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ARE CANNABIS CAPSULES THE ANSWER TO FIXING BAD PERIOD CRAMPS? / Harpars Bazaar

The moment I discovered "vagina weed" to combat my painful PMS symptoms.

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It wasn’t until after I stopped taking the pill—i.e. hormonal birth control, which I started at 16 to improve my skin—that I started experiencing painful PMS symptoms.

I had braced myself for what internet forums and friends had warned against: irregular periods, moodiness, cramping, bad skin and weight gain. To my surprise, save for a few drugstore pregnancy test scares, my cycle regulated pretty quickly, with my weight staying relatively the same. But the one thing that did change was the cramps, which grew exceedingly worse every month and left me doubled over in pain, causing me to miss work or cancel plans with friends in favor of sitting in front of Netflix curled up to a hot water bottle with Midol at the ready.

So I considered my options. I could get a hormonal IUD that would defeat the purpose of going off the pill to get away from synthetic hormones—I had been there, done that, and even bought the T-shirt saying “I HATE THIS” in bold, graphic letters across the front). So I decided to do some research into alternative cures and there it was: medical marijuana. I had dabbled in smoking to alleviate anxiety, cramps and general malaise, but I started to hear rumblings of other methods to administer the herbal cure, like vaginal CBD oil suppositories to combat cramps—otherwise known as dysmenorrhea.

Vagina Cannabis Capsules Foria
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I made it my mission to find the product in Toronto, but then promptly forgot about it for a few weeks. If you’re a woman, you’ll know that you tend to forget about your monthly annoyance during in-between times. It wasn’t until I was stumbled upon a new chic new shop in my neighborhood—the kind that sells expensive succulents, crystals and locally designed minimalist jewelry—that turned out to be a very stylish dispensary, which happened to carry another version of the vaginal suppositories I had read about.

I promptly bought three capsule-shaped CBD oil jellies containing only 25 mg of THC (these were available in 25, 50 and 100 mg), and anticipated my period with excitement for the first time maybe ever.

Two weeks later it was time to put them to the test. I consulted the directions and went to town. It’s kind of like inserting a tampon without the applicator, that is to say, uncomfortable for the uninitiated, but eventually I got the hang of it. Although studies have not conclusively discovered how cannabis works to combat dysmenorrhea, though some research suggests it helps the nerves in the uterus, cervix and ovaries to relax and block pain by suppressing the mechanisms responsible for inflammation.

So I lay in bed waiting for the medicine to kick in while I caught up on the Kardashians. Halfway through watching one of their elaborately luxurious family vacations, my abdominal muscles released and a calm akin to a very restorative yoga class washed over my body, while my mind retained the same sharp clarity I normally experience after shavasana. There were no psychoactive effects from the THC.

"It’s kind of like inserting a tampon without the applicator, that is to say, uncomfortable for the uninitiated, but eventually I got the hang of it."

Unlike a tampon, the capsule dissolves in your cervix so you don’t have to worry about it after inserting, and the effects of the suppository lasted long enough that I was able to fall asleep without pain and wake up feeling refreshed and relaxed.

While the capsules, which I’ve nicknamed vagina weed, are simply a treatment of PMS symptoms and not a permanent solution in terms of fixing the root cause, it’s something that has been more effective for me than anything else I’ve found. I now give them to girlfriends as gifts and have heard nothing but positive things about their pain healing powers.

For women in New York who suffer from menstrual cramps, a bill was passed in May that would allow you to legally consume marijuana under the state’s medical marijuana program (it has yet to be signed into law). New Jersey was considering a similar bill last year. Now let's wait for the rest of America to follow suit.

FORIA AWAKEN REVIEW / CannaInsider

 

Have you been looking for a sensual, natural product to use in the bedroom? One that actually works?

 Foria Awaken is handcrafted from organic whole plant extracts blending aphrodisiacs and cannabinoids to create the perfect addition to your nightstand. This topical liquid spray is edible, vegan, and gluten-free. Use it alone or with a partner, just not with a latex condom.  What’s the juicy, best part about this product? Keep reading.

