Searching ‘CBD supplements’ on your typical high street health store website returns an abundance of results. Just the first page covers a number of products ranging from gel capsules to flavoured gummies, sprays to oils, and balms to bath salts. CBD-infused snacks and drinks are very popular too!
With cannabidiol (CBD) becoming more and more widely available in so many different forms, what’s available on the market can seem a bit overwhelming, especially when you aren’t that well versed in all the various ways you can supplement with CBD.
In this blog, we are going to focus on CBD patches and their unique benefits, compared to other delivery methods such as capsules and tinctures. Although a patch might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about CBD, this category of CBD products has rocketed in popularity recently, and for good reason too.
How do CBD Patches Work?
CBD patches are transdermal patches that slowly release CBD into the bloodstream through the skin. The transdermal method delivers CBD quickly to the local area around the patch. From there, it works its way into the bloodstream directly, bypassing the digestive system.
When people take CBD orally – in the form of capsules or gummies, for example – the compound must first pass through the digestive system. The body may then use it, break it down, or even simply excrete it as waste. As such, much of an oral CBD dose is lost via its journey through the digestive system, i.e. the bioavailability of oral CBD is rather poor. Due to the low bioavailability of oral supplements, you are hardly absorbing any CBD from supplementing this way and probably won’t feel any noticeable benefits.
A transdermal patch applies the CBD directly to the skin, which absorbs it and allows it to enter the bloodstream directly. This delivery method allows the CBD to bypass the digestive system altogether, massively increasing the bioavailability of the product when compared to oral supplements.
Control Over Dosage
To personalise your dose of CBD, you can simply cut up a patch into smaller ones! Also, when it comes to local pain relief, CBD patches work best when applied as close to the painful area as possible. Thus, if you have more than one area of pain that you’re looking to target with CBD, you can cut one patch into however many smaller ones you require and apply these to the affected areas of your body. In this way, CBD patches are effective but affordable too, with no product wastage.
Another advantage of CBD patches is that they are very well tolerated by the body, regardless of how high strength they are. Even if you ignore the directions for use (we don’t recommend doing this!) and plaster yourself with patches from head to toe; your body is able to absorb only what it needs from the patches, so you’ll never absorb excess amounts.
Instead of dumping a lump sum of CBD into your body all at once, transdermal CBD patches provide a continuous delayed release of the substance into your bloodstream over time, providing you with 24-hour support while you get on with your everyday life. This slow and steady release facilitates a much more balanced approach to CBD supplementation, which works over the course of your entire day, including while you are asleep – there is no need to reapply throughout the day, like you would have to do with topical creams and balms.
Some people may experience a mild headache after trying a new CBD supplement – this means that they have taken too large a dose, too soon. Due to the unique slow release nature of CBD patches, this side effect can be avoided altogether when using patches.
Easy and Discreet
CBD patches tend to be fully waterproof and are incredibly straightforward to apply to your skin. Once you have applied a patch, you will probably forget that it is even there! Taking showers, going swimming, and sweating at the gym are absolutely fine to do while you are wearing a patch, and you don’t have to worry about taking your CBD with you on the go for reapplication.
Get A Drip’s CBD Patches are also hypoallergenic, vegan, gluten free and 100% organic to help minimise the chance of any skin irritation occurring due to their use.
For many people, CBD patches are a great alternative method of delivering CBD to the body that allows for more balanced, controlled, and longer lasting benefits. Some people prefer to combine their use of CBD patches with other CBD products to maximise their useful effects on one’s overall health and wellbeing.
While using CBD patches for pain, inflammation, mood, and sleep can be effective and provide symptomatic relief, anyone with ongoing health issues such as chronic pain or depression should work closely with their GP to help address the underlying cause of the problem.
Additionally, it’s important to note that CBD may interact with certain medications, so it’s always a good idea to discuss your use of CBD products with a healthcare professional before taking them so that they can check for any potential contraindications.
We also offer a soothing CBD Cream, suitable for aching joints and muscles.
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