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Transdermal

Transdermal absorption is a way of taking in medicine through the skin, rather than ingesting or inhaling. Unlike topicals, which are designed to impact the skin and local area it is applied to, transdermal options are designed to absorb through the skin into your bloodstream for effects. Cannabis brands offer transdermal patches and creams which can be applied directly to the skin. 

“I want to try a transdermal patch for my back pain.”

“Myrcene helps improve the transdermal absorption of cannabis.”

What are transdermal options? 

Transdermal absorption is a way of taking in medicine through the skin, rather than ingesting or inhaling. Unlike topicals, which are designed to impact the skin and local area it is applied to, transdermal options, such as patches or creams, are designed to absorb through the skin into your bloodstream for effects. 

While there are a variety of medications that utilize the transdermal route of administration, there are also transdermal cannabis options. 

How do transdermal medications work?

Not all chemicals are capable of freely passing through the skin to make their way to the bloodstream. So, transdermal options usually require a specialized blend of chemicals, usually oils, which allow medicine like cannabinoids in cannabis to permeate through or between cells. 

How do you use transdermal options? 

How to use a transdermal option may vary depending on the particular product, so always be sure to check the instructions before use. Transdermal patches usually require the consumer to place the patch on skin and leave it there throughout the day for ongoing effects. Transdermal creams and lotions usually require you to rub the cream into skin for direct absorption.