Where to Buy Foria Online —-> https://www.foriawellness.com/

Foria Awaken Review

Specs

  • 30 ML for $40
  • 4 or more sprays per serving size
  • California collective members can purchase THC products
  • Not compatible with latex condoms
  • Non-toxic
  • Blend of Whole Plant Extracts of Kava Kava, Hemp, Cinnamon, Ginger, and terpenes

What are your feelings on the ingredients?

Foria combines eight natural ingredients  — cacao, kava, vanilla, coconut, hemp, mint, ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom. Together, this blend can either increase arousal and heighten sensation or it can reduce physical tension and discomfort creating an elevated sexual experience. The Awaken product contains no THC but includes CBD, cannabinoids, and terpenes to create a whole new category of sexual lubricants. CBD is an anti-inflammatory and analgesic, so for women and men who may experience pain from sex or tension in these areas of their body, Foria may offer a new level of relief not previously found on the market. The synergy of the eight botanical aphrodisiacs along with the kava, cacao, and hemp based cannabinoids create the activated experiences that Foria markets — enhanced sensation, deeper orgasm, increased desire, improved lubricant, heightened awareness, and full body relaxation. Kava Kava is a healing herb used throughout the South Pacific for millennia for its intimacy enhancing properties. Kava is known for creating a relaxing state of bliss that aids in unwinding physical tension and social anxiety. Overall, Foria’s use of whole plant and organic ingredients create a trusted product that does what it says it does. Foria even shared their testing results with us to further prove this point. Take a look below.

Foria Testing Results

Where does this stand in relation to the market for this kind of product in general?

Foria stands in a unique category of sensual products. Foria is marketed as wellness product for women that “opens the door to natural, euphoric pleasure.” Foria promotes relaxation and blood flow by working with your body’s natural systems to create a therapeutic aphrodisiac effect. Foria uses hemp in addition to natural plant extracts in the Awaken product. By adding CBD, Foria is adding something that may be of interest to customers who experience tension or discomfort during sexual activity. This product can be used alone or with a partner but is not compatible with latex condoms. Therefore, it stands in its own category between a sexual experience enhancement product and lube, under certain conditions. Many traditional lubricants use silicone, so having an all-natural plant based option, also intended for solo use, is a welcome alternative.

Foria Awaken Review

What is your feeling on the usefulness?

Foria Awaken is incredibly useful in most sexual situations, expect for those that call for a latex condom. The product is light and smells pleasant so using it is actually an enjoyable experience. It comes in a spray bottle and the dominating smell is a soft mint – similar to the smell of mint chocolate chip ice cream. So what is the best, juicy part about this product? The spray application. This makes it very easy and clean to use. No more soaking heavy silicone based lubricants on your sheets or staining your clothes. The spray feels wonderful as it’s being applied and the controlled application ensures that the product goes exactly where you want it to. A little bit goes a long way creating the best bang for your buck. It’s edible and it tastes natural making it easy to ingest in whatever quantity you desire.

Foria Awaken Review

If you were describing it to a friend how would you explain it and give it relevance?

This product is relevant because it’s about time that a women’s sexual product was made with women’s tastes in mind. This all-natural, organic, easy to use and easy to apply product appeals directly to many women today and enhances the bedroom experience for women whether they are by themselves or with a partner. The addition of hemp creates an added benefit for the many who may experience discomfort during sexual activity. This product is marketed as an aphrodisiac as well and it is. It’s not just a lubricant — it does both well. Reasonably priced, all-natural, and true to the marketing claims, Foria Awaken is an addition to the bedroom that I recommend.

Foria Awaken Review

 

Visit Foria —-> https://www.foriawellness.com/

I Tried "Weed Lube" and Oh My God, Yes / POPSUGAR

 Every Lovely Thing My Vagina Went Through When I Used a Cannabis Oil Spray

I'm not into smoking weed, but my vagina is all about some THC. Disclaimer: I live in the state of California, where the purchase and use of Foria Pleasure, a "sensual enhancement" product made of cannabis oil and liquid coconut oil meant for your nether regions, is legal. It's basically weed lube, and it's glorious.

The company says that Foria Pleasure "brings the power of ancient plant medicine to your fingertips," and let me tell you — there's certainly something powerful going on here. While technically not a traditional lubricant for all intents and purposes — it's more of a "pre-lubricant" — the topical oil taught me what "mind-blowing" really means — and I will never use the phrase so lightly again. While the application of the spray resulted in arousal almost immediately, the greatest (seriously, greatest) effect it had was on the intensity and length of my orgasm(s). I literally was laughing incredulously the first time I climaxed, and I'm pretty sure things like "what the actual f*ck?" and "holy sh*t is this still happening?" came out of my mouth.

Here's the lowdown (literally) on how Foria works — read on to see if it's for you.

How It Works

The instructions suggest you apply four to eight sprays directly onto the clitoris, inner and outer labia, and inside the vagina, adding that "internal application provides the highest absorption," which I found to be true in my own experiences. Foria works the way it does because the skin of the vulva and vagina are sensitive and highly absorbent. I've experimented with various amounts and haven't found a huge variation in terms of sensation, except that closer to eight sprays with internal application seemed to really do the trick. Really.

Each time I've applied Foria, I've noticed almost immediate effects, but they begin more externally/on the surface and then progress to a deeper, more internal sensation. Because it can take between 15 minutes and an hour to get the full effect of Foria, I suggest applying it, then taking part in lengthy foreplay while enjoying the feeling as it blooms. It is described as a "pre-lubricant" because its purpose is to enhance pleasure, not lubricate the vagina. "Weed lube" is a loose term, mainly because it is applied to, and inside of, the vagina like regular lubricants.

What It Feels Like

My biggest concern about taking Foria was my fear that I would feel high in the traditional sense. I deal with extreme anxiety and have found that smoking or ingesting marijuana (particularly sativa) can cause actual panic attacks. It's something I avoid entirely, because getting stoned isn't worth the risk of inducing my anxiety, something I work tirelessly to keep at bay. Luckily, Foria doesn't work that way, and I didn't feel anxious at all — quite the opposite, actually.

Some reviewers on the site noted their own struggles with pain during sex and difficulties achieving orgasm for years, and they finally found pleasure with Foria. Again, every experience is different, but after using Foria, I am inclined to believe their anecdotes.

One reviewer put it like this: "Fact — you WILL get a little horny and turned on! Fact — you WILL feel stimulation in HD . . . it's the only way to explain it! Fact — you WILL orgasm deeper than you ever have," which pretty much sums up my experience with it. The sensation and sensitivity of all aspects of sex is heightened and, for me, improved.

Each time I've used it, it almost feels like everything goes warm and tingly down there, and when touched, it's actually so sensitive it almost tickles — in a good way, of course. Foria doesn't necessarily bring you to an orgasm faster (although for some, it can, since it can increase arousal), but it's the grand finale where you really feel major the results. Climaxes are deeper and way more intense than anything I've ever experienced. They feel all-consuming! Orgasms also can go on for longer; it can feel like it's going to last forever, and if anything is going to be eternal, I think we can all agree that an orgasm would be our top pick.

Health and Wellness

While the oil hasn't been evaluated by the FDA, the company says that safety and purity is "of paramount importance." "Our cannabis oil is extracted using leading-edge solvent- free pharmaceutical grade processes that provide extracts in their purest possible form," the site says. To ensure the cleanest and safest final product, the company tests Foria at multiple stages; it tests for potency, pesticides, residual solvents, and microbials. The products undergo something called a "hot-fill" bottling process, allowing Foria to produce a "microbial-free product without the use of artificial preservatives," the site says. The bottom line is that Foria is natural, and the product is made up of two very basic components: cannabis oil and coconut oil.

As with any product, you should always use at your own risk and consult your healthcare provider, because plant medicine, like any other kind of medicine, works differently with different bodies. 

To be clear, Foria isn't a product designed to get you high the way that smoking or ingesting cannabis would; it is a topical "pre-lubricant" meant to be sprayed, then absorbed. It is not latex-safe and not recommended for use with latex condoms. While I enjoyed all of my experiences, everyone is different, and it may not be for everyone. It is currently only available in states where marijuana is legalized.

