As CBD grows in popularity, more and more creativity when it comes to CBD products is beginning to emerge. Some of the most creative minds have stepped into the arena and the result of collusion of creativity and CBD is unique mixes of the two in products such as purple weed, Thai sticks, moon rock, etc. However, perhaps none of the innovations in the world of CBD can parallel the uniqueness and intrigue of a CBD patches.
Even though patches made using cannabis products are a thing of the recent past, the dermal patch has preceded CBD and THC patches by almost four decades. As the use, both recreational and medicinal, of cannabis products has become legalized slowly but surely all over the world in the late 20th and early 21st century, the marriage between the dermal patch and CBD simply made sense.
And now that some of the most creative minds of our day have managed to create products that blend the qualities of the two, an exponential boost in the popularity and the usage of CBD is inevitable.
But if you are like most of our readers, and you are not quite sure as to what CBD patches exactly are and how they work, worry not; this article has answers to most, if not all, the questions you may have about this product.
But before we take a deep dive into what CBD patches are, let us first briefly discuss what the ingredient that is the crowning glory of the patch even is.
What Is CBD?
If you are just starting out on your journey of enlightenment and beginning to learn about the many benefits of CBD, it is understandable that you may still not be very well acquainted with what CBD is. That is why we take it upon ourselves to lay out the key things you must know about CBD as a consumer to be able to make an informed and sound decision.
CBD, or Cannabidiol, is amongst the various chemical compounds that can be found within the Cannabis Sativa plant. The scientific term for the many compounds that are found in this plant is known as Cannabinoids.
Other than the subject of this article today, the other most commonly known chemical compound found in the cannabis plant is THC. Other than CBD and THC, the cannabis plant also contains a number of other compounds including the likes of
- Cannabigerol (CBG )
- Cannabicyclol (CBL )
- Cannabinol (CBN)
- Cannabicitran (CBT)
- Cannabichromene (CBC)
And these are just the tip of the iceberg. Currently, there are 113 different cannabinoids that scientists have managed to isolate, as far as we know. These compounds are essentially the building blocks that amalgamate to form the entire cannabis plant.
What Is A CBD Patch?
Simply put: A CBD patch is more or less like is a Band-Aid. This is because just like the latter, CBD patches are essentially a piece of plastic that has been infused with the CBD compound.
The purpose of the patch is to take things one step further and unlike Band-Aids, provide soothing relief from chronic conditions such as pain and anxiety.
To be able to enjoy this relief, all you have to do is apply the CBD patch to any part of your body that is visibly venous; such as the inside of your wrist, your arm, your ankle, or wherever you feel most comfortable as long as the patch is applied to a venous spot.
Once you have chosen the right spot and applied the patch, the natural heat you’re your body will begin to activate the patch. This, then, will trigger the release of a minuscule amount of THC that will penetrate through the layers of your skin and enter into your bloodstream.
Perhaps CBD patches can be thought of as IVs but without having to get poked and pricked with needles.
Before we get into the nitty gritty of the workings of a CBD derma patch we think it is prudent to take a moment to get a question that we are sure is plaguing your mind, out of the way.
Read more about how CBD can be the answer to your skin problems here.
Does a CBD Patch have the ability to get you high?
Let us cut right to the chase: no, a CBD patch will not get you high.
This is because CBD does not contain the required level of THC for the psychoactive properties of the latter cannabinoid to kick into gear. The way CBD patches are designed is to ensure the maximization of CBD composition, all the while minimizing THC.
Can CBD Patches have side effects or risks?
The side effects or risks associated with the cannabinoid CBD are already very minimal, to begin with, and these are further lowered in the case of CBD patches.
The reason the latter statement is true is that the delivery of the CBD takes place gradually over an extended period of time as opposed to all at once as in the case of ingestion.
The negligible side effects that still can occur for some people include dry mouth, and that CBD can sometimes interact with other medication and make their effectiveness slower. But this is pretty much as long as the list gets.
Surely you are starting to see why we are raving about this product so much!
So now that we know what it is, how exactly does a CBD patch work?
Upon the application of a CBD patch onto your skin, the cannabinoid will begin to spread out into the surrounding area which is naturally lacking in the compound as our bodies have much lower concentrations (actually none) of CBD whereas the patch contains high concentrations. This is what is known as a drug concentration gradient.
One of the best points about the delivery of CBD through patches is that it will bypass the parts of your body that break down or filter CBD and that way you will be to enjoy the full value of the compound.
Are All CBD Patches The Same?
In the current markets, you will find two main types of CBD patches: matrix and reservoir, with the primary difference being a variation in how each is designed.
In these types of patches, the CBD is infused into the matrix, and often in the adhesive of the patch hence the name. Upon contact with the skin, the CBD in the adhesive begins to spread out from the high concentration areas into those of lower concentrations, as we explained above.
As the name suggests, the CBD in this type of patch is found in a reservoir of sorts on the patch. The reservoir releases the gel like solution containing the CBD through a rate-controlling membrane that creates a barrier between it, the adhesive, and your skin. This makes it possible for the delivery of the CBD to be more controlled. Hence, reservoir patches are often considered to be more effective than the matrix kind.
What are the benefits of delivering CBD through a patch?
The benefits that you can obtain from CBD patches outrank almost all those that other consumption methods can provide to the user. The following is a list of just a handful of said benefits;
- CBD patches are discreet and can easily be stowed away
- CBD patches can be designed to provide highly specific yield results
- CBD patches last you much longer due to the controlled and slow paced delivery
- CBD patches can be used to treat a plethora of ailments such as stopping growth in cancer cells; inhibit or lower growth of bacteria; treat psoriasis; lower blood sugar levels; manage insomnia; lower the occurrence of seizures and convulsions as well as muscle spasms; manage anxiety; treat nausea and vomiting relieving pain; and so much more.
- CBD patches have been proven to have a better effect than many of the other consumption methods
- CBD patches are amongst the easiest to apply simply slap one on and you can go on with you day
- CBD patches are easily accessible online, so even if there isn’t a dispensary or supplier near you, you can place an order for one from your favorite and trusted online store
- And last but not the least, CBD patches have the ability to counteract the psychoactive effects that THC can have, i.e. using a CBD patch when you have the munchies is a great way of getting rid of the kick
Finally, are CBD patches the right choice for you?
This question is much more common than you may think. Because most people are not familiar with CBD patches, they might have qualms about the product.
If were to give you an answer, it would be this: give it a try and find out for yourself if whether CBD patches are for you or not. Your safety or health is never at stake with CBD, because as we discussed earlier in the article, the side effects of CBD products are negligible. So what do you have to lose?
If you are still a bit confused about how to get started, a good idea is to ask budtenders, whether in the nearest dispensary or online, to point you in the right direction.
And if, after all this, you do not have an enjoyable experience with CBD patches, you can always switch over to one of the many consumption methods available on the market.