Your period is due and you are starting to experience that annoying pinching, throbbing, stabbing pain in your pelvic area, signalling the onset of yet another painful period. Many women are turning to CBD suppositories, otherwise known as CBD tampons of weed tampons to find relief.
Positive reviews about CBD suppositories have been flooding social media, the blogosphere and even main stream media of late with women all over the world claiming to find relief from a variety of premenstrual and menopausal symptoms.
Let’s take a look at what CBD suppositories are, how they work, what to look for in a CBD suppository and how to use them.
What Are CBD Suppositories
These tiny, cylinder-shaped, CBD infused suppositories can be inserted either vaginally or anally, in a similar way as you would insert a tampon without an applicator. Most are made with hemp oil, cocoa butter and/or coconut oil which allow the suppository to soften and melt inside the body.
This allows the CBD to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the mucosa in the vagina. The mucous membrane of the vagina is incredibly absorbent – similar to the lining of your mouth or gut – allowing the CBD to start working on the area immediately and making it a highly effective delivery method for easing pain and inflammation in the pelvic area.
How CBD Suppositories Work
Although scientist are still exploring and defining exactly how CBD interacts with our bodies, experts agree that CBD affects our endocannabinoid systems (ECS), a complex network of cannabinoid receptors in the body which regulates everything from the nervous an immune systems to our reproductive systems, and everything in between.
However, scientists found that CBD has the ability to reduce pain and inflammation. And although the ECS is located throughout various organs and systems throughout the body, its most prevalent in the reproductive system including the ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes.
Many of the issues that cause pelvic pain such as menstrual cramps and painful sex to endometriosis, vulvodynia and fibromyalgia are due to an inflammatory response in the tissues of the reproductive organs. And what CBD does is not only reduce pain directly, but also help to reduce the inflammation which causes much of the pain and discomfort in the first place and why CBD suppositories seem to be helping such a wide range of women with different symptoms and of different ages.
What To Look For In A CBD Suppository
It is no secret that the CBD industry is largely unregulated, increasing the risk of accidentally buying a substandard, and in some cases even dangerous CBD products. This is no different when it comes to CBD suppositories. Taking into account the delicate nature of the area of application, it is even more important to make sure that you have a clean, high-quality, effective and safe product.
However, there are certain things that to look out for to help you make a decision. These include:
- Choose a product that is entirely organic and made from natural ingredients. It is also important to know where the hemp comes from, how it is cultivated and how its distilled to make sure that the CBD extract used is pure and of high quality.
- There are several brands selling CBD suppositories right now, all containing different dosages which can range from as little as 25 milligrams all the way up to a 100 milligrams. If you are confused about what dose you should go with, we recommend starting on a smaller dose and working up to larger doses over time.
- The last thing you want to do is put a highly concentrated, chemical or synthetic CBD product in the vagina so do as much research about a product as you can before buying a CBD suppository. Look for third-party lab results and check if the cannabinoid profiles, purity and contaminants levels coincide with the claims on the website or product. If it is not available on the brand’s website, reach out to their customer services and ask them to provide it. You need to know what you are putting into your body and if a company aren’t a 100% transparent about what goes into their CBD suppositories, rather steer clear of them.
How To Use CBD Suppositories
As mentioned, there are several reasons for which women are using CBD suppositories. These include pain relief during their period, relieving vaginal dryness during menopause and even reducing pain during intercourse.
Try to create a sacred, peaceful space for yourself to make insertion easier, but also help you relax and be comfortable enough to give the CBD a chance to do its job.
Placing a pillow or cushion under your buttocks will to lift and tilt your pelvis will make insertion easier while also helping the CBD to remain in contact with the tissue of your cervix and uterus for maximum absorption and relief. This position can also help release pelvic tension.
Lie on your back in a comfortable position and insert the CBD suppository into your vagina as deeply as possible either using your finger or a tampon applicator. Relax and enjoy for a minimum of 10 to 20 minutes, but longer if you are comfortable and have the time.
Once the oil has had time to be absorbed and you experience relief you can get up again. However, you might find that some of the oil may still exit the body – this is normal but it might be a good idea to use a panty liner or tampon.
Menstrual Symptom Relief
CBD is most effective when pain and cramping starts. However, if you know you are going to be getting your period and are expecting period pains and other discomfort or PMS symptoms to flare up, a CBD suppository can also be used preventatively (Learn more about your period and CBD and CBD for relieving PMS symptoms here).
Menopause Symptom Relief
CBD can create muscular relaxation and enhance tissue oxygenation. In addition as an adaptogen CBD can also soothe chronic pain while enhancing pleasurable sensation during intercourse for peri- and menopausal women suffering from painful intercourse and/or vaginal dryness. Don’t be afraid to experiment with regular or even daily use. (Learn more about menopause and CBD here).
If you are one of the many women suffering from pain or tightness during intercourse, inserting a CBD suppository 30 to 60 minutes before sex can help reduce discomfort. However, because most CBD suppositories contain natural oils, if you are inserting before sex, please use non-latex protection.
Sometimes it may be preferable to insert the CBD suppository rectally. Rectal use can be beneficial for everything from pain and inflammation relief, to enhanced sensation and erotic play during intercourse. As with vaginal application, insert the CBD suppository as deeply as possible.
DISCLAIMER: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with a physician if you have a serious medical condition or use prescription medications. A doctor’s advice should always be sought before before embarking on any new treatment.