Ask a budtender: How does weed lube work?
Lorena Cupcake, voted “best budtender in Chicago,” has answered hundreds of questions from cannabis shoppers and patients during their time as a budtender. And now they’re turning that experience into a monthly advice column, Ask a budtender. Got a question for Cupcake? Submit your questions to email@example.com. Dear Cupcake, I’ve been struggling to find information about weed lubricants online. My question is, if applied to a mucous membrane, will a THC oil (without transdermal ingredients) enter the bloodstream? I can’t smoke or eat edibles because of THC testing at my job. Legally, I understand that you are not responsible for any repercussions. However, I can’t seem to find a straight answer. If a weed lubricant is applied vaginally, would it be absorbed systemically? If it goes into the bloodstream and is processed by the liver, that could result in a positive drug test. But, if it’s only absorbed locally, after a few days, I’d imagine that there would not be any THC metabolites present in urine or blood. Can you provide any insight into this matter? — Slippery Answers It can be hard to find straight answers on this subject because every weed lube is different. They’re all designed to produce some sort of benefit when applied to the vagina and/or rectum, whether it be the enhancement of sexual pleasure or relief from cramps. Exactly what benefit you get will depend on the product formulation, the cannabinoids contained, and whether the product contains any additional ingredients to aid in systemic absorption. What does lube with THC do? Until the twentieth century, most doctors believed the vagina was incapable of absorbing drugs into the bloodstream. Since then, scientists have confirmed that the vagina is able to absorb some drugs. In the 1990s, a major advancement in drug delivery technology led to…
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