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What is CBD?
CBD is a substance found in the cannabis plant. There are two main compounds found in cannabis, CBD and THC. Whereas THC has psychoactive properties, CBD does not. Instead, CBD isolated from THC has therapeutic uses – lessening of pain, reduction of anxiety, and in some cases help with chronic conditions too.
CBD works through its effects on the endocannabinoid system. This is a natural biological system within the human body. Although more research needs to be done on how exactly the system and its component work together, scientists have gathered an understanding about the impacts it has on many biological processes such as sleep, memory and mood.
The endocannabinoid system is compiled of three elements: receptors (which the endocannabinoids bind to), enzymes (there are two specific enzymes which break down endocannabinoids) and the endocannabinoids themselves (substances which maintain the running of our internal systems). It is believed that enzymes break down CBD. This then influencers receptors, which allows for the positive benefits that so many feel.
There are many positive benefits that come with through our endcannabinoid system:
- CBD modulates our serotonin receptors, helping with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
- CBD positively affects receptors responsible for pain and inflammation, blocking pain signal from the rest of the body.
- It has had a proven effect on epilepsy.
The endocannabinoid system is only just beginning to be understood fully by scientists, and there are many more positive effects on our health that CBD is likely to have. As it works with a pre-existing system of receptors within our bodies, there are many ways for it to positive impacts.
What are CBD Patches?
CBD patches are transdermal patches placed on the skin that slowly release CBD into the bloodstream. As they deliver CBD directly into our bloodstreams, they bypass the digestive system completely.
CBD patches look like a simple plaster. You apply them to an appropriate area of skin (upper arm is recommended). From here, the CBD within the patch infuses into the local area, and then disperses throughout the bloodstream.
CBD patches apply a consistent supply of CBD to the skin for up to 24 hours. They remain on the skin, and continue to provide relief for systems. This is different from a cream or balm, which only provides CBD to the area, as they are absorbed. One would have to constantly apply the cream to have the same prolonged benefit of a CBD patch.
How do CBD patches make you feel?
CBD patches help to lessen chronic conditions, such as pain or anxiety. As there is no THC in a CBD patch, it will not make you feel ‘high’. Moreover, as the patch delivers the CBD slowly into your blood stream, as opposed to quick absorption, the effects are diluted and last for a longer time, without a sudden notable ‘high’ effect.
CBD patches relieve chronic pain and anxiety through the diffusion of CBD throughout your blood stream. There should be no notable change in the way you feel instantly, instead a gradual reduction of pain or anxiety should take place.
What are the Benefits of CBD patches?
For some people, a CBD patch can be a particularly beneficial means of taking CBD.
They provide time-released relief: you do not have to constantly apply or consume CBD, meaning if you are busy you can have a constant stream of CBD, instead of having to pause to consume or apply more.
They are discreet: you can easily apply the patch to a hidden part of your body and continue to supply CBD.
They can be more effective than other delivery methods: The stomach and lungs have built-in filters to prevent chemicals from entering your body. If we eat or inhale something harmful, this is a useful development tool. However, with something like CBD, these filters can disrupt the quantity that enters our blood stream. A CBD patch bypasses both of these organs, so it filters directly into your bloodstream. The result of this is that you can receive the full benefit of CBD.
The dosing is accurate: although with oils, the recommended quantity of drops supplies a specific dose, we can often drop too many or too few. A CBD patch tells you exactly what quantity of CBD your body is receiving, and over what period of time. This provides an easy way to monitor what dosage of CBD has a positive effect for you.
What’s the best way to use a CBD patch?
CBD patches are most successful in delivering CBD to your bloodstream when they have direct contact with a larger amount of skin. Therefore, they should be applied to a soft area of skin, with a large amount of skin contact for the patch. If you apply it on a bony area, not all the patch will be in constant contact with the skin. It is also beneficial to apply the patch to the painful area – as this area is first to receive the CBD (although it will gradually diffuse throughout your entire bloodstream).
The best areas for patches are:
- Inner wrists
- The nape of the neck
- The small of the back
- The shoulder
- The inside of the arm
- The inner ankle
Who are CBD patches for?
Due to their many benefits, CBD patches are appropriate for anyone who wants to try out CBD. For those who are used to taking CBD and know its benefits, a patch is a great way to maintain a stream of the substance. For those who are trying CBD for the first time, a CBD is a simple way to see the benefits it has for you.
A CBD patch can also be used alongside other methods of delivery. For example, many people apply a patch and then take CBD drops or use a CBD vape prior to sleeping. This means that the short-term effect from the vape or oil can help you immediately to sleep or feel less anxious, whereas the patch will have a longer, sustained effect on your anxiety or pain.