To anyone stepping into the world of CBD, it can be a confusing and dizzying experience. After all, it’s not like going to the chemist and getting a bottle of aspirin with the instructions clearly written on the side.
Just googling ‘Buy CBD’ brings up over 20,000 000 entries. And when you’ve managed to decide which company to buy from (we suggest checking out CBD Oil Review), you’re then faced with what product to choose. Most base their decision on percentage of CBD present, delivery method and of course value for money.
The oft forgotten suppository
Many people choose either CBD oil or capsules for ease of use, but there’s one way of taking CBD oil that is often overlooked – the humble suppository.
Ok, so given a choice, your average person will choose to swallow medication rather than shoving it up their behind, but regardless of how you feel about your bottom, using suppositories delivers the greatest amount of CBD into your system.
Bioavailability is key
This is based on the principle of bioavailability – or the degree and rate at which a substance is absorbed into the body.
The bioavailability of CBD through rectal absorption is over twice that of taking it orally. Our rectal membranes are highly absorbent and generally equally effective at transportation and distribution around the body, whereas when we take CBD sublingually, much of it is lost as it passes straight through the body.
This is important for many reasons. As a consumer you may have based your decision on which product to buy on how much CBD it contains. So it would make sense then to choose a delivery method that allows for the maximum amount of CBD to get into your bloodstream and do the job you’ve purchased it for.
The delivery method also impacts on how quickly the CBD begins to act and how long the effect lasts. The quickest time for CBD to have an effect is by inhalation using for example the vaping method, but with suppositories the effects are noticeable after 10-15 minutes and can last for up to eight hours depending on your physiology and previous experience with CBD.
Endoca CBD suppositories
Endoca receives regular feedback from our clients through Trustpilot and we know that many people going through chemotherapy or who have difficulties swallowing CBD, find our suppositories a great way to bypass oral consumption and still feel the benefits of CBD. Each Suppository contains 50 milligrams of CBD and is made using organic raw CBD extract (containing both CBD and CBDA) and coconut oil.
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So I’ve never used a suppository – what do I do exactly?
Suppositories are often used in conventional medicine and there’s a fairly simple method of insertion. In the case of Endoca suppositories it’s vital to keep them in the fridge as they contain both CBD and CBDA, plus for ease of insertion the suppositories should be solid on removal from the wrapper.
First things first, wash hands carefully before putting on surgical gloves (optional). Then lie in a sideways position with the lower leg straight, bringing the other knee up to your chest. Lift the upper buttock to expose the rectum and then insert the suppository pointed end first. With your finger push the suppository in beyond the muscular sphincter by about 2.5 – 4cm.
But don’t get carried away and push it too far in because if the suppository gets as high as the superior rectal vein, a proportion of the CBD will be metabolised by the liver and lost, whereas if it is absorbed by the lower two – the inferior and middle rectal vein – they don’t pass through the liver and maximum CBD is absorbed.
Once inserted, squeeze your butt cheeks together and remain in this position for about five minutes so the suppository can be absorbed and get to work.
Wash hands again and try to refrain from a bowel movement for at least twenty minutes.
My suppository experience
I’m lucky that I get to try out Endoca CBD products. But I must admit I was a little reticent about going the suppository route. But what with sciatica raging down my left leg and general soreness in my lower back, I thought it was time to crack open the bullet shape packaging and give it a try.
Ok, so it feels a bit strange rooting around an area that usually only comes in contact with toilet paper, but thanks to the coconut carrier, it slipped right in where the sun doesn’t shine with relatively little trauma involved.
After about half an hour I noticed that I no longer felt the constant pain that had been bugging me most of the previous week. It hadn’t completely disappeared, but the change was significant.
That night I’d agreed to meet up with friends. I can feel a bit anxious in social company but I became aware of just how chilled out and calm I felt, despite no ‘dutch courage’ being consumed in the form of my usual ‘cheeky’ beer. This was approximately six hours after inserting the suppository and I can only think it was as a result of the CBD still circulating in my body.
Homemade CBD suppositories
If your interest has been piqued by the suppository method, you can even make your own by mixing CBD paste and coconut oil or cocoa butter and placing the mixture in a suitable shaped silicone chocolate mould and freezing it. Once solidified you can keep the suppositories in the fridge and use them when needed as inserting a frozen suppository in this area could burn delicate tissues.
Personally, I am now officially a suppository convert and will be test driving them the next time I have period pain as CBD suppositories can also be inserted vaginally. So watch out for a riveting future post on the matter.