Did you know that you could substitute traditional weed consumption methods for cannabis transdermal patches?
The market for cannabis has exploded, introducing products for every type of weed consumer. Roll a J, pack a bowl, puff on a vape bag, hit a cartridge pen, eat an edible—options are almost endless for consuming the herb.
But for those suffering chronic pain, like from neurological issues or back injuries, cannabis transdermal patches provide an effective and subtle method of medicating with marijuana.
What Are Cannabis Transdermal Patches?
Cannabis transdermal patches are self-adhesive doses of medical marijuana. These patches function like birth control and nicotine patches. As in, they release controlled and accurate doses into the bloodstream over time. Flesh-colored and small, these squares can adhere anywhere with veins, offering a more discrete way to use cannabis.
Due to their high bioavailability, or rate of absorption into the bloodstream, they are a better delivery method of the maximum cannabinoids and whole plant terpenes to the body.
The cannabis transdermal patch patent has existed since 2001. But today the diversity of transdermal products has expanded, giving the wearer ultimate control of their high.
It’s important to consider the type of cannabinoid and duration of the high when choosing the best patch. One with the cannabinoid CBD may help someone struggling with seizures. Another person with appetite loss may prefer a THC patch.
Other single-cannabinoid patch choices are THCA or CBN. Plus many companies make split-ratio options of CBD and THC. Some patches last up to 8 hours while others continue for a blissful 96 hours. Start finding the right fit with these favorites, all under $25.
1. Mary’s Medicinals
First on the scene is Mary’s Medicinals. This medical marijuana company changed the cannabis culture when it first launched its transdermal products. A crowd favorite at the 2014 Cannabis Cup, the 2×2 patches dole out 10mg of CBD, CBN, THCA or a split ratio of 1:1 CBD: THC.
Additionally, they sell both indica and sativa strains in their THC patch, letting the user decide the best cannabinoid for their need.
Can’t be annoyed with a pesky patch? Mary’s makes transdermal pens that directly dispense 2mg of cannabinoids to any veiny area, such as the wrist.
Lasting 8 to 12 hours of timed-release, Mary’s products promise a full day or night of relief. They suggest additional patches depending on pain and tolerance, or if the patient just wants a little more oomph.