How to Make CBD Suppositories
I have teamed up with Yūgenial which is an incredible wellness brand specialising in CBD products. We are creating an e-book on how to use CBD in different ways beyond just supplementing with it. This included how to make CBD suppositories!
The founder of Yūgenial, Nia and I have already collaborated on events combining her knowledge of CBD and science with our passion for plant medicine!
Nia and I come from very different backgrounds as she has studied medicine at Imperial College whereas my training has been purely in naturopathy!However, I love that Nia’s scientific background meets perfectly with my witchy inclinations as there is actually a lot of scientific evidence and rationale for ancient traditions of healing!
So why is this relevant to suppositories?
Suppositories are basically a form of prescribing medicine through the vagina or rectum. So rather than taking a pill or a capsule, you can pop a suppository up there instead!
A lot of people are hesitant when learning about taking herbs vaginally or anally. It does sound quite GOOP!
However, they are actually recognised forms of drug delivery in the Western scientific tradition because there are so many blood vessels in the anus which means the drug can enter directly into your blood stream without first being processed by your gut and liver which would happen when you take a drug by mouth.
This means it works quicker and you can get more of the drug in your body.
Therefore, it makes sense why herbalists also use suppositories as a mode of application and particularly relevant if you have problems in that area.
I have used vaginal herbal pessaries (pessaries are the same concept to suppositories but there are types of pessaries that can be used to prevent vaginal prolapse or act as contraception) for clients with chronic candida or bacterial vaginosis.
Homemade herbal suppositories or pessaries are usually made with coconut oil which allows for symptom relief and also will contain herbs that can address the infection such as calendula or thyme.
However, what Nia and I realised was we could share with people how to get the benefits of CBD using a similar route!
What is CBD?
This is probably the first question when it comes to how to make CBD suppositories!
So CBD (or cannabidiol) is a compound found in the cannabis plant.
Cannabis is unfortunately associated with the compound THC which can get you high. But the CBD compound has many medicinal benefits that science has previously ignored due to the stigma around cannabis.
Many of you would have heard of hemp. This is a species of cannabis that is rich in CBD and extremely low in THC (you would not get high smoking it!).
Hemp has been used medicinally and also for food, clothing, fishing nets, rope- in fact it is a highly sustainable alternative to plastic!
However, I will focus on the medicinal benefits of hemp and CBD!
Benefits of CBD
Hemp has been used as medicine for 1000s of years. In fact, it was noted by a 1 st century Roman historian Pliny the Elder that “a decoction of the root in water relaxes contractions of the joints and cures gout and similar maladies.”
It has been used by physicians to treat fever, inflammation, arthritis, and joint pain, skin burns, tumours and even STDs!
However, it was made illegal to grow in the thirties in the US and our knowledge of this plant was suppressed. Fortunately, due to a recent increase in scientific research that is showing overwhelming benefits from CBD we are slowely seeing progress being made to reintroduce this as a curative plant into our culture.
Some of the scientific research has shown CBD to:
- Reduce anxiety
- Relieve pain
- Regenerate the nervous system
- Promote sleep
- Alleviate depression
The list goes on and if you are interested in the studies behind this- I would recommend this blog post on CBD science byYūgenial.
Benefits of CBD Suppositories
So lets combine what we know about CBD and what we know about suppositories- we now have an excellent way to get the benefits of CBD that will be highly bioavailable!
Not only this but we get the benefits of CBD locally to this area. Therefore, some can use CBD as a way to relax or relieve anxiety before sex.
It is also incredibly powerful for women that might suffer from painful periods.
If you are suffering from menstrual cramps a CBD suppository could be a great way to relieve the tension and pain.
A study showed that CBD inserted vaginally relieved extreme cramps in 20 minutes.
CBD can be combined with other herbs to make a vaginal pessary or suppository for specific actions. Calendula and thyme are powerful anti-fungals so you can add these to protect and work against candida infections.
St John’s Wort relaxes the nerves and has anti-viral properties so may help with HPV.
I love to use rose as it is anti-inflammatory, cooling and of course connects the womb to the heart.
How to CBD Suppositories
It is really simple! You can flex this recipe according to the amount you want to make so I’ve just provided the ratios!
- 1 part coconut oil
- 2 parts cocoa butter
- 1 part Yūgenial CBD Elixir
- Herbal infused oils of your choice (this is when a herb has been infused in an oil such as almond or olive so you can make this yourself!)
All you do is melt the cocoa butter with the coconut oil and the Yūgenial CBD elixir. You can also add in your herbs at this stage and once melted you can pour into moulds and they will harden in the fridge or freezer.
Once you are ready to use you can insert them in your private parts and they will gently melt providing soothing relief.
Please note; you will get oily thighs when it melts!!
I will be providing more detail on how to make a CBD suppository and other recipes in an ebook that I’m creating with Yūgenial and you can subscribe to their mailing list to be the first to hear about it when it gets launched.
CBD Suppository Controversy!
Many of you will be thinking- NO WAY- I do not want to put something up my bottom!
This is totally fine! But I do want to help allay any concerns around safety.
There is a slight paradox that anything natural promoting vaginal health such as herbal suppositories or yoni steaming is automatically side-lined and condemned to hippy, witchy nonsense.
When we have plenty of products that millions of people use on a daily basis such as hygiene products, wet wipes etc… that contain synthetic chemicals and other things that generally do not have a good impact on our health!
Tampons are a big annoyance for me because they are so unsustainable, produced using so many pesticides, bleaching chemicals and contain dioxins that have clearly been linked with endometriosis and pelvic inflammatory disease!
So I know what I would rather be putting up my faffaloo and that is definitely a calming, uplifting CBD suppository made with my own hands using ingredients I trust and know where they have been!
However, I will leave it with you to make up your own mind :)!
How to make CBD suppositories, the benefits of using them and using other herbs for women's health using CBD suppositories.