Beyond Pleasure

Foria turned me on, it spiced up sex with my partner, and it gave me some of the best orgasms of my life. But it goes beyond that. A sexual enhancement product for women is empowering; it places the focus of pleasure and completion on women and those with vaginas. It's something we can enjoy alone or with a partner, and it is a novelty in that its central purpose is to optimize the female sexual experience. Bottom line? I'll be using it again. And again.

Is Cannabis the Women’s Wellness Cure We’ve Been Waiting for? CARE2.com

  • By Jordyn Cormier
  • February 12, 2017

No matter how you feel about it, cannabis is a fast-growing facet of the wellness industry. Sixty percent of Americans support legalized marijuana—and for good reason. Cannabis has been shown to help with anxiety, chronic pain, blood sugar regulation, seizures, inflammation and so much more. But cannabis may also help in an oft unaddressed area of wellness: women’s sexual health.

Women’s sexual health is notoriously undervalued. Many women have immense difficulty orgasming or relaxing during sex, while others experience sometimes crippling symptoms of menstruation, like unrelenting cramps and heavy nausea. Not enough has been done in the wellness world to support women’s healthy sexuality. Cannabis has the power to change that.

Cannabis has been used by cultures for millennia to enhance sexuality and the sexual experience. In a profound way, it can help modern day women have both healthier sexual experiences as well as more tolerable menstrual cycles. While it may seem odd, using cannabis to support a healthy sex life makes sense. After all, cannabis promotes muscle relaxation and increased blood flow, both of which are essential for a healthy sex life.

This therapeutic value is what led Mathew Gerson to found FORIA, a line of cannabis suppositories and sprays designed specifically for people with vaginas.

Mathew Gerson, FORIA’s co-CEO/creator, is no stranger to the business of making sex safer and healthier. As creator and former CEO of Sir Richard’s condoms, he worked to make condoms cooler and more accessible to those who really need them. Now, he’s on to help women have healthier and more empowered sex lives with FORIA’s cannabis vaginal products.

FORIA is a line of vaginal suppositories and vaginal sprays that infuse cannabis with vaginal-friendly oils like liquid coconut oil and organic cocoa butter. Their popular, aptly named products include Pleasure and Relief.

Pleasure is a sexual enhancement oil that promotes relaxation, increases blood flow to reproductive organs and the current line offers a mild psychoactive effect. It contains solely THC and works as a pre-lube, applied a few minutes before things get frisky. While I haven’t tried it personally, it has received rave reviews. Women claim it has made sex more powerful, emotional and sensual. Some experience multiple powerful orgasms. Others claim it allows them to fully enjoy sex for the first time. And that is truly a beautiful thing. Pleasure seems to help women who experience pain, discomfort or anxiety during sex to finally begin relishing in their sexuality and enjoy getting it on.

Suffer from killer menstrual cramps, back pain and headaches when it’s that time of the month? Relief has been formulated to have no psychotropic effect (meaning it won’t get you high) and is designed to help ease the symptoms of menstruation. It contains both THC and CBDs. When inserted into the uterine area with a tampon applicator (but don’t be fooled; it’s not a tampon), CBDs directly affect the immune system and nerve endings within the uterus, ovaries, cervix and surrounding tissues to suppress inflammation and relax muscles to reduce cramping. THC helps to block pain signal in the nerves to reduce discomfort. Think of Relief as a natural, more effective Midol, without the serious side effects, potential drug interactions, artificial colorings or fancy pharmaceutical patent.

Currently, both Relief and Pleasure are only available in California and Colorado, but Gerson says they are working to get their products in to recently legalized states soon.*

*(For those who don’t live in cannabis-friendly states, a cool new product, Awaken, will be released in March that will be legal in all 50 states, regardless of marijuana laws. It will be a lubricant like Pleasure, but comprised of the whole plant extract of organic hemp, meaning it will have the potent therapeutic benefits of most cannabinoids without any of the psychoactive effects of THC.  I think that’s pretty exciting!)

I had the chance to chat with Gerson about the wellness industry, the benefits of cannabis, its shifting public image from dangerous drug to plant-based medicine. According to Gerson:

“We need to holistically look at our health and be citizen scientists for our own bodies. It’s been forgotten that you have a right to understand your own body. We don’t need to wait for the upper echelons of the health industry to tell us something is good. Figure it out for yourself.”

