It should be common sense not to put anything that isn't doctor-approved up your butt or vagina, but some people still need to be constantly reminded about the dangers of this practice.
Gynecologists were recently forced sound the alarm on the risks that are associated with putting parsley in the vagina after a now-deleted Marie Claire article recommended it for regulating the menstrual cycle.
Shortly after, the medical community once again spoke out against the use of Lush Cosmetic's new Eggplant Emoji bath bomb as a sex toy.
By now, you'd assume that everyone got the hint - don't put foreign object in your body's orifices - but that doesn't seem to be the case at all.
Turns out, there are people out there who have been using CBD-infused suppositories for several different reasons, including relief from PMS symptoms.
CBD, which stands for "cannabidiol" is a chemical compound that is derived from the marijuana plant. Unlike THC, CBD does not have any psychoactive effects when used, which means you won't get high.
Although controversial and still illegal in the U.S., the natural extract has long been touted for its effectiveness in reducing pain and inflammation, improving mood and sleep as well as regulating hormones and the metabolism.
However, even though it is natural and potentially beneficial, the jury is still out on how much it can actually help with PMS symptoms and what the side effects are when taken via the butt or vagina.
CBD suppositories are currently available for purchase, but there really is no body of scientific research that backs up the claims surrounding their usefulness. There is evidence, however, that CBD does reduce neuroinflammation in the body, and this is what birthed the notion that it could help with period pain.
According to an Elite Daily interview with OB/GYN Dr. Gunvor Ekman-Ordeberg, she and most medical professionals would "never recommend the use of cannabis/medical cannabis for period relief,” because “the use of medical cannabis is suited for chronic and neuropathic pains/ diseases such as MS,” and even then, it's the last resort for when all other drugs have failed to work.
Of course, there are some doctors who believe that it's a harmless option for soothing menstrual cramps, but at the end of the day, CBD-infused products are neither approved nor regulated by the FDA, so there really is no official way of knowing what exactly is in the suppositories and if they're safe at all.
“How much of the CBD do we need to actually bind to our receptors to cause an effect? How much are these folks even absorbing?” asked Dr. Hance Clarke, the director of Pain Services and the medical director of the Pain Research Unit at the Toronto General Hospital. "Do we know any of these facts? Batch to batch variation — is one suppository the same as the other?"
Not only is there a chance your pain will not be alleviated by CBD, there's always a risk of serious infection whenever you insert something foreign in the vagina.
You risk disrupting the healthy bacteria, which could lead to irritation, inflammation and infection, such as thrush and bacteria vaginosis.
It's always important to consult with a doctor before trying a new product, especially if it is unregulated. If you're looking for relief from menstrual cramps, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen, are what's often recommended. These are available over-the-counter, but you should still speak with your doctor just to be safe.