The Cannabis Pain Patch Explained
Transdermal patches are probably the least talked about products in the cannabis market. In fact, many stores in the recreational market do not even bother carrying them. Can’t really fault them, as many people do not know what a cannabis pain patch is, and you can’t really expect people to buy something they don’t know exists and/or how it works. Let’s change that!
A transdermal patch is basically a clear sticker that is infused with cannabinoids. You’ve probably heard of the nicotine patches that help people quit smoking. Well, it is basically the same product; however, you are getting isolated cannabinoids instead of nicotine.
How To Use A Transdermal Pain Patch
The patch is designed to be placed on a venous part of your body (inner wrist or top of foot) and provide a controlled release of cannabinoids into your bloodstream over the course of 12 hours all the way to 96 hours. In other words, instead of having to take 10mg of THC or CBD oils multiple times a day, the patch can slowly release 100mg of cannabinoids into your bloodstream over time. It’s the ultimate in convenience and discretion! You would think it would be more popular; however, there are some drawbacks to transdermal delivery.
When it comes to their active ingredients from cannabis, transdermal patches are strictly made up of cannabinoids — usually a combination of THC, CBD, CBN, and CBG. This means you will engage the endocannabinoid system and experience relief; however, this also means you will not experience a robust entourage effect when you consume this product. In short, transdermal patches do not appeal to the consumer who is looking for a great high — which makes up the majority of the cannabis market.
Who Should Use A Cannabis Pain Patch?
I have found that transdermal patches are mostly used by people who are looking for pain relief and/or need help sleeping. These are customers who are shopping with the hopes of getting relief for a certain condition, not a high. This is not to say you won’t experience any psychoactive effects from a transdermal patch. You will definitely get high from a THC patch; however, as I mentioned previously, the high will be less vibrant than smoking or vaping a full-spectrum product.
Most people use transdermal patches for the same reasons they use cannabinoid-infused topicals or tinctures, i.e., the high is not the point. People are looking for relief from a variety of symptoms. All of these topical delivery methods provide relief; however, they work in different ways.
Are Topicals Or Transdermal Patches More Effective?
The main difference between a topical and a transdermal patch is that topicals are designed to provide relief in the location in which they are applied, and transdermal patches utilize permeation enhancers to drive cannabinoids past your skin and into your bloodstream; therefore, providing all-over relief. In this way, cannabis pain patches work like tinctures — absorbed directly into your bloodstream.
Unfortunately, for many people, cannabinoid delivery into the bloodstream is a dealbreaker, as they are looking for relief while minimizing the risk of testing positive for THC by their employer. Cannabis in the bloodstream means a positive test result and the loss of a job for some. This has many people choosing topicals instead of transdermal patches, even though transdermal patches are better suited for their needs.
As you can see, based on how transdermal patches work and the laws governing our cannabis consumption in the workplace, the market for transdermal patches is very small; however, all that being said, I do feel like people are starting to come around to the benefits of transdermal patches.
When I was budtending, I found that transdermal patches were a great product; however, very few people were using them consistently. In fact, in all my years, I do not think I came across one person who used them daily.
To be fair, transdermal patches can be expensive, and you are not going to be getting any help from your insurance company to pay for your medical marijuana. For many people, other cannabis products make more sense from a financial point of view, but, just because people aren’t going to use them every day, does not mean there is never a good time to use them.
Transdermal Patches Are Great For Discretion
When I was budtending, I consistently received questions around discretion and travel. Whether you are traveling through an airport or just going to a family gathering, cannabis use can often be frowned upon. This creates a big problem for people who are using cannabis as medicine.
Enter transdermal patches! A transdermal patch can be easily hidden and provide a lot of relief for things like pain and inflammation. It may not be the same large dosage that you typically use to help with your symptoms; however, the right patches deliver enough relief to help you get through a short period of time.
This is one of the greatest things about cannabis. There are products and consumption methods specifically designed for a wide variety of scenarios! Some products may not be helpful for you to use daily; however, they just might come in handy from time-to-time, and, for many people, that makes all the difference in the world for their quality of life. Be well!
Treating Pain with Transdermal Cannabis Patches
Florida, like many other states throughout the country, has legalized medical marijuana to help people find relief from a wide range of conditions.
