What is a CBD suppository?
A CBD suppository is a small bullet-shaped capsule containing CBD, designed to be inserted into either the vagina or the rectum. Once inserted, CBD suppositories melt from the warmth of your body and release CBD, which is absorbed and passed through to your bloodstream.
The absorption of CBD when using a suppository tends to work more quickly than oral administration as it does not have to pass through the digestive system before entering the bloodstream. This makes CBD suppositories a lot more effective in providing localised CBD benefits.
What are CBD suppositories used for?
CBD suppositories provide many health and wellness benefits, similar to other CBD products. However, they provide more localised benefits, with many users finding them effective for treating:
You can also use CBD suppositories to increase sexual pleasure, whether by providing pain relief or helping to relax your muscles and increase blood flow. They are also beneficial for users who may have problems with swallowing oral CBD products.
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 becomes trapped and inflamed.
Endometriosis UK claims that 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 and only ways to manage painful symptoms. This is where CBD comes into play.
One of the reasons CBD is growing in popularity is its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. Combining CBD and a localised delivery method, CBD suppositories can be an effective method to alleviate some of the symptoms 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
Typically occurring after the age of 40, menopause is a regular part of ageing and marks the end of a woman’s ability to menstruate. However, some women can experience menopause earlier than this. Symptoms of menopause can include but are not limited to:
- Vaginal dryness
- Sore breasts
- Trouble sleeping
- Emotional changes
- Dry skin, mouth or eyes
- Weight gain
- Changes in libido
CBD is well-documented to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. As they provide direct targeting, CBD suppositories make the ideal product to help ease the many symptoms of menopause.
CBD Suppositories and Period Cramps
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.
Menstrual cramps result from clenched muscles, so it would only make sense that CBD, known to assist with relaxing muscles, could relieve cramps and help ease heavy flows.
CBD Suppositories and Dyspareunia
Dyspareunia (painful sex) is more common than you might realise. We’re not talking about some slight pain or discomfort that 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 found approximately 1 in 10 women experience chronic painful sex, especially in women ages 16-24 years old. Severe 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 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.
Do CBD suppositories work?
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, with the colon containing cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2).
Once the suppository is absorbed, CBD activates the cannabinoid receptors, proving beneficial for issues originating around the pelvic region. Compared to oral consumption of CBD, which has a 20% absorption rate, CBD suppositories have an absorption rate of up to 40%, making it a much more effective delivery method for utilising CBD.
How do I use CBD suppositories?
Our innovative CBD suppositories can be inserted vaginally or rectally.
For vaginal administration, use clean hands to remove the suppository from the plastic shell and insert the suppository into the vagina using water-based lubricant if needed.
For rectal insertion, use clean hands to remove the suppository from the plastic shell, insert past the sphincter muscle (if needed, use a lubricant) and wait 15 to 20 minutes before a bowel movement.
These suppositories are designed for anal and vaginal insertion only and should not be taken orally. If you are looking for an oral-based CBD product, you may find our CBD multivitamin gummies more suitable for your requirements.
How to buy CBD suppositories
Before buying CBD suppositories online or in-store, you should ensure you thoroughly research products and brands to ensure you are buying from a reputable business with high-quality CBD products. You should also review the strength of the CBD suppositories, as this will vary from brand to brand where you can buy CBD suppositories.
What’s the difference between anal and vaginal suppository use?
The most obvious difference between anal and vaginal suppository insertion is your anatomy. Both men and women can insert CBD suppositories anally, whereas only women have the option of inserting vaginally. Inserting CBD suppositories anally is best for treating rectal conditions or in preparation for anal sex, whereas vaginal insertion is best for treating vaginal conditions or increasing sexual pleasure.
How long does it take for CBD suppositories to take effect?
CBD interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS), a signalling system in your body linked to many things, including sleep, mood, appetite, memory and fertility. We all have unique endocannabinoid systems, so you may find CBD suppositories kick in or last longer or shorter than you expect. Some people feel the benefits in as little as 5-10 minutes after inserting their suppository. However, it’s typical for most to experience this within 30 minutes of insertion.
How long do CBD suppositories last?
After inserting the CBD suppository and allowing it time to absorb fully, the effects of CBD suppositories typically last 2-4 hours. As mentioned above, you may find this longer or shorter depending on your body and CBD tolerance.
When is the best time to insert CBD suppositories?
If you are using CBD suppositories for pain relief, we recommend using them at the time you start to experience discomfort, at the beginning of the day if you are using them daily, or on a day you are expecting discomfort (i.e. during your menstrual cycle). If you are using CBD suppositories for sexual purposes, we recommend inserting them around 30 minutes or so before intimacy to ensure your body has time to absorb the suppository.
Will I get high from using CBD suppositories?
No, you will not get high from using CBD suppositories. Although CBD originates from the same place, the cannabis compound that causes a “high” is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In the UK, CBD products with more than 0.02% are illegal, and this amount is too small to cause any “high” or psychoactive effects. For your peace of mind and to ensure our CBD products are compliant with UK law, our CBD suppositories contain 0% THC.
Can I use CBD suppositories to improve my sex life?
CBD improves blood flow, a key part of the arousal process for men and women. As it also works to relieve pain, CBD can also help improve your sex life be alleviating any pain making sex difficult or uncomfortable. You can also use CBD suppositories after sex to reduce inflammation, soreness and muscle fatigue.
Is it safe to use CBD suppositories?
Whether they are inserted into the vagina or rectum, you should feel minimal adverse effects from CBD suppositories. CBD 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 affect this.
We recommend consulting your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure you are using CBD suppositories safely, especially if you have an existing medical condition, take regular medication or have allergies.
Are CBD suppositories legal?
CBD suppositories are legal in the UK, provided they follow regulatory guidelines set by the government. These guidelines include CBD products having no trace of THC (the compound from cannabis plants that gets you high). At Prym Health, all of our CBD products contain 0% THC, including our CBD suppositories, so you can be confident that you are purchasing from a reputable brand and complying with UK law.
Why should I use CBD suppositories over CBD oil drops?
CBD introduced to your bloodstream via the vagina or rectum has a high bioavailability. This means the absorption rate is higher than CBD Oil Drops, which must make their way through your digestive system first. As CBD suppositories do not need to make their way through your digestive system before reaching your bloodstream, they can target areas much quicker, with the benefits being felt in as little as 5-10 minutes. You may find this varies from person to person.
CBD Suppositories Ingredients
C12-18 Acid Triglycerides, Hemp Extract Cannabidiol (CBD)
About Prym Health
At Prym Health, we specialise in premium CBD health & wellness products. All of our products are vegetarian or vegan, laboratory-tried and tested and palm oil free. We are proud of our British heritage. All of our products are made in the UK and we have a partner farm in the USA that grows premium-grade, ethical hemp plants. We also ensure, wherever possible, that we provide 100% recyclable packaging for our products and to keep packaging minimal. Learn more about our commitment to sustainability and quality control.