Everything You Need to Know About Using Weed for Butt Play
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Weed has long had a special place in the bedroom, and for the first time, it’s possible to use a cannabis-based anal suppository for more relaxed and pleasurable butt play. This news may be a boon for people on various points of the sexual spectrum who may be open-minded but still hesitant about getting touched or penetrated back there. By taking things slow, I learned that anal sex doesn’t have to hurt. There can be some discomfort, but there can also be deep pleasure—the notion of using weed to help ease things sounds both helpful and intriguing.
It’s worth noting that a 2015 study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine showed that more than a third of female respondents (36.3 percent) said they had tried anal sex. For men, the Telegraph reported that stimulating the walnut-sized gland known as the prostate or P-spot potentially leads to “mind-blowing, leg-shaking, eye-rolling, neighbour-panicking pleasure.” The article itself was a call for guys to lighten up and let go of the stigmas surrounding butt stuff.
Sexual health and wellness company Foria gained popularity with Foria Pleasure, a cannabis-infused sexual lubricant for women meant to enhance sensations and induce longer, stronger, and even multiple orgasms. Foria’s new cannabis-based suppository is called Explore and designed for anal play; it releases 60mg of THC and 10mg of CBD after being inserted into the anus, thus allowing the surrounding muscles and pelvic region to relax. THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana with psychoactive qualities that give users a buzz. CBD is short for Cannabidiol, the compound in cannabis with anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities that doesn’t contribute to one’s buzz.
Within 15 to 20 minutes of insertion, Explore’s desired effects will begin, according to Ashley Manta, a cannabis sexual health educator. Because Explore is taken in suppository form instead of being inhaled or taken orally, the dose is absorbed with higher bioavailability, meaning that your body will get to feel the effects quicker.
“The effects will kick in after 15 to 20 minutes. How long Explore lasts depends on one’s tolerance,” Manta explains. “If you are a regular cannabis user like I am, it will be around an hour. Insert it, let it do it’s magic, then move to whatever kind of anal stimulation you’re looking for.” Foria does posit that users can have different experiences, noting: “Explore is known to produce little to no psychoactivity, however, psychoactive effects can vary based on the individual user.”
Before Explore was on the market, Manta says she used a DIY approach to make suppositories, and coconut oil was a key ingredient. She welcomes this new product because it incorporates cannabis: “CBD slows down electrical signaling to muscles, causing relaxation, thereby allowing Explore to reduce discomfort without numbing or desensitizing the anal area or surrounding tissues. CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties can go a long way for the person being penetrated (both during and after).”
Explore stands out from other anal products because it doesn’t numb the area. Numbing the area can be dangerous during butt play, since your body needs to send your brain signals of pain in case there’s serious harm. Manta explained, “People think ‘anal sex is going to hurt, so I need to just get through it.” But anal isn’t supposed to be painful if you do it right. “Anal sex should not hurt. If it hurts you are doing something wrong. You can feel discomfort without pain, and Explore helps alleviate discomfort. Then you also get anal pleasure because of the effects of the THC.”
Anal sex should not hurt. If it hurts you are doing something wrong.
Although not exactly sexy, Manta said that sex educators often evoke the imagery of a snail to emphasize that slowness is critical during butt play. “With anal the keys are: ton of lube and lots of breathing, along with going really, really slow,” she explained. “Snails go really slow and leave lots of goo. You want to go even more slowly than you think you should go.” Explore works because the area around your anus has a high number of mucus membranes, and absorption can happen because it’s a moist and wet environment, making the snail reference even more legit.
When asked if a finger or penis would feel pleasant vibes from Explore, Manta explained that since they don’t have mucus membranes, there would be little absorption. “The only thing you would notice is more ease with the muscles, and that your partner would probably be more receptive,” she explained.
Explore is marketed as a gay-friendly product, but anal play can be fun for people of every sexual orientation. Manta said she’s tried bringing up butt exploration to male partners in the past and found that some thought it a fraught topic—even though butts shouldn’t be so taboo.
