Cannabis Suppositories

What are Cannabis Suppositories?

Suppositories are a method of ingestion that happens to be one of the best ways to use Cannabis medicine.

It has some distinct advantages:

1) There is evidence suggesting that considerably more of the Cannabinoids are absorbed this way, in fact roughly double due to higher absorption through the intestinal walls as well as a lower first pass metabolism. This means the medicine in this form likely has a much higher bio-availability.

2) Unless you insert it too deep into the anus and pass the portal vein or if you have anal fissures, there should be no high at all from this method. Not only is there no high for the vast majority of people who use this method but the pain relief can also last much longer than other methods. In fact 6-8 hours of relief is quite common from Cannabis suppositories.

The suppository should be placed around 2 ½ to 4 centimetres (1 to 1 ½ inches) into the rectum, just beyond the anal sphincter.

Many women are now using vaginal suppositories too and swear by them for menstrual cramps and thrush. A lot of people have also reported that their haemorrhoids have completely cleared up after a few weeks of using Cannabis suppositories.


How to make Cannabis Suppositories

You will probably notice that the process of making Cannabis suppositories is almost exactly the same as making Cannabis Coconut capsules with one key difference.

Even if you put coconut capsules in the freezer to get them as solid as they can be, by the time you have taken them out of the capsule and tried to apply them the coconut oil will quickly return to a liquid state and become very difficult to work with.

For this reason we need to add something that will harden the capsules up enough to be able to apply them while at the same time it needs to be fat based to help with bioavailability and completely non-toxic.

This additive is Organic Cocoa Butter.


Here is a list of supplies that you will need:

Using suppository molds is ideal and they even come with an easy application pipette.  They are not essential though and you could simply use size 00 Gelatin Capsules instead.  The suppository molds are 2ml whereas the gelatine capsules can hold just under 1ml of oil, so you may have to use 2 of them for the same dosage.



The process of making our Cannabis oil caps consists of three steps: decarboxylation, oil infusion and filling the capsules.



If you need a recap on why decarboxylation is important click here.

  1. Preheat your oven to 220-235 degrees F .Use a coffee or bud grinder and grind your material up finely. Spread the grounds evenly across a sheet of baking paper that is sitting on the baking tray.
  2. Bake the material for about 30-60 minutes. This will be sufficient for proper decarboxylation. Afterwards, pull the tray from the oven. We are ready to infuse the coconut oil.

Remember there will be a strong smell from decarboxylating your Cannabis in the oven.

Infusing the Oil

  1. Turn your slow cooker to a low setting and add the decarboxylated ground bud, the Coconut Oil, the Organic Cocoa Butter and the Sunflower Lecithin.
  2. For proper infusion, you should allow the material to cook for at least 2-3 hours. Use the low setting on the slow cooker. Make sure that you stir the mix several times during the process and only use a wooden or metal spoon, not plastic.


Filling the Suppository Molds / Gelatin Capsules


  1. Take the cheesecloth and a rubber band and secure the cloth over the rim of a small bowl.
  2. Strain the finished oil through the cheesecloth and into the small bowl. This will remove the plant matter, leaving you with your cannabis-infused oil.
  3. Make sure you squeeze the rest of the remaining oil out of the cheesecloth. Best to let it cool down before you do this so you don’t burn yourself and use rubber or surgical gloves.
  4. Make sure you allow the oil to cool down to about 95 degrees F before you proceed with filling your syringe or pipette. The reason for this is that gelatin capsules can melt if the oil is too hot. (if you are using them)

Do not allow the oil to cool down too much since it would solidify.  Coconut oil will be in a liquid state anywhere above 76 degrees F.

  1. With the cannabis oil just at the right, warm temperature, fill your molds/capsules. Fill them one-at-a-time and repeat this process until all of the oil is used.
  2. Once you are finished filling them, store them in a light proof container in the fridge.

Applying the Suppositories

Follow standard suppository procedures, stay hygienic at all times and remember to work fast, even with adding the cocoa butter it will still melt quite quickly.

It will be much easier to firm them up even more by putting them in the freezer for 5 minutes before application.

The suppository should be placed around 2 ½ to 4 centimetres (1 to 1 ½ inches) into the rectum, just beyond the anal sphincter.

This method should not get you high at all unless you have inserted it too far or have anal fissures. Pain relief has been known to last for up to 8 hours using this method but you should get at least 5-6 hours of relief consistently.

FDA Disclaimer

The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from healthcare practitioners. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.

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