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Breaking Taboo: The Rise Of Cannabis Suppositories

April 04, 2016 | SimoneFischer

Finding legitimate means to menstrual relief.

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breaking-taboo-suppositories-quote-1.jpgTraditionally, whenever I would experience an intense round of cramping before or during my period, I would pop Midol, arrange myself next to the nearest wall outlet and plug in my beloved heating pad.

Once I was introduced to Cannabis, I could find menstrual relief by smoking a joint. After my surgery that resulted in the loss of my right ovary, I transitioned into ingesting Cannabis concentrates (edibles, full extract oil), and when I was relatively healed, I got into dabbing concentrates to manage chronic pain stemming from endometriosis.

Until recently, the closest thing to suppositories (Cannabis-wise) was Cannabis topicals. I would rub canna topicals on my lower abdomen to minimize pain, and then apply heat. Now vaginal Cannabis suppositories are all the rage as noted in various articles.

I am no stranger to the suppository world. I was initially curious about the efficacy of THC or CBD Cannabis suppositories. I am currently prescribed a vaginal Valium suppository to manage baseline pain and I use pharmaceutical suppositories in combination with Cannabis for my effective, sometimes daily one-two punch. Suppositories are a great way to target menstrual pain without having to orally ingest Cannabis or pharmaceuticals. 

Once I heard vaginal Cannabis suppositories were trending, the first person I consulted was my compounding pharmacist. He wasn’t surprised, but advised me to be cautious about my choices. I wanted to be absolutely sure the Cannabis used in the suppository was pesticide-free. It would be a nightmare if a healthy woman — let alone a woman diagnosed with severe endometriosis — were putting pesticide-laced Cannabis in her vagina unknowingly. Obtaining a trustworthy grower or growing your own organic medicine will be key.

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Cannabinoid dosing was my next issue. Putting straight THC in a vagina would get you high, but would not stop uterine cramping. A combination of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol, psychoactive) and CBD (Cannabidiol, non-psychoactive) would seem to be the most effect because CBD is antispastic. It would not target neuropathic pain associated with endo, but it’s much more localized.

CBD-specific suppositories may be an excellent way to manage uterine cramping in the future, if you want to forgo any psychoactive effects. THC has shown to be anti-cancerous, and in cases of uterine or cervical cancer, THC suppositories could prove useful beyond getting high. Preventative care options could arise. More research must be done on the subject, but records (that date all the way back to ancient Egypt) noted how women used Cannabis to treat menstrual pain and prevent miscarriage.

As a person dealing with an autoimmune disease, managing daily baseline pain is mandatory. Finding a suppository that could be used daily would be ideal in cases of endometriosis, adenomyosis or regular menstrual pain. Granted, I haven’t found that product, but I am sure it’s already on the horizon. Numerous Cannabis sex lubes have been introduced in the market, but nothing vagina-specific.

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After my oophorectomy, I could not smoke or dab because it might jar incisions.  Although I mainly discuss women’s health issues, I wonder if rectal suppositories could help prostate issues? To me, it completely makes sense on why I would use a vaginal suppository. People with prostates (or unhealthy prostates) should not be overlooked when examining suppository efficacy, if any at all.

For now, I’ll stick with my vaginal Valium until the market has had time to refine itself. Testing standards have yet to be implemented, and much of Oregon’s regulations have yet to be written. A combination of Cannabis, therapy, suppositories and acupuncture has effectively replaced my need for opiates when managing neuropathic pain. I look forward to the day when we figure out how to pinpoint uterine pain without having to smoke.

At this moment in time, we wait for the market to evolve. I can attest to the benefits of vaginal suppositories because I use them to manage endometrial pain. Granted, endometriosis isn’t the only health condition worthy studying. Understanding how Cannabis suppositories could help a range of medical issues, beyond female reproductive health, is important. The future of Cannabis suppository pain management could prove worthy in numerous areas of medicine and treatment.


Simone Fischer is a Portland OMMP patient and Cannabis advocate. She is a contributing editor at Ladybud Magazine and a graduate of women’s and gender studies from Portland State University.

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