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Canada’s First Regulated Cannabis Suppositories Target Female Users

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Prairie Grass cannabis suppositories, intended for vaginal or rectal use. (Photo courtesy of Prairie Grass)

Alberta’s licensed cannabis grower Prairie Grass says new line of cannabis suppositories They are the first to hit the regulated Canadian marijuana market, and the company expects niche products to address consumer market demand.

The women-founded company recognized “a gap in the cannabis market targeting women’s health and well-being,” said Rebecca Thomson, Prairie Grass’s quality control officer and co-president of the company along with her sister Olivia Penner.

“We definitely know that this is something that patients have been asking for,” Thomson added.

“I really think we are filling a void, whether or not the market has realized it exists.”

Prairie Grass suppositories, intended for vaginal or rectal administration, include two varieties:

  • Relief Pods, which contain 10 milligrams of THC per unit (the maximum according to Canadian regulations).
  • Eve Pods, which contain 40 milligrams of hemp-derived CBD per unit and approximately 1 milligram of THC.

Thomson said Prairie Grass believes they are the first to market government-regulated cannabis suppositories.

He said the company has not observed others for sale, although they have heard of custom cannabis suppositories produced by a compounding pharmacy.

The Canadian regulator Health Canada confirmed that it has received product notifications regarding marijuana suppositories under the federal Cannabis Act, but said it does not track whether cannabis products are released on the market.

Approval under Canada’s Food and Drug Act would be required for a cannabis product, including suppositories, to make health claims, a Health Canada spokesperson said. MJBizDaily in a sentence.

“All products sold under the Cannabis Act, including suppositories, must not make therapeutic or health claims,” ​​the spokesperson noted.

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Prairie Grass Cannabis Suppositories are sold through the Canadian Medical Cannabis Market.

However, the company will also sell the suppositories through recreational channels and has plans to list through the Ontario wholesaler for purchase in adult stores.

Thomson said Prairie Grass will also work to bring the cannabis suppositories to adult stores in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Thomson highlighted the importance of making cannabis suppositories available through adult and medical channels.

“For example, if a woman accesses it for endometrial support or period pain,” he said.

“It can often be challenging and burdensome for consumers and patients to get a prescription, register in a medical marketplace, and receive (products) at the door, rather than just being able to go to their (adult) dispensary and shop. the product “.

Although Thomson said that Prairie Grass does not have an estimated total addressable market size for cannabis suppositories in Canada, the company has seen interest in CBD suppositories in the United States.

“I think there is a lot of demand for more health options for women,” she said.

“So from that perspective, we look at that population, and that’s almost 50% of Canadians.”

Solomon Israel can be contacted at [email protected].

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