Actress Whoopi Goldberg launches line of marijuana products for period pain

 

Outspoken marijuana fan Whoopi Goldberg today announced she is launching a new line of products featuring the drug that claims to help women who suffer from menstrual stomach cramps.

The 60-year-old actress, businesswoman, comedian and television host from New York, who publicly supports marijuana use, told USA Today period pain is ‘not a joke’ and that she wants to help those who suffer from it.

Whoopi says that her product, which is released next month, is for people who ‘don’t want to get high high’, but instead simply want a way to relieve their period pain in a calming and relaxing way.

It will only be available in California to people with medical marijuana cards due to the federal ban on the drug.

The View co-host launched the brand, Whoopi & Maya, with Maya Elisabeth, founder of Om Edibles, an all female-run medical-marijuana cannabis company in California.

By entering the marijuana industry, one of America’s fastest growing, Whoopi is following in the footsteps of rapper Snoop Dogg, who backs Leafs by Snoop, and the family of late singer Bob Marley, who joined a cannabis company to make Marley Natural products.

Whoopi said although joint-smoking is ‘fine’, the majority of people cannot do it before work and function.

‘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,’ she told Vanity Fair.

‘Smoking a joint is fine, but most people can’t smoke a joint and go to work.’

‘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.’

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‘I’m stitched up and tubes run from my right side’ Jambi Koikai shares the pain she’s been experiencing

Jambi Koikai popularly known to many as Faya Mama is undergoing surgeries because of a condition called Endometriosis.

This is a medical condition that occurs when the lining of the uterus, grows in other places. When menstruation comes, it has nowhere to go.

Jambi, has come out to narrate her painful experiences that happen every month when she receives her periods.

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“LET ME BREAK IT DOWN FOR YOU….I’VE SPENT ALL MORNING TALKING WITH MY MOTHER. I’VE CRIED. I’VE WAILED FOR THE WOMEN OF THIS NATION.
YOU SEE I’VE UNDERGONE 10 SURGERIES AND A SET OF 3 SPECIALISED ONES TO GO. SO AFTER I LEAVE THE THEATRE, I CANNOT WALK. THEREFORE I USE A BEDPAN FOR A FEW DAYS. IF I NEED TO PEE I HAVE TO CALL A NURSE. IF I NEED TO SH&* I HAVE TO CALL A NURSE. THE NURSE COMES WITH THIS METAL PAN THAT IS PLACED UNDER MY ASS AND I HAVE TO BE LIFTED TO FIT ON IT LEST I MESS MY BED. I’M STITCHED UP AND TUBES RAN FROM MY RIGHT SIDE TO A PLASTIC DRAINER. AFTER A FEW DAYS I’M ALWAYS ADVISED TO GET OUT OF BED AND WALK. WELL IF I NEED TO GO THE TOILET AFTER I’VE STARTED WALKING, I NEED TO CALL THE NURSE SO WE CAN DETACH THE BOTTLE AND I CARRY IT TO THE TOILET. NOW REMEMBER I’M STITCHED UP. THE PAIN IS IMMENSE, BEDSORES HAVE ALSO FORMED ON MY BACK BECAUSE I SLEEP FACING UP. I HAVE NO SUPPORT BECAUSE I NEED TO GAIN STRENGTH. THE WALK FROM MY BED TO THE TOILET IS THE LONGEST. NEVER MIND THAT I CAN’T BEND ONCE I’M THERE. I’M STILL HOLDING ON TO MY DRAINER BOTTLER BECAUSE IF I LET IT GO, IT WILL MESS UP MY LUNGS. IT’S DRAINING WATER, BLOOD AND AIR FROM MY LUNGS FOR THE NEXT 5DAYS.
ALL THIS WAS CAUSED BY PERIODS AND THE CONDITION I’VE BEEN BATTLING KNOWN AS THORACIC ENDOMETRIOSIS.
MY MOTHER JUST SHARED WHAT SHE WENT THROUGH WHEN SHE GAVE BIRTH TO US. THE STITCHES. THE CUTS. THE PAIN. THE AGONY. AND SHE WAS A SINGLE MOTHER.
THEN WE THINK ABOUT KENYATTA NATIONAL HOSPITAL. WOMEN WHO’VE UNDERGONE CS AND GIVEN BIRTH NATURALLY HAVE IT WORSE THAN ME. THEY UNDERGO WORSE PAIN THAN WHAT I’VE DESCRIBED. THEN TO THINK THEY’RE IN DANGERS EYE OF RAPISTS.
YOH AMERICAN WOMEN SAID TIMES UP.
IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME WE ALSO SAID TIME IS DAMN UP.”

