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Thursday August 11 2022

CBD Suppositories – what are they and why you should try them

Despite Cannabidiol, or CBD as it’s more commonly known, being fairly new to the UK market, the awareness surrounding it is growing day by day. If you’re new to CBD, you can read all about it in our CBD Guide. However, suppositories have been around in the medical industry for many years now. While it’s somewhat a taboo subject, combining the two supplements to create CBD suppositories are slowly being a popular alternative way, to the traditional delivery methods(1).

You know what CBD is but what is a suppository?

A suppository is a small bullet shaped combination of substances, traditionally were medication but now CBD in Prym Health’s case, that is to be inserted into either the vagina or the rectum as its delivery method. Traditionally, specific suppositories were created for either the vagina or rectum. However CBD suppositories are created to be used in either, although we do recommend reading the instructions before using a new product.

Once a suppository has been inserted deep into the vaginal canal or rectum using clean hands, it melts or dissolves and releases the incorporated substances, most of which is absorbed directly into your bloodstream. The absorption through a suppository tends to work more quickly than oral medication as it does not have to pass through the digestive system before entering the bloodstream.

So, what’s all the fuss about CBD Suppositories?

So, do suppositories really work? If so, why should I be using them?

Although research into CBD suppositories is limited, vaginal and rectal suppositories have been used to deliver medications to people for decades. The pelvic region is home to a matrix of nerves that travel up the spine and down to the legs and the colon contains cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) (2) which mediate the multitude effects of CBD.

Commonly, CBD suppositories are made by combining extracted CBD infused oil in a carrier ingredient that hardens at low temperatures. When inserted, rectal administered CBD can activate the cannabinoid receptors located in that region and similarly for vaginal insertion, proving beneficial for issues originating around the pelvic region. Furthermore, compared to oral consumption of CBD which has 20% absorption rate, CBD suppositories have an absorption rate of up to 40%, making it a much more effective delivery method for utilising CBD.

CBD Suppositories Benefits

CBD Suppositories and Endometriosis

Endometriosis occurs when your endometrial cells grow outside your uterus. The cells are healthy if they stay inside your uterus, as a period is the monthly shedding of those cells. However when they grow in other parts of the vagina, bladder, bowel or rectum, they can cause severe pain and discomfort. As healthy cells behave, the tissue will grow, thicken and break down. Should this happen continuously, the dead tissue does not have anywhere to go and in turn becomes trapped and inflamed.

As Endometriosis UK (3) state, 1 in 10 women of reproductive age in the UK suffer from endometriosis. This is a real issue especially since there is currently no cure to this, only ways to manage painful symptoms. This is where CBD comes into play. One of the reasons CBD is growing in popularity is for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. And combining CBD and the traditional delivery method of medication, CBD suppositories can be an effective method to alleviate some of the symptoms (4) commonly associated with endometriosis such as severe cramps, lower back pain during periods, pain when relieving yourself and so on, as it provides a direct targeting to the pelvic region.

CBD Suppositories and Menopause

Menopause marks the end of a woman’s ability to menstrate. The term can describe any of the changes a woman goes through just before and after they stop having periods, ending their reproductive years.

Women are born with all of their eggs stored in their ovaries. Their ovaries also make the hormones estrogen and progesterone, which control periods and the release of eggs. Menopause occurs when the ovaries release eggs and periods stops.

Occurring after the age of 40, menopause is a regular part of aging. However, women can experience menopause early as a result of surgery, in this instance ovaries are removed in a hysterectomy, or ovaries are damaged from treatment such as chemotherapy. Should it occur before the age of 40, it is called premature menopause. Whenever it occurs, symptoms of menopause can include but are not limited to:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Sore breasts
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Emotional changes
  • Dry skin, mouth or eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Changes in libido

As mentioned previously, CBD is well documented to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. And as they provide direct targeting, CBD suppositories make the ideal product to help ease the many symptoms of menopause. You can read more about CBD and menopause in our previous blog – CBD for menopause – three reasons why we love it. (5)

CBD Suppositories and Menstrual Relief

Is it that time of the month again? Time to clear your diary, call in sick, curl up in bed and try to distract yourself by binging on Netflix and comfort food? If that sounds like your monthly ritual, you are not alone. Medically known as dysmenorrhea, approximately 80% of women experience painful periods. (6)

Menstrual cramps result from clenched muscles so it would only make sense that CBD, which is known to assist with relaxing muscles, could relieve cramps and this is in addition to helping ease heavy flows leading to less severe periods than usual.

CBD Suppositories and Dyspareunia

Dyspareunia or simply put, painful sex is more common than you might realise. We’re not talking about some slight pain or discomfort which is brought about by the wrong sex position, sore muscles or lack of lubrication, we are referring to chronic pain during sex.

A study investigating painful sex (dyspareunia) in women (7) found approximately 1 in 10 women experience chronic painful sex, especially with women ages 16-24 years old. Severe and/or frequent pain is not normal and is not something you should have to experience every time you have sex. Despite it being a common issue, the fix for painful sex remains a mystery in the medical world with no known cure to fix it.

So, what can help? This is where CBD plays its part. As we discussed previously, CBD can help relax muscles allowing a much more enjoyable experience. Furthermore, as it is known for helping with anxiety, those suffering from chronic dyspareunia can utilise CBD to be at ease before engaging in sex.

Are CBD suppositories safe?

Whether they are inserted into the vagina or rectum, you should feel very little adverse effects from CBD suppositories. CBD itself is generally well tolerated, although for some people, it can cause fatigue and drowsiness amongst a small number of other effects. You should also ensure you purchase CBD suppositories from a trusted source. Utilising poorly produced products can lead to changes to the pH balance in the vagina whereas good quality products will not have an effect on this. 

Summary

In summary, CBD suppositories are fairly new to the UK market and may sound like an unusual product at first. However, as we have discussed above, CBD suppositories can provide a multitude of benefits with the key being reducing the symptoms of endometriosis, calming the symptoms of menopause, providing menstrual relief and making sex more enjoyable for those that suffer from dyspareunia or painful sex in simple terms. So, if you’re curious and would like to try them, you may be wondering where you can purchase premium quality CBD suppositories. That’s an easy one…here at Prym Health, we have spent time with our manufacturing partners to create a high-quality CBD suppository that our customers can benefit from. As a special offer, all CBD products on our website are 25% off until 12th August 2022. Following this, you can use code SUPP20 to get a 20% discount off the Prym Health CBD Suppositories. Be sure to leave us feedback on your CBD suppository experience and like our Facebook page and Instagram page for more exclusive offers.

Sources:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-take-cbd
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16083701/
  3. https://www.endometriosis-uk.org/endometriosis-facts-and-figures#1
  4. https://www.webmd.com/women/endometriosis/understanding-endometriosis-symptoms
  5. https://prymhealth.com/cbd-for-menopause-three-reasons-why-we-love-it/
  6. https://www.womens-health-concern.org/help-and-advice/factsheets/period-pain/#:~:text=Around%2080%25%20of%20women%20experience,enough%20to%20disrupt%20their%20life.
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5638059/
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