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Dave Hepburn and Ted Smith: Cannabis Talks Episode #5 – Cannabis & Suppositories


In this series we sit down with Ted Smith and Dr. Dave Hepburn to discuss the medical intricacies of cannabis. Ted Smith is the founder and president of the Victoria Cannabis Buyers Club. Ted has been an advocate for medical cannabis, compassionate access and patients rights for 25 years. Dr. Dave Hepburn is a Canadian author and a retired medical doctor. He advocates for broader use of medical marijuana and cannabinoids. He is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians (SCC), International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines (IACM), the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC) and Physicians for Medical Cannabis (PMC).

Many of us are familiar with taking our cannabis as an edible, or a tincture, or by smoking a joint or a vape pen. Few of us, however, are as familiar with taking cannabis via suppository. Today’s episode of Cannabis Talks explores the medical benefits of this backdoor medicine. It may seem uncomfortable at first, but cannabis is a powerful medicine that when in suppository form, can be used both rectally and vaginally.

“There are many advantages to the rectal administration of cannabis not afforded by other routes. Medicine may still be administered even if the oral route is impaired (e.g., due to vomiting, an injured jaw or throat, or gastrointestinal difficulties) or disallowed due to the oral intake restrictions that are frequently required both before and after surgery. Avoiding the gastrointestinal tract also prevents first-pass metabolism by the stomach and liver, which break down many different molecules into their constituent parts (including Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise known as THC), and allows the active constituents to reach the blood in much higher concentrations. ” (Nicholas Fraleigh https://cannabisdigest.ca/cannatory/)

Suppositories used vaginally are an exceptional medicine for menstruation cramps, ovarian cysts, and any number of issues causing pain in the female reproductive system. Vaginal intake of cannabis is less psychoactive than rectal intake, meaning vaginal use of suppositories is an excellent option for managing pain without getting high.

Video by John Giles


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