If a close friend were asked to describe me, they’d say that I’m sensitive. From my feelings (I’m a Cancer) to my skin (I’m a redhead), my sensitivities have been such a constant in my life that they’ve come to define me.
Unfortunately, these sensitivities have snaked their way into the bedroom as well. Not only am I emotionally unequipped for casual sex (it’s too dismissive, and I crave affection), but I’ve been on a rather turbluent journey regarding receptive anal intercourse, which came to a head after a particularly traumatic experience that required surgery and months of painful recovery.
This versatile bottom had hit rock bottom, and I resolved from then on, while wading through a prescribed OxyContin-induced haze, that I was going to prioritize my bodily health and take a break from partnered sex so that I could better learn and prepare my body through toys and solo sex.
Uncomfortable anal sex is not uncommon––only 35% to 40% of gay and bisexual male sexual encounters include anal intercourse. There are many men who identify as bottoms who don’t enjoy the sensations of receptive anal sex for a number of reasons, one of the most prevalent being pain and discomfort.
To ease discomfort, some will use various substances (some legal, others not) and/or numbing lubricants. While common, they’re not recommended, as the effects can mask the pain that is trying to warn your body that something is wrong.
Enter cannabis. The leafy plant has always been a wonderful sexual aid for me, and self-reported studies have found the plant can enhance sexual experiences, with respondents attesting they last longer and have more frequent and powerful orgasms.
Normally, I smoke or eat an edible. But roughly a month ago, a new CBD suppository arrived at my doorstep (as a sex journalist, being shipped items to insert in my ass for reviewing purposes is not uncommon), and I was excited to get my b-hole high.
Clinical research on cannabis suppositories is limited, but user testimony is often very positive, with claims that they’re beneficial for pleasure and pain, treating local conditions like hemorrhoids and acute inflammation without making a person feel high. There are a number of brands that currently offer CBD suppositories, including Foria Wellness, CBD Living, and Endoca.
“Cannabinoids like CBD can help relax the sphincter muscles and allow for more comfortable penetration, but without numbing,” says sex educator Ashley Manta, whose program, CannaSexual, teaches individuals how to use cannabis to enhance sexual pleasure. “Numbing is bad––you don't want to use anything with lidocaine/benzocaine, because numbing pain prevents your body from telling you that something is wrong. If it hurts, something needs to change.”
The product I was sent, called Mello Bottoms, comes in a very pretty, holographic package with five suppositories, each containing 75 mg of CBD from “full spectrum hemp extract containing beneficial cannabinoids, CBG, THC, and terpenes” for rectal or vaginal insertion. They look like inch-long rocket ships, pointed at the end to ease insertion.
The product touts itself as the “latest, most targeted, all-natural way to alleviate pain, provide lubrication and stimulation, and increase overall intimacy,” and, if it works, could be a game-changer for those who experience discomfort during anal sex. Given that we’re in the midst of a pandemic and my boyfriend is in another country, I was going to test the product solo with a few of my favorite toys.
First, I tossed the suppositories in the fridge, as instructed––the suppositories are blended with coconut oil, so keeping them cool maintains their firmness. As I waited, I washed my toys with soap and hot water, while neglecting the leftover fettuccine alfredo beckoning to me from the fridge.
I walked into my bedroom and prepared my usual set-up: I laid a towel down on my bed, dimmed the lights, placed my fave lube (Tush Cush by Cake is a wonderful, water-based gel for sensitive bums) and two toys (a small plug and a larger prostate massager) in arm’s reach, opened my laptop, and visited Tyler Durden’s OnlyFans page.
I plucked a suppository from the fridge and, after wrestling with the wrapper for five minutes (very frustrating), retrieved the suppository, which was a mossy green color. I returned to the bedroom, applied some lube, and inserted the suppository with ease. The instructions say the product takes anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes to take effect––I waited the full 20, electing to watch a few episodes of UNHhh to pass the time.
It wasn’t long into the play session that my bum got the munchies and was craving more than the meager selection I’d laid out. The suppository made me confident and more insatiable than normal. I don’t think it was a false confidence, either. Throughout the session, I experienced very little discomfort without the area feeling numb, enjoying every sensation the toys had to offer. Roughly 20 minutes in, I reached for a larger toy that I’m rarely brave enough to ride––and reader, I conquered it.
This prostate massager rode in like a steed, its hooves tapping my prostate until, after a few settings adjustments, it was straight trampling it. I couldn’t get enough, and though I could have climaxed at any time, I didn’t want this session to end, riding it out until my body couldn’t take it anymore. This lengthy session culminated in the best orgasm I’ve had since the pandemic began. I think I came twice, one after the other. I’m getting emotional just thinking about it.
“For anal, they work like a charm,” Manta agrees. “I did not enjoy receiving anal for most of my life until I found cannabis suppositories. It's a long process which requires a great deal of patience, but CBD suppositories help remind you to slow down and let things progress at an easy, unhurried pace. Anal play is a marathon, not a sprint.”
After the session, I felt confident and accomplished; I was smiling from ear to ear. I treated myself to a post-coital bath to reminisce, proud of what I had achieved. It’s rare that I come across a sexual innovation that I’m excited about—and, I must admit, I haven’t been this excited in a long time. Even after its effects wore off, I had no pain or irritation in the area, which further impressed me.
Though I won’t use them for every sexual experience moving forward (I’ll save them for special occasions, since they’re somewhat expensive), I am definitely introducing Mello Bottoms to my sexual repertoire if I’m planning to have a particularly lengthy or raucous experience. When things return back to normal, it could even be my new pre-lubing technique.
Considering the CBD industry will be worth an estimated $20 billion by 2024, it was only a matter of time until some savvy stoners found another orifice through which our bodies can enjoy the splendid benefits of CBD. Thankfully, this method is effective and a great sexual aid for anybody who may experience pain or discomfort during anal sex.