CBD Patches

When you think of medicated patches worn on the skin, the first thing that probably comes to mind is those nicotine patches that came out in the early 90s. They were designed to administer small amounts of nicotine to the wearer, over time, to help wean them off of and kick their cigarette habit.

These transdermal patches worked quite well, too, gaining lots of attention and notoriety. Soon after, the market saw patches hit store shelves for other ailments, such as general pain relief, motion sickness, hypertension, hormones (for menopause), and vitamin B12 to name a few. For delivering medication into the bloodstream, the patches are convenient, discreet, and effective.

Now, cannabis is the latest medicine to be utilized by the transdermal patch and this new wave of “green patches” in gaining popularity.


How Do Transdermal Patches Work?

How Do Transdermal Patches Work?

When active ingredients are delivered across the skin for systemic distribution, it’s called “transdermal.” Transdermal patches are medicated patches designed to adhere on the skin in order to release small amounts of medication into the bloodstream over a period of time.

These patches are now carrying THC and CBD cannabinoids, and various ratios of the two together. If someone wants to benefit from the various medicinal and nutritional effects associated with THC, CBD, or both, they now have the option to have that delivered in small amounts, over a period of time.

This could be very beneficial to someone who has difficulties swallowing pills, or ingesting various compounds, or doesn’t want to smoke or vape. Children and seniors come to mind, for obvious reasons. It’s also convenient for those who tend to forget to take their meds at regular intervals. With a patch, you can set it and forget it!

How Transdermals Really Work

Okay, time for a quick science class. You might be wondering how the medication, in this case, the cannabinoids, get from the patch and into your bloodstream. What makes it “move” and enter your system?

Two things are at work to make the patch effective. First, you have to create an environment on the patch, where the cannabinoids (or medicine), don’t really want to be there; they want to get away. Conditions are created which basically “encourage” the medicine to flee the patch to a more favorable place. In transdermal scientific speak, these are called “permeation enhancers” and “carriers.” These fancy terms describe the additives put in patches to help them transfer into the blood.

Every type of transdermal patch contains a carrier, a permeation enhancer, that “moves” the medicine along and into the bloodstream. The carriers are a necessity because our skin, the epidermis, is extremely good at keeping out contaminants and harmful toxins. The permeation enhancer basically bypasses the protective layer of skin we all have so the cannabinoid can migrate into the bloodstream and start working its magic.


Transdermal CBD vs. Topical CBD

Transdermal CBD vs. Topical CBD

Topical creams and salves containing CBD are also placed on the skin and rubbed into the skin for maximum effect. How do topicals differ from transdermals?

Transdermal patches should be placed on a clean, venous area of the skin for proper absorption. The closer you can place the patch on the area in need, the better. Patches are different in that the medicine goes through all seven epidermal layers to directly enter the bloodstream. Transdermal patches deliver systematic relief, versus localized relief. However, many users apply both types of medicine for maximum treatment and relief.


The Benefits Of Transdermal CBD Patches

There are several advantages to using the transdermal patch method of delivery. The patches are absorbed into the bloodstream at a steady rate over a longer period of time. This offers the advantage of not having to remember to take it or how much to take. It can also be used by someone with an upset stomach or experiencing nausea.

Many consumers feel more “comfortable” with a transdermal patch, especially older patients who have never smoked cannabis or ingested edibles their entire life. They might be hung up on the stigma associated with smoking and so the patch provides a benign way to consume cannabis for health benefits.

Transdermal patches are also very convenient in that they can pretty much go anywhere. They usually come in a small pouch that can be easily kept in your pocket, or toiletry bag, etc. You can also place them on areas of your body that no one can see if you’re worried about anyone knowing. You’re also in complete control with patches; if you start feeling odd or not right (too much THC? Try CBD!) and you think it’s due to the patch, you can simply remove it.


Your Typical CBD Hemp Oil Patch

You can find CBD only versions online; to get your hands on versions that contain THC, you’ll need to visit a medical or recreational marijuana dispensary. Each state is different about its marijuana laws, so do your homework before you start shopping!

A CBD transdermal patch will most likely come packaged in a foil type wrapper, and usually contain one patch, that will set you back about $15-$20 per patch.

Your average patch contains 40 mg of CBD, and is meant to be worn for up to 96 consecutive hours (four days). They are typically hypoallergenic and non-GMO products, made with all-natural ingredients such as essential oils, terpenes, and phytonutrients that are usually associated with high-quality CBD hemp oil. An ingredient list might look something like this:


  • Hemp (CBD)
  • Natural terpenes (myristate, palmitate, limonene) coconut oil
  • Soy lecithin, aloe vera polysaccharides, linoleic and oleic acid
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Red palm oil
  • Shea butter
  • Sunflower oil extract
  • Persea Gratissima oil
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Sage and citrus essential oils


CBD Patches

Transdermal cannabis patches are certainly a unique method of cannabis consumption. No inhaling or ingesting necessary to experience its effects. All the work is done by a little patch stuck to the body, allowing the CBD cannabinoids to go to work and do their thing, entering the bloodstream for an effective and long-lasting response.

At this time, HempMeds® does not carry a CBD patch. However, we like to keep our customers informed about all CBD products, both good and bad, in an effort to keep all of us as informed and educated about CBD as possible.

We do offer a full line of high-quality CBD products, from tinctures and chews, to oil oral applicators and liquids. Visit our online store today to begin your daily serving of CBD for optimal health and nutrition.

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