CBD patches are a relatively new product that provide an alternative, long-lasting and discreet way to take CBD.

We’ve answered a few of the most common questions about CBD patches and compared them with other forms of CBD – so you can decide on the best option for your specific needs.

What are CBD patches?

CBD patches are small, usually transparent adhesives that are applied to the skin, then slowly release CBD into the bloodstream. They’re a convenient way of taking CBD if you prefer not to consume it orally. 

Who should use CBD patches?

CBD patches can be used by anyone, but they’re a popular choice amongst people seeking help with pain management. Partially because they can be applied directly to the area that’s causing discomfort, providing localised and long-lasting relief.

They’re also used by people who want to experience all the other benefits CBD offers, such as stress relief, improved focus, and better sleep. 

Do CBD patches work?

CBD patches are regarded as being as effective as CBD that’s taken orally, although they do work differently.

Because the CBD is absorbed through the skin and directly into the bloodstream, it has enhanced bioavailability – which means more is absorbed into the body. And due to its slow release, it can last for between 24-36 hours.

What are the pros and cons of CBD patches?

Pros

  • Lacalised pain relief - You can apply a patch directly to an area of discomfort for localised pain relief.
  • High bioavailability - A high level of CBD is absorbed as it goes straight into the bloodstream for greater bioavailability.
  • Discrete - Patches are discrete and easy to wear. 
  • Long lasting - Due to the slow release of CBD, the effects last for a long time.
  • Taste and smell free - Patches are a great alternative for people who dislike the taste or smell of CBD.
  • Can be used with other CBD products - CBD patches can be used in conjunction with other CBD products.

Cons

  • Possible skin irritation - People with sensitive complexions can sometimes experience skin irritation.
  • May feel less immediate impact - Because the CBD is released slowly, less of an impact might be felt.

How do CBD patches compare to other forms of CBD?

CBD patches vs CBD edibles

Reasons to choose CBD patches

Reasons to choose CBD edibles

  • CBD patches bypass the liver, so a higher concentration is absorbed by the body compared with most edibles
  • You might feel more of an impact from edibles such as capsules and gummies because the CBD is delivered in one dose
  • CBD patches can provide targeted pain relief, so they may be better for managing discomfort
  • CBD edibles may be more suitable for people with very sensitive skin

CBD patches vs CBD oil

Reasons to choose CBD patches

Reasons to choose CBD oil

  • CBD patches last a long time, so you don’t need to remember to take a regular dose or carry your CBD with you
  • CBD oil could provide more impactful total body relief as the dose is administered quickly rather than a slow release over time
  • CBD patches have a greater bioavailability than oil as it passes straight into the bloodstream
  • CBD oil can be added to food or drink and taken as part of your regular diet
  • CBD patches may be better for localised pain relief

CBD patches vs CBD cream

Reasons to choose CBD patches

Reasons to choose CBD cream

  • CBD patches are transdermal – which means they push CBD past the epidermis and into the dermis, so more CBD is absorbed into the body
  • CBD creams usually contain additional properties to treat and nourish the skin
  • CBD patches are more effective at treating aches, pains and other symptoms deeper within the body
  • Creams are very effective at treating surface-level pain symptoms
  • CBD patches provide a slow and steady release of CBD, so there’s no need to reapply your dose regularly

CBD patches vs vaping CBD

Reasons to choose CBD patches

Reasons to vape CBD

  • CBD patches can provide longer-lasting benefits due to their slow release
  • Vaporised CBD has a higher bioavailability, so you can feel more potent effects
  • CBD patches can be applied directly to an area of pain for targeted relief
  • Those who vape CBD often feel a quicker impact than when using patches
  • CBD patches provide a slow and steady release of CBD, so there’s no need to reapply your dose regularly
  • Vaping CBD is thought to be damaging to the lungs and potentially other organs in the body - patches have far fewer and rarer side effects

Summary

Deciding which CBD product is best for you comes down to individual preferences and the impacts you’re looking for.

CBD patches are very effective for localised pain, and they last a lot longer than other forms of CBD. However, because they’re slow-release, different CBD products might be a better choice if you’re looking for more of an immediate impact, or other benefits such as relief from stress or improved focus.

We recommend experimenting with various CBD products to find what works best for you and your specific needs.

FAQs

How do I use CBD patches?

Simply apply the discreet CBD patch to a clean, relatively hair-free area of skin (if possible).

If you’re not looking for targeted pain relief, the inner wrist, arm, lower-back, thigh or shoulder are a popular choice. Or place the patch directly over the area that’s causing you discomfort.

How long does it take for CBD patches to work?

It typically takes between 30 and 90 minutes for the CBD to start working. The absorption rate can be influenced by factors such as your weight and how much CBD is in the patch. 

How do CBD patches make you feel?

CBD patches can make you feel relaxed, calm and focused, as well as helping with pain relief.

Do CBD patches make you sleepy?

Everyone reacts differently to CBD. Whilst it won’t necessarily make you tired, CBD can help improve and regulate your sleep. 

Will CBD patches make you high?

CBD patches won’t make you feel high as they don’t contain the psychoactive cannabinoid THC.