There are many ways you can consume cannabis, but among them, it wouldn’t be surprising for suppositories to be the least popular.
suppositories are becoming hot commodities in the world of cannabis medicine. Already, DIY recipes are making their way around the internet and early prototypes are hitting dispensary shelves. But, do cannabis suppositories even work? If so, what are they used for?
The use of suppositories for medicine is nothing new. These solid forms of medicine have been around for a long time now. They are inserted to the body via the vagina or the rectum although rectal suppositories (AKA up your butt!) are the most common. While they may sound unpleasant, suppositories can be real lifesavers for individuals who struggle to keep down or effectively digest medicines. Most suppositories are designed in a conical shape and are enveloped in gelatin or cocoa butter for easy drug release once it’s inside your body.
Suppositories, cannabis or otherwise, are an effective way to deliver medicine. These are ideal for people who:
- Have seizures and are unable to medicate through the mouth
- Have difficulties swallowing medicine
- Prefer not to smoke medication
- Unable to keep liquids or pills down due to vomiting/nausea (such as people undergoing chemotherapy)
- Suffer from blockages that prevent the medicines from passing through the digestive system efficiently
So why would anyone try cannabis suppositories if there are many alternative ways of taking it?
Quicker Cannabinoid Absorption
For one, its effects will work much faster. When the cannabinoids are delivered through the rectal mucosa, it helps distribute the therapeutic molecules so much quickly to the bloodstream and nearby organs. It’s also an efficient way of eliminating the “head high” brought on by THC, since not everyone enjoys it. You could also take CBD suppositories without worrying about the high.
Different Kind of High
The high you’d get from cannabis suppositories are different, though. Many prefer it because it’s cleaner and purer; it reaches the circulatory system without having to pass through the liver and the upper gastrointestinal tract, often resulting in higher cannabinoid concentrations. The liver is also essential to the feeling of getting high, since THC goes through the liver before the brain to give you a head high. The best way to describe the hit you’d get from suppositories is one that leaves you clear headed. You’ll feel its effects in as little as 15 minutes or less, and oftentimes it can last for as long as 8 hours.
Rectal vs. Vaginal Suppositories
If you are using it for medicinal purposes, consider the location of the symptoms before deciding on rectal or vaginal suppositories. Women suffering from PMS, menstrual pains, and endometriosis, for example, will benefit from inserting them vaginally. On the other hand, rectal suppositories work well for back pains and other conditions affecting nearby organs. But if you aren’t sure, rectal suppositories tend to be efficient no matter what it is you’re suffering from.
Where To Find Cannabis Suppositories
Cannabis suppositories are found pretty easily in mature cannabis markets such as Colorado. Just go to your favorite dispensary and there’s a good chance you’ll find at least a few varieties of suppositories to choose from. However, for newer markets such as those in Canada or New York, you’ll have to invest some time asking around and doing research to find one.
How To Use Cannabis Suppositories
Cannabis suppositories should be kept in a freezer or refrigerator. The cold temperatures are necessary for keeping them firm for insertion.
To insert rectally, lie down on your side then raise your knees up to your chest. Insert the suppository through the rectum using the index finger. It should be inserted around 4cm to reach the anal sphincter. You also need to be careful of it slipping out; you can prevent this from happening by clenching the muscles of your buttocks for around 5 seconds. Remain in the lying down position for at least five more minutes.
There is a possibility that the liquid may leak from the rectum later on. This is why it’s ideal to use suppositories before you go to sleep, or if you can make time to spend at home for the rest of your day and relax.
For anyone who’s never tried a suppository before, this may feel awkward in the beginning. However, keep in mind that it’s an excellent way to reap the healing benefits of the cannabis plant especially for patients who need them the most yet are unable to consume it in other forms.