Whoopi Goldberg Launched Medical Marijuana Startup for Women

March 31
8:51 AM 2016

Whoopi Goldberg launched medical marijuana startup offering pain relieve product to help women with painful periods. Goldberg and co-founder Maya Elisabeth announced the company on Wednesday.

According to CNN, Goldberg's partner Maya Elisabeth has been running a medical marijuana business since 2008. She founded Om Edibles which produces the highest grade of organic medicinal marijuana cannabis for topicals, tinctures and edibles usage.

The new company, Maya & Whoopi currently have four products to help relieve period cramps and discomfort during menstrual periods. The products range from edibles, tinctures or liquid extracts, rubs and a bath soak, all of them are cannabis-infused.

The products offered by the company are described as profoundly relaxing. With her new company, Whoopi Goldberg wanted to create cannabis product for women that discreet, provided relief and does not make them intoxicated.

"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 said in an interview with  Vanity Fair. "Smoking a joint is fine, but most people can't smoke a joint and go to work."

Whoopi had been using marijuana with vase pen to ease her glaucoma-related headaches for years. She admitted that medical marijuana had prevented her to consume a high dose of painkiller. Thus she is able to control the intake without getting addiction.

"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," Whoopi Goldberg said.

Some of the products from Maya & Whoopi were reported to only contain cannabidiol (CBD), one of the ingredient in cannabis which caused no euphoria or intoxication to its users. Cannabidiol have been researched as pain relief, and have been tested in some clinical studies. CBD has a certain anti seizure effect, even it has lack of psychoactivity such as  main ingredients in cannabis Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which caused intoxication.

However, there is a lack of data that support its usage to repel cramps and pain associated with menstruation. Business Insider reported a comment from professor of family medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine Dr. Ranit Mishori. She told Live Science regarding the topic of marijuana and menstrual cramps, "With exception of a study in the 1800s, I see no evidence in the medical literature that supports that use."

Award-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg, who had won Emmy Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award tried her venture in medical marijuana. On Wednesday she announced her company Maya & Whoopi, offering medical cannabis to help women relieve their menstrual pain.

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