Weed Suppositories: Do They Do Anything? Are They Effective?
There are many ways to administer medical cannabis. If you want therapeutic effects that last longer, then try medical cannabis capsules and edibles. The cannabinoids stay in the system longer. If you want to feel the effects sooner, then use a vaporizer or place a few drops under your tongue. The cannabinoids go directly into your bloodstream, so you feel the therapeutic effects faster. For skin problems, you have cannabis creams, ointments, and lotions. But do you know that there is another way that produces faster, maybe even stronger, effects? Weed suppositories, these may just be the most effective method of administering medical cannabis.
But before you say “no way,” let’s discuss how weed suppositories work.
How do weed suppositories work?
Weed suppositories may not be the most popular method since these are inserted directly into the rectum or vagina. But it’s proving to be one of the most effective.
It delivers faster results compared to other methods of administration. In just 10 to 15 minutes, you’ll soon feel its therapeutic effects. They last longer, too, for about four to eight hours.
Weed suppositories deliver about 80% of the total medicine. Compared to edibles that only deliver 35% and smoking about 15%, you get to benefit from more cannabinoids.
The cannabinoids bypass several organs like the digestive system and the liver, avoiding the first pass effect. Having preserved their therapeutic values, the cannabinoids are then absorbed by the anal or vaginal walls before entering the bloodstream.
Who benefits most from weed suppositories?
Weed suppositories benefit patients with lower body problems like prostate cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, rectal fissure, and hemorrhoids. Weed suppositories are also perfect for women who suffer from premenstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhea. They benefit patients with restless legs, pain caused by multiple sclerosis, spasticity, among others.
Why don’t weed suppositories produce psychoactive effects?
This is not a popular method of administering medical cannabis. But it does benefit patients who can’t tolerate the psychoactive effects of high-THC medical products. It provides fast-acting symptom relief without the associated psychoactive effects.
When cannabinoids pass through the liver, the liver metabolizes them and breaks them down into their smaller forms called metabolites. Now, THC, in its metabolite form, is more potent when it activates the CB1 receptors.
This won’t happen if you use weed suppositories though since the cannabinoids won’t pass through the liver.
What are the disadvantages of using weed suppositories?
Using weed suppositories also has disadvantages:
- Inserting it may be uncomfortable, especially if it’s your first time to use this method.
- It’s a bit messy, so expect some discharge. But this discharge is just from the ingredients used in making the suppository.
- It sometimes triggers bowel movements.
Weed suppositories are not as widely available in the market compared to oils, capsules, edibles, etc. But there are online cannabis stores where you can purchase them.
Like other methods of administration, it’s best that you start at a low dosage. If you don’t feel any effects after about half an hour, then slightly increase your dose. By slowly increasing your dosage, you can easily assess your body’s reaction to the suppository. You can also note how long the effects lasted.