Transdermal patches are one of the lesser-known products within the cannabis market.
They usually aren’t available in many recreational stores but varying dispensaries may offer them.
Many cannabis consumers don’t even know what a transdermal pain patch is or how it works.
Hopefully this article will help change that.
A transdermal patch is essentially a patch put directly on the skin with an infusion of cannabinoids and other beneficial compounds.
You may be familiar with nicotine patches which help people quit smoking tobacco or nicotine products.
Transdermal patches are the same, except that you receive an isolation of cannabinoids in place of nicotine.
How To Use A Pain Patch
The most common application is directly to the skin on the inside of your wrist or wherever you are experiencing pain.
It will release controlled amounts of cannabinoids into the bloodstream for approximately 12 to 36 hours.
By using patches, you won’t have to take 10mgs CBD pills or ingest CBD oils multiple days a day.
The patches slowly release about 100mgs into your bloodstream, depending on the patch.
Patches are both extremely convenient and discreet. Many people are unaware of the benefits.
However, the most common use of patches are for specific effects. Not necessarily for their psychoactive effects but mostly for pain relief or relaxation.
While there are some THC patches, most are made with CBD only or a ratio.
They are usually a formulation of THC, CBN (cannabinol), and CBG (cannabigerol).
You will experience relief and engagement of the endocrine system.
However, this also means you are missing out on an overwhelming entourage effect because they often are made with isolate and not full-spectrum cannabis.
Furthermore, the average cannabis consumer is probably not as interested in using transdermal patches as smoking raw flower.
This is because they are not meant for those who want psychoactive effects.
Who Are Cannabis Pain Patches Meant For?
The most common application of transdermal patches are by people looking for pain relief or those who need help sleeping.
These are consumers who are looking for relief for a particular condition.
While these patches are not generally made to cause any major psychoactive effects, it doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t experience a bit of a buzz when using them.
Think of it as taking one quick, small puff from a pipe. You may feel something if you haven’t had cannabis in your system for a while. However, those who have a tolerance probably won’t feel it as much.
Furthermore, people use transdermal patches for the same reasons that people use cannabis topicals, or tinctures.
People are often looking for relief from a variety of different symptoms.
Although all of these top-quality remedies provide relief, each one works in a different way.
Are Topicals More Effective Than Transdermal Patches?
A topical is designed to relieve pain in the specific area of application.
Transdermal patches, on the other hand, use permeation enhancements to push cannabinoids beyond your skin and into your bloodstream.
Topicals rarely enter the bloodstream and have certain limitations. For example, their effects usually don’t enter the bloodstream.
Patches provide all-round relief.
Furthermore, people use cannabis pain patches in the same way that people use tinctures, as they enter the bloodstream directly.
Cannabinoid delivery into the bloodstream, however, can pose a problem for people who experience frequent drug testing.
Many people are seeking relief while minimizing the possibility of testing positive for THC by their employer.
Unfortunately, the presence of cannabis in the bloodstream can result in a positive test and possibly loss of employment.
Because of this, many prefer topicals to transdermal patches, even though the patches can be more effective for their specific needs.
However, it is possible to get patches with CBD isolate formulations and therefore do not have a full-spectrum of cannabinoids.
It is clear to see that there is a smaller market for transdermal cannabis patches.
This comes as a surprise due to their effectiveness. However, many people are unaware of the many benefits cannabis transdermal patches offer.
Furthermore, their unpopularity is surrounds consumer knowledge as well as the laws that govern our cannabis consumption at work or otherwise.
However, some consumers are beginning to recognize the benefits of transdermal skin patches.
On the flip side, transdermal patches are rather costly. While many people think that topicals are more economical, there is still a time and a place for patches as they are highly effective.
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