CBD patches: What are they?

by Laura Howarth October 30, 2022

CBD patches: What are they?

Looking for a discreet way to take CBD? We’re excited to announce the launch of our latest addition: CBD patches. Like other popular patches (collagen, nicotine), CBD patches offer a steady release of cannabidiol into the body over 24-36 hours.

CBD patches – CBD Brothers

There are many ways to take CBD, so we’re confident there’s something for everyone. If you have concerns about using an oil or edibles or just want a slow-release method of enjoying your daily serving of cannabidiol, then patches could offer the perfect solution.

A CBD patch is a small sticker that can be placed on the skin. It is infused with cannabinoids which are gradually absorbed into the body transdermally (through the skin to the bloodstream).

CBD patches offer a new way to explore the world of cannabidiol. Rather than taking CBD orally in one serving, you can now take it transdermally, which means a slow release of cannabinoids into your body.

The main benefit of CBD patches over CBD oils or edibles is the slow-release nature of the product. If you find that CBD oil, gummies or capsules make you sleepy, you might have a better experience with patches. This is because it will be absorbed into the body over an extended period.

CBD patches – fast facts

  • CBD patches are small stickers placed on the skin.
  • They are infused with cannabinoids, in this case, CBD.
  • They offer a slow release of cannabinoids into the body.
  • Can be worn for 24-36 hours
  • They are a safe and effective method of delivery.

What are CBD patches?

CBD patches are small stickers that can be placed on the skin. They offer a fixed serving size of CBD which is absorbed through the skin and into the body. It’s also possible to place CBD patches on an affected area to provide targeted delivery.

CBD patches typically contain isolate, rather than full- or broad-spectrum extract. This means that you are only going to get the isolated CBD, rather than a mix of cannabinoids and other beneficial plant compounds. If you would rather have a full-spectrum or broad-spectrum experience, capsules offer a similar slow release.

Why do people use CBD patches?

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People use CBD patches for many of the same reasons they use any other type of CBD product. While CBD is not intended to treat or cure any condition, it can be beneficial for supporting the body to achieve a better overall sense of wellness.

Other benefits of CBD patches include the ability to control your serving size. Each patch contains a clearly defined amount of CBD. This makes it easier to keep track of how much you have taken.

There are also advantages to taking CBD over a prolonged period of time, rather than all at once. When the CBD enters your system at a steady rate over an extended period of time, you can often avoid many of the less desirable side effects associated with CBD use.

It’s also beneficial if you’d like to target your use of CBD to a specific area such as a muscle or joint. If you already use CBD balm for specific complaints, you could consider using CBD patches as an alternative, as this will ensure a steady serving in an effective delivery system.

How do CBD patches work?

Endocannabinoid System

CBD patches are placed on the skin, just like a collagen or a nicotine patch. They are infused with cannabinoids, which can be absorbed into the body through the skin. Patches are intended to be worn for 24-36 hours at a time.

CBD is a cannabinoid that helps to support the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is involved with regulating a wide range of processes throughout the body, including appetite, immune response, pain response, inflammation, and sleep patterns.

While we still don’t fully understand how CBD supports the ECS, it is thought to inhibit an enzyme which breaks down anandamide in the body. Anandamide is an endocannabinoid produced in the brain. It is also known as the “bliss molecule”. With more of it available, the ECS can work more effectively.

How long does it take a CBD patch to work?

24-36 hours

Transdermal patches are a well-established way to get medication into your system, so we know that it is effective for delivering CBD into the bloodstream.

It will typically take around one hour for the CBD to make its way into the body, and this will be a steady stream over 24-36 hours, rather than all at once.

More research is needed to understand if a steady stream of CBD is more beneficial than a single, larger serving. We also don’t know enough about transdermal CBD absorption rates and are instead reliant on information about topical CBD use. While bioavailability for topical CBD could be as high as 45%, this is thought to remain localised.

How long do you keep CBD patches on?

We offer CBD Brothers 15mg cannabidiol patches which are designed to be worn for 24-36 hours. This is how long it will take your body to absorb all the cannabinoids. While you could leave the patch in place, it will stop being effective as time goes on. So, you will need to replace the patch to enjoy a continual intake.

Where's the best place to put a CBD patch?

You can place your CBD patch anywhere on the body, but it makes sense to choose somewhere hair free to ensure better contact with the skin. This will also make it easier to remove when the patch is depleted. You could place it on your wrist, upper arm, inner arm, thigh, back or abdomen. You should also consider your reason for using CBD patches and place the patch accordingly.

Are there any side effects from CBD patches?

There isn’t enough research into CBD patches to know the full extent of the potential side effects, so it’s important to pay close attention to your body and look out for any potential reactions. The most common side effects associated with oral CBD include dry mouth, gastrointestinal discomfort, diarrhoea, or vomiting, changes in appetite and weight and interactions with medication.

Since CBD patches deliver a small serving (ours are 15mg) over an extended period, there is a lower risk of an adverse effect since the CBD won’t enter your system all at once. As this is a transdermal application method, there is the risk that you could be sensitive to the ingredients in the patch. If you have very sensitive skin, you might want to pay close attention to how your skin responds. If you notice any redness or irritation near the site, you should remove the patch and stop using them.


For a novel way to enjoy CBD, consider CBD patches. This unique method offers some considerable advantages, including a fixed serving size and slow absorption. This ensures your body gets a steady supply of cannabinoids, rather than taking a larger amount all at once.

As with any CBD product, it’s important to listen to your body and be aware of the potential for an adverse reaction. With CBD patches, the biggest risk would be of an allergic reaction to the patch, rather than a reaction to the CBD isolate. If you would like any further advice on CBD patches or any other product, feel free to reach out to us using the chat function or via the information on our contact page.

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Laura Howarth
Laura Howarth


Laura Howarth is a specialist CBD author based in Manchester, UK. She is passionate about sharing her love for CBD through educational articles and in-depth guides.

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