the full spectrum of possible risks and benefits*17.

The crowd-sourced THC vaginal cannabis feedback *1 demonstrated a wide breadth of cannabis’s positive effects on women, including hormonal imbalance, fibromyalgia, back pain and migraines. Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency (CECD) became a scientific reality, in 2004. The cause is STRESS which threatens our bodies homeostasis balance.  Dr. Russo suggested that cannabinoids could block pain in a headache, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and muscle spasms via spinal, peripheral and gastrointestinal mechanisms *2.   Interestingly, these conditions all affect women in far greater numbers than men.  In 2014, Smith Sc & Wagner Ms *3 validated Dr. Russo’s research and confirmed that underlying endocannabinoid deficiencies play a role in those conditions and a growing list of other treatment-resistant medical conditions.

In 2014, there was minimal knowledge on cannabis and women health issues.  There were studies on the effects of THC on female rhesus monkeys 4* and rats 5 .   In 2001, we learned that activation of dopamine and progesterone receptors were required along with THC before those female rats demonstrated their THC-mediated sexual activity.

In 1983, THC temporarily disrupted the monkey’s menstrual cycles; it stopped ovulation and reduced sexual & pituitary steroids. However, three months later, their cycles returned to normal. The study deduced that the monkeys had built up a tolerance to the THC.  They did not consider that the THC had returned homeostasis to those monkey’s bodies.  The Monkey’s results showed very significant implications for women and reproduction.  Thanks to our government’s interference, it took a long 33 years for the first study on Marijuana, the Endocannabinoid System and the Female Reproductive System to come to fruition.

 Finally, in June 2016, the first clinical study on the Female Reproductive System, Marijuana, and the Endocannabinoid System was published 6*.   The results of this life-altering study affect all Homo sapiens.  Surprisingly, even a gram of cannabis smoked can manipulate a woman's hormone production and disrupt her natural monthly reproduction cycles.  The study confirms that cannabis affects the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian (HPO) axis.  This hormonal axis regulates the entire female reproductive system enabling the miracle of life.

A Stanford University Study *7 in Oct 2017 found cannabis does not appear to impair sexual function.  Those using Marijuana were having 20% more sex than non-users.  They found a positive association between marijuana use, seen in both men and women.  They concluded that marijuana use stimulates sexual function and warranted further study.  It only took 16 years to follow up on those female rats that displayed similar sexual effects when given THC.

The Possibilities

THC is a biologically identical hormone to progesterone, however, very few humans know this fact or understand its significance.  Its acceptance is still somewhere in our future.  There is so much to understand and scientific progress now requires publishable clinical medical studies to support the facts.

Women have suffered from hormonal imbalances and severe mood swings for eternities. In years gone by, women from around the world were frequently locked away in insane asylums for life, after being diagnosed with Hysteria.  Hysteria only affected women and was the first documented female mental disorder.

Discussions on sex were taboo, women lived to serve man and sexual gratification was rare for a woman in those days.  Sexual satisfaction is a healthy conclusion and important for one’s peace of mind.  Hysteria symptoms included sexual frustrations and their unacceptable sexual urges.   Facilitated by their physician’s through pelvic massage, patient orgasms provided relief and a possible cure.  The first vibrator was a medical device designed to relieve the patient’s hysteria symptoms and relieve the doctor’s overworked fingers. This diagnosis was eventually archived in the 1950’s in favor of more modern psychological labels.

Marijuana affects female hormones.  The vaginal and anal systemic application of THC provides higher levels of cannabinoids into the bloodstream than smoking a joint and needs to be explored.  The workings of the hormonal hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian (HPO) axis is extremely complicated, and not yet fully understood by medical science. THC is a bio-identical hormone to Progesterone, a critical steroidal hormone that is found in both men and women. Combining THC and endocannabinoid research with HPO medical studies should provide incredible insight to fully understanding cannabis’s effects on women and childbirth.

