Already, you can find that CBD is being added to just about anything from drinks, foods to soaps. But do you know which is best for you? With so many different ways to get CBD into your body, in this article we’ll discuss the difference between Topical and Transdermal delivery systems.
Topical CBD Products
CBD lotions, salves and balms are available from many CBD companies. These topicals make up most of the market today. Topicals are applied to the skin but they only work ON the skin. They generally work on the top 3 layers of the skin, it’s surrounding area, and that’s it. Topical CBD products do not penetrate THROUGH the skin, nor does any of the CBD get into the bloodstream.
Transdermal CBD Products
Transdermal CBD products are different. These are products also applied to the skin but they actually absorb into and penetrate through the skin. Some of the CBD will then enter your bloodstream and the CBD is delivered deeper into muscle tissues for a localized effect.
Why are Transdermal CBD Patches Superior?
Typical transdermal CBD products being used today are in the form of CBD patches. These patches use special emulsifiers and chemical compounds to make a CBD product transdermal which is also why they tend to be more expensive. But because transdermal CBD works locally and also gets into the bloodstream, CBD from patches are able to reach other parts of the body. So, it’s not uncommon to apply some transdermal CBD patch to the back of the neck, for example, to get some relief for a migraine.
Higher Bioavailability of Transdermal CBD Dosing
It’s also important to note transdermal CBD products tend to be touted as extremely high in bioavailability. An 8mg patch may deliver as much medicine to the bloodstream as an 64mg edible dose which must pass through your digestive system where alot of it is lost and not used by your body. By definition, when a medication is administered intravenously, its bioavailability is 100%, and the transdermal delivery system delivers medicine to the veins, so it is considered the same as intravenous administration.