Suppositories are one of the lesser-known ways of taking CBD, and probably the least popular. This isn’t too surprising, but they do have their place and are beneficial for a variety of reasons.
What are CBD Suppositories?
CBD suppositories are oblong or conical-shaped “pellets” that are inserted rectally or vaginally. They typically consist of CBD hemp extract and coconut oil. Once inserted, they are meant to soften within the body so that the CBD can absorb into the bloodstream through mucous membranes in the body.
Why Use CBD Suppositories?
Suppositories have a superior bioavailability compared to other methods at around approximately 90+%. They also work very fast by entering the bloodstream and bypassing the liver. This makes them popular among medical marijuana patients because it reduces the intoxicating effects of THC.
This method is also popular with users who cannot swallow or digest traditional edibles. Unlike sublingual oils that often have the downside of icky flavors, suppositories pose no risk of upsetting nausea in those sensitive to tastes.
Suppositories are becoming somewhat popular among women as a possible solution to menstrual cramps. When inserted vaginally, some users report that they can quickly reduce cramps, inflammation, and general discomfort. For others, such as those suffering from endometriosis, vaginal suppositories are not reserved just for their period. Instead, they are a part of their daily routine.
Are There Any Downsides?
CBD suppositories tend to be on the expensive side compared to the more popular sublingual CBD oil drops. Packs of them tend to be small and difficult to find for purchase. It’s for this reason that many choose to make their own suppositories at home. Making your own suppositories can be a more cost effective way of getting the CBD you need without paying a premium.
The method is also a little intimidating to some, and it can be an (initially) uncomfortable way of using CBD.
Tips for Using Suppositories
When using suppositories, it’s important to remember that they are meant to melt down so that they can be absorbed. But to insert them they need to be firm. So store them in a cold place, such as the fridge.
Fluid can leak out after insertion, so pick a time when you can lay down for a while. Right before bed may be ideal.