Suppositories: Everything You Need to Know

Suppositories don’t get the attention they truly deserve.

This form of ingestion is extremely effective for treating pain and a number of medical conditions.

So, what is a suppository?

We are glad you asked. A suppository is a small, cylindrical dosage of medicine either vaginally or rectally inserted. They often have a cocoa or shea butter base, acting as a carrier for the medicine. The suppository melts after insertion, allowing the medicine to enter your system.

Cannabis suppositories were developed to address certain needs. Suppository users experience localized benefits of the potent cannabis extract, without the psychoactivity. Suppositories benefit patients experiencing severe, deep pain as well as those with medical conditions that are effectively treated with a targeted approach. Tried and tested, suppositories promise relief for many medical patients today.

How do suppositories work?

After insertion, the surrounding tissue quickly absorbs the medicine in the suppository and the cannabis enters your vascular system. The pain-relief, muscle relaxation and supremely calming effects of the suppository may become apparent in as little as 15-20 minutes.

Suppositories provide superior bioavailability, meaning they deliver more THC and CBD (around 80%) than other methods of ingestion (smoking delivers around 15% and edibles deliver 35%). This product is ideal for the patient who wants all the medicinal benefits of THC and CBD, without little or no psychoactivity.  Even though suppositories deliver a potent dose of cannabis medicine, most patients will not feel a “head high.”  This lack of intense psychoactive effects makes suppositories the ideal product for anyone looking for dependable, strong medicine that still allows them to accomplish everyday tasks.

Paula-Noel Macfie, and indigenous science researcher and cannabis patient, began using cannabis suppositories to help with symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, anxiety, depression, PTSD and a front-lobe brain injury.

“[Supposotories provide] maximum medicine with maximum relief and no known side-effects,” says Macfie, in an interview with Merry Jane. “Within 10 to 15 minutes, I notice I feel uplifted and better, simply because I am not focusing on my pain and discomfort.”

Who can use a suppository?

Anyone and everyone can use a suppository, but it may be particularly effective for patients with severe pain and don’t want to feel “high.” It can also be useful for people who want or need to avoid inhaling cannabis or don’t want to use edibles. This method of ingestion, because of its location within the body, has proven to be particularly helpful for gastrointestinal conditions. These conditions may include Crohn’s Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or cancer. In addition, vaginal suppositories may assist in reproductive system woes, from menstruation to endometriosis.

According to one user’s experience with vaginal suppositories to treat severe menstrual cramps: “All of the muscles that had been cramped and clenched so tight gradually released and my body relaxed. Where I had been painfully aware of every inch of my midsection, suddenly it felt as though I had no midsection at all. From my waist down to my thighs, it was almost as if my groin had simply dissolved and was floating in some galaxy far, far away.”

KAYA Suppositories

Suppositories are quickly becoming more popular in the medical cannabis community for these reasons. We are proud to announce the arrival of KAYA suppositories, made with cannabis oil and organic, fair-trade, cocao and shea butters. Our cannabis oil is always derived from our own mountain-grown cannabis flower. These suppositories are available at High Mountain Health and a few select dispensaries across Arizona.

KAYA Suppositories will be available in two varieties, 60mg (30mg THC:30mg CBD) and 120mg (60mg THC:60 mg CBD), both with a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD and sold in packs of either five or ten. We recommend consulting a medical professional in determining what dosage to administer.

If you feel like suppositories are the perfect option for meeting your medical needs, don’t hesitate to ask about this product during your next visit to High Mountain Health.