You should be putting weed up your anus instead of smoking it, doctors advise
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Here’s another thing you’ve been doing wrong your whole life – getting high.
Instead of crumbling weed into joints or smoking it in a bong, you should have been stuffing it where the sun doesn’t shine.
That’s according to doctors in Canada – who say that inserting weed up your anus is better than smoking it, or eating it, according to High Times.
Mikhail Kogan of the Center for Integrative Medicine at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. said, ‘Rectally is actually a lot more preferred because of the volume of absorption.
‘You can put a lot more and it gets absorbed a lot better, but not everybody is open to this way of administration.’
As one doctor put it, according to High Times, we know opiate painkillers work – but no one suggests that people should smoke opium.
If you smoke it, it poses health risks – and if you eat it, gastric juices get in the way.
Instead, it’s full speed ahead up the Hershey Highway – although doctors advise using a suppository, rather than just stuffing clumps of bush up there.Instead of crumbling weed into joints or smoking it in a bong, you should have been stuffing it where the sun doesn’t shine.
Medical Marijuana Doctors Want to Put Weed in Your Butt
Scientists are continually turning up new medical uses for marijuana, but theyвЂ™ve yet to come up with a truly safe way to put it in our bodies. Dosage is hard to control in edibles, the potency of weed concentrates is unwieldy, and smoking pot is вЂ” like smoking any substance вЂ” not great for the lungs. But thatвЂ™s not the extent of the bodyвЂ™s administration routes, one Canadian scientist is reminding users. The final portal, should we dare explore it, could hold the secret to safely ingesting weed.
University of British Columbia addictions specialist Dr. Paul Farnan is, of course, talking about the butt. Many medically active compounds like laxatives, caffeine, and opioids (Trainspotting, anyone?) have traditionally been administered in suppository form, and Farnan doesnвЂ™t see any reason why marijuana should be treated differently.
Certainly, putting weed in the butt avoids running the risk of harming the lungs by inhaling smoke: While research on the adverse effects of smoking weed is still ongoing, a 2014 review of the existing literature in Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine concluded that there is вЂњunequivocal evidence that habitual or regular marijuana smoking is not harmless.вЂќ The concern seems to have less to do with the substance been smoked and more to do with the act of smoking itself. In an interview with the National Post, Farnan drew a parallel between prescribing marijuana cigarettes and telling patients to smoke an opium pipe. ThereвЂ™s no reason a patient should be taking the risk of smoking when safer, more effective administration methods are readily available, he says.
Why the butt? When the body absorbs compounds into the blood stream, it does so best via its mucus membranes вЂ” any of the вЂњwetвЂќ tissues in the body, like the mouth, nasal passages, lung, stomach, urethra, and rectum вЂ” but they donвЂ™t all absorb substances equally. In an interview with the Canadian Press, Mikhail Kogan, medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., pointed out that the lungs just arenвЂ™t very good at this, and neither, for that matter, is the stomach, which is full of gastric acids that interfere with absorption. Smoking or eating marijuana, therefore, simply arenвЂ™t efficient ways of administering it. More reasons for doctors to try an alternative route.
There seems to be a lot more control in the dosage of anally absorbed marijuana. вЂњRectally is actually a lot more preferred because of the volume of absorption,вЂќ Kogan said. вЂњYou can put a lot more and it gets absorbed a lot better, but not everybody is open to this way of administration.вЂќ
Currently, suppositories are made by dissolving cannabis extract in an oil or butter (as anyone whoвЂ™s cooked their own edibles knows, the cannabinoids are fat-soluble). Putting the finished product in the rectum is said to have rapid systemic effects as well as reduce the drugвЂ™s psychoactive effects, which is ideal for people who use marijuana for medical and not recreational reasons. Within the marijuana community, more people are recognizing rectal weedвЂ™s potential, thanks in part to the efforts of an organization called Back Door Medicine, which aims to educate the public about the advantages of putting marijuana in the anus. While further tests will be needed to show just how much safer rectal marijuana is compared to weed smoke, anyone curious to experiment on themselves can simply try making their own.Medical Marijuana Doctors Want to Put Weed in Your Butt Scientists are continually turning up new medical uses for marijuana, but theyвЂ™ve yet to come up with a truly safe way to put it in our ]]>