Once Florida residents voiced their support for medical marijuana by voting for Amendment 2, the state passed Senate Bill 8A. This legislation regulates the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana treatment and defines acceptable forms of treatment.
Among these are transdermal cannabis patches, which offer many benefits for pain treatment – one of the leading reasons for medical marijuana use.
The Pain Problem
An estimated 25 million U.S. adults suffer from chronic pain. According to the Journal of Pain, over 126 million adults experienced pain to some extent within the last three months.
There are dozens of conditions that cause pain, either as a direct impact of the condition or as an effect of traditional treatment methods. When you consider injuries and other factors, it becomes clear that pain affects more people than not. Unfortunately, many medications provided for pain are addictive, ineffective, or produce other unwanted side effects.
With the legalization of medical marijuana, cannabis has changed the way people can treat and manage pain.
Marijuana & Pain
The endocannabinoid system is a system in the body made up of natural cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors. Cannabinoids interact with cannabinoid receptors, regulating pain sensation as well as inflammation. Marijuana contains cannabinoids that are very similar to the cannabinoids naturally found in the body. Some of these cannabinoids include CBD and THC. When marijuana enters the body, its cannabinoids are able to interact with the receptors of the endocannabinoid system much like your body’s natural cannabinoids. As the cannabinoids in marijuana interact with the body’s cannabinoid receptors, they are able to relieve pain and reduce inflammation by correcting imbalances in the endocannabinoid system.
The efficacy of marijuana for treating pain has been studied time and time again. The Journal of the American Medical Association reviewed over 25 of these studies, finding that:
Use of marijuana for chronic pain and neuropathic pain… is supported by high-quality evidence.
Even though marijuana has been shown to have many medical benefits, pain remains the number one reason for medical marijuana use according to both Harvard Health and Health Affairs.
In addition to providing effective relief, marijuana treatment is void of many of the potentially life-threatening side effects of opioids and other painkillers.
Transdermal patches are removable, adhesive-coated films that release cannabinoids into the body from the skin’s surface. The cannabinoids in transdermal patches are coated in a special shell, which allows them to pass through all layers of the skin and directly into the bloodstream. This method is often preferred to topical products like lotions and creams because the effects set in faster and are significantly more efficient.
Patients will feel the effects of transdermal patches within 15 minutes of application. Once patches are removed, the effects will fade in about 45 minutes. This can be helpful for patients who are beginning medical marijuana treatment and may need to get familiar with its effects. One of the most notable benefits of transdermal patches is that they remain active longer than other methods of marijuana consumption, which may require frequent use to maintain relief. Transdermal patches provide steady, constant relief for several hours, without the need to apply a new treatment.
How MÜV Helps Pain
AltMed Florida and their MÜV product line is one of the leading providers of transdermal cannabis patches. Their proprietary technology has created a transdermal patch with cannabinoids that are encapsulated in gel for maximum water-solubility. The result is an effective transdermal patch with a quick onset time and long-lasting effects. Patients can enjoy relief within 15 minutes of application, with effects that last for a full 72 hours.
With MÜV transdermal patches, patients experience a controlled, steady release of cannabinoids and the freedom to wear the patch anywhere on the body. This allows patients to place patches in discreet locations, or directly onto an area of discomfort.
As MÜV explains:
The patch has allowed patients to stop taking oral pain medication. Some of our patients purchase 40 patches at a time because they are the only product providing ongoing relief for their arthritis, chronic pain and inflammatory diseases.
MÜV currently produces three different transdermal patch products, each featuring their proprietary Evolve Encapsulated Technology. They have a CBD patch, a THC patch, and a patch with a 1:1 ratio of CBD and THC. This allows patients to get the personalized benefits that they need from treatment.
Our most popular patch is the 1:1 as it provides CBD for inflammation and THC for pain.
With multiple treatment options and long-lasting effects, MÜV transdermal cannabis patches are becoming an increasingly popular form of medical marijuana treatment.
Do I Qualify for Medical Marijuana?
If you suffer from chronic pain, you may qualify for medical marijuana treatment under Florida law. At CannaMD, our certified medical marijuana doctors are specifically trained to help determine eligibility for treatment and provide you with the state-required recommendation to get started.
To find out if you qualify for treatment, give us a call today at 1 (855) 420-9170 or fill out our easy online application![