“At the end of the day everyone has an ass. All asses are capable of producing pleasure,” she said. “Cis guys, trans and non binary folks have a prostate. There are so many stigmas about hetero guys receiving anal stimulation. When I ask guys about anal stimulation they gasp and tell me, ‘I’m not letting you put a finger in my ass!’ It doesn’t matter what’s giving you pleasure, it can just be what it is and be pleasure. Anal play doesn’t have to affect your sexual identity.”
We talked to an expert about the new cannabis-infused anal suppository.
Cannabis, From the Rear Entrance: A Guide to Rectal Marijuana
Smoking cannabis, eating it, vaping it and applying it topically are all pretty conventional ways to use marijuana. But did you know that it’s now possible to take cannabis rectally? Yes, that’s right – weed in your anus. Your initial reaction might be – OK, too far! But don’t make the judgement before you’ve read this article on how it works and why people swear by it.
- But why should you use rectal marijuana?
- How do cannabis suppositories work?
- What are the benefits of using rectal marijuana?
- Can you use cannabis vaginally?
When a group of cannabis enthusiasts get together, they can’t stop marvelling at marijuana. Smoking it, eating it, vaping it – oh the pleasure of Mary Jane.
But even the most experienced marijuana user might get a little shy about sticking weed up their bum. Wait, where? Yes, rectal – or vaginal – cannabis. It’s a new trend, you might say. And perhaps when you stop blushing and give it a go, you will thank us for it.
All jokes aside, rectal cannabis really is a revolution in the way that we have come to use weed. It offers amazing health benefits that smoking simply can’t match up to. The body absorbs much more of the potent medicinal material while bypassing (at least according to science) the high associated with THC. For many people, this sounds like a dream.
Cannabis suppositories are probably the only way to consume THC without the stoned side effect. Until now, people have resorted to CBD-only medicine such as CBD oil to mitigate the psychoactive effect, missing the magic synergy of THC and CBD when they are working together.
In fact, rectal marijuana might be the fastest acting and most effective method of consumption. So before you screw your nose up at the idea, have a read of this guide to cannabis suppositories.
But why should you use rectal marijuana?
Why then, might someone opt for the in-the-butt method of marijuana? You know, taking drugs rectally isn’t really that new of a thing. It’s just new when it comes to weed. And in case you’re wondering, a cannabis suppository does not involve sticking a bud up your anus. It’s a little less anatomically impossible, and a little more sophisticated than that.
A cannabis suppository is usually made of a cannabis infusion into coconut oil, which is shaped something like a tampon or suppository. It makes for easy insertion, melts very easily once inside and can then be absorbed through the rectal veins, straight into the bloodstream.
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Some of the reasons that someone might bite the bullet, and insert it into their rectum or vagina:
- For one reason or another, there is a difficulty in swallowing pills or capsules
- There is a desire to medically treat the area surrounding the rectum, such as the anus, intestines and even stomach
- Or in case it is used vaginally: to treat diseases relating to the vagina or menstrual cramps
- The person doesn’t want to experience the psychoactive effect but wants to consume THC. Science acknowledges that this method doesn’t get you high, although some anecdotal evidence suggests that there might be a high tied into this experience (for example if you have a very low cannabis tolerance).
- The body absorbs much more cannabinoid material, therefore making it more efficient
So, taking cannabis rectally might not be a “recreational” way to use marijuana, unless you’re of the very experimental kind. However, for some medical patients, it’s actually the ideal method of consumption.
How do cannabis suppositories work?
We’ve already mentioned the most basic, and very obvious ways that a cannabis suppository works. It’s usually made out of cannabis and coconut oil and is inserted via the rectum or sometimes vagina, depending on the purpose it’s being used. But what happens after that?
