People have been using transdermal patches for various purposes like motion sickness, pain relief, nicotine patches for quitting smoking, etc. With the emergence of cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabinoid with therapeutic and medical benefits, CBD transdermal patches became common. It is one of the many ways to administer CBD and is suitable for those who cannot use it for ailments like pain and inflammation. Besides, it is preferred by many users because of the absence of side-effects and psychotropic effects. In this article, we will investigate about CBD transdermal patches, read on to know more.
Transdermal patches work by the principle of difference in drug concentration or drug gradient, i.e. the higher concentration of CBD contained in the patch will naturally spread into an area of lower concentration. Because of this CBD gradient, cannabidiol is pulled into the skin, and it works best when the patch is placed in areas that have several veins. This way, cannabidiol easily enters the bloodstream and spread through the body giving systemic relief from discomforts like pain. Moreover, it is advised to use CBD pain relief patches in areas where the skin is thin, like the joints, to get maximum relief from pain.
There are mainly two types of CBD transdermal patches; matrix and reservoir type and both are available commercially. The major difference between the two types is the method by which CBD is released into the layers of skin. In the matrix type, CBD released into the bloodstream is not accurately controlled and mainly depends on the amount, i.e. dose contained in the patch. In the reservoir type, CBD is held inside a reservoir in the form of a gel, and its release into the skin is accurately controlled with the aid of a release membrane. Of the two types, reservoir type CBD transdermal patches are more popular and widely used.
One of the biggest advantages of CBD transdermal patches is that they can be used discreetly because you can stick them on the skin. So, you can easily use it when traveling or when you are in the public, without raising any eyebrows as it appears like nicotine patches that are a common sight nowadays. Because CBD enters the bloodstream directly through the skin, it bypasses the first-pass metabolism, and this increases the bioavailability of this method of administering cannabidiol. Above all, there is no risk of overdosing because CBD transdermal patches deliver an accurate dose of cannabidiol (CBD), and this makes it easier to use.
These are some of the points that you should know before using CBD transdermal patches for ailments like muscle or joint pains, inflammations, etc.
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