“Trans” means “through”, and “derma” means “skin.” Transdermal relates to any medicinal substance that passes through the skin into the bloodstream. Williams introduced us to the concept of transdermal patches and gels used on the wrist or other venous areas of the body. Transdermal cannabis patches give accurate dosage with more extended periods of pain relief, for a more effective and long-lasting treatment, while gels can provide fast, accurate relief. Transdermal gels can also be combined to create the perfect mix if you aren’t finding a strain to satisfy your needs.
With transdermal cannabis products, you do not have to worry about the gastrointestinal system reducing the effectiveness of your cannabis or about the temptation to swallow a sublingual product. Patches share the benefit of direct bloodstream access with sublingual products, without the added hassle of reminding yourself not to swallow. They also last longer than sublingual products, as the patches are designed for slow-release.
Patches are available for various individual cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, or in ratios like 1:1 CBD:THC. Consumers can choose a patch based on their specific need, rather than having to worry about combinations of terpenes and cannabinoids in hybrid strains. When creating a patch, manufacturers only have to worry about the purity of the strain since they will isolate cannabinoids and terpenes. Gels tend to be available in smaller doses, providing faster relief that doesn’t linger as long as patches can.
Patches can offer relief through the day or night without the need to much on an edible or dose out the proper amount for a pipe or vaporizer. Like sublingual products, patches are incredibly small and discreet and can be used in almost any situation, allowing more convenience for the consumer. They function similar to nicotine or birth control patches. Cannabis patches can last anywhere from 8-96 hours.
If you are interested in transdermal cannabis patches, your best place to start is with your doctor. Be sure and discuss doses and time lapses, as well as which cannabinoid or terpene should be your focus to treat specific illnesses or symptoms.
Williams, there are transdermal patches and gels used on the wrist or venous areas of the body. Transdermal topicals give accurate dosage with more extended periods of pain relief.