QUIM | Changing the narrative around cannabis and women’s health

Sandy Cohen
Apr 24, 2019

Seeking personal solutions.

Cyo Ray Nystrom had tried everything on the market, and yet she was still “living at the whim of an unhappy quim.”

Ever since she first had sex, Nystrom suffered from recurring yeast and urinary-tract infections, and for years, no doctor or drugstore product could solve the problem. She started experimenting with natural remedies, eventually coming up the healing formulas that led her to start “a vaginal wellness company” called Quim.

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“I’ve been in that place that literally millions of people with vaginas have been in where you’re on the Internet and you’re like, ‘I’ve already put a raw cube of garlic up there, I’ve done a yogurt douche and … I don’t think this is working,’” Nystrom says. “I started Quim after a process of really Goldilocks-ing with my vagina.”

Sexual healing.

One of her first promising discoveries was the effectiveness of tea tree oil, which felt cooling and soothing after sex and also seemed to quell yeast infections. Nystrom started making her own tea tree oil suppositories with supplies from her local health food store and began slowly healing her quim (a 17th Century English slang term for vagina).

She kept her solution to herself, mostly because vaginal issues aren’t something people typically chat about. But Nystrom continued perfecting her personal formula at home. Meanwhile, she made a professional switch from tech sales to cannabis in her Marin County hometown.

Then, in 2014 , Nystrom received a gift that changed everything.

Quim Rock everyday CBD oil (photo courtesy of Quim Rock).
Quim everyday CBD oil (photo courtesy of Quim).

Finding the formula.

It was a bottle of cannabis-infused lube, new on the market at the time.

“I was like ‘Oh my God, this combines my two favorite things!’” Nystrom recalls.

She loved the product and was inspired to add cannabis to her personal healing recipe. She learned to extract cannabinoids from the plant and incorporated them into her tea-tree concoction, which shifted from suppositories to a topical formula. She kept the mixture in a mason jar she traveled with, which she accidentally left behind one day at a friend’s house in L,A.

“I called her and I was like, ‘Sorry, I left my weed lube over there,’” Nystrom says. “And she was like, “Actually, you’re never getting this back, and I think you need to start selling it, because I thought I was getting a yeast infection and now I’m not, and I had two orgasms last night. You’re on to something.’”

Spreading the message.

Quim was born in 2017 with a THC-infused herbal lube based on Nystrom’s personal formula. And now Happy Clam Everyday Oil is launching on Eaze Wellness: a CBD-infused blend which Nystrom says is “eye cream for your vagina.”

With tea tree oil, violet, apricot kernel oil and organic hemp-derived CBD, it’s designed to moisturize and soothe sensitive vaginal skin.

Though Nystrom doesn’t consider herself political, she says Quim is in that the company insists on using gender-neutral language to describe people with vaginas and aims to make vaginal health easier to manage and discuss.

“Talking about vaginal health in a non-gendered way really resonates with a lot of people,” she says. “I think we’ve come to understand that not everyone who has a vagina identifies as a woman, and not everyone who identifies as a woman has a vagina. So we need to talk about health issues as they relate to our anatomy.”

That, in itself, is political, Nystrom says, and she’s more than OK with it: “Quim has been an amazing vehicle for me to examine how I need to be better.”

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