Just a few years ago the only way to take CBD was in the form of a tincture. Those days, friends, are long gone. In the modern world of CBD, there are several different delivery methods.
Tinctures, capsules, vaping and edibles are all commonly used ways that people take CBD.
Another method of delivery that’s gaining increased attention?
Yes, you read that correctly. CBD suppositories are the latest trend in CBD, and one that many people are taking very seriously.
What Are CBD Suppositories?
CBD suppositories are exactly what they sound like — suppositories that contain CBD. They’re designed for both rectal and vaginal use. For many, they happen to be an extremely beneficial way to take CBD.
Rectal and vaginal CBD suppositories are designed to be used for different reasons. Both are typically conical shaped for easy insertion. However, vaginal CBD suppositories are commonly designed to aid in the relief of menstrual cramps, while rectal CBD suppositories are designed to be taken by individuals who have trouble taking CBD orally.
CBD suppositories are most commonly made with cocoa butter and CBD oil extract.
Historical Use of Suppositories
While CBD suppositories might be new to the cannabis scene, the use of suppositories themselves isn’t new at all. In fact, it’s suggested that the use of suppositories dates back thousands of years.
The word “suppository” stems from the Latin word suppositorum, which translates to “something placed beneath.” It’s a term that made its way into the mainstream in the 1700s, where it was meant to be a substitute for enemas.
The ancient Babylonians are believed to be the first to use suppositories as far back as 2000 BC. Medical experts of the time reportedly used them in the treatment of hemorrhoids. It’s believed that the ancient Egyptians also used suppositories to treat gastrointestinal issues.
According to cannabinoid expert Dr. Ethan Russo, vaginal cannabis suppositories “seemed to be an aid in childbirth, which is a known usage of cannabis extending into the 19th and 20th centuries.”
Russo also notes “Syriac use of cannabis to treat anal fissures, as might occur postpartum.” This could be related to hemorrhoids, which many women develop while giving birth.
The use of suppositories isn’t really something we tend to discuss with one another, but they are used widely throughout the U.S. And in France, suppositories are a popular method of therapeutic delivery.
The Benefits of CBD Suppositories
While sticking your CBD where the sun doesn’t shine might not sound too appealing, CBD suppositories can actually be extremely beneficial.
What exactly are the benefits of this rather unconventional method of CBD delivery?
Let’s take a look.
All jokes aside, suppositories in general can be extremely beneficial for countless individuals. We’ll look at both rectal and vaginal CBD suppository use separately to get a better idea of exactly how.
CBD Suppositories for Rectal Use
Rectal anything is probably one of the most uncomfortable things to talk about, but inserting a CBD suppository into the rectum can be a godsend to some.
Take those, for example, who can’t swallow conventional pills or liquids (think CBD capsules or tinctures) for whatever reasons. Having difficulty swallowing could be caused by a number of different reasons, whether it be nausea from chemotherapy, the result of a stroke or an underlying condition like multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s or ALS.
In order to get the relief they need, many people turn to suppositories each and every day. You might even know them…they likely just don’t tell you about it.
CBD suppositories can also be beneficial to individuals who need relief either pre- or post-surgery and aren’t allowed to eat or drink anything before or after surgery takes place.
Another area where CBD suppositories designed for rectal use could be of benefit is in the use of relieving hemorrhoids. While hemorrhoids aren’t something we typically talk about to others (even our closest friends), it’s estimated that three out of four adults will experience hemorrhoids at some point in their life.
How exactly can CBD suppositories benefit a painful case of hemorrhoids? While CBD won’t prevent this uncomfortable condition, it could bring relief to the pain. Were you aware that the pain associated with hemorrhoids can be so bad that doctors sometimes prescribe opioids for them?
Anyone looking for an alternative will be pleased to know that CBD has shown to help with persistent pain, as well as bring relief from inflammation, both hallmark symptoms of hemorrhoids. The use of cannabis for hemorrhoids actually dates back to the 1700s, where “a poultice of cannabis stems and leaves” was recommended for their treatment.
CBD Suppositories for Vaginal Use
Ladies, this is for you.
Did you know that CBD suppositories could be the ticket to easier periods? There are countless benefits of using CBD for your period, one of which is relief from the debilitating cramps that often come with it.
Here’s where CBD suppositories could come in handy and exactly why they were designed for vaginal use in the first place.
If you’re one of the countless women who experience cramps during “that time of the month,” CBD suppositories could become your new go-to. While there aren’t many studies that specifically look at the benefits of the non-psychoactive cannabinoid on menstrual cramps themselves, there is evidence that CBD is a muscle relaxant.
CBD suppositories designed for vaginal use work just like a regular (non-applicator) tampon. They are inserted into the vagina with one’s index finger, where they go to work to offer localized relief, relaxing muscles and reducing any related inflammation.
CBD suppositories used in the vagina are said to melt cramps away by delivering cannabidiol to the muscles and vascular tissues of the uterus and upper vagina.
If you suffer from menstrual cramps, CBD suppositories could help you skip the Midol PMS or Tylenol by offering natural relief instead. There are also personal reports of CBD suppositories helping with the pain of vulvodynia, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis and more.
Are CBD Suppositories Right for You?
Wondering if CBD suppositories could benefit you personally?
It all depends.
If you or someone you love is interested in taking CBD but has trouble swallowing conventional medication for any reason, they might be beneficial.
They’re also great for anyone who doesn’t want to take CBD using any of the other methods of delivery like vaping, edibles, tinctures or capsules.
If you suffer from menstrual cramps or other painful female problems, a CBD suppository might help.
There’s also always the possibility that you just might be curious and want to check out what the hype is all about.
While they’re obviously not the most popular, CBD suppositories are quickly gaining well-deserved recognition as a beneficial method of cannabinoid delivery.
Like many things related to CBD, however, there is still research that needs to be done. According to Russo, “we clearly need more studies” to determine just how beneficial CBD suppositories might be.
“I know that’s a phrase that gets thrown around too much,” said Russo, “but this is absolutely one of the cases where this should apply.”
Have you used CBD suppositories? We’d love to hear about your experience or opinion in the comments below.