Some People are Using CBD Suppositories, or Even Injecting it. Here's Why.
When I first heard about people inserting CBD suppositories or injecting CBD I thought, “why are people doing that?” I mean seriously, you can smoke CBD, eat it, apply it topically, and put it under your tongue.
Personally, I just can’t imagine using CBD injectables or suppositories when there are more appealing methods offered.
So, it got me thinking: Who is using these methods, and Why?
Varying Degrees of Bioavailability
Each administrative method offers different levels of bioavailability. Bioavailability is a measure of how quickly and efficiently a substance is absorbed in our bloodstream.
Intramuscular injection and suppositories offer users the highest bioavailability. Other methods offer lower bioavailability and take a bit longer to produce desired effects.
For example, let’s say a product contains 100mg of CBD but only offers 10% bioavailability. This means, your only getting roughly 10mg of the product in your bloodstream.
Plus, effects from using CBD via injection or suppositories are felt almost immediately. Other methods take between 15 minutes and 2 hours to produce effects.
Research is one of the most common reasons people turn to suppositories and injections.
Many scientists use these methods to examine CBD’s ability to help people with a variety of physical and mental conditions.
Reducing Psychoactive Effects
Typically, CBD products contain only small traces of THC. However, there are cannabis products on the market with more THC. THC is the cannabinoid responsible for making users feel “high”.
If you’re someone suffering from more extreme ailments, your doctor might recommend something containing higher levels of THC. People commonly smoke or eat CBD products, but these methods don’t bypass the liver, and could result in a high with high doses. So, sometimes people turn to suppositories to try and reduce the psychoactive effects of THC.
Dr. Paula-Noël Macfie has used cannabis suppositories for years. Her organization, Back Door Medicine, provides additional information, education, support and more. In an interview with Merry Jane, she explains why suppositories don’t get you high:
When administered rectally, the plant medicine directly enters the bloodstream through the cell walls and goes directly into the body, which is quickly distributed through the vascular system. It is a direct application to the bloodstream, bypassing the liver. The liver is a key to getting high. THC travels through the liver to the brain to induce a head high. When smoked, it travels through the lungs to the villi, then on to the liver. When taking it orally, it makes its way to the liver through digestion. This method takes the longest because of the digestive process and the amount of travel it takes to get to the brain. In the brain, THC interacts with nerve receptors, causing euphoria. The bottom line: Cannabis suppositories allow for larger doses of plant medicine without the head high versus smoking and ingesting orally.
These methods make sense for people that need higher THC levels for pain, but don’t want to experience any sense of euphoria.
Patients with severe pain, don’t want something that takes time to relieve their pain. They want something that relieves their pain fast.
With suppositories, people can experience relief in as little as 5-15 minutes, with effects that last up to 4-8 hours.
Easy to Make
With a simple Google search, you can find guides for making your own suppositories right from the comfort of your own home.
If making your own suppositories is something that your considering, make sure to do your own research beforehand and consult with a trusted physician.
Who is using these methods?
Typically, these methods are ideal for someone going through chemotherapy, the elderly, or someone who has just come out of surgery and can’t ingest anything yet.
CBD suppositories might serve as a method for someone suffering from colon cancer, severe menstrual cramps, fissures, hemorrhoids and more.
In fact, Dr. Macfie developed a rectal fissure and turned to suppositories. She describes experiencing intense and suffering. Within two days of using suppositories for her pain, she claimed she felt “fully healed”. You can read more about her experience here.
Other Options for Using CBD Oil
These methods have their benefits, but it’s obvious they aren’t the most convenient for daily use.
I’m a big supporter of sublingual CBD oils. There’s a vein under our tongue called the sublingual gland, which absorbs CBD into our bloodstream quickly and effectively, while also bypassing our digestive system.
Simply spray or drop the CBD tincture under your tongue, and wait 30 seconds to 1 minute before swallowing. You can browse our database of sublingual tinctures here.
Everyone has their own personal preferences and needs. The industry offers many different types, methods and dosages which can make making a decision difficult. To learn more about which CBD is right for you, take our quiz here.