Rectal suppositories are safer than smoking weed, medical experts suggest
By Oscar Pascual on March 8, 2017
Looking to experience the ultimate weed high? Then you might want to try inserting cannabis in your rear end rather than smoking it.
Medical experts suggest that using rectal marijuana suppositories may be much more effective than smoking pot, according to Canada’s National Post.
“Rectally is actually a lot more preferred because of the volume of absorption,” explained Mikhail Kogan M.D., medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. “You can put a lot more and it gets absorbed a lot better, but not everybody is open to this way of administration.”
Paul Farnan, an addictions specialist at the University of British Columbia, adds that smoking pot can cause damage to the lungs, which obviously is not an issue for weed suppositories.
“We know there’s something in opium that helps pain, and we’re able to pharmaceutically develop morphine and other analgesics, but we wouldn’t say to people, ‘You have pain? Why don’t you smoke opium?’ ” said Farnan. “We’re kind of saying to people, ‘We think there’s some stuff that cannabinoids will be helpful for. Why don’t you just smoke cannabis?’ First of all, cannabis is actually a really dangerous thing for your lungs.”
While the thought of cramming weed up your backside might be new to you, suppositories containing medical cannabis can help treat women going through menstruation and period pain. Legendary stoner icon Tommy Chong also credits pot suppositories for helping him beat prostate cancer.
While the act of passing a blunt or taking a huge bong toke may be much cooler activities than butt-chugging your stash, Kogan believes smoking medical marijuana should end up becoming a thing from the past.
“We have so many other products now, so many modes of delivery, that smoking in my opinion is very archaic and has very little clinical applicability,” he added.
“Having said that, I think that probably the majority of people still smoke because it’s the most available method.”