This research should prove THC to be a safe Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) method.  THC triggered progesterone receptors will change how women around the world take-on the challenges and unwanted symptoms of menses and ease the transformation from childbirth years through menopause and those golden years.  During transgender reassignment, THC may provide transwomen with a safer transgender hormonal therapy option.

The crowd-sourced vaginal cannabis patient results highlight some of the possibilities*1.  Becca, in her 30’s, she suffered severe pelvic floor pain and had birthed two premature babies. She reversed her Vaginismus, a tightening of the vagina, with vaginal cannabis and exercise under her doctor’s supervision.  The THC in the cannabis oil encouraged vaginal muscle relaxation and augmented her vaginal exercises. 

Kym, like so many other aging premenopausal women, developed Vaginismus as her hormone levels dropped.  Using vaginal cannabis, as a preferred alternative, she no longer needs her doctor prescribed ESTRACE® Rx Estrogen Cream.  She had used this known carcinogenic cream for over 10 years.  Without this weekly hormonal supplement, her vaginal opening was at risk of closing up. 

Besides the unprecedented vaginal restoration and enhanced sexual experiences, vaginal cannabis delivered other benefits as well.  Kym’s decade's old bout with fibromyalgia and chronic pain became more manageable.  Kym’s fingernails grew out, long and strong for the first time in her life, and her old-lady facial-chin hairs became thinner and sparser.  After over 3 years, she knows the truth; a little, daily dab of THC applied vaginally was responsible for all these amazing changes. Other patients shared similar stories.  Future THC research will offer endless possibilities and knowledge to improve the lives and reduce the suffering of women worldwide.

Numerous pharmaceutical drugs cause unwanted frustrating sexual side effects.  One day, affected women will be prescribed vaginal cannabis to ease their symptoms. This sexual counseling technique has the potential to provide sexual satisfaction and return the pleasures and joys of sex to so many frustrated women.

Cannabis is currently being used as a technique for couples therapy.  Vaginal cannabis can strengthen and deepen personal relationships between partners and provide enhanced sexual experiences.   The Endocannabinoid System has a yet to be understood relationship to oxytocin.  Referred to as the "love hormone", oxytocin helps couples find intimacy and bonds them to their children and each other.

 There is the possibility that THC will someday become a non-carcinogenic birth control method.  The female monkeys could not conceive during their first few months on THC.   Their natural hormonal cycles were altered, their ability to create life was interrupted, their eggs were not prepared, no ovulation occurred and the creation of new life was impossible at that time.    

Also used to supplement dwindling hormones, current birth control methods utilize synthetic hormones to alter natural menstrual cycles and prevent conception.  Synthetic hormones can cause cancer but they also reduce the risk of some cancers.  Natural cannabis does not cause any known cancers; in fact, it is just the opposite.  Even though this theory has potential, please don’t test its effectiveness until the science becomes a reality.

Imagine the pain from repeated migraine headaches becoming a pain of the past.   Cannabinoids may make this transition possible.  The cause is still a mystery however, migraine mitigation was reported by women *1 using vaginal cannabis.  One patient’s migraine quickly faded after applying a small amount of THC vaginally.  Twenty-four hours later it started to return;  a second dose kept it at bay for another twenty-four hours.  As days passed, fewer applications were needed to control the constant unbearable migraines she had suffered for years. 

Many women experience migraines during perimenopause when hormone levels are drastically reduced and child-birthing years come to an end.  It is believed that 12% of U.S. populations have migraines *8.  One study suggests that migraines can permanently alter the structure of the brain *11.   Migraines affect three times more women than men. Causes include environmental factors, stress, chemical and hormonal changes in the body. 

Genetics plays a large role; if one parent has migraines, their children have a 50% risk, if both the risk of migraines increases to 75%.   Starting at 18-month-old, about half of the children suffer their first attack before turning twelve; affecting more boys than girls.  About 10% of school-age children suffer from migraine symptoms.  By the time, they reach 17, as many as 31% have experienced a migraine; affecting 23% of the girls and 8% of the boys.   A 2006, nationwide study, found 12.7% of adolescents aged 12 to 19 experienced frequent migraines; 7.7% were girls and 5% boys *10.

