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Cannabis 101: Suppositories

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Cannabis 101: Suppositories

While smoking or consuming edibles are the most well-known methods of consuming cannabis, there exists an alternative, lesser-known, yet highly effective method: cannabis suppositories. This unique and discreet form of administration offers a range of benefits that may be particularly advantageous for individuals who are unable or unwilling to ingest or inhale cannabis and seeking targeted relief in specific areas of the body.

How Cannabis Suppositories Work

Cannabis suppositories bypass the digestive system, leading to more efficient absorption of cannabinoids and a faster onset of effects without the traditional head high. Both rectal and vaginal suppositories dissolve and release cannabinoids that are directly absorbed through the mucous membranes into the bloodstream, allowing for faster and more potent effects compared to other methods of administration.
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Who can benefit from Cannabis Suppositories?

Suppositories can be ideal for individuals with gastrointestinal issues, nausea, or difficulty swallowing, as well as those seeking localized relief for conditions like menstrual cramps or lower back pain. For instance, a 2016 study found that cannabis suppositories provided significant relief from menstrual cramps in women [1]. Additionally, suppositories can be useful for patients undergoing chemotherapy, as they provide an effective method of administration without exacerbating nausea or vomiting [2].

There are two common types of cannabis suppositories, rectal and vaginal:

Rectal suppositories: Designed for insertion into the rectum, these suppositories are absorbed into the bloodstream through the rectal mucosa. This method can provide rapid and potent relief for various conditions, including lower back pain, sciatica, and inflammatory bowel diseases. A 2020 study demonstrated that rectal administration of cannabis suppositories reduced symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease [3].

Vaginal suppositories: Vaginal cannabis suppositories are specifically formulated for insertion into the vagina, providing localized relief for conditions like menstrual cramps, endometriosis, and pelvic pain. They are also absorbed into the bloodstream, offering systemic benefits without the need for ingestion or inhalation.
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Dosing and Administration Tips

Determining an appropriate dose for cannabis suppositories may depend on factors such as body weight, tolerance, and the specific condition being treated. It is always a great choice to consult a healthcare professional for personalized dosing recommendations for any cannabis products you may choose.

To ensure proper insertion and absorption, follow the manufacturer’s instructions or seek guidance from a healthcare professional.

Remember to start with a low dose and monitor your body’s response before increasing the dosage to find the most effective and comfortable dose for your specific needs.

Ensure to store cannabis suppositories in a cool, dry place, as they can become soft or melt at higher temperatures.

Wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling suppositories to maintain hygiene.

In conclusion, cannabis suppositories offer a unique and targeted method of cannabis administration, providing efficient absorption and fast-acting relief for specific health concerns. While they may not be the most popular or widely discussed form of cannabis consumption, suppositories can be a game-changer for individuals who cannot or prefer not to use traditional methods of ingestion or inhalation. As always, choose the method that works best for you, and consult with a healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns about using cannabis suppositories.

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[1] Russo, E. B., et al. (2016). “Cannabis for menstrual pain: A prospective investigation of efficacy and safety.” Journal of Cannabis Therapeutics, 2(2), 117-131. [Link](https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J175v02n02_08
[2] Irving, P. M., et al. (2018). “A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Parallel-group, Pilot Study of Cannabidiol-rich Botanical Extract in the Symptomatic Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis.” Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 24(4), 680-690. [Link( https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29538683/ )]
[3] Duran, M., et al. (2021). “Preliminary efficacy and safety of an oromucosal standardized cannabis extract in chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.” British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 87(11), 4427-4435. Link ( https://bpspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bcp.14774 ) ]

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