Whoopi Goldberg is known for many things: being an actress, talk show host and activist. Well, now she wants to help get rid of your cramps. The West Orange star opened up to the New York Times about being the founder of a line of non-smokable medical-cannabis products that help women with menstrual pain.
“A friend of mine was talking about a few famous people launching marijuana lines, and I asked if anyone was doing a menstrual line,” she told the paper. “And they laughed at me. They called it a niche market. But the niche market is half the population on Earth.”
In an interview with Vanity Fair, The View co-host said she wanted to create a product for women that helped women feel better and still be able to function at work. “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. “Smoking a joint is fine, but most people can’t smoke a joint and go to work.”
Whoopi joined forces with cannabis expert Maya Elizabeth to develop the Whoopi & Maya line, which includes a soak, a rub and raw cacao, all formulated with cannabis and other natural products targeted to address women’s health issues including cramps.
She added, “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.”
Whoopi has been an outspoken advocate of medicinal marijuana and opened up about how it’s helped treat the symptoms of her own medical problems. This is something that’s come under fire as she’s also been open about her past drug dependency. Regardless, she stands by her opinion. “If I want to get high, I can go do that at any time,” she told the New York Times. “It’s about treating my glaucoma.”
Currently the Whoopi & Maya products are only available in California but as laws change perhaps we’ll be able to buy them here in New Jersey. In the meantime, we’ll have to keep using more traditional methods.
Buzzfeed had women try the products and here are their experiences: