Why Use Cannabis Suppositories?
Do you want to find natural relief from many of the health and wellness issues that nag you daily? Suppositories have been used for hundreds of years as an efficient and effective delivery method for medicine. THC suppositories allow individuals to use the power of the cannabis plant for their health and wellness without the typical head high.
In case you are unfamiliar with suppositories or it has been while, suppositories are small bullet shaped capsules designed to be inserted into the vagina, anus, or urethra. Once inside, the medication melts or dissolves and is absorbed by the body. The medication within them either treats the area where they are inserted, or is absorbed into the blood flow to travel elsewhere.
Anything ingested by mouth goes through the digestive system and is metabolized by the liver before entering the bloodstream. We are all familiar with the varying effects caffeine and alcohol can have on individuals. The same is true for cannabis. A THC edible can have a wide range of effects on different consumers as body weight, metabolism speed, stomach contents and other factors can vastly influence how cannabinoids, especially the psychoactive cannabinoid THC, take effect.
Unlike an edible, a vaginal suppository bypasses the digestive tract and liver and depends only on body temperature to melt at a specific rate to be absorbed by the surrounding skin. The female reproductive tract is full of cannabinoid receptors to receive and interact with cannabinoids while the blood vessels in the skin absorb the cannabinoids and botanicals.
Oh, and as a bonus, the vaginal suppository contains cocoa butter, avocado oil and vitamin E to moisturize, soothe and lubricate while apple cider vinegar maintains the natural pH balance of your vagina.
Research and What Doctors Say
The body doesn’t process THC the same way when it’s inserted anally or vaginally as it does when it’s ingested or smoked, explains Melanie Bone, MD, an OB-GYN who started a cannabis practice in Florida in 2016. “The THC isn’t in suppositories to get you high, but to help the CBD work most optimally,” she says, adding that cannabinoids work best when used with other cannabinoids. (Heathline)
Chief Medical Officer at Cannabis Doctors of New York Dr. Kenneth Weinberg M.D. discusses the potential benefits of cannabis.
“There are several things that go on certainly both THC and CBD and other minor cannabinoids,” Dr. Weinberg says. “THC is a very, very good pain reliever. It also is very good for muscle spasticity. And if you think about it, any of these conditions where there is a chronic pain or an acute pain, your body tends to involuntarily hold itself in certain ways and [you have] tightened up muscles. And so a lot of times the muscle tightness and spasticity adds to these pain syndromes and THC very good for muscle spasticity mean.”
Meanwhile, CBD is all about fighting inflammation: “Then CBD, it’s main benefit is the anti-inflammatory benefit,” Dr. Weinberg says. “So in all of these situations inflammation is such a major contributor that CBD is very helpful. It’s also very good as a pain reliever as well. It’s a good anxiety medicine. And as I’m sure you can imagine anxiety and psychological issues very quickly become intertwined with any ongoing or even acute medical condition.”
At the tip of the suppository shell, the two sides are designed to be slightly unsealed for opening. Take hold of each side and pull apart to peel the shell open. Voila. See our video on inserting your vaginal suppositories. With clean hands, and the bullet-shaped tip up, slide the suppository well into the vagina. Sorry, no video.
THC Suppository Benefits
Vaginally-applied cannabinoids can have a valuable effect on your body without the typical head high associated with other forms of cannabis. Potential benefits of cannabis vaginal suppositories include pain management, the reduction of inflammation, and localized muscle relaxation. We also know that cannabis is best able to deliver the desired effects when CBD, THC, and specific plant terpenes and components work together. You’ve heard a lot about terpenes lately, and for good reason; because there are many therapeutic benefits. The vaginal delivery system allows for THC to participate in this synergy most fully with the local cannabinoid receptors (there are lots in the skin, and female reproductive tract).
More studies are still needed to explore these possible effects, but there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence in favor of the benefits of vaginal cannabis suppositories. These suppositories are being used to address:
- Menstrual cramps and painful periods
- Abdominal pain
- Pelvic discomfort
- Pain during sex or inflammation
- Vaginal dryness
- Pelvic floor muscle relaxation
Medical cannabis is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional pain-relieving medications. Cannabis may ease certain types of chronic pain, including pain resulting from nerve damage and inflammation. CBD and THC enhanced suppositories, can help with pain relief, inflammation and relaxation among other things. The combination of THC with CBD, however, produces an optimized experience that exceeds the singular effects of each.
THC is known for its ability to induce sleep. Marijuana’s analgesic properties might provide some relief for those with chronic pain, the anti-anxiety and relaxation properties can soothe a stressed out mind and body. Hello Again Sleep suppositories will help you fall asleep and stay asleep; however, if you have an emergency in the middle of the night you will be able to function normally.
Both CBD and THC can provide an energy boost, especially when you used at the right ratios, with uplifting terpenes and botanticals. In addition, many people find that by using cannabis to decrease stress and anxiety and improving mood, their energy levels also improve.
Will I Get High?
One of most significant benefits of suppositories is that you can use the power of cannabis without that typical head high. “Cannabis is a multi-faceted plant with a reputation for psycho-activity, but a long history of providing wellness and balance.The hundreds of cannabinoids in cannabis, as well as the particular terpene profile in each strain are partly responsible for user experience. Equally important is the method of delivery into the body. Low (THC) dose products will generally deliver less psycho activity than high dose. But, if the cannabis enters the body through a vaginal suppository, THC does not deliver the same psycho-active high as the edible or smoking/vape options,” Pappas and Mapes tell SheKnows. “This makes a cannabis vaginal suppository (we call it a vagitory!) an ideal way to address the biological chaos that happens during menstruation and during menopause.”
A vaginal delivery system does result in some absorption into the blood stream through the blood vessels and capillaries of the female reproductive tract, but significantly less reaches the bloodstream compared to oral ingestion — which may explain why women experience benefits without the psychoactive effects of a typical high. Hello Again was specifically formulated to help you feel healthy. We want you to be able to get on with the business of your day.
How long do they last?
A Hello Again suppository delivers relief for about 6 hours. However, many women find that once their systems are brought back into balance, the effects can last much longer. Other suppositories may last for different periods of time, so check the product instructions or FAQs to be sure.
Can I make my own suppositories?
It is possible to make your own suppositories, but it is important that you make sure you use good ingredients and equipment. THC suppositories in California undergo rigorous testing for potency and purity before they can be sold in a dispensary, so you know you are buying a quality product.
THC suppositories have the potential to drastically improve your quality of life. Suppositories allow you to use a higher dosage of THC and CBD without fear of a typical head high. If you suffer from nagging pain or chronic conditions, a cannabis-infused suppository is worth exploring as a tool to improve your health and wellness.
By Hallman Ray