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Published on November 7th, 2014 | by gatsbyadmin

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Foria: The Real Deal or Blowing Smoke Up My Vagina?

Most of us have heard the term “Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll” and we’ve had plenty of time to observe that sex and drugs often go hand in hand. Whether its the ability of alcohol to lower inhibitions, the use of illegal drugs like ecstasy that intensify sexual encounters or pharmaceutical drugs like viagra that aid in sexual achievement, drugs and sex have become inextricably linked in today’s society. However, one “drug” – at least its a drug according to the United States government – that doesn’t typically come to mind when thinking of this combination is marijuana. I’m sure there are plenty of people who love to get high and have sex but to the extent of my experience, weed just doesn’t fit the stereotype when it comes to the sex and drugs association. That is, until now. Foria, a marijuana-based lubricant for women, is taking the cannabis world by storm and already there are other companies replicating and marketing the same concept. Their claim, found right on the home page of their site is that:

“Foria brings to your fingertips the power of ancient plant medicine to inspire deep healing and unlock profound pleasures. Hand-crafted from the female flower of the marijuana plant – one of the oldest known aphrodisiacs in the world – using modern extraction techniques for optimal potency and purity.”

Although there are already plenty of other articles in which women have tested and reviewed the product, I personally don’t feel its as simple as squirting some on and giving it a go. There were many questions that I wanted answers to prior to feeling comfortable with trying Foria for myself. Is there any actual basis to their claims of how and why Foria is going to enhance my sex life? Can I trust that it is safe? (Marijuana and products derived from it are considered federally illegal and therefore there is, unfortunately, a limit on quantifiable health testing). Is it simply the power of suggestion that allows women to feel like its having the desired effect? And ultimately, is this a legitimate product or are they just blowing smoke up my ass – or rather, my vagina?

If you were expecting another article where I just review the product and speak gratuitously about my sex life, sorry (I’m not sorry). Before I could even consider the sexual aspects of this review, I felt that the most important thing to take into consideration was the safety of the product. While I may not be a health expert, having been a female for all 28 years of my existence, I do consider myself an expert on possessing a vagina – and you can be damn sure that I’m not putting anything questionable in that area. It happens to be one of my favorite body parts, thank you very much and an incredibly sensitive and permeable body part at that. So what exactly does Foria consist of? According to the website, it is “a blend of nourishing liquid coconut oil and lab-tested cannabis oil from California-grown marijuana.” It also states that they “chose to make Foria with 100% natural liquid coconut oil” because “besides being delicious to eat, our coconut oil has a naturally low pH that is great for skin care and ideal for maintaining a healthy vaginal pH – one key to fighting off yeast and bacteria – thereby promoting natural harmony and balance within the body.”

I’m actually willing to give them the benefit of the doubt on the safety of cannabis oil. I happen to be a believer in the healing aspects of cannabis and therefore am willing to trust that this main ingredient in Foria isn’t going to adversely affect my lady parts. I see it used topically all the time with varying degrees of success, but never with any ill effects. But what about the coconut oil? It seems that it is being used as a jack of all health trades these days, but I wanted to know more about it specifically in conjunction with sexual organs. As it turns out, I did come across several articles touting the benefits of using coconut oil as a personal lubricant. One particular article in Women’s Health was very informative for my purposes and was written with input from female gynecologist Dr. Jennifer Landa. According to her, coconut oil is “more lubricating than a water-based version so it lasts longer” and is “shown to be anti-fungal, so it can keep nasty yeast infections at bay.” The information I came across seemed to support Foria’s claims on the integrity of their product simply as a lubricant.

However, its the facts that the brand left out that concerned me. While it hasn’t been found to have a directly negative effect on vaginal or bodily health, there were a few things that should be taken seriously into consideration before using Foria or any other coconut oil-based lube in general. As with anything, there is the possibility that you could be allergic. I’m willing to overlook this one since I think it should be common sense to test anything topical for an allergic reaction before actually using it. But as the saying goes, common sense is not all that common these days. Also, there is the fact that coconut oil is not water soluble at room temperature, meaning that it can, and most likely will, affect the integrity of a latex condom if used together. Yikes. That sounds to me like something they should have an open warning about. As a female, it sounds like one of my worst nightmares to find out that I became pregnant because my lube broke down the condom my partner and I used. On the converse side, although coconut oil is generally found to be safe for sexual use, it can reduce sperm mobility by affecting Ph levels in the vagina – something they might want to mention for any women who are trying to conceive.

The other claim that I wanted to explore was that cannabis is “one of the oldest known aphrodisiacs in the world.” Being restricted by both time and the reliability of the internet, I was a bit limited on my resources here. However, I did happen to come across the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime site which featured the Bulletin on Narcotics (1957). The work was titled “The Use of Cannabis Drugs in India” and was co-written by Col. Sir R.N. Chopra, Director, Drug Research Laboratory, Jammu and Kashmir (India) and member of THC Expert Advisory Panel on Addiction-producing Drugs of the World Health Organization and his son, I.C Chopra, a pharmacologist. (The Consumer Union Report on Licit and Illicit Drugs by Edward M. Brecher and the Editors of Consumer Reports Magazine, 1972 in the Schaffer Library of Drug Policy also had some interesting information on marijuana use in ancient cultures for those who are curious). Interestingly enough, it was in this government-approved document – from 1957, no less – that I found several mentions of cannabis being used as an aphrodisiac.

