The 60-year-old actress Whoopi Goldberg, best known her roles in Ghost, Sister Act and as Guinan in Star Trek, has launched her very own medical marijuana products.
The actress has founded a company that makes these products in order to help women who suffer from menstrual related complaints.
The actress herself has had a long history with period cramps and the associated pains. She decided to launch her own company after male experts in the field told her it was ‘too niche a market’.
“It’s like, half of the planet is not a niche market!” Whoopi said.
“Most guys don’t have any idea what a period is or how it works. It’s like, ‘There’s a vagina, and there’s an egg…'”
The TV host of The View collaborated with long-time friend Maya Elisabeth, who founded Om Edibles, an all-female medical marijuana group in California.
The Whoopi & Maya line includes:
- Bath soak
- Herbal tincture
- Body balm
- Raw sipping chocolate
All products feature medical marijuana and are designed to ease the pain of menstruation.
In promoting her new products, Whoopi told Glamour magazine that both her daughters and their daughters had inherited her “horrific” cramps, however, when she discussed the possibility of starting up a company to deal with period pain, men in the marijuana business were not convinced there was enough interest.
Whoopi released a statement on her Instagram account which reads:
‘By combining medical Cannabis with other healing herbs and super foods we have created enjoyable and effective healthy alternatives for women to use in California during their menstrual cycle.’
The pair spent over a year and a half working on the products and said that she felt the universe had conspired to bring her and Maya together to make magic.
Whoopi spoke to Vanity Fair about the effects of her products, and reassured potential customers that they would not get an enormous high from them:
“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.
“Smoking a joint is fine, but most people can’t smoke a joint and go to work.
“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,” she explained.
Other celebrities to take a leaf out of Whoopi’s book are Willie Nelson, who launched his own marijuana business last year, and Snoop Dogg, who has a range of edible products called Leafs by Snoop.
Whoopi certainly feels she has a heads-up when it comes to dealing with period pains, and how to get rid of them:
“This was all inspired by my own experience from a lifetime of difficult periods and the fact that cannabis was literally the only thing that gave me relief,” she added.
“Every month women experience pain and discomfort associated with their period. Cannabis is a wonderful remedy, and … can provide the type of relief many women need.”
The Whoopi & Maya line is available from this April, but so far, only medical marijuana prescription-carrying residents in California can purchase them.