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by Scarlet Palmer on 17/10/2016 | Consumption

Recreational Rectal Use of Cannabis (or, What I Did For Science)

Rectal use The scientific and anecdotal reports on rectal cannabis use are somewhat conflicting. Sometimes, the best way to research something is to do it yourself. For science, for Sensi Seeds, and for journalistic integrity, I tried a cannabis suppository and wrote about the results.

Scarlet Palmer


A lifelong interest in writing, counterculture, art and altered states has led Scarlet through career experiences including artist, proofreader, editor, environmental activist, Muppeteer, professional cannabis dealer and coffeeshop manager. She began working for Sensi Seeds as a member of the shop staff in Amsterdam and then became a manager before moving into writing, editing and events co-ordination for Sensi Seeds and its sister companies. Scarlet believes that disseminating factual information about drugs to as many people as possible will empower them to make informed and sensible decisions on drug use, reducing harm caused by ignorance.


Recreational rectal use of cannabis is not a subject I’ve ever heard discussed. Vocal proponents of every other kind of cannabis ingestion can be found everywhere, from internet forums and international hemp fairs to coffeeshops and any given living room on a Friday night. The subject of savouring a potent high by inserting suppositories, however, has not been broached (at least with me). Is rectal cannabis the last taboo of recreational use? Does it even work? There was only one way to find out.

I’d never put cannabis, nor indeed any drug, in my nether regions before. I am familiar with the concept, but I’ve never been moved to try it. When I was a joint smoker I enjoyed the ritual of making the perfect, tasty, smooth-burning cone. I imagine there’s an element of ritual in rectal cannabis use if one does it frequently enough, but it’s unlikely to be the sort of thing you can take twenty minutes over in a roomful of people whilst drinking tea. However, some friends are closer than others, and I was able to enlist a lab partner for my first foray into this brave new world.

Step one: Get some suppositories for recreational rectal use

These are not a product that you can buy in a coffeeshop, nor a pharmacy, even in Amsterdam. Luckily I was able to obtain some (from a source who wishes to remain anonymous). They were made from butane extracted whole plant concentrate in a base of coconut oil, giving them a pleasant, almost chocolatey smell, rather like spacecakes.  They weighed two grams each. I had them tested and the results showed 16% THC and 1% CBD, which would definitely give a psychoactive effect if taken in any way that I was familiar with.

Suppository cannabinoid profile test results
Suppository cannabinoid profile test results: line 2 is hemp, line 3 is the suppository

Having procured cannabis suppositories, our preparations were twofold: the classic ‘set and setting’. The former consisted of research. I found practical tips, including ‘lie on your side and bend one leg to make insertion easier’ and ‘don’t pass wind for at least 15 minutes afterwards’. I found anecdotal reports: “For me, music starts playing in my head about 1 minute after “dosing”,”;  “Within minutes I could feel a warm, pleasant sensation washing over my entire pelvic region”.  And I found science which said maybe it shouldn’t work at all.

What is the science behind rectal use of cannabis?

According to Allan Frankel, MD, who has researched and written about rectal absorption of cannabis, nothing was felt by his test patients when they tried cannabis oil in cocoa butter. Analysis of their plasma revealed negligible THC and CBD levels. According to Practical Pharmaceutics: An International Guideline for the Preparation, Care and Use of Medicinal Products, the rectum does not absorb fats efficiently. Any active substance in a suppository must first dissolve into the aqueous mucus that lines the rectum and then pass into the bloodstream; it cannot be absorbed directly by the membrane without traversing the aqueous mucus layer. Therefore active substances that are themselves lipophilic (such as cannabinoids) should not be combined with a fatty or oily carrier, as this will reduce their overall absorption. Since virtually every cannabis suppository I found mentioned online was in a fatty base (as was mine), this should have impaired their efficacy.

The rectal veins – superior, middle and inferior
The rectal veins – superior, middle and inferior

Assuming that some of the cannabinoid content makes it through the mucus, it then circulates either via the inferior and middle rectal veins into the inferior vena cava, bypassing the liver; or via the superior rectal vein to the liver where it is ‘first pass’ metabolized. It was thought that the lack of psychoactivity resulted from THC missing the liver and therefore not metabolizing into 11 hydroxy delta-9 THC (11-OH-THC) which is more potent, and stays in the system for longer. (Interestingly, the effect of many drugs is reduced by first pass metabolism, but not THC!) Large amounts of 11-OH-THC are produced when cannabis is eaten, so this metabolic process determines much of the strength of the same dose when ingested in different ways.

The most recent scientific research on the rectal absorption of THC was published in 1991, and used crab-eating macaque monkeys. (People to whom I’ve told this have said “poor monkeys!”, to which the reply is, have you seen what else they do to monkeys? These monkeys are the lucky ones.) Results showed no rectal bioavailability of THC, but when the cannabinoid was processed to create a combination with the molecule ester hemisuccinate (THC-HS), the bioavailability shot up to 13.5% and the mean residence time of THC in the blood was 5.8 hours. THC-HS is water-soluble, which is why it dissolves into the aqueous mucus.

A crab-eating macaque, used for experiments on the rectal use of cannabis
A crab-eating macaque, used for experiments on the rectal use of cannabis

Back to my personal rectal cannabis experience

What all my theoretical research came down to was basically “anecdotes say something might happen, science says nothing should happen”. This being as far as I could get with ‘set’, I moved onto ‘setting’. We put mattresses on the living room floor and made sure there were enough drinks and munchies on hand. I had music, films, and interesting picture books to stimulate us if needed. I thought about lighting some candles, figuring I should make it as nice an experience as possible after subjecting my lab partner to descriptions of animal experiments and rectal aqueous mucus, but fire and altered states don’t mix so I just turned the lights down. To give an accurate report as possible, we had abstained from any other drugs (including the legal ones) and I set my phone to beep at half-hour intervals so I could chart the experience.

 “For science!”. We toasted each other with the large, slippery, dark green bullets. First lesson: insert them as soon after removal from the fridge as possible, because fingertip heat alone is enough to start them melting. However, this means they are basically self-lubricating, which isn’t a bad thing. We lay down, me on my back and my lab partner on his side, and waited.

After half an hour, I felt quite giggly. This could have been the incongruity of live-tweeting rectal cannabis use as part of my job, though. In response to a tweet asking me how it was going, I attempted to analyse what I was experiencing. There was a mild tingling sensation, not unpleasant, around the ground zero area of application. I wasn’t able to say for sure if there was any psychoactive effect. My lab partner had fallen asleep, but he had travelled overnight from London to Amsterdam and arrived that morning. The data was inconclusive thus far.

A cannabis suppository fresh from the fridge
A cannabis suppository fresh from the fridge

 One hour into the experiment: Getting high

My lab partner was still fast asleep and I was explaining to people on Twitter that I didn’t have IBS or IBD, this experiment was purely for research. A feeling of deep relaxation suffused me, especially my legs and pelvic area. I believe the use of suppositories to ease menstrual cramps could be very effective, based on this. I felt extremely tranquil, but not sleepy, and decided to finally get up and go to the kitchen for a change of scenery and to see if any psychoactive effects made themselves known.

They did. Once in the kitchen, the munchies kicked in with a vengeance and I noticed that colours and patterns were enhanced. I heated up some soup; flavours were enhanced too. I giggled to myself thinking about the great Dr Lester Grinspoon’s realisation that he was having his first cannabis experience when the pizza he was eating became the best he’d ever tasted.

Despite being a clearly recognisable cannabis high, what I was experiencing was unlike what I’ve felt when eating, smoking or vaporising it. My head felt clear and I felt peaceful yet alert; a sativa type of high without the soaring headrush or potential confusion. It was extremely enjoyable and not at all overpowering, yet I was definitely in an altered state. The dragon trees in my living room looked fascinating. Getting back under the duvet was lovely. I felt no need for additional entertainment. There was an opiate-like quality to the contentment and relaxation, but no nausea or feelings of disassociation.

An hour and a half in: Definitely high

 I was still feeling the same effects, which seemed to have hit a plateau rather than fading or intensifying. My lab partner woke up and said he wasn’t sure if he was feeling anything apart from very relaxed, but he definitely felt like eating something. He just wasn’t sure what. (In retrospect, this was a total giveaway that he was experiencing the effects!) The following conversation took place:

“Is it chocolate?”

“No.”

“Is it oatcakes with vegan cream cheese?”

“No.”

“Is it… (I am having trouble remembering what else there is to eat) …is it tomatoes?”

“I don’t think so.”

“Ooh, is it pineapple soy yogurt?”

“YES. Yes, it is. Oh yes.”

“We are definitely high.”

We devoured a litre of said yogurt in under three minutes. It tasted fantastic. Then we lay back down and discussed the high. It was strong but not psychedelic, and deeply physically relaxing. The best analogy is that of lying in a warm bath that you don’t want to get out of. All muscle tension was dissolved, we felt warm and heavy but not sleepy, and the effect seemed to end at the upper neck – literally as though lying in a bath with only your head out of the water. However, it was not a ‘couchlock’ stone. We remained alert and talkative. Although the effect was powerful, it was not at all disorienting or overwhelming.

(There was one additional fact that I was not expecting. I hadn’t read about it anywhere during literally hours of research. So, dear reader, I will share it with you. After eating, the digestive system starts up. This can lead to passing wind. And if you’re experimenting with rectal use of cannabis, this causes your wind to smell like a growroom of strong sativas just before harvest. You’re welcome.)

The following day: Still high

It was also very, very long-lasting. Neither of us use cannabis regularly anymore and consequently we both have low tolerance; even so, I was not expecting to still be high the next morning. After I left for work, my lab partner had a large breakfast and went back to bed. By the time he texted me at 15:00 to say he had just woken up and could I get some more pineapple yogurt, I was pretty much back to normal. It took him several more hours to feel completely back to normal. This makes rectal use of cannabis by far the most economical method I’ve tried so far.

More research is needed on the rectal use of cannabis

Based on my research, what conclusions can be drawn? Firstly, there is no way that we were experiencing a placebo effect. I’ve used enough cannabis to know the difference. Secondly, although I had no way of measuring THC in our blood plasma, I can assure you that there was plenty sloshing around our endocannabinoid systems. So how did it get there? It’s fairly safe to assume that at least some THC entered the superior rectal vein and achieved first pass metabolism into 11-OH-THC. I was aiming for this to happen, so I literally aimed for it (unlike medicinal users who would presumably keep the suppository lower in the rectum to avoid it).

It might be possible that the effect was so long-lasting because any THC missing the first pass when it initially entered the bloodstream via the inferior and middle rectal veins would eventually reach the liver, so a second phase of metabolism into 11-OH-THC could take place long after the initial dose.

However, for the THC to get to any of the rectal veins, it still needs to traverse the aqueous mucus layer. As previously stated, this shouldn’t be possible without the presence of the hemisuccinate ester.  Could it be that some part of the process of making the butane extracted concentrate causes the presence of THC-HS, or a similar enough ester to permit absorption to occur? The experiments on the macaque monkeys used THC only, not whole plant extract. Could the presence of other cannabinoids, the ‘entourage effect’, make the crucial difference? However, Dr Frankel’s studies used cannabis oil in cocoa butter, and that did not seem to work. The doctor himself concludes that more research is needed in order to take full advantage of this delivery method.

Benefits of rectal cannabis use

Having tried it, I can think of various benefits for both medicinal and recreational rectal cannabis use. There’s the long-lasting deep relaxation, which would definitely relieve pain and muscle tension. The extended ‘munchies’ effect would doubtless aid anyone who needed to gain weight, and the delivery method means that there is no risk of vomiting up oral appetite stimulants. The amount needed for an effective dose is small, and the dosage is easy to control. There is also the advantage over edibles, such as cake or sweets, of it being highly unlikely that someone will accidentally ingest a cannabis suppository thinking it is a harmless treat. There are numerous tales of people eating ‘medibles’ by accident, but I have never heard of anyone inserting a random suppository they found lying around.

Work the following day was a little more challenging than usual, but by no means impossible. I would not have wanted to drive or operate heavy machinery, but the clarity of the high was fine for writing, interacting with colleagues, going to the shops, and cooking dinner. For people who need effective pain relief without being incapacitated, this would be ideal.

What do you think?

Have you ever tried using cannabis rectally? What was your experience like? Do you have any theories on why experience contradicts science in this area? I would especially love to hear from people who know more about biochemistry than I do! Let me know in the comments.

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Arlene

I'm ready to try it! I think it would greatly help hip and back pain! Thanks! Blessings!?????

24/10/2016

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Arlene,

Thanks for commenting! Good luck and I hope it helps.

With best wishes,

Scarlet

31/10/2016

melissa

i am hoping to try this method as well. Ive been considering it for years.just need the recipe. i believe it will help pain

25/10/2016

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Melissa,

Thanks for your comment :)

With best wishes,

Scarlet

31/10/2016

Aliza

Great writing, thanks for sharing! Regarding the method, can't say it'd ever crossed my mind before, but now am certainly curious to try it out.

29/10/2016

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Aliza,

Thanks for commenting, I'm glad you enjoyed the article!

With best wishes,

Scarlet

31/10/2016

Gary

Sounds like a bummer man! Haa only joking . Sounds like a perfectly plausible way of consuming this amazing natural medicine.

29/10/2016

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Gary,

Thanks for your comment! :D

With best wishes,

Scarlet

31/10/2016

susan

How can I get some

29/10/2016

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Susan,

Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, the high THC cannabis oil contained in the suppositories I tried is still illegal in most countries, so I'm afraid I can't give you any advice on this, sorry.