When I asked what Gerson would say to those who still cling to the negative stigma that has followed cannabis in recent decades, he said:

“We need to be really sensitive to other attitudes and beliefs and respect them. We need to allow people to have their positions and learn [about cannabis's medicinal benefits] through first and secondhand experiences.”

“Tell people, do your research. Look at the research on how cannabis has helped so many sick people. The most transformative way to share cannabis is to inspire that empathy response… We are at the vanguard here, and the diversity of benefits being discovered is almost daily, with all the studies being published, I believe in 5 to 10 years, cannabis will completely separate itself from the long shadow that’s been cast over it.”

Cannabis has the potential to be tremendously beneficial for not only women, but our health and wellness as a culture. Perhaps cannabis has a future in your medicine cabinet, having so many beneficial uses and no serious side effects. In fact, Gerson thinks cannabis is a uniquely loving plant with both medicinal and cultural value:

“It is really a very compassionate plant [cannabis], I can say that for sure. It loves us. It dulls pain and increases the good feels. We’ve co-evolved with this plant—in fact, our bodies have receptors that specifically interact with it. We’ve grown together.”

And it seems true. Cannabis must love us. It has empowered the health of so many people, from inconsolable seizure patients to women who have long suffered with sexual dysfunction. Who knew a humble plant could so powerfully revolutionize the modern wellness industry?

Read the whole article here: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/is-cannabis-the-womens-wellness-cure-weve-been-waiting-for.html 

Five months, five methods, no ibuprofen. What worked? FORIA Relief!

 

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I Tried 5 Alternative Period Cramp Cures and Here's What Actually Worked

Five months, five methods, no ibuprofen. 

 By Hannah Smothers | Dec 01, 2016

"Foria is a newish company that’s either totally outrageous or doing the Lord’s work, depending on how you want to look at it."

According to a report from CNN, pain management is the most commonly prescribed use for medical marijuana in the United States. Foria's website says their little butter-encased suppository works to "directly impact the immune system and the nerve endings of the uterus, cervix, ovaries and surrounding smooth muscle tissues." Or in other words, it targets all the parts of you that hurt while you're on your period and tries to relax them.

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The best instruction, though, was the one that said I should lie down for a while and relax. After cultivating my perfect vagina-weed environment, I messaged my editor, “ok it’s weed time,” and shoved the suppository into my vagina, with the help of a tampon applicator.

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The accompanying instructions told me I shouldn’t necessarily feel high. But let me tell you. I felt high. Not, like, I-can’t-perform-my-job-anymore-today high, but definitely things-are-funny!!!! high. I ate my cookie and then also ate approximately 45 Annie’s white cheddar bunnies. And then also I ordered a sandwich. But! I totally felt no pain. My cramps, which had been firing away at full blast, subsided as my weed butter melted in my vagina.

In short, I loved these little THC butter bullets. Not quite enough to move to California (I don’t trust a state with that much sunshine), but definitely enough to hoard my remaining three for days when my cramps are truly awful.

MY RATING:

Four "bowing deeply" emojis, because I was truly in awe of this weed butter vagina experience.

 

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The Many Benefits of the Elusive "O"

 

The revolution of female sexuality and the need to make pleasure a priority is starting to pick up steam. We want to help with the mission, giving women what they want and what their general well-being very much needs, 3-4 times a week, ideally.

Modern life is stressful. I think this is something we all can identify with. Finding the time and headspace to do good things for yourself can be a challenge. And between work, children, partner, life… prioritizing pleasure can be low on the totem pole.

 But having regular orgasms can create a multitude of wonderful side effects. Whether in a relationship (or alone) the transformative qualities of the big “O” are remarkable.

 The (sometimes elusive) female orgasm does a lot more than just give you pleasure in the moment. Want to live longer? Look younger? Feel better? Be smarter? Improve your digestion? Sleep deeper?

 Orgasms can help with all of these things and more.

 Here’s the catch. For women in particular, stress is a libido killer. Other factors like illness or chronic pain can also put a damper on your sex drive. And modern medicine can sometimes be a factor. Antidepressants for instance are known to lessen your desire for desire, since they alter the serotonin receptors in your brain. If that is the case, spending some quality time with yourself or with your partner, and putting energy into achieving pleasure (and the all important climax) is EVEN MORE IMPORTANT.

