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Are CBD Patches an Effective Method of Pain Relief?

Posted by Lewis Olden on
Are CBD Patches an Effective Method of Pain Relief?

CBD patches are an innovative and simple way to use CBD. Used by simply placing the CBD patch on the outside of the top of your arm or on the inside of your wrist, using CBD patches to get your daily dose of CBD is a discrete and effective method. CBD patches utilise transdermal delivery, so they do not have to pass through your digestive system. This not only means that CBD is not broken down by the digestive system, but it also doesn’t interact with your liver. 

What are CBD Patches?

CBD patches are a form of transdermal patches that contain cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD. CBD patches slowly release a specific amount of CBD into your bloodstream through the skin barrier. There is a vast amount of people who prefer using CBD patches to alternative CBD delivery methods such as vaping CBD or ingesting CBD orally using CBD capsules or CBD oil.

CBD patches are often a more suitable delivery method for particular applications such as treating chronic pain. However, everyone has a personal preference so it may take trying a few different products before you decide upon which CBD product works best for you.

CBD patches are also more affordable to try than many other methods of taking CBD. This means that you can try CBD patches and establish whether CBD patches have a positive impact on your pain, anxiety or sleep troubles.

Another benefit of using CBD patches is that due to the nature in which the CBD is absorbed over a longer period of time, if you do not like the sensation that the CBD patches cause. You can simply take the patch off and the effect of the patch will subside. Whereas with a CBD oil or CBD capsule, once they are consumed you are committed to a full dose.

How Do CBD Patches Work?

CBD patches are simply transdermal patches that contain CBD and sometimes other botanicals. CBD patches are applied to the skin, ideally in a venous part of the body. CBD patches work in a similar manner to nicotine patches and deliver the CBD directly into your bloodstream. This means that the CBD is absorbed more effectively than passing through your digestive system, to provide longer lasting relief.

The method of using a transdermal delivery method means that the CBD is rapidly delivered to the local area surrounding the patch. The CBD then begins to work its way into the bloodstream. Normally when people take CBD orally, using a CBD oil or CBD capsule, the compound must be digested. In this digestive process your body can then use it, break the compound down or even excrete the CBD as waste. This means that when you use CBD orally, much of the CBD can be lost in the digestive process and the amount of CBD you take does not equate to the actual amount of CBD that is active in your body.

However, a CBD patch that is applied to your skin can be absorbed and is allowed to enter the bloodstream directly. Many studies have suggested that the transdermal application enables the CBD to bypass the digestive system. The transdermal application of CBD may also increase the bioavailability of the CBD.

CBD patches can be a more consistent solution opposed to some alternative topical methods of applying CBD. These methods include CBD creams, CBD balms and CBD moisturiser. Once the skin absorbs the topical creams, the effect very quickly fades and the CBD cream will have to be reapplied, often multiple times throughout the day. 

CBD patches remain on the skin and deliver the CBD over an extended period of time meaning that there is a steady relief of the symptoms you are suffering from. Pain patches can be a great way to deal with a chronic pain condition as the active component is released over a 24-hour period meaning you only have to apply one pain patch per day to get entire day of relief. 

One issue with CBD patches and pain patches is that transdermal can be relatively slow to take effect. This means that if you are seeking instance relief from your pain or anxiety, pain patches may not be the best option. The slow nature of transdermal delivery can be mitigated by including a permeation enhancer within the formulation to increase the permeability of your skin barrier which will ultimately allow more CBD to enter your bloodstream. 

CBD Patches and Pain

While clinical research into CBD and pain relief remains in its nascent stages. There have been studies that have been carried out using animals that suggest that CBD can be a very effective pain reliever for those who suffer from chronic pain conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis (MS).

CBD has a long and coveted history as a method of pain relief, both through traditional medicines as well as anecdotal tales of the efficacy of using CBD to treat pain.

Cannabinoids like CBD can decrease pain using two different methods. 

The first is that that cannabinoids act on the endocannabinoid system with your body to block the pain receptors for various different kinds of pain. Pains such as nerve pain that can often be extremely difficult to treat have been found to be relieved by CBD. One particular instance of this is fibromyalgia.

The second method in which cannabinoids can combat pain is that they have anti-inflammatory effects on your body which can reduce the level of pain you feel from specific sources of inflammation. 

These two effects of CBD in cohort with the transdermal delivery system mean that CBD patches can be an excellent method of combating inflammation, localised pain and nerve pain.

There has been research carried out that has found patches can be beneficial to the following effects:

  • Sustained delivery of CBD over a longer term
  • Minimal side effects
  • Reduce localised inflammation
  • Pain relief

These benefits of CBD patches result in them being an effective treatment for inflammatory or nerve pain. Conditions such as arthritis in the knee or ankle and nerve pain can be effectively treated by CBD patches. 

One study discovered that CBD when administered in a topical fashion could help to control myofascial pain. This study focused on the muscles surrounding the participants jaw and head in sufferers of temporomandibular disorder (TMD). These researches came to the conclusion that CBD may have the capacity to treat people with TMD.

How Do You Use a CBD Patch?

CBD patches are most effective when they are in direct contact with the largest possible area of skin. This maximises the effectiveness of the patch and you should apply it to a venous, soft area of skin where the patch has the maximum amount of contact with your skin. 

Common areas to place a CBD patch include; the inside of the wrist, outside of the top of your arm, shoulder, lower back and inside of the ankle and the lower thigh behind your knee.

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