With best wishes,

Scarlet

31/10/2016

Diane G

Your article was well written and very descriptive! I'm not sure I'm ready to try a suppository but I believe in edibles and other methods of medical cannibus for different ailments. I look forward to reading more about further progress of your research.

30/10/2016

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Diane,

Thank you for your comment! I'm glad you enjoyed the article.

With best wishes,

Scarlet

31/10/2016

Irena

Prosím jak se čípek z konopí vyrábí. Potřebovala bych jej od bolest. Zkusila bych domácí výrobu. Mast jsem se naučila a je perfektní .
Děkuji

30/10/2016

Scarlet Palmer

Ahoj Irena,

Díky za váš komentář. Bohužel, vysoký THC konopný olej obsažený v čípků jsem se snažil je ještě nezákonné ve většině zemí, takže se obávám Nemohu vám dát nějakou radu na toto téma, je mi líto.

S přáním všeho nejlepšího,

Scarlet

31/10/2016

Fen

Sounds a great idea I have damaged nerve in back which affects nerve s around bladder, bowel bum cheeks, down legs, an spine rite up to my neck. Tablets make me sick that I get prescribed , it would be great not to feel that tingling an annoying pain. Needs a patient I am here ?

30/10/2016

Scarlet Palmer

Hello Fen,

Thank you for commenting, I hope you manage to find some relief :)

With best wishes,

Scarlet

31/10/2016

Kid

I started taking suppositories about 3 weeks ago as did my partner. I chose to make suppositories to avoid the high. My experience is that I have no effect when taking it rectally. I don't drink nor smoke and quite sensitive when under the influence. My partner says that she feels relaxed and calm but not sure if she has a high. She is very sensitive to drink also. I am taking cannabis for the treatment of Arthritis and I can honestly say that I didn't feel any pain relief when taking the oil rectally so just in the evening around 9.00pm I've started ingesting it and within 90 minutes I am wobbling my way to the bedroom, the room is somewhat spinning and I have a hangover for half the next day. I do however feel significant improvement in my joint pain while ingesting the oil (home made RSO diluted with coconut oil as a suppository). I'm taking a half grain of rice size each dose regardless of where it goes. My conclusion is that suppositories don't give me the medicinal benefits (possibly due to the oils) or a high whereas ingesting the oil give both medicinal benefits and an unwanted high. They say your body becomes accustomed but i'm still waiting:)

30/10/2016

Scarlet Palmer

Hello Kid,

Thank you for your comment and sharing your story. The more anecdotal reports I collect, the more conflicting evidence I find! I think if you are taking half a grain of rice sized oil doses rectally then perhaps this is too little to feel any effect? I am not suggesting you up the dosage though. One of the problems with the oil is that because there is no completely standard way of making it, and the plants used for it are different according to strain, batch, maker etc, there is no standard strength and no way of telling how weak or strong it is. We definitely need more research!

With best wishes,

Scarlet

31/10/2016

Tommy Johansson

Wre the fuck THC!

30/10/2016

Maria

Great idea!
You must do it :) for clinical-salus uses I think it's very helpful .
Xo

13/11/2016

Sourab Agarwal

Its a very good and innovative idea. Let me know if you can share the recipe with me. We can manufacture it commercially in India and also conduct clinical trials.

18/11/2016

Scarlet Palmer

Hello Sourab,

Thank you for commenting, I'm glad you like the article. Unfortunately I cannot share the recipe with you as I did not make the suppositories myself! However I can tell you (as stated in the article) that they were made using whole plant extract in a base of coconut oil, weighed 2 grams each and contained 2% CBD and 16% THC. Good luck with your enterprise!

With best wishes,

Scarlet

21/11/2016

Katie Garlick

Hello
Please could you lead me in the right direction to obtain THC-HS it's for my mum she has terminal lung cancer. I am currently making rso and making into suppositorys but I know it's not very bio available.
I have searched and searched and read and read and if I could just find someone that is willing to sell me some or give me the recipie I know I could save her
Please help x
Katie

20/05/2017

Scarlet Palmer

Dear Katie

Thank you for your comment. I'm so sorry to hear about your situation. Unfortunately, as Sensi Seeds is not a medical practice, we are not able to provide any advice relating to medical situations other than to consult your doctor or other licensed medical professional. You could also try to contact local medicinal cannabis support groups, if you have not already done so. In the UK, there is the United Patients Alliance (you can find them on Facebook) and in the US and EU there are many branches of NORML (google NORML followed by your area name). We hope this is helpful.

With best wishes,

Scarlet

22/05/2017

Taun Jameson

I'm a certified cannabinoid caregiver in Colorado, USA. It's all about the carrier base that you use. Do a search for Pharmaceutical suppository base. TJ

16/12/2017

Joel

I'm doing it!!

