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What happened when we taught Cannabis Coaches about Suppositories

Oh boy, you guys. This is THE. POST. The one where we get into the cannabis consumption method taking Cannabis Coaches (and the world) by storm! The one that may make you squeamish at first but inspired to try on your own by the end. 

That’s right, today we are talking about the one and only: CANNABIS SUPPOSITORIES. 

Y’all ready for this?

Not gonna lie, this topic used to make me giggle like a 6-year-old with a potty joke. Before cannabis suppositories existed in the cannabis retail market, they were a running joke between me and my brother, “What if people put cannabis…up there? [uncontrollable sibling laughter].” 

But then… 

The community of coaches at the Cannabis Coaching Institute started talking about their own use of cannabis suppositories and singing their praises. Wait, what? I thought this was silly stuff, giggle material. You can’t be serious?! 

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One Cannabis Coach used THC suppositories for her lower back pain, which worked wonders. Another coach said THC suppositories made a life-changing improvement in her menstrual cramps. Slowly but surely, more Cannabis Coaches tried THC and CBD suppositories and then joined the chorus singing their praises. And slowly but surely, my giggles turned to curiosity…

So, today I’m going to share with you all my suppository knowledge! We’ll cover:

If the thought of learning more about cannabis suppositories – or being in the unique position to sing their praises to the world because you are a Certified Cannabis and Health Coach or a Certified Cannabis Educator – sounds good to you, check out our FREE Cannabis Careers class!

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What is a Cannabis Suppository?

Suppositories, in general, are small, semi-solid forms that contain medicinal compounds and are inserted into the vagina or rectum, where they dissolve and deliver the medicine. 

Cannabis suppositories combine cannabis extract – either THC, CBD, or a combination of both – with a base material that will melt at body temperature. Common base materials include cocoa butter and coconut oil. The mixture is then formed into a cylindrical shape and allowed to harden.

Once hardened, the suppository can be inserted into the vagina or rectum, where it will melt and release the cannabis extract – ideally a full spectrum of cannabinoids – directly into the bloodstream. 

What’s the difference between a THC Suppository and a CBD Suppository?

Both THC suppositories and CBD suppositories are made the same way, and both are used to alleviate pain and other symptoms. People have found relief with both types of cannabis suppositories, and we are constantly learning more about which type is optimal for which condition.

One practical difference is that CBD suppositories can be ordered online and shipped to your door, whereas THC suppositories cannot (more on “how to buy” below). For purposes of this article, I will use the term “cannabis suppositories” to refer to both THC and CBD suppositories and call them out individually when appropriate.

What are Cannabis Suppositories good for?

Cannabis suppositories are proving useful for many conditions but seem most effective for conditions local to the pelvic floor, reproductive area, and digestive tract. When inserted vaginally, suppositories are extremely effective at reducing pelvic pain and menstrual cramps.

They are also frequently used as “weed lube” to prevent pain during intercourse (more on this in the testimonials below!). 

When inserted rectally, suppositories can relieve pain in the lower back, as well as inflammation related to bowel issues like IBS, Crohn’s Disease, constipation, and hemorrhoids.

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Why do THC suppositories work so well?

To understand why cannabis suppositories are so effective, we have to get into a little physiology. When you ingest a cannabis edible – a gummy, chocolate, or something similar – it is broken down first in the digestive system and then the liver, something referred to as “first-pass metabolism.”

This makes it difficult to know how much of a given dose actually makes it into your system. 

In contrast, cannabis suppositories bypass the digestive system and are absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the mucous membranes of the vagina or rectum. This method bypasses first-pass metabolism and far more of the THC is absorbed through the mucosal membranes. 

According to this study on the way cannabinoids are absorbed in the body, “The bioavailability of the rectal route [is] approximately twice that of the oral route due to higher absorption and lower first-pass metabolism.”

Will THC suppositories make me feel high?

A key benefit of THC suppositories is that they can deliver a large dose of THC and other cannabinoids that affect the area without making the user feel high.***

For example, a 50 mg THC edible would make most people feel uncomfortably high, but a 50 mg THC suppository absorbed through the mucosal membranes and targeting the pelvic area can provide a high dose of relief without a high dose of feeling high for many people.

That doesn’t mean you should go try a 50mg suppository right off the bat, though! With cannabis, everyone responds differently, so it’s important that you start with a small dose and gradually increase it over time.

How long do THC suppositories last?

Cannabis suppositories work very quickly, typically within 15-30 minutes following administration. 

The duration of effect from a cannabis suppository can vary depending on a number of factors, including body size and weight, and in the case of THC suppositories, your THC tolerance.

Typically the effects should last between 2 and 8 hours. This is considerably longer than other methods of administration, another reason they can make a very powerful and effective treatment. 

Where can I buy THC suppositories?

You can only buy THC suppositories in a THC-legal state from a state-licensed dispensary. Not all brands are available in every state. This is also an emerging method, which means that not every dispensary carries them (and if they don’t, you can ask them to!). Because of that, your best bet is to call around to the dispensaries in your area before heading out to buy. 

In contrast, because CBD is federally legal (and hence can cross state lines), CBD suppositories can be ordered online and shipped right to your door. For example, though these are marketed as “intimacy melts” for sex, many women find them just as effective for pain and cramping, and they can be shipped across the country.

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Can I DIY Cannabis Suppositories myself?