Awaken’s cocktail of all-natural aphrodisiacs was specifically designed to help tackle some common problems. We have found that Mother Nature’s finest is very effective in helping with pain management. The topical formula promotes relaxation and increases sensitivity. The good kind of course.

A few more reasons to seek out the O:

  • Orgasms and sex release the human growth hormone that, amongst other things, can make your skin more elastic.

  • Orgasms make the blood flow to your brain, bringing nutrients and giving you a brain boost.

  • Orgasms can act as a natural antidepressant.

  • Orgasms help balance your hormones.

  • More orgasms = better self-esteem

  • Orgasms can relieve the pain of menstrual cramps

  • Orgasms help improve and strengthen your immune system

  • Orgasms are equal opportunity. Giving is as good as getting.

  • Want to hear the best part? Orgasms only gets better with age!

 

 

More Good Reads.  Check out Goop’s guide to erotic sensation and sexual fulfillment.

  

References: Flo Living, Goop, Huffington Post, Woman’s Day, The CSPH, Women’s Health

FORIA Awaken Product Review / RAVISHLY.com


Operating your vagina without taking advantage of the latest sex products on the market is kind of like still using a flip phone. Sure, it gets the job done. But you don't know what you're missing out on.

 One recent addition to the wonderful world of things you can put in your V? A new women's pleasure lube from FORIA. Known for their cannabis-based products, FORIA's new formula, Awaken, harnesses the power of CBD (short for cannabidiol). As far as products made from the ganja go, you're probably used to hearing about the ones made with THC — aka the chemical responsible for the mind-altering effects of marijuana. The big difference between the two is that CBD won't leave you feeling high. But it has been loosely linked to health benefits like relief from stress and anxiety, and even alleviating minor aches and pains.

 While the jury is still out on research to support whether or not CBD can lead to a better orgasm, the folks at FORIA claim it's the key to a more intense climax. In fact when tested, those who tried the product said they experienced "enhanced sensation, deeper orgasm, increased desire, improved lubrication, heightened awareness and full body relaxation." Count me in.

There are few things I won't try (especially where better orgasms are concerned), so I gave Awaken a spin during one of my solo sessions. Here's what it's like to get yourself off with CBD lube.

 The Application.

 Most of the lubricants I've used come in some type of pump or squeeze set-up, but FORIA Awaken comes as a spray. As soon as I experienced its light, albeit somewhat watery consistency, I understood why. Applying it probably wouldn't have been as messy if I had a partner spraying me down. But trying to operate the bottle's pump upside down was a bit awkward.

I followed the directions which said to "apply liberally directly to the clitoris, inner and outer labia and inside the vagina," noting that the typical "serving size" is four or more sprays. I started with four, then added a few extra for good measure once I got the bottle working. It's definitely worth noting that (at least to me) this stuff smells incredible, kind of like a fresher version of mint chocolate chip ice cream. To that end, Awaken is also edible — so no worries if your partner wants to go down on you after you've already lubed up.

What It Felt Like.

Once I was thoroughly lubed up, I kind of expected to experience a difference immediately... but no dice. A few minutes later, I started feeling majorly turned on — and I hadn't even started touching myself. It almost felt like my clit was gently pulsating. I let that sensation play out for a few more minutes, wondering if it might get stronger or if this was the peak. After spending five minutes or so on that pulsing plateau, I decided it was time to take matters into my own hands (you know, literally).

FORIA's test users weren't kidding about the heightened sensitivity that happens when you're using this stuff. For the sake of this article (and because what's the fun in orgasming immediately?), I had to slow down the typical pace I use when I'm rubbing one out. It took some time for me to get used to how sensitive all parts of my vagina were thanks to being coated in this mythical CBD ingredient — especially my clit. I ended up unintentionally edging myself a few times throughout the process, backing away from the big 'O' and building it back up again.

The Orgasm.