22/07/2017

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Joel,

Excellent! Do let us know how you get on :)

With best wishes,

Scarlet

24/07/2017

John

I tried the suppository method and was dosing twice a day over the course of 6 weeks. I made my own suppositories allowing me to gradually increase the amount in a THC/CBD mix from 340mg/0mg to 420mg/180mg at week 6. The suppository was made with cocao butter. I very rarely felt any high, sometimes a very mild buzz. I thought that maybe the CBD was counter-acting the THC but, now that I have looked into more and read the studies and Dr Frankel's experience with bioavailibilty, I feel that it just wasn't being absorbed. Wish I'd found this bioavailibilty information earlier.
My goal in taking the THC/CBD was to see if it would affect the growth of CRC tumours in my lungs, the results were negative.
I felt that the suppository route was by far the most effective but, in my case, it didn't work. I am still going to pursue the treatment but thru ingestables or smoking.
Have you come across a water soluble delivery agent that would substitute for cocao butter and is readily available for diy.

26/10/2017

Scarlet Palmer

Hi John,

Thank you for your comment, I'm very sorry to hear about your situation. During the course of researching this article, I didn't find any kind of water soluble delivery agent which would effectively combine with cannabinoids, which I agree would be ideal for suppositories. I did discover a little about water soluble THC and CBD crystals which could potentially be combined with a water-based carrier and therefore cross the rectal mucus barrier, but as yet, I haven't found any research or anecdotal reports of these being tried rectally.

I wish you all the best with your treatment, and if I write another article on rectal use or water soluble cannabinoids, I'll drop another comment here with a link.

With best wishes,

Scarlet

31/10/2017

Joe

I decided to try this 10 minutes ago. I put 0.5 ml of potent homemade THC infused coconut oil (~20mg/ml) in my anus and I'm already high. Definitely feeling it in my head, behind my eyes. I'm a daily marijuana concentrate user and I will definitely use this method again. I love edibles but I don't like how long they take to feel (~2 hours for me). The high is definitely different than smoking; I usually feel like writing rambling posts like this but don't. I'll check back in in a couple hours or so.

06/11/2017

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Joe,

Thanks for your comment, please do let me know how it goes! (I'm guessing you may already be asleep, or too relaxed to write more just now?)

With best wishes,

Scarlet

09/11/2017

Gary

Good article until you made the leap of faith jump that since you felt high, there must be THC in your bloodstream. Frankel’s conclusions are based on data. Why not hold yourself to the same standard? Get a blood test.

02/12/2017

DaViD William LeWis

I was under the impression that the hole ( excuse the pun ) reason to takeThC in this method was for the thc molecule did not to affect the brain in a sense of getting high

03/03/2018

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Gary,

I wouldn't describe it as a leap of faith but as an educated guess. THC is still the only known psychoactive cannabinoid. There was nothing else that I or my companion had ingested that would produce a psychoactive experience. I am confident that it was not a placebo effect. The state I was in the following morning was completely unexpected; it's definitely not common to wake up still really high if all you've been using is cannabis.

Frankel's conclusions are based on data collected using a laboratory and a group of test patients which he has because he's a medical doctor with access to blood plasma analysis equipment and a licence to practice medicine and prescribe cannabis suppositories.

My conclusions are based on data collected using my best judgement of a subjective experience, which I have because I'm a writer with access to illegal cannabis suppositories, my living room, and a close friend who was good enough to answer "yes" to the question "hey, want to come over and see what happens if we put this in our butts?".

I would love to have more research into this topic, and would be absolutely willing to repeat the experiment in a scientific setting. However, please understand that I can't just walk into an Amsterdam hospital when I'm outrageously high and ask for a blood plasma analysis for cannabinoids because I stuck cannabis suppositories up my bottom a couple of hours ago and I'm writing an article about it.

Apart from anything else, my health insurance definitely does not cover this.

Despite this, I hope you continue to enjoy the blog.

With best wishes,

Scarlet

09/03/2018

grayarea

Hi all.
This is really interesting.
I've been experimenting with this for a couple of years, and am about to ramp the process up big time (excuse the pun)!
From my experience of cocoa butter infused with high grade full spectrum cannabis oil / paste, I have had similar experiences to Scarlet.
Dr. Frankel seems a fair reporter. And I admit I don't know the THC / THC-HS difference (I'm about to google and educate myself, but any posts helping my to understand that appreciated!). But I certainly have felt effects.
Scarlet - I wonder if plugging the suppository up high to reach the superior rectal vein made the difference? Perhaps only by giving the rectal membrane tissues more time to absorb the oils? Perhaps the monkeys didn't stay stil long enough!?
Yes, there's a lot of anecdotal evidence that says don't plug too far up, as that would mean superior vein absorption which is a problem of you don't want to get high. I've experienced a 'body buzz' with higher insertions.
My ongoing experiments will concern just CBD oil / paste (I'm UK based, it's relatively inexpensive, and I'm not interested in getting high) - my aim is to find a cure for both chronic and acute insomnia. I've had inconclusive results with just CBD oil / paste suppositories. The experiments ongoing will include introducing the introduction of 'sleepy' terpenes (also legal here).
I'll keep posting, but please do stay in touch here.

