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Does CBD Transdermal Patches Work?

By Jatauna Stanger  •  2 comments  •   5 minute read

Does CBD Transdermal Patches Work?

Hey there, curious readers! If you've been hearing the buzz about CBD transdermal patches and wondering if they really work, you're in the right place. In this blog, we're going to dive deep into the world of CBD patches, exploring their potential benefits and how they might just become your new favorite way to experience the goodness of CBD.

We'll keep things simple and straightforward because we believe that understanding CBD should be as easy as enjoying its effects. Let's kick off this journey to uncover whether CBD transdermal patches are the real deal!

What Does Transdermal CBD Mean?

In transdermal application, you apply a product to the skin, and it absorbs into the bloodstream. An example is an adhesive patch containing a medicinal substance or drug. 

Transdermal CBD Oil Patches are often a preferred topical method because:

  • The CBD will enter the bloodstream.
  • Transdermal CBD is more effective than other topical CBD products because it enters through the skin.
  • You don't have to deal with the natural taste of CBD.
  • There is a slow release of CBD throughout the day, rather than the CBD being used up all at once like CBD oil tincturessoftgels, or edibles.

 Transdermal vs topical CBD

According to this 2015 study, scientists applied a transdermal CBD product to rats that had arthritis. After the transdermal CBD was applied, it showed significantly reduced joint swelling, limb posture scores as a rating of spontaneous pain, immune cell infiltration, and thickening of the synovial membrane in a dose-dependent manner.

Transdermal CBD patches can be a convenient, natural way to help reduce pain and inflammation.


What Can Transdermal CBD Patches Do?

CBD, scientifically known as Cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid from the cannabis plant. 

CBD supports the body's endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for: 

  • Memory
  • Sleep
  • Hunger
  • Reproductive System
  • Discomfort
  • Mood

CBD has been shown to assist in reducing discomfort, assisting mental health, and may improve sleep.

There are many ways to take CBD, including: 

  • CBD Oil sublingually (under the tongue)
  • CBD Softgels
  • CBD Gummies
  • CBD Smokeable
  • CBD Topicals such as Hot Creams, Massage Oils, Salves, Facial Serums, Transdermal Patches

Transdermal CBD Patches are a great way to get relief from discomfort consistently and steadily over a few hours or days.

Many people enjoy this method because they don't have to worry about taking CBD orally every few hours or skipping a dose when fighting against chronic pain.


Frequently Asked Questions About Transdermal CBD Patches

Women lifting weights with Zatural CBD Patch 

How Do I Best Apply a CBD Patch?

You want to apply your CBD patch as close to the area of skin experiencing pain.

Apply it to soft skin where there is good blood flow, such as:

  • Insides of wrists
  • Insides of arms
  • Shoulders
  • Back
  • Chest

Places to avoid applying your CBD Patch:

  • Sensitive skin, such as the face.
  • Bony areas
  • Areas of the body have lots of bending of the skin
  • Oily skin. The patch may not stick as well on oily skin.


How Long Do You Wear a Transdermal CBD Patch?

A Transdermal CBD Patch can last from a few hours to a few days. It depends on what the company selling the patch recommends. Some patches have a 12-24 hour CBD release period, whereas other products may have a longer release window.

Longer-release windows don't always mean better. The patch you buy only has a specific amount of CBD in it. Say a patch with 60mg of CBD was released over 4 days, then you only get 15mg of CBD daily. Transdermal CBD patches that release 20mg of CBD within 24 hrs release all the CBD in one day.

 CBD patch vs CBD topical

Which is More Effective, Transdermal or Topical CBD?

It may seem logical that putting CBD onto the skin would work like a transdermal CBD Patch entering the bloodstream. However, this is not true. Not all CBD is transdermal. Skin penetration enhancers must be added to create a product that allows the CBD to be absorbed past the first layer of skin into the bloodstream.

Transdermal CBD products are available in many forms. CBD applied topically may provide pain relief in a localized area but is most efficient in treating skin problems such as skin inflammation, redness, minor burns, rashes, and itching. 

Transdermal CBD products best provide localized relief from pain and inflammation as CBD enters the bloodstream. What CBD products are Transdermal? Other than Transdermal CBD Patches, Transdermal lotions and creams are also available. Skin Penetrating Enhancers are added to create a product that absorbs into the skin.

Transdermal CBD Lotions and Creams may be a better choice for individuals with fragile skin, such as older people and those with an allergy to adhesive patches. The only side effect of any topical CBD product is skin irritation to the other ingredients.


Where Can I Find a Good Transdermal CBD Patch?

Not all Cannabidiol (CBD) products are created equal, so follow these simple tips to find a trustworthy, high-quality transdermal CBD Patch that is THC-Free. The company should provide a Certificate of Analysis from a third-party lab to show that the product is pure, uncontaminated, and meets legal requirements.

The CBD is from USA-grown hemp. The United States has high standards for growing CBD, including THC content, soil purity, and highly regulated pesticide use. The company should provide a satisfaction guarantee and a generous return policy. A good company wouldn't offer this if they didn't believe a product was high quality.

Well-established brands and positive reviews can help you get a feel for what companies are trustworthy. Companies like Zatural provide pure, high-quality CBD products. Check out our Transdermal CBD Patch that is available in 10 mg and 20 mg.

 Zatural Transdermal CBD Patch 

Buy Zatural Transdermal CBD Patch

Sum It Up!

Transdermal CBD Patches are another great option to help alleviate pain and inflammation, but in a localized area and without the need to take it orally if you dislike the natural flavor of CBD. Transdermal CBD and Topical CBD are not the same as they do not both enter the bloodstream. Topical works best for treating the skin.

Transdermal products work best when applied to a local area to treat pain and inflammation. Be sure that when you shop for a CBD product, remember they are not all created equal. Be sure you know the product before you buy to ensure it is a pure, quality product following the above steps.

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*FDA DISCLAIMER -These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

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Hi Lois, yes, you can take our CBD gummies and transdermal patch simultaneously. If you take these together, the patch will help target your back specifically, while the gummies help internally.


I normally take Zatural CBD Gummies Full Spectrum 1200 mg. Can you use the transdermal patch in conjunction with the gummies for added relief, such as my lower back?

Lois Piette,

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