Cannabis is gaining attention across the nation, as well as throughout the world. This plant medicine has been used for thousands of years; by our Ancestors, many native tribes, and even within the modern day medical world. For over 5,000 years cannabis has been recorded as a healing medicine for many apothecaries all over the world. Enemas and suppositories (specifically) have a recorded history of over 2,000 years. This plant medicine and method of delivery have a long history with knowledge of its highly medicinal properties.
For several, somewhat debatable reasons, Cannabis was made illegal by the federal government in 1937, and was taken out of any and every medical protocol that it once was prescribed for.
It has been made a schedule 1 drug, which is in the same category as heroin and LSD- showing that this plant has NO medical purpose. The same government who banned this plant, developed a patent on Cannabis on October 7, 2003 (#6,630,507) stating that cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant, are documented, studied antioxidants and neuroprotectants. Cannabinoids were found to limit neurological damage after an ischemic event (such as stroke or trauma) and is an amazingly, helpful resource in treating Neurological diseases such as Parkinsons, Alzhemiers, Multiple Sclerosis, and HIV dementia.
When smoking or taking in Cannabis orally, half of the THC ingested is transformed by the liver into a more psychoactive molecule, which causes more intensse cognitive effects, or the feeling of "getting high". When Cannabis is administered rectally, the cannabinoids go directly into the blood stream bypassing liver metabolism, giving a greater percentage of the medicine without the high.
Smoked cannabis gives you approx. 15-20% of the cannabinoids, ingesting orally gives around approx. 25-30%, and rectally you receive approx. 75-80% of the medicinal properties, and without impairing cognitive judgement and thinking.
By far, suppositories will be gaining much attention in the coming years. Qualitative research around cancer treatment, neurological disorders, and pain relief with the administration of cannabis suppositories, shows that this plant medicine with this method of delivery , is THE best to receive this plant's medicinal properties when not wanting a "head high". Cannabis suppositories are a part of pre-western pharmeceutical history with a lineage that connects many people around the world.
It is important and key when using cannabis suppositories, to be under the care of an N.D. (Naturopathic Doctor) or M.D. (Medical Doctor) that is supportive of medical cannabis use. It is also helpful to have someone who can work with you on a regular basis for weekly or longer term care like an R.N. (Registered Nurse) or H.H.N. (Home Health Nurse). Cannabis suppositories are truly the medical side of medical cannabis and an optimal way of getting out of pain so that the body can begin to heal.