Sleep well all,
Will.

02/12/2017

Janet Abbott

What is the name that your locally legal terpnes called where you live?

14/01/2018

Nikolas

Scarlett, you told us what time the effects ended for you, but not what time you dosed. How long did the whole experience last, from "entry" to 15:00 the next day?

09/12/2017

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Nikolas,

Good point, I will amend this article shortly to include this information. It was about 20:00 I think; I've just been back through my twitter account to find the livetweeting session I did, but the time-stamps on the tweets don't make sense, they're saying 12:30 AM but that's for sure not right. It was definitely early evening.

With best wishes,

Scarlet

09/03/2018

Taun Jameson

I'm a Colorado cannabonoid caregiver. All of my clients administer this way. I have seen incredible health benifits for my clients, such as Stage 4, terminal cancer to Cancer free. If you have a serious health issue, this is the only way to go! TJ

16/12/2017

MANSOUR

Taun: Which way your clients do it?
Thanks

18/12/2017

Alex

How can i made myself one ?

16/01/2018

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Alex,

The answer to that question is quite a long and complicated one, which I may write a separate blog post about in the future! In the meantime, googling 'how to make suppositories' should give you a good starting point. Good luck, and do let us know how you get on!

With best wishes,

Scarlet

01/02/2018

micha

used non thc oil for back and sciatic pain i get from running and disc injury. other than the lack of a high, you and other science articles described it accurately. more effective. quicker acting. less mental reaction...such as groggy effect...more body effect vs in the head...meaning more relaxing and much more pain reducing.

02/05/2018

Twain3

Very much enjoyed the article, humor and informative descriptions. I guess I'm just lucky as I sometimes take bho thc oil in capsules, insert and wait. And it works better and longer than sublingually, swallowed etc. I guess my case goes against a lot of research. And like good football tight ends, I go deep for the touchdown. Still works fine, head and body. Whilst I use these caps medically, I rarely fail to enjoy the recreational parts of each dose. Guess my case one day will go down in the annals of cannabis history.

Stay well,

Mark

02/05/2018

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Mark,

Thank you so much! I really enjoyed your comment :) and I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying the medicinal and recreational aspects of this method of consumption. You do indeed deserve to go down in the annals of cannabis history!

With best wishes,

Scarlet

PS You might also enjoy some of my other personal articles - this is the first one I wrote, and it also takes a more lighthearted approach.

23/05/2018

Marianne

Hi Scarlet, I really enjoyed reading your suppository experience. I did a beta test of a few that I made last weekend and I have to say that my experience was somewhat similar to yours. Though my formula was somewhat coconut oil heavy, I used a water extracted sativa oil that I've used many times before. It was pleasant, not really super psychoactive, but I was definitely more relaxed, alert and giddy. I could even taste it once it reached higher up near my chest. The amount of THC oil that I used, I would probably say was about 5mg. I'm going to cut back the oil and try 10mg. After doing a lot of research, I wished that I had something like this when I went through treatment for cancer. This was a much more pleasant experience instead of being totally blotto from vaping.

Best,
Marianne

04/05/2018

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Marianne,

Thank you so much, I'm really glad you enjoyed it! I'm very curious about the water extracted sativa oil; if you feel like it and have time, would you please send me a quick email (scarlet@sensiseeds.com) explaining what it is? I maybe know it under another name but it's not ringing bells. I'm also trying to remember if I had any sensation of taste, as this is not something I have seen mentioned anywhere, and I'm wondering what the science behind it could be. If I decide to do this again (strictly for science, of course) I'll watch out for it. In the meantime, I hope you have continued success with your suppository adventures and look forward to more of your comments on them :)

With best wishes,

Scarlet

23/05/2018

Alisa

I use them for fibromyalgia they work really well I would recommend them what you reported is so true

08/05/2018

Bazz

I’ve been using cannabis oil suppositorys for a while now to treat lung cancer, I make my own using gelatine capsules and pure cannabis oil, no added cocoa butter or anything else, I Insert capsule about 1.1/2 - 2 inches into my rectum.
I do this just before i go to bed around 11:00pm. I generally wake around 6:30am most days and feel just a little groggy for an hour or so, a nice cup of tea and a slice of toast normally sorts me out!
I have tried taking the oil in many different ways but this works the best for me, I’m able to lead a ‘normal’ life while taking the medication. I take twice a day, 10 grains before bed and 5 grains around 11:00am again with no effect.
I understand much more of the medication reaches the bloodstream using this method. The key for me was not inserting the capsule too far into my bum. I think some folk are nervous using cannabis this way but as i say, i’ve found it to be the most effective, just buy a tin of Vaseline and give it a go.........
P.S beware of the morning fart, its a killer........