Not going to lie, the grand finale wasn't anywhere near as good as the process of getting there. And since diddling with CBD continued to measure up to what I'd heard other users say about the product throughout my experience, I was expecting this orgasm to pretty much be earth-shattering. It wasn't the best one that I've had — but certainly more intense than if I hadn't used Awaken to get me there.

The Verdict.

Would I try Awaken again? You bet. I'm not sure whether or not you can get addicted to a lube made from a drug, but I've been pretty hooked on this stuff ever since I first gave it a try, and have been recommending it to pretty much anyone who will listen. Also, for you lucky folks who are actually getting laid on the regular, I can only imagine what it would feel like to use this stuff while you're making love. No but really, please try it and report back.

The Magical Versatility of the Coconut

Coconut Oil is a serious multi-tasker. This true gift from nature can work magic on you, inside and out. We use the miracle oil as the basis for Awaken.

In addition to being extremely moisturizing (it leaves everything it touches softer and silkier) Coconut Oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. And since it smells and tastes like a tropical vacation, Coconut Oil is truly the ultimate pleasure tool.

Below are just a few of our favorite uses for the mighty Coconut Oil.  

  • Spread it around. Not only does it make an act of intimacy a smooth and scent-ual experience, but you can then smear it on your hands, feet, elbows or anywhere that needs some extra moisture and love.

  • Throw it in your hair for a five-minute mask before washing, drying and rocking lustrous bed head.

  • Throw it in your after sex espresso for a nutty morning pick me up.

  • Give your partner added moisture during oral pleasure, and then swish some around in your mouth for a few minutes to kill any bacteria and whiten your teeth.

  • If you happen to swallow some while in the heat of the moment, don’t worry. Eating a spoonful of coconut oil a day can help boost testosterone levels, reduce prostate size, build bone strength, and make you drop a few lbs.

And one last reason we think Coconut Oil is the ideal foundation for a superior lube, is all things it DOESN’T have. Many name brand lubes can include parabens, glycerin, synthetic dyes and fragrances, and loads of other things that you would never want to say, sprinkle on your dinner.

Awaken is 100% Mother Nature’s finest, free of synthetics.

I Tried All the Weed Products Designed for Sex / VICE

FORIA Awaken, aka Weed Lube

Weed lube sounds like an urban legend, but a quick Google search and survey of friends proved that it is a very real product with a massive cult following. FORIA Awaken, the latest innovation in marijuana-spiked lubricant, hits markets in late April and is an organic blend of eight supposed plant aphrodisiacs, leaving out the THC so it's legally accessible anywhere. FORIA's first product, Pleasure, is a beloved classic and an innovator in the bourgeoning get-high-via-your-vag movement.

Per the press release, FORIA Awaken will: enhance sensation, increase desire, improve lubrication, heighten awareness, deepen orgasms, and relax your body. As a high-powered career woman who is often too stressed to masturbate—should I move to LA?—I figured this edible, vegan, and gluten-free (!) lube would be a welcome addition to my routine, perhaps in conjunction with a vibrator. I applied the lube liberally to my clitoris, inner and outer labia, and inside my vagina, as instructed, and turned on my favorite device.

Wow?! 10/10. Everything felt incredible, though I'm devastated weed lube will now have to be a regular expense for the rest of my life. (Thirty-ml bottles cost around $48.) While masturbating, I felt each sensation and touch was intensified, and I was more relaxed than I have been in a long time. Fuck human partners!

Their O.G. product, FORIA Pleasure—which contains THC—was even more spectacular. Every surface felt relaxed and super-sensitive to touch.

Every time I peed it smelled like weed.

FORIA Relief, aka Vaginal Suppositories

Even though this product offers you a vehicle for shoving weed into your vagina, this isn't necessarily a sex thing. For women with terrible period cramps, the vaginal suppositories from FORIA harness the muscle-relaxing and pain-relieving properties of cannabis—without inducing a psychotropic "high"—and alleviate the back pain, abdominal cramping, and general achiness associated with menstruation. A single serving contains 60 mg of THC, 10 mg of CBD, and cocoa butter, and once you push it as far as you can into your vagina, the whole thing dissolves and starts working pretty quickly.

