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How Does a CBD Transdermal Patch Work?

Topicals are some of the most popular CBD products in the market today. With many brands making their way onto top retailer shelves, CBD topicals seem to be taking the world by storm.

But topicals are not reduced to creams and salves. CBD transdermal patches have slowly claimed their place in the homes of frequent CBD consumers. However, they are not the most popular CBD products in the world.

For this reason, there is a great deal of confusion around CBD transdermal patches. A mess that we intend to clear up with this article. Answering questions like what a CBD transdermal patch is and how it works.


What Is a CBD Transdermal Patch?

Do CBD Transdermal Patches Work?

How do CBD Transdermal Patches Work?

How to Use a CBD Transdermal Patch

What Is a CBD Transdermal Patch?

CBD transdermal patches are pieces of cloth that contain an accurate dose of CBD. The idea behind CBD transdermal patches is to release CBD slowly into the bloodstream as it is absorbed through the skin.

Unlike other topicals like CBD creams and salves, CBD transdermal patches are designed for total absorption. While traditional CBD topicals are limited to superficial action, transdermal patches claim to be absorbed through to the bloodstream. Allowing for a more suitable option for applications like pain relief.


Some products like Revival CBD Therapy Transdermal Cream are formulated to work as transdermal CBD products as well. Even though they do not come in patch form.

Like with any CBD product, the benefits and effects of CBD transdermal patches are yet to be conclusively proven. So we strongly urge you to consult a licensed physician before using CBD in any form. And because the effectiveness of CBD is not conclusively proven for some of the applications advertised, it is highly recommended to listen to your doctor and not take this piece of content as medical advice.

This is a great segway into our next segment and exploring exactly how effective CBD transdermal patches are.

Do CBD Transdermal Patches Work?

Cannabinoid delivery systems have been a critical subject for a while now. Because cannabinoids like CBD can be ingested in so many different ways, it has become incredibly important to understand just how effective each one of them is.

Transdermal applications like patches have been developed as a  solution to the low bioavailability of oral administration [1].

When you take cannabinoids orally, regardless of whether it’s CBD, THC, or any others, the molecules of the substance have to go through the entire digestive system. Once the cannabinoids get to the liver and gut, they go through a process called first pass metabolism. This process breaks down the cannabinoid molecules, allowing only a portion of the ingested substance to reach the bloodstream while the rest is excreted via the kidneys [2].

Unlike oral ingestion, the transdermal application of CBD makes it so the cannabinoid does not have to go through this process. As a result, transdermal application potentially provides a higher bioavailability of the cannabinoid in the body. This ultimately means that a larger portion of the CBD ingested reaches the bloodstream and potentially increases the product’s effectiveness. In some cases, this is also a synonym of a faster onset.

In addition to these advantages over other delivery methods, most CBD patches are also designed to remain attached to the skin for several days. Because they can be applied directly to the skin, just like other topicals, they also target a specific part of the body.

On Hemmfy.com you’ll be able to find a variety of transdermal CBD products to choose from. Including lotions, patches, and creams.

Some studies have shown that CBD taken in transdermal applications may promote muscle relaxation and relief from chronic pain [3]. But as discussed before, the amount of research available on the subject is extremely limited.

How do CBD Transdermal Patches Work?

Regardless of the amount of specific work done on CBD transdermal patches, one thing is how effective CBD transdermal patches are, another very different thing is the science behind how they work.

One thing is clear, CBD transdermal patches contain CBD, and depending on the hemp extract they use in their formula they could also contain other cannabinoids. From a purely functional perspective, they work similarly to how nicotine patches do. 

CBD Transdermal Patch

By applying it onto the skin, the contents of the patch are delivered quickly to the area of the body where the patch sits. The CBD will then make its way to the bloodstream, entirely bypassing the digestive tract [1].

Unlike CBD creams and salves, CBD patches stay on your skin for a long time and release the product slowly. Because creams tend to recede, you have to constantly re-apply product to the affected area. Patches a longer delivery period where the body steadily receives CBD throughout the day and the user doesn’t have to be constantly re-applying the product.

Because penetrating the skin is still difficult, some CBD transdermal patches might come dosed with a permeation enhancer that allows the substance to penetrate the skin more effectively.

How to Use a CBD Transdermal Patch

It’s extremely easy to use a CBD transdermal patch. The first step is to locate the affected area on the body. Cleaning and drying the affected area is always a good idea to ensure a good CBD patch placement. The larger the area of the skin where the patch goes makes it easier for it to remain attached to it. Once you’ve located, cleaned, and dried the area, place the patch on top of it and go about your day as usual.


A CBD transdermal patch is often a piece of cloth dosed with CBD and designed to latch onto the skin for several days. Transdermal patches are a topical product option that provides a slower release and deeper penetration than traditional CBD topicals.

CBD transdermal patches work by entering the body through the skin on the affected area and penetrating all the way to the bloodstream. When taken this way, CBD completely bypasses the intestinal tract and therefore results in higher bioavailability than edibles.

Hemmfy articles and blogs are meant to entertain and educate. However, we are not medical professionals and do not intend to give medical advice through them.

The knowledge around CBD and other cannabis-derived products is growing and constantly changing, as does their legal status. Hence, we recommend checking with your local authorities and a licensed physician prior to consumption.


[1] Bruni, N., della Pepa, C., Oliaro-Bosso, S., Pessione, E., Gastaldi, D., & Dosio, F. (2018b). Cannabinoid Delivery Systems for Pain and Inflammation Treatment. Molecules, 23(10), 2478. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules23102478

[2] Millar, S. A., Stone, N. L., Yates, A. S., & O’Sullivan, S. E. (2018b). A Systematic Review on the Pharmacokinetics of Cannabidiol in Humans. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 9. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2018.01365

[3] Eskander, J. P. (2020). Cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment of acute and chronic back pain: A case series and literature review. PubMed. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32421842/

Simon Cartagena

Simon Cartagena is a full-time cannabis copywriter. This has led him to write for companies like Hemmfy.com where he acts as Senior Content Writer and other world-renowned cannabis publications. Simon has created Content Marketing strategies and articles that have helped company revenues increase by up to 1,000%. Simon’s goal is to help people understand cannabis in an industry where misinformation seems to be predominant.