YES! As with all cannabis DIY-ing, making your own cannabis suppositories is relatively easy to do and can save you untold amounts of money as compared to buying at a dispensary.

Making your own also gives you peace of mind knowing exactly which ingredients will ultimately make their way into some of the most sensitive and vulnerable parts of your body. You can read a great how-to on the Wake + Bake blog

THC Suppository Storage

Because cannabis suppositories are designed to melt inside your body to deliver THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids, they will ALSO melt if you leave them at room temperature in your house. For that reason, always store your THC suppositories in the refrigerator to retain their shape, size, and dose. 

Suppository Administration

Alright, here’s where you might start to blush while reading, but stick with me: to insert a cannabis suppository first, wash your hands thoroughly, so you don’t risk getting germs or other contaminants inside your body. 

Next, get in position. You can either insert the cannabis suppository lying in bed or standing with one leg up as with inserting a tampon. Once you’re there, take a few deep breaths and relax your body. When ready, gently insert the cannabis suppository into your vagina or rectum. 

You may want to lie down for 10-15 minutes while the suppository melts within your body to avoid it leaking out. You may even consider wearing a light panty liner in case it does leak later in the day or night.

Testimonial time!

Now that you’ve got all the facts, WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED when we taught Cannabis Coaches about Suppositories?

Corinne Tobias

Well, it all started way back in 2017, when our fearless leader, founder of the Cannabis Coaching Institute, Corinne Tobias, posted all about cannabis suppositories on her blog, Wake + Bake.

The world was not as ready for it then, but by the time she updated the post in 2021, her community had a LOT to say about it, including a wealth of inspiring stories about how THC suppositories had helped them. You can read the post here.

Michelle Crawford

Another turning point came in 2021 when a CCI student named Michelle Crawford gave a student presentation that brought the use of THC suppositories as a “weed lube” to the forefront of our awareness.

Her presentation, called “Better Sex with Cannabis: More Emotions, Less Positions, Bettered Satisfaction,” introduced the idea of vaginal cannabis to other CCI students. Suddenly all of CCI was buzzing with suppository chatter.  

Michelle said that the suppositories presentation “led to several conversations afterward that VERY positively changed people’s relationships with themselves and their partners.”

Michelle now runs her own cannabis coaching business, Canna-Curious Coaching, where she has created a signature offering to help people DIY their own cannabis suppositories!

I told you being a Cannabis Coach was fun!

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Seidona Avery

CCI Grad and Certified Cannabis Coach, Seidona Avery, gives this testimonial: 

“I watched a presentation given by Michelle Crawford called Better Sex with Cannabis that introduced me to the idea of using cannabis vaginal suppositories to target my own post-hysterectomy, chronic pain that changed my life.

I have been making them ever since with concentrate from the Source Turbo, cocoa butter, and coconut oil and I call them PITT Pellets. My clients and I use them to successfully target hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, pain with sex, back pain, and as a sex lube.”

Melanie Rogers

CCI Grad and Certified Cannabis EducatorMelanie Rogers, owner of Weed and Wildflowers and one of our many CCI graduates based in Canada, shares this personal testimonial about THC suppositories: 

“I suffer from chronic constipation and severe back pain. I started taking suppositories to help with my back pain since it puts the medicine really close to the nerves in the low back but was pleasantly surprised when it also helped my constipation.

Four times now I’ve had to stop for a week or so and all four times the constipation came back as soon as I stopped and left again as soon as I started back on them again. This is now a regular part of my routine.”

Jay Jay O’Brien

CCI Grad and Certified Cannabis Coach Jay Jay O’Brien, founder of naturalisticallynow and the subject of this terrific CCI Graduate Profile on cannabis and cancer, uses high-dose THC suppositories as part of her cancer care regimen and helps her clients do the same:

“Suppositories, when utilized correctly, are a great way to get THC into the system without the psychoactivity. They are typically recommended for clients who come to naturalisticallynow looking to implement high-dose THC therapy to their cancer regimens but have an extreme level of discomfort with “getting high” or may not be able to ingest or inhale cannabis.

They are also beneficial when trying to get the medicine as close to the affected area as possible as in cases of colorectal or cervical cancer. Absorbed through the mucous membranes into the blood vessels, no crossing of the blood-brain barrier means that THC won’t affect the centers in your brain that produce the euphoria.” 

Cannabis Coaching Institute Students and Grads

Now, nearly every Cannabis Coach I know either uses cannabis suppositories themselves, or routinely recommends them to clients, with amazing results. 

It’s not unusual to see a fellow Cannabis Coach making their own cannabis suppositories in the background during a Cannabis Coach networking call, they have become an indispensable part of many people’s routines.

Cannabis suppositories also have summarily taken on a life of their own at CCI. In fact, they have become so present in our conversations that the first person to use the word “suppository” on our Monthly CCI Grad Calls gets a very special, very unofficial certificate:

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It’s not an exaggeration to say that one of these certificates is awarded at EVERY call because we talk about them so much! 

Inspired?

Hopefully, this post has inspired you to think differently about cannabis suppositories and opens your mind to the possibility of this highly effective way to administer cannabis. 

If you’re interested in becoming a Certified Cannabis and Health Coach, check out more about this incredible program here.

And if you decide to make or buy your own, please come back and share with us here. We promise to be as excited about suppositories as you are!

Until next time, much love.

Kate

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Kate Johnson

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