I used to live in Southern California, where everyone everywhere asks for, or has an edible.
As a veteran, it was a culture shock to hear my civilian friends casually ask each other for edibles in the middle of a sentence.
“Girl my man was tripping last night. Wayment [Wait a minute]. Is that an edible? Let me have some!”
“I think I’m going to study at my favorite taco shop in Ocean Beach. Want to come with me? I got some edibles?”
(When walking into a party) “Who got the edibles?”
I also saw so many dispensaries give out edibles as part of their local marketing, that it no longer phased me when I saw it. What I didn’t see were black people heading up medical marijuana joints, which is kind of frustrating because it’s a billion dollar industry. USA Today reported that the marijuana industry was one of the country’s fastest growing industries, increasing by 31% annually, with a national market worth of $5.7 billion.
To see black people be left out of that green rush makes me a little sad. That’s why I’m happy that black celebrities like Rihanna, Snoop Dog, and now Whoppi Goldberg, have lines of marijuana accessories or strains.
This week, Whoppi announced that she will be releasing her new line of Medical Marijuana, sold under the “Whoppi & Maya brand” that will be available only in California to people with medical marijuana cards. USA Today also reported that the products will be available on shelves in the next several weeks in at least five dispensaries around the state.
But here’s the kicker – the products will help women with relief from menstrual cramps.
The company she’s co-founded offers four products: a balm, a tincture, sipping chocolate, and a bath soak. All are infused with marijuana and aim to reduce the pain and cramps from periods. Pricing has not yet been set.
Whoppi and her business partner Maya Elisabeth caught up with Vanity Fair to discuss their new line of cannabis infused products, and this is what people who do not smoke “that stuff,” but have awful cramps, needs to know about it.
WHY CANNABIS? WHY NOT SOMETHING ELSE, LIKE PILLOWS OR TABLE WEAR?
Pretty much, Whoppi can do anything. But what seems to interest her these days are jobs she is passionate about, and one of those passions involves her fancy for that sticky icky.
Whoppi has been a long time user of cannabis, and she’s been outspoken about it too. According to Vanity Fair,
In 2014, she wrote in The Cannabist about her love of her kush-filled vape pen, which she says gives her relief from glaucoma-related headaches without resorting to eating handfuls of Advil every day.
“I started using the vape pen because I stopped smoking cigarettes about four years ago and discovered I couldn’t smoke a joint anymore…The relief that I got with the vape pen was kind of different from what I got with smoking. I could control it much better.”
That’s when the idea came to her that if cannabis worked so well for her headaches, perhaps it could help with other aches too. So she made a few phone calls to some folks in the industry, and they told her no because it was a Niche industry. Goldberg blew that off as rubbish, because her response to it was,
“Hey, this niche is half the population on the earth…This seems to be people flippantly blowing you off, which is what you get whenever you start talking about cramps. They weren’t thinking how do you target this? I have grown granddaughters who have severe cramps, so I said this is what I want to work on.”
SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR PEOPLE WHO TAKE PEE TESTS AT WORK?
This means that if you have debilitating cramps, like people who may be battling PMS or PMDD, you get to ask your doctor about how these medical marijuana products could help bring you some relief. According to an article written by Fusion writer Taryn Hillin, this only happens in severe cases. She also had this to say about studies conducted on the effects of pot on your period.
Not shockingly, no official studies have been conducted—yet—on cannabis breast rubs, so the experts we spoke with couldn’t comment on its effectiveness. That said, as Russo pointed out, cannabis has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can reduce swelling. (Near a woman’s period, her breast tissue sometimes swells up to a cup size bigger.) And the risk of psychoactive side effects is low.
“Generally, when you use topicals, it’s not giving you a head high,” said Russo, explaining that a transdermal (i.e. through the skin) delivery doesn’t put enough THC in the bloodstream to make you buzzed. “However, a lot of people report benefit on joint pain or muscle pain.” In other words, cannabis can provide localized relief without the complications of being “high.”
Whoppi Goldberg recognized that not everyone could toke before work. She said,
“For me, I feel like if you don’t want to get high high, this is a product specifically just to get rid of discomfort…Smoking a joint is fine, but most people can’t smoke a joint and go to work.”
CAN I USE THIS STUFF ON THE GO?
If you live in California, and if you have a medical marijuana card, you sure can. Whoppi said,
“This, you can put it in your purse…You can put the rub on your lower stomach and lower back at work, and then when you get home you can get in the tub for a soak or make tea, and it allows you to continue to work throughout the day.”