When daily stress levels rise, the number and severity of migraines increase too*9. Our world is moving at an accelerated pace due to advanced technology.   We live longer lives and have more opportunity for additional stress. We know that stress causes endocannabinoid deficiencies and cannabinoid supplementation has been demonstrated to blocked some migraine pain *1.  

Your bodies personal cannabinoid requirements are determined by heredity *13. Your descendants many have suffered from endocannabinoid deficiencies, passing along migraines and other health issues.  Supplementing our bodies with the correct balance of required cannabinoids from the marijuana plant may return homeostasis and reverse these migraines and other hereditary health issues.   

Next on the vaginal cannabis list of possibilities is ending endometriosis.  Thanks to the courage of the women who boldly went where few would dare.  Patients *1 reported relief from endometriosis pain and bleeding.  One dispensary owner and patient found a low dose (1-2 mg of THC) vaginal applied every 2 weeks relieved the pain and cramping she had experienced for decades.   

In the U.S., 1 in 10 girls and women have endometriosis *11.  It affects 176 million women worldwide, across all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.  This painful pelvic condition emerges at puberty and usually lasts a lifetime.  Over-simplified, these women have a disease that causes their female reproductive system to misbehave; creating excessive tissue growth and scarring that causes killer cramps and disrupts reproduction, often leaving them barren.  Genetics plays an important role in this unwanted tissue growth has been found in infant girls.

Multiple causes are under investigation but there is no known cure for endometriosis.  Slowing the disorder’s progression requires hormone replacement therapy.  One day soon, scientific research will find THC to be the missing link and a natural, non-carcinogenic revelation for treating endometrioses.  The potential that young ladies, diagnosed with this condition, could be treated without getting stoned.  By using microdoses of THC applied vaginally, they may be able to escape an unnecessary lifetime of suffering.   Preventing the tissue growth from being passed along to their baby girls

Some women eventually opt to undergo a hysterectomy, removing the offending organs, yet many still experience the pain and discomfort.  Women who have hysterectomies, no longer produce their expected hormones and are jettisoned into “sudden menopause” causing hot flashes, jittery stomach, vaginal atrophy and more discomforts.  Women using vaginal cannabis *1.  have reported relief from hot flashes.  Debbie’s life was changed immediately following her first application of vaginal THC.  She had experienced 12 to 18 hot flashes per day following her hysterectomy, 25 years earlier.  The first application of vaginal THC suppressed her hot flashes for 24 hours.  Repeated daily, she learned that it took fewer applications to keep her hot flashes at bay, similar the patient with migraines.  

Last butt not least, the anal application of partially decarboxylated cannabis coconut oil was found very effective when treating hemorrhoids. Many men and women reported *1 finding relief from the swelling and fiery pain of their hemorrhoids when applied by gloved fingertip or suppository. During anal sex, it was found to be an excellent lubricant that reduced the pain *1.  One female patient had developed a large hemorrhoid when birthing her son, 50 years earlier.   To her surprise, after applying cannabis infused coconut oil anally for a few days, the hardened hemorrhoid tissues started to soften and shrink.

The cannabis medical revolution has dawned and the rays of healing light are about to emerge upon society.  Cannabis research has proven that every plant contains terpenoids and some, like the pot plant, have incredible medical potential.  One-day scientists will hopefully find the right balance and synergy of cannabinoids and terpenoids for the human body to return to and maintain a state of homeostasis.  Stress threatens our bodies homeostasis state of balance.  Cannabis can help manage the almost constant stress we experience so in our turbulent, fast-paced out-of-balanced world.  Imagine, reversing CECD, previously untreatable diseases and other hereditary health conditions with cannabis.  

Feeding those whacked-out hormones
A little dab will do you!  Remember this is a different kind of dabbing.  Not all oils are health or appropriate to insert into one's vagina or asshole.  The vagina and anal systemic absorption of cannabinoids via mucous membranes provide medicine throughout ones entire body.  Virgin organic coconut oil is thought to be the healthiest oil to use vaginally or anally, and perfect for infusing with cannabis *1.   Please be aware that all oils will deteriorate latex and polyisoprene condoms *15.

Every body is different and each person is unique with different objectives and tolerances.  For your first time, start with a low dose and increase slowly over time.  Most women using small amounts of THC did not get high or stoned *1.   Some women enjoyed the anxiety relief provided with larger doses.  

Other than the controllable high;  urinary urgency was the only other overuse symptom observed by patients *1.  It only affected a few women and the urgency issue corrects itself for most of the women in a week or two.  However, this is an indication the product may be too potent for you or you are using it too often.  It is best to reduce your dosage or dilute the product by mixing in additional extra melted coconut oil.

Systemic application of THC cannabis infused coconut oil:  Using a clean finger (with or without a glove), Massage the oil into the vagina and surrounding areas.  start with 1 mg or less. If it is liquid or melted, a small drop will do.  If hardened, scrape off an equivalent amount with your fingernail.  Some women prefer to use a tampon, yoni egg, sea sponge or sex toy to help deliver the oil further up the vaginal cavity *16.  Rub oil on breasts and on painful and sensitive areas anywhere on or in your body.   Many prefer using vaginal or anal suppositories. 

Wait a few hours and increase if desired.  It may take several hours to feel the full effects.  Effects can last for hours or days depending on the amount used.  Never drive, make important decisions or be responsible for children until you know how this powerful cannabis medication affects you.

 For sexual arousal, apply generous amounts.  Wait 30-60 minutes before sexual arousal. Once a women’s natural vaginal secretions start to flow and the absorption of the THC becomes minimal.  Enjoyed by all genders as a lubricant most vaginal cannabis oils should be made of food grade materials and edible for extra fun and pleasures.  Have fun, explore your options and tell others!

The U.S. government wrongly made marijuana into the Evil Weed, obstructed medical research, took the medical patients, fought the American people and affected the attitudes of nations. At the beginning of 2018,  8 States and the District of Colombia had legalized recreational marijuana.  The people in 29 States and DC voted for cannabis use and acceptance overriding federal laws.  Vermont's Senate passed a bill becoming the first state in the nation to speak for their entire population by legalizing recreational marijuana.

Jan 4th, 2018,  Jeff Sessions, federal attorney general,  rescinded a 2013 decision returning federal prosecution of recreational and medical cannabis, affecting more than half the United States in America.  This giant step backward is likely to tip the scales and force the Federal government to honor the choices made by the citizens of the United States of America.  The US cannot afford to wait another thirty-three years to comprehend and accept this medical cannabis miracle and the healing revolution that awaits humanity and the possibilities of our new healthier futures 

*1     Patient Samples were provided to and with the consent of qualified volunteer medical cannabis patients in California through participating California collectives and legal cannabis events.  Nectar’s Collective hosted this research at The Emerald Cup for four consecutive years( 2014 – 2017),  numerous High Times and Hempcon events.  Provided courtesy of private funding, participating qualified patients received sun-grown, high-quality full-plant cannabis, infused organic virgin coconut oil.  Filtered to remove all plant material and partially decarboxylated; with higher ratios of non-psychoactive THCA, and lower amounts of psychoactive THC.    Samples were tested in licensed laboratories.

*2             2002, Dr. Russo, 
*3              2014, Smith Sc & Wagner Ms,
*4             1983, Smith DOI: 10.1126/science.6298938
*5             2001,
*6              2016, Lisa K. Brents PMCID: PMC4918871.
*8.            2006 (12%) 
*10           2007  Stress   and Migraines
*11  American Academy of Neurology, US study of 18,714 adolescents. 

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*12 Migraines brian structure
*13          CannabisGenomics .Org
*15          All oils deteriorate latex & polyisoprene condoms.  Coconut oil is okay with lambskin, nitrile and polyurethane condoms and toys. 
                Not all oils are safe for vaginal use.
*16          Avoid toxic shock.