While I wasn't menstruating when I tried these, my body did feel tense. It was Easter Sunday, and I was nervous about seeing a Broadway play—The Little Foxes starring Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney—with my friend's family. Plays, dramatic and long, are hard for me. So two hours before the show, I followed the product's accompanying instructions, put a pillow under my butt, and jutted my pelvis towards the ceiling. I inserted the suppository as far as I could, and it dissolved almost instantly. I stayed in that position, naked, for ten minutes as the pug I'm babysitting jumped on the bed to see what was happening, running back and forth across my face.

After 20 minutes, my muscles did feel super-relaxed, and while in retrospect I realized this experience could have gone terribly wrong, that afternoon I enjoyed the play spectacularly. I didn't even get upset or agitated when Nixon's character yelled "I hope you die—SOON" at someone. I can't wait to try these when I actually have period cramps. (That night, my masturbating experience was top-notch, and I imagine there was a correlation.)

From a discharge perspective, my underpants remained substance-free, except every time I peed it smelled like weed.

FORIA Explore, aka Anal Suppositories

Since the headline implies I tried all of these products, I held these pen-cap-sized capsules in my hand and considered putting them in my butt, which is a lot farther than most people go with anal suppositories. Anal has never been anything but excruciating for me, so I couldn't bring myself to insert them. There was nothing sexual I felt like doing with my butt or having someone do with my butt. Even sex columnists have lines.

British GQ on FORIA ".... it's the most enjoyable sex product of the year."
British GQ November Issue
by Anka Radakovich
Continuing my own sexual research, I was studying the mating habits of Topanga Canyon, California, a former hippie enclave near Malibu (where Neil Young wrote After The Gold Rush and about which Jim Morrison was thought to have written "Roadhouse Blues") when I was given a bottle of Foria, a "sensual enhancement oil." According to its makers, it is "hand-crafted from the female flower of the marijuana plant - one of the oldest aphrodisiacs in the world - using modern extraction techniques for optimal potency and purity. We invite you to slow down relax deeply, and discover the pleasure within." It costs $44 for a small 10ml spray, or $88 for 30ml, and is only available for purchase in the state of California* as "medical marijuana." 
[*Coming soon to Colorado and Washington state]
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Foria...for a woman's pleasure
Foria is "designed to be directly applied to the clitoris, inner and outer labia, and inside the vagina." I waited about 30 minutes and nothing was happening, so I forgot about it. But after another ten minutes, the whole area down there felt completely relaxed and warm. Nice. My vaginal lips felt heavy, then started to feel tingly, which felt trippy. It was the first time I've ever thought, "My poontang feels totally stoned."
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Foria...for a man's pleasure
To test the effect Foria has on male genitalia, my "research assistant" came over for some further testing, rubbing the Cannabis oil - which is made with coconut oil - all over his manhood: meat and potatoes. It took about 45 minutes, but the first effect it had on him was that his balls felt like they were "hangin' low," followed by the tip of his penis feeling warm and tingly. "I don't know if I would call this an aphrodisiac," he said, "but this feels interesting, relaxing, like my penis and balls are on drugs."
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Foria founder Mathew Gerson, whose former business was a line of Sir Richard's condoms, says, "it wouldn't be fair to call the oil an aphrodisiac, but it is a sexual enhancement. I've had more than 100 people try it out, many claiming it made them feel more sensitive and the sex more pleasurable. It's the first THC-infused lubricant. Sex is always better when you are completely relaxed. We're now testing the product to be used for men's prostate massages, with great results."
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Although my Foria trip only lasted about five minutes - about three minutes longer than my last sexual encounter - it was fun. Skeptical of its effects at first,
I've come around to thinking that since it makes everything feel more sensitive 
and tingly, it's the most enjoyable sex product of the year.
After it wore off, I said to my research boy, "My little lady down there has the munchies and is hungry for your cock," encouraging even more testing. Since the concoction is edible, I applied it downtown again and he went to work eating it. "OMG!" he said. "Now my tongue feels stoned." The research continues...
foriapleasure.comAnka's book, The Wild Girls Club, Part 2: Tales from New York to Hollywood (Skytower Publishing) is now on Kindle.
'The Fast Track to Real Sexual Highs' can be found in the Brad Pitt cover story edition of British GQ, November issue 2014. 
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