If you're lucky enough to live in an California where cannabis is legal, and unlucky enough to have endometriosis or severely painful periods, this post is for you. Now, though a lot of my readers are in the Europe and Australia, I also have a fair few in America, and so whilst writing about Whoopi and Maya will benefit my American readers more directly, I still think a post on cannabis for endometriosis has some relevance to all of us.
Whoopi and Maya was all over the press last year, so the chances are, you may have heard of Whoopi Goldberg's cannabis oil line already, which is why I haven't written about it until now. But then I thought of the newly diagnosed or those who have only just started to experience menstrual pain and are now looking into their options and realised I still have a duty to talk about everything endo related, old or new.
Whoopi Goldberg has endometriosis, though thankfully, her story is one where the medical industry shines - Whoopi had a doctor who managed to treat her effectively and from what I understand, Whoopi's life has been relatively endo free. However, that hasn't stopped her from being a huge advocate, supporting charities and speaking openly about the disease.
When medical cannabis was legalised in California, Whoopi saw an opportunity to do something practical about the condition she felt so passionately about and for other women who suffer with dysmenorrhea and PMS. She partnered with Maya Elizabeth, who is the founder of Om Edibles and has won countless awards for her medical cannabis products, to create Whoopi and Maya, a cannabis line aimed at reducing menstrual pain and other related symptoms.
They have a 4 key products in their beautifully made collection. Their bath soak, SOAK, is a combination of Epsom salts, cannabis and essential oils. I've mentioned before how effective I personally find magnesium - which is present in epsom salts - for endometriosis, as it eases muscle cramping (especially when you spray it directly on your skin) and as a result, also eases the tension built up in the muscles from the pain. Additionally, cannabis is a natural pain killer, and helps to reduce pain levels whilst also enhancing the relaxed state the essential oils help to promote.
They then have SAVOR, which I wish so badly I could try, as it sounds perfect for my symptoms! SAVOR is a raw cacao based edible, which can be eaten straight from the jar, used as a spread or added to hot milk or a smoothie. The purpose of this edible is to help boost feelings of wellbeing, which cacao is known for due to its ability to stimulate serotonin, endorphins and other 'happy' hormones and chemicals whilst also increasing levels of magnesium and iron, which deplete during menstruation. The product is available both as a THC or CBD product (THC is the chemical in weed that gets you high, CBD is completely non-pyschoactive, can be obtained from hemp alone and is the pain-relief and relaxant found in cannabis), meaning you can get that feel good chocolate hit you need when PMS is causing your to question your existence and also helps relieve tension and pain.
RUB, which again is another I would desperately like to try, does exactly what it says on the beautifully designed jar. The all natural beeswax based rub, contains cannabis oil and other herbs to help alleviate pain quickly and lift low moods with herbs and essential oils. I like using magnesium oil as a rub, but it really prickles and tingles my skin, so I imagine this would be a much more soothing experience!
Their final product is a tincture - RELAX. RELAX is a THC infused tincture which is blended with other oils and herbs that help promote relaxation and pain relief, including cramp bark and passion flower. Whoopi and Maya suggest this is an ideal way to experience quick relief discretely, as it can be taken by mouth or added into drinks, which is a more convenient and subtle way of reducing endometriosis symptoms at work without raising eyebrows.
Whilst, sadly, this is not available in the UK, CBD oil is. CBD oil as I mentioned earlier, is the chemical responsible for pain relief and can be obtained from non-psychoactive and legal strains of hemp. Holland and Barrett have just started selling the oil, whilst a vapor, is available online (though I'm yet to try both, I will report back as soon as I have!). So even though getting your hands on the Whoopi and Maya line may seem like a long way off, you could begin experimenting with your own homemade rubs etc with CBD oil. If you try this out, let me know! I'd love to share tips and recipes, I'm probably going to be buying myself some this week!