Suppositories get a bum rap. I would venture to guess that if I told you that medical cannabis suppositories are the best delivery method for your medicine AND you should try them, you would probably disagree with me. I get it. The idea of shoving something up your rectum or vagina is not exactly appealing, but I am going to try and make a case to convince you, otherwise.
The reason that they work so well is that they go directly into the bloodstream and immediately get delivered to the vascular system, bypassing the liver. This is crucial in avoiding the psychotropic effects of the THC while allowing you to administer large doses of medicine. With smoking or vaping, the THC travels through the villi, then to the liver and finally to the brain. When ingested, the process is even more time consuming. The THC travels through the digestive system, then to the liver and to the brain.
More importantly is the amount of medicine that you receive by using suppositories; 80%! With ingesting it, you receive 35% and with smoking it, you only receive 15%. As far as the “bang for your buck,” suppositories win and it is not even close. In essence, cannabis suppositories facilitate your body’s own healing by activating the endocannabinoid system. With trial and error regarding the dosage, suppositories will allow the body to heal itself. Here are some fun facts about the usage of suppositories. The molds have been traced back to the 12th C in apothecaries in Germany. As most of you are aware, cannabis usage can be traced back to China as far back as 5,000 years ago.
RSO filled suppositories can relieve the symptoms of many conditions which include the following: lyme disease, colon/liver/breast/bone cancer, fibromyalgia, hemorrhoids, fissures, brain injury, seizures, MS nerve pain, spasticity, restless legs, menstrual cramps, anxiety, insomnia, and muscular aches and pains.
So, now that I have convinced you all to try suppositories, here is the recipe to make your own:
This recipe makes about 25 suppositories at 85 mg each. If you want to make more with less strength, with 1/2 – 1 cup of butter (80 suppositories per gram)
- 1/4 cup raw organic cocoa butter
- 1 gm THC RSO
- 1 gm CBD RSO
- 1 mason jar
- 3 ml oral syringe
- 1 metal or plastic suppository mold
- wrench to tighten mold, if using metal
You can also use different concentrates, wax, shatter and live resin. Make sure it is decarboxylated!
- Put the cocoa butter in a small saucepan
- Simmer on low heat until it melts. Don’t let it come to a boil
- Add the THC and CBD RSO to the butter
- Stir with a whisk until blended well. Even distribution is key, so keep stirring throughout the process
- Remove from heat and place in mason jar to cool
- After 5 to 10 minutes, fill the syringe with the mixture
- Place it in the 2 ml molds
- Freeze immediately. In one hour, you are ready to use!
In addition to a syringe, you can also use squeeze dispensing bottles, pastry bags or a ziploc bag with a hole in the corner
Once you have inserted the suppository, lay down with your legs against the wall. Have a nap. The cannabis is easily absorbed by the body, but it takes a while.
- Cocoa butter is better than coconut oil which may induce diarrhea
- Wrap them in parchment paper in a freezer-safe plastic container until you need them. Suppositories are shelf stable for about a year. Store them in a cool, dry place so they don’t crack or break. If they do break into pieces, put them in your hand to melt them back together. Your body heat should do the trick.
- Use a suppository applicator if you have trouble inserting them with your hands. They melt very quickly with warm hands
- Keep a log so you can keep track of your recipes and tweak them if necessary
Remember that good nutrition, sleep and exercise in addition to cannabis usage are crucial to alleviating your pain and suffering.
FYI: Illinois and California are the only 2 medical cannabis states where patients can buy suppositories in dispensaries. Illinois suppositories were developed exclusively by the Cultivation Center Director, Nikki Furrer, and her team at Shelbyville County Community Services!
I hope I made my case about suppositories and have inspired at least 1 patient to try them. If you are a patient who tried suppositories after reading this post, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
Source: MerryJane.com, What You Need To Know About Using Cannabis Suppositories, Dr. Paula-Noël Macfie, 12/13/2016
Source: Nikki Furrer, Cultivation Center Director, SCCS