Seeing a bulletin posted on a governmental website about cannabis being used as an aphrodisiac was a shock to me in itself. In chapter 2, it was stated that “intense intoxication is necessary to produce aphrodisia or a state of mind wherein all sense of relativity of time and space is abolished” before going on to explain in chapter 3 that “cannabis drugs have been used in India from very early times… for the production of euphoria.” There is even a section in chapter 4 that explicitly states some of the properties of cannabis in Mohammedan Medicine; namely “Shukra-stambhan” which “promotes retention and the control over ejaculation” and “Virya-shodhan” which “inhibits the secretion of semen”. It would seem that cannabis was even used to prolong sexual encounters for men, making it a type of natural Viagra. Although there was no mention of it being utilized specifically for women, the confirmation that cannabis was used in ancient times for sexual reasons (again, let me emphasize that this was written in 1957, which was during Anslinger’s reign as the first commissioner of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics a.k.a. “Reefer Madnes”) was enough for me to take Foria at their word when they say that the marijuana plant is one of the oldest known aphrodisiacs.
Once I had established to my personal satisfaction the things that I deemed important – namely, that this product was safe and that the basis for its creation wasn’t solely to capitalize on the fast-growing marijuana market – it was time to move on to the more intimate aspects of Foria. I had located what facts I could (in my limited amount of time) that support the claim that cannabis has long been used as an aphrodisiac; I found several creditable endorsements for the use of coconut oil as a personal lubricant; I’m not trying to conceive; I’m aware of the risks of using an oil-based lubricant with latex; I’ve tested the product on an external area of skin to ensure that I wouldn’t experience an allergic reaction. I also felt it was important to let my significant other know that I would be openly sharing parts of our sex life. He was all for trying the product, but slightly skeptical about me sharing such personal information. However, after seeing some of the reviews (“A fifteen minute orgasm? What am I going to do during that time? Leave you to it and have a snack until your done?”) his curiosity got the best of him and he gave me his approval to write about the experience. It was finally time to test Foria out myself.

Since I was only reviewing the product and couldn’t be sure that I would like it, I picked up a sample-size bottle from AHHS WeHo, the dispensary affiliated with Dr. Dina. (Call me crazy, butI felt a bit more comfortable grabbing this product from a place with a female proprietor). This size contains 5 ML and at 4-8 sprays per use, the packaging describes this as about 5 servings. It was suggested that I spray it on about 30 minutes to an hour prior to sex and like many other women that had already tried Foria, I found this process a bit difficult. In fact, I felt much like an erotic contortionist as I attempted to direct the spray in the proper place without making a mess of myself. Which brings me to the “serving” instructions; 4-8 sprays? Maybe it’s because I’ve never had a problem naturally lubricating (Dear God, please don’t let my mother read this), but this seemed pretty excessive. Was I testing a lubricant or doing my best impression of Niagara Falls? It was definitely too much when I followed the instructions with 6 sprays. However, the next few times I used it (I’m nothing if not thorough), I used only three sprays and applied it with my hand rather than going the straight from the bottle to vagina route; definitely a much easier and less complicated maneuver.

During my first sexual experience using Foria, I noticed immediately that it created an interesting sensation; maybe I was just over-thinking things but I felt slightly… numb. Maybe it’s strange to relate my vagina to my mouth, but it was comparable to the way it felt that time my boyfriend convinced me to try a glycerine-based marijuana tincture. (I even sprayed some Foria in my mouth to confirm). After multiple times using the lubricant, I came to the realization that it wasn’t my imagination. This sensation was definitely due to Foria as it was something I had never associated with my sex life before. Other reviews of Foria cited an increased feeling of relaxation and I believe that’s what I was experiencing.

Once I had gotten past this unfamiliar feeling, you could say that the sex went about as usual; I had two orgasms before my boyfriend had an orgasm (yes, I consider myself lucky) and that was that – except it wasn’t. I don’t have multiple orgasms during every sexual encounter, but when I do – and maybe this is just me – it sometimes seems as if the initial one is “stronger” than the ones after it. (By stronger I mean either more intense, longer-lasting, or both). When I was using Foria, I noticed two things: when I would orgasm, it was (most of the time, not always) noticeably more intense than when I wasn’t using Foria and when I came multiple times, there was nothing to differentiate between the first time and the ones thereafter; they were all equally intense. Since this occurred during my first use of the product, I spent the next week switching between sex with Foria and without it and taking notes afterward (sounds sexy, I know) to verify that it wasn’t just a one-time incident. As it turns out, it wasn’t. The orgasms I was experiencing with Foria were generally longer and stronger than those I was having without it.

So, will I continue to use Foria? I might occasionally, but that’s a personal choice. I’ve been happy with my sex life thus far and don’t feel that I’m at a point where I need to rely on external enhancements in order to improve it. I have always been a highly sexual person and therefore have never had issues with feeling comfortable while having sex. However, if the statistics are anything to go by, many women have trouble reaching orgasm on a regular basis (or at all) and in relation to the female orgasm, I believe that this relaxing quality is the most important element of Foria. I don’t think the product is actually causing these super-intense and/or incredibly long orgasms; I think its helping women become relaxed enough to feel in-tune and comfortable enough with their bodies so that its possible for them to achieve pleasure in a way that they were naturally meant to. And that’s a great thing.

That being said, I would definitely recommend that other women try it for themselves. What gets me off isn’t necessarily what’s going to get another woman off since achieving a orgasm is extremely individualistic (at least for women). So in my opinion, personal experience is the only way to go. And speaking of personal experience, there’s something about Foria that I’m curious about and have no way of finding out for myself; since this is a product specifically designed for women, I would love to hear about some experiences using Foria from the ladies who love ladies out there. After all, wouldn’t that be the ultimate test of a lubricant that’s made just for females?

As always, if you have any feedback, I’d be happy to hear it, and you can reach me on Facebook (Danielle Erin), Instagram (daniicalifornia_) or through my e-mail, Danielle.Erin.22@gmail.com. I hope you enjoyed the review as much as I did researching it!

 

Written By: Danielle Erin

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