Cannabis Suppositories to Treat PMS Symptoms
The symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) include painful cramps that can be unbearable for some. The long list of other physical and emotional symptoms people experience make them consider all types of treatments. Having to experience these symptoms month after month makes things significantly more frustrating when the symptoms feel unmanageable. We have previously discussed using cannabis directly at the site of pain can be the most effective method for treating pain. Therefore, cannabis suppositories have the potential to be effective as a treatment for PMS symptoms.
Suppositories: What are they?
Suppositories are a medicine delivery system that are inserted into the vagina or rectum. They are most commonly used to treat symptoms in the pelvic area, like vaginal thrush or hemorrhoids. But they can also be used for other conditions when the stomach doesn’t absorb oral medications properly or the patient finds it difficult to swallow pills. Suppositories absorb directly into the bloodstream bypassing the liver. This means the cannabinoids won’t reach the brain. Therefore, they are a way to utilize the painkilling benefits of THC without experiencing its psychoactive properties.
Cannabis Suppositories: Are they safe?
Suppositories have the potential to be effective as they concentrate the compound exactly where it needs to go so that you can achieve maximum relief from cramps. The vagina is a porous area of the body, therefore, medications are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. But are they safe?
Women are regularly told not to put things inside of their vagina. Gynecologists always recommend using mild soaps and do not support douching. This is because most things can disrupt the pH of the vagina.
Most CBD suppositories are made solely from coconut oil, which is “not the worst thing you could put in your vagina.” -Dr. DeLucia. But is that enough to say that is it safe?
What the Research Says
According to Dr. Gupta, “they should not change the pH, since they are neutral and act as emollients, hence acting more like a neutral film than causing chemical interactions.” So, assuming that there are no hidden ingredients or preservatives in the product, you should be good to go, she says. Still, Dr. Gupta warns, “Please read exactly what’s going in your body.” Because CBD is not regulated in most areas there could be additives that would not be good for your body so always read the label and what you are putting in your body.
Dr. DeLucia stands by her suppositories and says that when you’re bleeding during your period, it’s common for your vaginal pH to change in general, because “your body is sort of doing its own thing and flushing things out,” she says. So, it might not be particularly problematic for your pH to use a suppository during your period, she says. Although, she does advise that you would want to let the suppository dissolve completely before inserting a tampon. (source)
Though there is some support for the use of cannabis suppositories there is not yet any clinical research that determines for certain whether or not they are safe. So talk to your doctor if you are considering the use of cannabis suppositories for your PMS symptoms.
How to Use Cannabis Suppositories to Treat PMS
These suppositories can be used vaginally or rectally. Since there is no current research on the use of cannabis suppositories there is no accepted dose. The ones currently on the market are between 50-100mg CBD.
At Envy, we always recommend starting with a smaller dose and working your way to finding the dose that is best for you. Though it is important to note that if you are using THC over CBD and you insert the suppository too high in your rectum you may still experience the psychoactive effects so be more cautious with THC.
The potential benefits of suppositories are not only in administering the medication directly to where it is needed but the potential to circumvent other problems. There are various reasons why oral consumption may not be allowed or may be challenging; for example gastrointestinal difficulties. Also, the speed with which they are absorbed into our bodies means they typically start to take effect in ten to fifteen minutes. This could make a huge difference for individuals who experience extreme and debilitating pain
Suppository Options: Floria vs Homemade
Basics Suppositories are formulated for relief during your menstrual period, or for local muscular relaxation and inflammation relief, and can be used vaginally or rectally.
Floria is a suppository option available online, read more information about it here.
Some people are making their own suppositories at home. Check out how to make them here.
What people are saying about cannabis suppositories
Cannabis suppositories have the potential to be an effective method for treating symptoms associated with PMS. But it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before considering this CBD consumption method.