Healthline | Are CBD Suppositories the Answer to Better, Less Painful Sex?
- Written by Heather Jeffcoat, DPT
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But have you ever gotten your CBD by inserting it anally or vaginally? For a number of reasons, ranging from decreased pain to increased pleasure, more and more people — especially vagina owners — are. Here’s the lowdown on inserting CBD down there.
What are CBD suppositories, exactly?
Suppositories are small round or cone-shaped medications designed to be inserted into the vagina, anus, or urethra. Once inside, the medication melts or dissolves and is absorbed by the body.
CBD suppositories are suppositories that list CBD as an ingredient. An abbreviation for cannabidiol, CBD is the nonpsychoactive compound in the cannabis plant that provides a range of health benefits.
As you might expect, all CBD suppositories include CBD. Beyond that, the full ingredient list varies by product.
It’s estimated that nearly 75 percent of all people with vulvas will experience pain during penetrative sex at some point in their life.
Heather Jeffcoat, a doctor of physical therapy specializing in sexual dysfunction and author of “Sex Without Pain: A Self-Treatment Guide to the Sex Life You Deserve,” says she’s had patients with dyspareunia report reduced pain during intercourse when using suppositories.
Jeffcoat adds that this has been especially apparent when used in conjunction with other treatments for dyspareunia.
These treatments include:
“For patients who experience pain during sex, the anxiety around sex being painful can actually worsen that pain,” says Jeffcoat.
With its touted anxiety-reducing benefits, the CBD in the suppository may help stop that negative anticipatory feedback loop, she adds.