Specktra’s CBD Patch is a pretty great CBD product, if we may say so ourselves. A lot of people are recognizing the diverse uses of CBD, and users’ testimonials speak for themselves regarding the pain-relieving potential of CBD.
But what exactly is a CBD Patch? And what are the pros and cons compared to other forms of CBD?
Our guide is here to clear up all of your questions about the CBD Patch, who its best suited for, and why you might want to try one out.
What is CBD?
If you’ve been with us for a while, you should know the answer to this one. But just in case you need a refresher…
CBD is a cannabinoid. There are over 100 types1 of cannabinoids – some are even found naturally occurring in the body.
CBD interacts with receptors in the body (CB1 and CB2) that are part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). It creates different effects depending on what our body needs.
The ECS is responsible for many bodily processes, including the regulation of sleep, appetite, mood, pain, digestion, and fertility. The purpose of the ECS is to keep the body in homeostasis – that is, to keep everything balanced. A properly functioning ECS is vital to good health.
Scientists are still discovering exactly how CBD interacts with the ECS. Why does it make so many people feel so good?
If the ECS becomes unbalanced, a lot of bodily functions are unable to perform optimally2. This discovery suggests that CBD increases bodily production and/or effectiveness of endocannabinoids3. There are also findings that CBD has a calming effect4 on the central nervous system.
The Benefits of CBD
We wouldn’t blame you for questioning what all the fuss is about. Endocannabinoids – so what?! Why are we talking about CBD in the first place?!
If you’re of this mindset, we’re going to assume you’re a fan of logical procedures, scientific conclusions, and foolproof reports.
… and you might have come to the wrong place.
But if you’re open to new and innovative… hey there. Welcome to the wonderful world of CBD.
As of yet, CBD is not approved by the FDA. This isn’t because they have found some terrible side effect to it. Rather, it’s because we are in the very early days of unlocking all that CBD may do.
A lack of FDA-approval has not stopped the CBD industry from booming. The main reason why it continues to grow is that real people are getting real results.
Can’t argue with that.
Now, we can’t generalize and say that the benefits apply to everyone. Nor are we saying that everyone should go out and try CBD without doing a bit of research first. If you are curious about learning more, read our article on what CBD feels like.
But we will say – based on our users, on our own studies, and the CBD industry, CBD might:
Most people use CBD to reduce anxiety. CBD can reduce stress and make you feel happier by activating serotonin receptors.
CBD promotes homeostasis in the body, to bring it into balance. In cases of chronic inflammation, CBD can be more effective than known anti-inflammatories.
Improve Bone Health
New research shows that CBD helps bones repair5 35 to 50% faster than when left to heal naturally.
Lower Blood Pressure
In a study from 2017, a small dose of CBD reduced blood pressure6. From these findings, results suggest that CBD can help improve cardiovascular health.
CBD provides relief from pain7, particularly in instances of chronic neuropathic pain.
Promote Brain Cell Growth
A 2013 study on mice found that CBD protects the brain from damage and encourages neurogenesis8.
CBD facilitates a good night’s sleep by lowering anxiety.
Help Treat Addiction
This one might seem tricky to wrap your head around. Cannabis has always been seen as an addictive drug. But CBD may actually help people with some addictions, like reducing cigarette consumption9 or even addiction to opioids10 like morphine.
Scientific research has indicated that CBD has great12 capacities, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.
CBD has proven to increase rates of improvement in PTSD patients.
Topical Methods – CBD On The Surface
CBD comes in all shapes and sizes, and we can enjoy its benefits in many ways. We created a CBD Patch so that you can most effectively enjoy the benefits of topical CBD application.
Anything topical is referring to surface level application14. Most of the time, the word is used in a medical sense.
There are a bunch of topical products out there in the health and medical industries. Most of them are used for pain relief, or for skin conditions.
Transdermal Patch … is it Topical?
Clearly, a CBD Patch is topical. But we get a lot of questions about whether our CBD Patches are transdermal. So, we thought we’d answer this one by first pointing out what both terms mean.
Topical medications15 are applied to the skin – and for the most part, this is where they stay. The effects are concentrated on the surface level of our bodies. They don’t enter the bloodstream or are absorbed into other body parts. Some examples include sunscreen, Icyhot, and insect repellant.
Transdermal medications are also applied topically. However, transdermal products are designed to penetrate the skin and exert their effects on deeper tissues. For example, our CBD Patch. Whilst the patch itself goes on your skin, the effects of the CBD take place below the surface.
What is a CBD Patch?
We’ve covered the ins and outs of topical, transdermal, CBD, and patches… now, let’s combine everything we’ve been talking about.
CBD Patch. Ingenious, no?!
Basically, a CBD Patch works like a plaster that you would put over a cut or graze. But instead of putting it over an external wound, you put it over an internal one.
For example … maybe you play a lot of tennis, and now on particularly cold nights, your tennis elbow flares up. You might want to whack a patch on it.
Or – you take your dog out for a run and feel your left calf starts to seize up. To help relax the muscle and reduce the onset of muscle soreness, you apply a patch.
We love patches for their versatility, usability, durability, and simplicity.
Versatility: you can pretty much use a CBD patch anywhere. On your knee, shoulder, ankle, groin… anywhere with a surface area.
Usability: a CBD patch is a pretty good all-rounder. Although designed to target muscle and joint soreness, the CBD will still be beneficial to your whole body. Another bonus – studies16 show that transdermal medications affect more than just a localized area. By entering the bloodstream, the medication can be transported around the body. So if you’re feeling stressed or anxious, place a patch over the inside of your wrists, for a short-cut route into your bloodstream.
Durability: We can’t speak on behalf of all CBD Patches in the world. But we can attest that Specktra’s Patch will give you 96 hours of relief if stuck on well to clean, dry skin.
Simplicity: Everyone’s stuck a plaster on a wound before, right? It’s pretty much foolproof – and a CBD Patch is no different. If you’re really struggling, we’ve even included instructions on the back of the packet.
How Does It Work?
CBD patches are by no means the only way to use CBD topically. Creams, salves, and balms can also work well.
But they can be messy, and they need to be reapplied pretty often.
If you’re set on one of these options though, the good news is that CBD can still do its job.
How does CBD pass through the skin but topical products do not, you may ask?
There’s a lot of science stuff to this. Most of it comes down to the CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptors we mentioned earlier. They have been found in the skin17, meaning skin is receptive to CBD and can transfer it as needed.
Our patches are transdermal – and we think this gives them the best of both worlds. By applying CBD as a topical patch on an area of pain, you’re providing runway lights for the CBD to travel down.
Thanks to its transdermal properties, the CBD is able to get to the area that needs attention. The compound doesn’t have to traipse around your whole body to figure out what exactly it should be working on. But some CBD will still make it to your bloodstream, and the rest of your body will benefit.
We’re figuring out new benefits to CBD all the time. So far,no side effects or harmful consequences18 have been found.
Pain Relief – A CBD Patch Might Be The Answer
Most people19are using CBD to combat pain. Whether tired of the side effects of prescribed medication or looking for an alternative, a lot of people are trying CBD.
Nobody likes being in pain. When we take something to reduce pain, we want it to be rapid, and effective.
CBD is still pretty new and not FDA monitored (yet), so dosage is not yet tried and tested. We recommend experimenting with dosages and different methods to find which option works best for you.
However – if you want the best payoff, a CBD Patch is the way to go.
When you ingest CBD, it must pass through your liver, stomach, and lungs before entering the bloodstream. Cannabinoids are broken down in all these locations, reducing the bioavailability of CBD20 and its effectiveness.
When taken via transdermal methods, your body is able to enjoy the full effects of your CBD dose.
This Makes a CBD Patch a Great Option for Athletes
Athletes repeatedly put their bodies under extreme duress and often need a rapid and effective method of recovery.
Pretty sure we mentioned those two words not 10 sentences ago!
Athletes have a lot to benefit from using CBD Patches. At the end of the day, there’s nothing to lose. CBD has no harmful side effects21. Even skeptics are changing their minds after reading testimonials22 and trying CBD for themselves, and even the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency USADA23 allows CBD in training and competition.
- CBD interacts with receptors in the body to affect the endocannabinoid system. It’s not approved by the FDA, and a lot more research is needed to discover the true effects of CBD. But if individual results count for anything – CBD is helping to improve a lot of lives.
- We recommend a CBD Patch as the best option for the transdermal delivery of CBD.
- Not only are they super easy to use, but they’re long-lasting and provide a whole range of benefits.
- CBD Patches are a particularly strong option for hard-working athletes who need to be back in tip-top shape fast.