IF NORTH Dakota residents vote to next month to legalise recreational marijuana, women in the state could be able to purchase an unusual item that's said to relieve menstrual-related pain - cannabis-infused inserts.
One Park River resident, Stephanie Carlson, told the new station she'd not onlybe willing to try the product - she'd be the "first in line" to buy it.
"I just want to be able to have that one week a month to not be hunkered down in pain. I want to be functional," Ms Carlson said.
Foria already sells its products in states such as Colorado and California where recreational marijuana has been legalised. It says on its website that the vaginal suppositories are "specifically formulated for relief from menstrual discomfort".
The product, called Foria Relief, "delivers the soothing benefits of full-spectrum cannabis directly to the area that needs it most - typically with little or no psychoactive effects".
The vaginal suppositories are made with 60mg of THC and 10mg of CBD. When smoked or ingested, the former cannabinoid gives you a "high" effect, while the latter, another cannabinoid found in marijuana, does not have any psychoactive effects.
When inserted, the compounds "activate certain cannabinoid receptors in the pelvic region," Foria says on its website, adding the "cannabinoids directly impact the immune system and the nerve endings of the uterus, cervix, ovaries and surrounding smooth muscle tissues" to relieve the pain.
The company claims most users "do not report experiencing a psychoactive high when taking Foria Relief vaginally or rectally," but noted those who use the product will test positive for cannabis during a drug screening.
Some users claim they experienced relief from cramping and other menstrual-related problems in about eight minutes, Women's Day reported in 2016.
"On a monthly basis, I'm dealing with not just one day of pain, two days of pain. It can be anywhere between five and 10 days of extreme pain," Ms Carlson said.
"If legalisation were to happen, women like her, women like me, women like you, everybody, all women can have this option to not be in pain."