First, the material that makes the suppository must melt and dissolve through the aqueous membrane that lines the rectum. If you know anything about cannabinoids, you know that they aren’t soluble in water. Rather, they are soluble in fats. So how do the cannabinoids get past this watery membrane and into the bloodstream? Actually, that much remains a little bit of a mystery.
This unconventional method of marijuana administration was tested on monkeys. Using the suppository alone, the bioavailability of THC (meaning: how much of the compound can actually be absorbed by the body) was basically nothing at all. However, when they added THC’s hemisuccinate ester, THC-HS, the bioavailability was measured at 13.5%.
Anyhow, supposing that, with or without the presence of this hemisuccinate, the cannabinoids made it into the bloodstream, a very interesting biological phenomenon is bypassed. Usually, when we consume edibles, cannabinoids reach our blood stream through our gastrointestinal tract.
During this metabolism of cannabinoids, THC is converted to 11-OH-THC, which is, very unusually, much more psychedelic than THC. In most cases, metabolites are less potent than the original molecule, but not in this case!
THC has another chance to be converted to its more psychedelic counterpart when it goes through the liver. This happens after it passes through the GI tract. After being metabolized by the liver, the cannabinoids enter the general bloodstream. This is why edible cannabis is often a much more psychedelic experience.
Getting back to rectal weed, this metabolic process is completely bypassed. The cannabinoids enter the blood stream through rectal veins, taking effect very quickly – within 15 minutes. There is no metabolism of cannabinoids via the GI tract or the liver, and CBD and THC make it into the bloodstream as they are.
Once in the bloodstream, the effects can last anywhere between four and eight hours. However, the psychoactive effect is generally bypassed because of a lack of metabolism. A high is felt, but much more on a physical than psychological or cerebral level.
What are the benefits of using rectal marijuana?
The most obvious benefit of using rectal cannabis is localized treatment. If you are experiencing rectal issues, such as a fissure, it just makes sense to use a suppository. Any kind of medical issue relating to the nether regions is going to be treated much faster with rectal administration rather than oral.
However, there is some speculation that cannabinoids are much more bioavailable after rectal administration than otherwise. There hasn’t been all that much research on the matter, except the monkey experiment mentioned above. But there is one doctor in the USA who is dedicating a lot of resources towards cannabis suppositories.
Dr. Paula-Noel Macfie created Back Door Medicine, a group dedicated to cannabis suppository education. She says that when cannabis is smoked, 15-25% of cannabinoids reach the bloodstream. When eaten, 25-30% are received. However, after rectal administration, 75-80% of the cannabinoids become bioavailable. To preachers of suppository style, this is the most important benefit of suppositories.
Can you use cannabis vaginally?
While vaginal cannabis suppositories are different (usually made specifically for insertion into the vagina), they follow the same kinds of principles. Women who experience cramping during menstruation or have diseases in the vagina such as endometriosis can expect better relief from suppositories. It’s localized, it’s concentrated, and it bypasses metabolism.
For example, companies such as Fairwinds create specially formulated suppositories for the vagina. The natural ingredients include cocoa butter, shea butter, and cannabis oil extracted from buds. They even include some other herbs that are good for the vagina.
The main idea is “put the cannabinoids where it hurts”. Sure, it’s nice to smoke ganja when you’re crampy. But most of us can ashamedly admit that it doesn’t always help with the pain itself. Rather, it helps us care less that we are in pain. However, the suppository is designed to provide relief exactly where it’s needed.
We think cannabis suppositories are “up-there” with some of the best inventions of the cannabis industry. They are becoming more and more available in places where cannabis is legal. And if you can’t find them, you can make your own at home!
Overall, the major benefit of rectally consumed cannabis versus orally consumed cannabis is that you get more of the good stuff, without cognitive impairment. And when it comes to using cannabis for medical reasons, this just about takes the cake.
You thought you knew the world of cannabis. But let’s rectify that. Now, there is such a thing as cannabis suppositories. And they are taking the medical world by storm. Don’t judge it until you’ve read this article and guide about cannabis suppositories!