29/05/2018

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Bazz,

Thank you for your comment and for sharing your experiences - and yes, that warm wind of weed is quite something, isn't it?!

With best wishes,

Scarlet

31/05/2018

Julie

Hi bazz.. I've just read that your taking capsules to treat your lung cancer I'm sorry to hear this My partner has also just been diagnosed and wants to try the oil but doesn't want to get high.. I've made some rso and put some in a capsule but I'm wondering if it needs a carrier oil ? My oil also went solid whilst putting it in the capsule..will this be ok do you know? .. I'm new to all this but desperate as there is no cure on the NHS for him..

24/09/2018

Mike

This was a GREAT read. I appreciate how open and direct you've been. I do really struggle with how the rectum processes something that isn't water soluble, but after this article I might I just give it a try :)

20/06/2018

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Mike,

Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you enjoyed the article :) Please do let me know how you get on, if you do decide to try it!

With best wishes,

Scarlet

20/06/2018

Allan

How about cannabis oral oil injected with a syringe rectally. What would the medical benifit be. I thought oils were not absorbed through the rectum?

24/06/2018

Scarlet Palmer

Hi Allan,

As I'm not a medical practitioner, I can't answer what the medicinal benefit would be, but as oral oil and oil used in suppositories are likely to be pretty much the same thing (see article for the cbd:thc ratios of my experiment) it is likely that if you replicated my experiment, it would have the effects I described. As for oil not being absorbed through the rectum, please also see the article and other comments above for discussion of this - in short, science says it shouldn't work, experience says it does. Please do check back and let us know how you get on, if you decide to try it!

With best wishes,

Scarlet

25/06/2018

marilee

I have been rectal ROS with cocao buter for over a month now. I have been at 1 gram/day now for 2 weeks. Even though I truely believe in it, I have symptoms that say it isn't working.
1. I am not high but lethargic
2. i have stage 4 breast cancer that has broken through the skin. the visible tumor is about the size of a plumb. There is more under the surface.
3. the tumor has grown since starting the treatment
4. I have episodes of pain that are unbearable so must use pain meds
5. I am now discharging mucous, recently blood tinged.
Any comments from anyone?

18/07/2018

S Ray

Marilee, I have seen time lapsed videos using RSO topically. I really hope it helps. I would also go to Rick Simpson's website Phoenix Tears.

31/07/2018

S Ray

Marilee, hopefully that RSO is 90% or more THC like Rick Simpson says to use.

31/07/2018

Paul

Awesome article..
I am new to Medical cannabis and i am trying stuff
I now have gel cap, i wonder if that is as safe as suppository. .
I get little gel cap with 4mg of thc and 4mg cbd in each..
what are your thoughts?

Paul

06/11/2018

Josh

After reading enough of this , I thought I'd throw my 2 cents in. I have used various doses of recreational cannabis rectally a couple of times (100mg THC/100mg CBD , 200mg THC). I can't stand to smoke , so I've been ingesting THC over the last few years to enhance my evenings and have some great sleep. After reading that taking it in the bunghole had a higher absorption than any other method of taking it, I HAD to try it out. Here are my findings

1. Prep - Keep them in the freezer for 30 min before insertion . If you don't , it'll start to dissolve in your hand as you're trying to find the bulls-eye .

2. Insertion - The bullets have a musty/earthy aroma (I'm guessing everyone will smell something different). There are two sphincters at the entrance of your rectal opening, the outer and inner. The suppository should be inserted just after the inner sphincter . If you push it too far, there's a chance that your liver can get involved with the process and you can get a head high. Web sites on this topic suggest 1-1.5 inches past the inner scphincter.

3. Effects - 10-15min to start feeling its effects. First a nice warm numb feeling in the body and on the face. Then a nice mellowing buzz with just a touch of a head high (but without the psychoactive properties). Although I stayed alert and clear headed, I did get a bit of paranoia and nervousness mid way through the drugs duration .

