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DIY Suppositories and CBD

DIY Suppositories and CBD

The best part of what we do is having conversations with our patients about what their needs are and finding solutions for them. In the past few years, we’ve had a number of patients come in seeking assistance with the side effects of prostate treatment. We used to send out patients to dispensaries to purchase suppositories, but unfortunately that's no longer an option. Suppositories are a unique form of medication administration that involves inserting a solid dosage form into the rectum, vagina, or urethra, where it dissolves and is absorbed by the body. They are commonly used to deliver medications for conditions like hemorrhoids, constipation, inflammation, and even pain management. Recently, there has been a growing interest in using CBD (cannabidiol) in suppositories to harness its potential therapeutic benefits. Let’s examine how CBD suppositories can help manage a few conditions… now take a deep breath…this won't hurt a bit 🙂

Understanding the Condition

What Are Suppositories?

Suppositories are solid, cone-shaped dosage forms that melt at body temperature, releasing medication directly into the bloodstream. This method can provide faster and more direct relief for certain conditions compared to oral medications. Are you curious about making your own CBD suppositories? Check this link out! I recommend adding 1mL of our Pure Tincture to the base of the mold


  • Suppositories bypass the digestive system, making them ideal for patients with nausea or vomiting.

  • Ancient Egyptians used suppositories made from honey and herbs for medicinal purposes.

Demographic Data

The use of suppositories spans various demographics, though certain groups may be more likely to utilize this form of medication:

  • Age: Both children and elderly patients often use suppositories due to difficulties swallowing pills.

  • Gender: Women may use vaginal suppositories for gynecological conditions, while rectal suppositories are used by both men and women.

  • Race and Socioeconomic Status: Usage can vary based on cultural practices and access to healthcare. Socioeconomic factors may influence the availability and preference for certain treatments.


  • Pediatric and geriatric populations benefit significantly from suppositories due to ease of administration.

  • In some cultures, herbal suppositories are traditional remedies passed down through generations.


Traditional Treatments

Types and Pros and Cons:

  • Hemorrhoidal Suppositories: Often contain hydrocortisone or witch hazel. 

Pros: Direct relief of pain and itching. 

Cons: May cause local irritation.

  • Laxative Suppositories: Commonly use glycerin or bisacodyl. 

Pros: Effective for quick relief of constipation. 

Cons: Can cause cramping or dependency.

  • Pain Relief Suppositories: Often contain NSAIDs or opioids. 

Pros: Bypass the digestive system, reducing gastrointestinal side effects. 

Cons: Potential for local irritation and systemic side effects.


  • Hydrocortisone suppositories can reduce inflammation and swelling in hemorrhoids within hours.

  • Suppositories for pain relief can be a viable option for patients with severe oral ulcers or gastrointestinal issues.


Holistic Treatments

Types and Pros and Cons:

  • Herbal Suppositories: Made from natural ingredients like aloe vera, cocoa butter, and essential oils. 

Pros: Reduced risk of side effects, holistic approach. 

Cons: May not be as potent as pharmaceutical options.

  • Dietary Changes: Increasing fiber intake and hydration. 

Pros: Non-invasive, supports overall health. 

Cons: May take longer to see results.

  • Acupuncture and Massage: Used to relieve pain and improve bowel function. 

Pros: Can enhance overall well-being. 

Cons: Requires professional services, potentially costly.


  • Aloe vera suppositories can soothe and heal irritated tissues, offering a natural alternative to chemical medications.

  • Regular acupuncture sessions have been shown to improve chronic constipation and digestive health.

The Potential Benefits of Cannabis and CBD

CBD, derived from the cannabis plant, has gained attention for its potential therapeutic benefits, including anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-anxiety properties. CBD suppositories offer a novel way to deliver these benefits directly to affected areas.

Routes of Administration

Rectal Suppositories: CBD is absorbed quickly through the rectal mucosa, offering fast relief. This method bypasses the liver and provides higher bioavailability. However, this may cause local irritation.

Prostate Health

Prostate health is a significant concern, especially for men over the age of 50. Conditions such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and prostatitis can cause discomfort and urinary issues.

CBD for Prostate Health:

CBD may help manage symptoms of prostate conditions by reducing inflammation and pain.


Vaginal Suppositories: Used for menstrual pain and pelvic discomfort. This method provides localized relief and minimal systemic effects. Unfortunately, there is limited research on long-term effects.

CBD for Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea) can cause significant discomfort and impact daily activities. Traditional and holistic treatments aim to alleviate pain and improve quality of life. CBD can provide relief from menstrual cramps through its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.

CBD for Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths in the uterus that can cause heavy menstrual bleeding, pain, and reproductive issues. CBD may offer benefits for managing fibroid symptoms by reducing inflammation and pain.

  • Anti-inflammatory Properties: CBD’s ability to reduce inflammation can help alleviate pain and discomfort associated with fibroids.

  • Pain Management: CBD can provide pain relief, improving quality of life for those with fibroids.


  • Anti-inflammatory: CBD can reduce inflammation in conditions like hemorrhoids and inflammatory bowel disease.

  • Pain Relief: Provides effective relief from chronic pain and discomfort.

  • Anxiety Reduction: CBD’s calming effects can help manage anxiety-related digestive issues.


  • Rectal administration of CBD can achieve bioavailability rates of up to 50-70%, significantly higher than oral consumption.

  • Studies suggest that CBD may also support gut health by modulating the microbiome.

Wrapping It All Up

Suppositories are a versatile and effective method for delivering medication, especially for those who have difficulties with oral administration. Traditional treatments offer reliable relief but may come with side effects. Holistic approaches, while gentler, may require more time to show results. Incorporating CBD into suppositories presents a promising alternative, leveraging the therapeutic benefits of cannabis in a direct and efficient manner.


  • Combining traditional and holistic treatments can offer a balanced approach to managing symptoms.

  • Future research may uncover even more benefits of CBD suppositories, potentially expanding their use in medical practice.

If you’re considering traditional methods, holistic approaches, or CBD treatments, it is essential to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the best course of action for your specific needs, and always purchase from reputable sources. Now that we’re done talking about suppositories, you can breathe and relax now. That didn’t hurt too much, did it? 🙂