Article by Ashley Keenan, Leafly News
But suppositories are nothing new. In fact, they predate modern society, with historical references to cannabis suppositories going back over 5,000 years, to ancient Mesopotamia. Nowadays vaginal suppositories with various ingredients are used to treat inflammation, menstrual pain, birth control, and bacterial and fungal infections.
Suppositories filled with cannabis, hemp, or isolated cannabinoids like CBD aren’t available in stores yet, which can leave consumers unsure of their legal status. Classified as cannabis extracts, suppositories are legal in Canada, although we’ve yet to see a Health Canada-approved cannabis suppository hit the adult use market.So where are they? “No seriously, where are they?,” asks Rahim Dhalla, owner and head pharmacist at Hybrid Pharm. At his pharmacy, Dhalla works with a gynecologist to custom make suppositories for patients with pain, endometriosis, and pelvic floor dysfunction. Dhalla says vaginal suppositories can be effective alternatives to conventional treatments for these conditions—such as over-the-counter painkillers and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)—often with fewer negative side effects.
Consumers aren’t ready