WOW! Indian Firm Lets Female Employees Take The First Day Of Their PERIOD Off Work

Ever had to call in sick with a headache or food poisoning because you felt too awkward – or embarrassed – to say you had terrible period pain?

One Mumbai-based company is now offering women an automatic paid day off on the first day of their period if they have severe cramps – or other menstrual pain – making being in the office unmanageable.

Culture Machine Media released a YouTube video featuring some of its 75 female employees to mark the policy launch, and created a petition on Change.org calling for First Day Of Period (FOP) Leave Policy to be implemented across India.

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The company argues that women should not have to ‘keep periods hidden’, writing alongside the video: ‘It’s time we address that women menstruate and it is okay to take a day off to get through the discomfort.

The first day was chosen, the firm explained because it was when most women reported experiencing bad pain.

When the video – which has now been viewed more than 135,000 times – was shot, Culture Machine employees had no idea about the plan.

It shows female staff talking about how they feel on the first day of their periods and asking them if they have ever had to make up excuses to take time off to cope.

The responses varied, with some saying they experienced severe pain and others reporting mood swings. All said that they would like the option of taking the day off.

Some had previously felt too awkward to explain to a male boss why they couldn’t make it into the office.

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On discovering the policy would be implemented, one employee said: ‘I think it’s damn cool in the sense that it is saying: Hey! [Bad period pain] is a good enough reason for you not to come to work.’

While the company’s petition, launched in conjunction with female employees, has received 25,000 signatures within one week and interest is growing.

The company is not the first to launch ‘menstrual leave’ as a policy. Nike adopted it back in 2007 and being allowed time off for period pain is a federal legal requirement in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

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How The Monthly Misery Of HEAVY Periods Can Be TREATED If Your Doctor Spots It Early Enough

The problem is hardly a popular topic of conversation, but even doctors cringe at the subject of heavy periods.

It meant the cause was missed, leaving her — like thousands of women — suffering needlessly for years. ‘I’ve always had heavy periods, it’s been the bane of my life, but it was never taken seriously,’ says Bev, 46, who works in hospital operating theatres.

‘I was in the airforce when I was younger, so we moved around a lot,’ says Bev, from Rochdale, Greater Manchester.  ‘I had a new GP every couple of years. They were always old and male, and they just rolled their eyes. It was never investigated.’

From the start of menstruation at ten, Bev’s monthly periods were long, painful and heavy. It was physically debilitating, had a huge impact on her work and social life, and was devastating for her confidence.

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‘It’s been a huge source of anxiety and I’ve had so many horrible, embarrassing episodes. Every time I booked a holiday, or was invited to a wedding, I’d think, “Oh please, don’t let me be on my period”.’

Bev, who is married with a daughter, 22, and son, 19, tried treatments such as the contraceptive pill and Mirena coil — which releases hormones that help to thin the lining of the womb — but none got the problem sufficiently under control.

Doctors had said things would get better once she had children, but although her periods were lighter for a while, they then became worse than ever.

‘I began dreading talking to the doctor about it. I’d try to explain that I had to sleep on towels, but got nowhere. For most of my life, I felt it was part and parcel of being a woman.’

Only now has she learnt the truth behind her problem.

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Malcolm Dickson, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Rochdale Infirmary and a colleague of Bev’s, has been investigating her symptoms and believes she is one of many thousands with heavy menstrual bleeding that is caused by Von Willebrand disease, an inherited condition that impairs the blood’s ability to clot.

Carriers either lack Von Willebrand factor — a protein in the blood that helps it to clot — or the factor is present but doesn’t work properly. (It is not haemophilia, which is a more serious bleeding disorder where a different protein is lacking).

Up to 2 per cent of people are thought to have the genetic fault that causes a lack of Von Willebrand factor, but few realise they have it, says Mr Dickson. ‘The majority of men who have it won’t be troubled by it, but because of bleeding complications associated with menstruation and childbirth, women who have it, will.’

He says the disease is often overlooked as a cause of heavy periods, meaning many women miss the right management and treatments.

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‘Invariably it raises its head when women reach puberty; they go to their GP who puts them on the contraceptive pill, which is not very effective at controlling bleeding if it’s due to Von Willebrand,’ says Mr Dickson. ‘They’re then put on another contraceptive pill and so on — they try various things that may improve the situation but never sort it permanently.’

Mr Dickson says up to 30 per cent of women with heavy menstrual bleeding have Von Willebrand disease.

Signs that it might be present include very heavy, long painful periods — menstrual ‘flooding’, passing clots and needing to change sanitary products very frequently and at night.