4. Duration - 6-8 hours. Its an awesome way to spend the day at home or out and about. You stay clear headed and productive, but make sure you have a ride if going out, I don't suggest driving anywhere. I had the genius idea to take one of these before work one day (I hated my job back then) and had to drive to a site 30 miles away. Those lane lines were messing with my head... was always paranoid that they were too close to the car.

All in all it was a great day. Time flew, had fun at work in a job I absolutely despised and I will definitely be ordering in some more of these little dark green bullets.

I know some may think "There's no way i'm shoving something in my butt!" or they think its dirty or nasty but there is something to think about. When you're older or maybe even now, you'll be in a home or have a care taker that will likely be doing this exact thing for other reasons... do you really want to pass an opportunity to experience something this pleasant due to being reluctant to try it? Life is about trying new experiences... take the plunge!

I'm no writer, but every once in awhile put the effort into things I truly believe in. Hope my reply provides the information readers stayed to read the comments for.

Have a great day everyone!

J.

10/11/2018

Bill

Tried it. Did nothing for me. Added 10ml of flora. Still felt nothing. In contrast to 5mg orally which does well.

08/12/2018

Richie

Well I live in the United States. In California where RSO is legal and it come in a syringe already activated. I just discovered RSO 2 weeks ago and started taking it orally and it was amazing. I suffer Sciatica as well as several other painful conditions. Some one suggested to me I try boofing it. At first I was reluctant to try it but I gave in and did. It was a whole other world. Within a minute I had an amazing body high and totally pain free. I was also never so stoned in my life or for as long. One drop the size of a grain of rice and I was stoned for almost 3 days.. I dont know why anyone would waste the time or deal with the mess of a suppository. I just take the small syringe and stick the tip up my ass. Its small painless and not messy at all. If you do a little extra like 3 drops its almost like mushroom high without the sickness or panic.

12/02/2019

JANICE CYRE

I use and make suppositories as part of my cannabis protocol I use FECO and coconut oil and cocoa butter. I use it for sciatica and terrible arthritic feet. I call it my happy feet medicine. It turns the volume down on the pain and puts it over on the horizon for a while so I can walk. As anecdotal experience with suppositories if applied correctly far enough into the rectum they certainly work for me. Sometimes I do find I can get a few unwanted cramping but it passes. Please if you have any updates on findings of this delivery system I would love to hear. I do research for a little education course I offer for people wanting to know more about the plant, dosing and delivery systems

18/03/2019

webwiller

Janice, I'd love to hear from you to talk this matter further...Do ya know an app called: TOK ? Ya'll find it on the PlayStore. My ID on TOK is this one: B22E7A18776C3CA25762FA9AAEDA8E1C414EB04A26A0561E0511F26F6BF5174C4D23A98FE017

I look forward to hear from you Janyce!
Thanks Bye!
webwiller

Great interesting original and well written article Scarlet!!!! Thanks for your experiment! Hoffmann went the same way thought!!! :D

09/06/2019

KinkyStona

Really LOVED this article Scarlet!!! Mhm...next rectal-party may I ?!?! LOOOOOOOOOL :D
Keep up, love reading ya!
Cheers!

KinkyStona

09/06/2019

GreenBeans

Thank you for this write-up, it definitely alleviated a lot of the perceptions I'd had around this kind of stuff. And it gave me the confidence to give it a go myself ;)

The great greens have been legal in Canada for a while now, so I've been experimenting with different methods of ingestion through oils, dried flower, sublingual, gelcaps, cooking with decarbed green, etc. So, since I already had oil-filled gelcaps on hand, I used those. They're a relatively low dose though (less than 5mg of THC and CBD) because of a heart condition.

It took about an hour before I began to feel the fuzzy effects of the gelcaps I'd inserted into each of my feminine holes (I put one in each). I felt great and definitely pain-free, but not blissed out like I get when I vape. I did find it difficult to stay asleep, but I'll have to repeat this experiment to rule out other things.

All in all I enjoyed the experience. I started at 9-ish last night and it's now 12:30pm the next day and I'm still feeling the fuzz...but it's decent enough that I've spoken to my parents and didn't have the "can they tell?" thoughts in the back of my head lol.

Thank you for being brave enough to share your experiences, and for giving me the courage to do the same. ~A

13/06/2019

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Scarlet Palmer


A lifelong interest in writing, counterculture, art and altered states has led Scarlet through career experiences including artist, proofreader, editor, environmental activist, Muppeteer, professional cannabis dealer and coffeeshop manager. She began working for Sensi Seeds as a member of the shop staff in Amsterdam and then became a manager before moving into writing, editing and events co-ordination for Sensi Seeds and its sister companies. Scarlet believes that disseminating factual information about drugs to as many people as possible will empower them to make informed and sensible decisions on drug use, reducing harm caused by ignorance.

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