Since CBD has been such a popular health topic all over the media, lately, many of our clients have been peppering us with questions. So it seems useful and necessary to continue to explore this relevant treatment option. CBD is a naturally grown compound with a lot of health claims surrounding it, seemingly positioned as the cure-all for a tremendous number of conditions. CBD (cannabidiol) interacts with our body’s own endocannabinoid system, which is involved in several physiological processes including pain sensation, mood, memory, energy, appetite, and metabolism. When CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, it balances and regulates the body as a whole, leading to decreased inflammation, anxiety, and pain; reduced nausea and other side effects associated with cancer treatments; improved sleep, balance and mood; alleviated seizure activity; neuroprotection (beneficial for Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis (MS), and Parkinson’s); improved cardiovascular health; and even acne abatement.
There’s a great deal of research to back up CBD’s therapeutic applications: 25,000 published articles on cannabinoids (chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant that includes CBD and THC) on PubMed and 2,500 published articles on cannabidiol (CBD) on PubMed.
CBD offers a myriad of health benefits once it enters the bloodstream. Getting it into the bloodstream is fairly simple, methods can include tinctures, sublingual (under the tongue), pills, edibles, inhaling by smoking hemp flowers, vaping, rectal or vaginal suppositories, and transdermal patches. All of these methods have their benefits. I find transdermal patches are a simple and effective from of topical application. These patches have permeability enhancers that allow the CBD to be absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Place these patches on areas of thin skin where blood vessels are closest to the skin’s surface, like the inner wrist and ankles. Naturally fattier areas of the body, such as the buttocks, thighs, and hips, are far less effective and application to these areas will decrease CBD’s bioavailability.
Transdermal patches can be more expensive, but they can also allow a more complete CBD absorption into the bloodstream. They come in different strengths. Transdermal patches deliver CBD over a longer period of time. For example, Mary’s Nutritional transdermal elite patches last 8-12 hours and Pure Ratio’s transdermal patch last 96 hours– 4 whole days! Transdermal patches bypass the lungs, liver, and stomach, so CBD goes directly into the bloodstream thereby also bypassing the Cytochrome P450 pathway, which is involved in the metabolism of many pharmaceuticals. To avoid drug-herb interactions, bypassing this pathway can be important.
Transdermal patches are versatile and easy to use. They are particularly effective for headaches, back pain, menstrual cramps, and anxiety. These patches are amazing!
Acupuncturist, herbalist, Maya abdominal practitioner, and reflexologist Christina Morris is the founder of Element Natural Healing Arts. Writing about health and wellness gives her an outlet to express her care and concern for her beloved community. She believes everyone can achieve better health and happiness–emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually.