Cannabidiol, a nonpsychoactive cannabinoid produced by hemp and cannabis, has been receiving plenty of mainstream attention lately because of its supposed medicinal properties. Anecdotal claims as well as preliminary studies say that it can treat everything from anxiety and insomnia to chronic pain and epilepsy, but its ability to alleviate pain has taken center stage. Several studies, most of them on animals, have found that CBD can treat pain caused by numerous medical conditions.
Cannabidiol itself can be consumed in a wide variety of ways, but when it comes to treating pain, CBD patches take the cake. These transdermal patches are infused with CBD and applied to the skin, where they slowly release cannabidiol into the bloodstream. Not only are the patches a discreet way of taking cannabidiol, allowing users’ systems to get a steady infusion dose of the cannabinoid for extended periods, but they are also the perfect option for individuals who don’t want to smoke, vape or consume edibles. Of all the available CBD consumption methods, CBD patches are probably the best way to deal with localized pain.
The patches deliver CBD directly to the bloodstream through the skin, making them perfect for people who want quick pain relief. While ingestibles such as gummies or oils will produce much more intense effects when consumed, they usually take time before they kick in. And since edibles first have to go through the stomach then the liver, some CBD is usually lost in the process, unlike CBD patches, which deliver 100% of the cannabidiol they hold. These patches also contain some permeation enhancer to help increase the skin’s permeability and allow it to absorb as much CBD as possible.
For those who are facing sustained pain, CBD patches can provide a great deal of relief. Since they release CBD slowly throughout the day, users experience sustained pain relief over a longer period. On the other hand, other topical options such as CBD massage oils and creams may offer relief for a short time, with the effects tapering off once the CBD is absorbed by the skin. Consequently, these methods would require several applications per day to offer sustained relief.
Cannabidiol seems to be a promising pain reliever, and research has found that it reduces pain in two ways. Firstly, it interacts with the endocannabinoid system to block off receptors for several types of pain, making it effective against hard-to-treat conditions such as nerve pain. Secondly, it has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which allow it to combat inflammation in the body and reduce pain caused by inflammation. Combined with a CBD patch’s transdermal delivery, CBD can be quite effective at alleviating inflammation, localized pain and nerve pain.
As innovation in this space increases, seeing cannabis firms such as Grapefruit USA Inc. (OTCQB: GPFT) are developing time-release delivery systems that allow cannabinoid-based creams to release their contents over a longer period of time, rivaling patches.
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