CBD is available in so many different products that you might have considered CBD patches as ordinary patches. But, there is more to these little patches. They are different and are designed to give you what other patches cannot provide.
What Are CBD Patches?
CBD patches contain a pre-determined amount of CBD mixed with an isolated solution, gel, or oil. The low concentration of CBD in your body and its high concentration in the patches enables the molecules to move from the patch to the body. They are combined with carrier and permeation enhancers.
Transdermal patches have been around for a long time and the technology used by CBD patches is not very different from them. The main purpose of CBD patches is to deliver the CBD to the bloodstream.
How Are CBD Patches Made?
There are two types of CBD patches and they are made differently- matrix and reservoir patches. Knowing the difference between the two will help you choose the one better for you.
Matrix patches consist of 5 layers- a layer that is peeled off before use, a CBD infused matrix, a separating layer, an adhesive layer, and a protective and supportive backing layer. The adhesive layer ensures that the matrix stays in contact with your body and the CBD moves into your body.
Reservoir patches are slightly different from matrix patches. These have a peel-off layer to protect the interior, an adhesive, and a backing. What makes them different is their permeable release membrane. This membrane does not release CBD together like in matrix patches. The flow of CBD into your body will be regulated and steady.
Do CBD Patches Work?
From their increasing popularity, we can say that they work. But, how do they work?
CBD from the patches moves into our skin cells which contain an endocannabinoid system of its own. As our cells are made of lipids like cannabinoids, CBD passes through the cells easily. On the way to the bloodstream, they react with the CB1 and CB2 receptors offering many therapeutic effects.
However, the delivery of CBD through the skin is not the most efficient. Our body has its own techniques in protecting us from outside toxins. Therefore, permeation enhancers are added to the CBD matrix layer to help CBD enter the skin cells.
CBD Patches Benefits
You will find CBD patches for sleep, anxiety, inflammation, pain, and other conditions. Unlike the other forms of delivery, CBD is absorbed most with minimum loss in CBD patches as it directly enters the bloodstream.