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Those affected also typically report a family history of heavy periods; they may also bruise easily or have a tendency for nose bleeds, or have experienced heavy bleeding after a trauma or a procedure such as a dental extraction or tattoo.

Very heavy periods from a young age may also be a clue, says Mr Dickson, as other causes such as fibroids tend to start later in life.

‘The difficulty that sometimes arises is that women are asked, “are your periods normal?” and because their periods are the same as other women in their family, they say yes,’ adds Dr Charles Percy, a consultant haematologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

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Probe links sugary drinks with earlier menstruation

Girls who consume lots of sugary drinks start menstruating at a younger age, a study said Wednesday.

The findings are important because early onset of menstruation is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer in later life, the paper said, although other experts saw flaws in the probe.

Writing in the journal Human Reproduction, researchers said they had monitored the health of more than 5,500 American girls between 1996 and 2001. They had been part of a wider study involving nearly 17,000 children.

The girls were aged between nine and 14 when they joined the project and had not yet started their periods.

During the five-year study, those who drank between one-and-a-half servings of sweetened drinks per day had their first period 2.7 months earlier than those who had two or fewer sweet drinks a week, the investigators found.

The earlier menstruation occurred regardless of the girls’ height-to-weight ratio — their body mass index (BMI) — their calorie intake and exercise.

“Our study adds to increasing concern about the widespread consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks in the USA and elsewhere,” said Karin Michels of Harvard Medical School, who led the probe.

The average age for first menstruation was 12 years and seven months.

A 2.7-month earlier onset translates into a “modest impact” on breast cancer risk, the study said. Previous work had found that starting menstruating one year earlier increases the cancer risk by about five percent.

Doctors are already concerned about a separate issue — the ever-earlier onset of puberty in young girls, which remains unexplained.

The latest study was based on statistics, and was not powered to explore the causes.

The authors point to previous research that says high, swift doses of sugar cause a rapid increase in levels of the hormone insulin, which in turn has a knock-on effect on concentrations of sex hormones.

– ‘Overly alarmist’ –

The group of girls in the study was 93 percent white, and the amount of sweetened drinks they consumed “is likely low” compared with that of other groups, the researchers said.

Sweetened beverages comprised non-diet sodas, non-carbonated fruit-based drinks and sweetened ice tea. A serving was classified as one can or glass.

Independent commentators were cautious of the findings, pointing in particular at the source of the data.

It was the girls themselves, or their parents, who reported on body size and drink consumption — a method famously prone to error.

“It’s fair to ask whether the self-reporting on height is a bit over-estimated and whether on weight it is under-estimated,” said Michel Colle, a paediatrician in Bordeaux, southwestern France.

“If so, this would completely distort the BMI and thus the conclusions themselves.”

Ieuan Hughes, a paediatrician at Britain’s University of Cambridge, said the study also failed to factor in the children’s location, parents’ occupation and whether they were migrants — other potential factors.

“The reference to breast cancer is overly alarmist,” he added.

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Early menstruation linked to heart failure

According to scientists, women who begin their menstrual cycles early or late appear to be at greater risk of developing cardiovascular problems.

Researchers at the Oxford University in Britain have discovered that the age of 13 is the optimum age for monthly periods to begin and women who start their cycles at age ten or younger, or 17 or older appear to be more likely to have a heart condition or stroke.

The scientists gathered data from about 1.3 million women who were mostly white and between the ages 50 to 64 and noticed a pattern among those who had started their periods at age ten or younger, or 17 or older.

The women were studied for more than 10 years and the two specified groups had a 27 percent increased risk of hospitalizations or death due to heart disease.

Dexter Canoy, the lead author of the study and cardiovascular epidemiologist at the University of Oxford’s Cancer Epidemiology Unit stated that there is a strong correlation between the age of menarche, when a woman’s first period occurs, and heart disease and stroke risk.

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Ruby cup: The amazing menstrual cup keeping girls in school

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According to global hand organisation about 65% of women and girls in Kenya cannot afford sanitary pads and hence the need to find a permanent solution for save women the stigma during menstruation. The ruby cup serves the perfect solution to this women and school girls.

What is there to know about the Ruby cup? Ruby cup is a high quality, eco-friendly menstrual cup made out of 100% medical silicon. It can be reused up-to 10 years. The size fits comfortably even in women who have given birth. It costs 100sh which is equivalent to one packet of sanitary towels. You can go up-to 12 hours without emptying the cup. According to the ruby website the material is easy to clean and because it is smooth it enables for soft insertion and removal. It is a viable option for women without access to sanitary towels.