Top 10 Best CBD Patches | October 2020 | CBDnerds

Paul James
Authored: Sep 10, 2020
Updated: Oct 5, 2020
Best CBD Patches

CBD Patches | Best of 2020

In the cannabidiol (CBD) market, tinctures and edibles tend to take the spotlight. While they are great methods to take CBD, there can be times when they are not the best match for your needs. In these cases, it is important to have alternative methods of taking CBD that is more effective.

 

If you struggle with muscle and joint pain, a CBD oil or edibles would not be the most effective methods to take CBD. The reason being that they do not target the specific location of pain. Instead, their effect is felt to a lesser extent spread throughout the body.

 

Topical products, like CBD patches, on the other hand, may be a better solution for you. These CBD patches provide localized pain relief among other positive effects to the areas they are applied to as well as other effects, felt to a lesser extent, throughout the body.

 

With so many CBD brands developing their own CBD patch formulas, it can be hard to decide which product is right for you. That is why we developed a list of our favorite CBD patches currently on the market:

 

Top Ranking CBD Patches

1.) Mary's Nutritionals

Mary's Nutritionals Transdermal Patch

Rating 5/ 5

Extract Type: Full-spectrum

Total CBD Range: 10mg - 300mg

Potency Range: 10mg per patch

Price Range: $7.00 - $120.00

Value ($/mg): $0.40 - $0.70 per mg

THC Content: <0.3%

Lab Report: See Here

Flavor Variations: 1

Potency Variations1

 

Mary’s Nutritionals Pros:

  • Patches are adherent to any location of the body
  • Patches can be purchased in a sample pack with other CBD products

 

Mary’s Nutritionals Cons:

  • Low CBD dosage per patch

 

Mary’s Nutritionals offers a full-spectrum hemp patch that lasts 8-12 hours, and sometimes longer. Many promote this patch for its ability to stick to any part of the body and stay there throughout the duration of its effects.

 

Unfortunately, these patches contain a rather low amount of CBD. For that reason, they may only be truly effective for those struggling with mild pain. If you are taking CBD to help you with chronic pain, you may find a patch with 30-50mg or higher to be more suitable.

 

On the plus side, Mary’s Nutritionals offer several other CBD topical products - including CBD beauty products. If you are interested in trying out these CBD patches alongside other CBD topicals, the company offers a sample pack of products for just $30.00.

 

2.) Pure Ratios

Pure Ratios Transdermal Reservoir Patches

Rating 4/ 5

Extract Type: Full-spectrum

Total CBD Range: 40mg -  200mg

Potency Range: 40mg per patch

Price Range: $18.00 - $75.00

Value ($/mg): $0.37 - $0.45 per mg

THC Content: <0.3%

Lab Report: On individual product's page

Flavor Variations: 1

Potency Variations1

 

Pure Ratios Pros:

  • Long-lasting relief (up to 96 hours)
  • Hypoallergenic and waterproof
  • Can be purchased in a 5-pack to help you save

 

Pure Ratios Cons:

  • Cannot view ingredients without a Shopify account

 

Pure Ratios is a distinct CBD brand as all their products are CBD topicals. With a focus on such products, they have the ability to develop and craft some truly amazing pain relievers, including their hemp extract transdermal patch.

 

Each of these patches comes with a rich 40mg of full-spectrum CBD that lasts upwards of 96 hours. According to reviews on Pure Ratio’s website, these patches are great for intense pains. One user even suggested cutting it up in order to get more use out of each purchase.

 

Luckily, if you end up enjoying how these CBD patches work, you can purchase them in a 5-pack for $75.00. This is a much better deal (comes out to only $0.37 per mg of hemp extract). Furthermore, Pure Ratios also offers a subscription service that allows you to save 15% with each purchase.

 

3.) CBD Living

CBD Living Patch Topical Reservoir

Rating 3.5/ 5

Extract Type: Broad-spectrum

Total CBD Range: 60mg

Potency Range: 60mg per patch

Price Range: $15.00

Value ($/mg): $0.25 per mg

THC Content: 0.0%

Lab Report: See Here

Flavor Variations: 1

Potency Variations1

 

CBD Living Pros:

  • High dosage of CBD per patch (60mg)
  • Each patch lasts up to 4 days
  • Uses nano extraction technology to increase bioavailability of CBD

 

CBD Living Cons:

  • No bundles available for these patches

 

CBD Living’s nano hemp transdermal patch is one of the strongest patches on our list. Each patch is made with 60mg of broad-spectrum hemp extract – this means that there is absolutely no THC within any of these patches.

 

According to reviews on CBD Living’s website, these CBD patches have helped some users with pain to a greater extent than some prescription medications. Other users have even reported that it aided some women suffering from endometriosis better-manage their symptoms and associated pains. Considering these patches are both waterproof and last upwards of 96 hours, their effective relief can be expected to last over a long period of time.

 

The only downside to these patches is that you can only purchase one at a time (for $15.00). If you find yourself in need of these patches on a regular basis, this may become an inconvenience. However, in order to get more out of each purchase, you can cut up these patches and use a single smaller piece at a time – stretching out the duration of a single patch purchase.

 

4.) Binger Labs

Binger Labs CBD Sports Patch

Rating 3.5/ 5

Extract Type: Isolate

Total CBD Range: 120mg - 240mg

Potency Range: 30mg - 60mg per patch

Price Range: $45.95 - $64.95

Value ($/mg): $0.27 - $0.38 per mg

THC Content: 0.0%

Lab Report: None

Flavor Variations: 3

Potency Variations2

 

Binger Labs Pros:

  • 3 different patches for 3 different uses
  • Patches contain multiple beneficial ingredients
  • Patches last up to 48 hours

 

Binger Labs Cons:

  • No certificate of analysis available

 

Binger Labs stand apart from the other companies on this list as all they specialize in is CBD topicals. As a part of their CBD topical product line, they offer 3 different patch kinds for 3 specific use cases.

 

The first is a CBD Cycle Patch meant to help with pain felt during the menstrual cycle. Through combining 30mg of CBD isolate with a touch of menthol, these patches can help alleviate cramps and body aches.

 

They also offer the CBD Sport’s patch which is the strongest of their products. Containing 60mg of CBD per patch, these are great for combatting inflammation associated with chronic pain or post-workout aches.

 

Finally, Binger Labs also offer a CBD Strength Patch containing 40mg of CBD per patch, and this type of patch is meant to act as a natural anti-inflammatory.

 

The only downside to Binger Labs is that they do not offer a certificate of analysis for their products. If you’re interested in their products but concerned over their lack of lab reports, we suggest contacting them at info@bingerconsult.com.

 

5.) Hemp Bombs

Hemp Bombs Sleep CBD Patches

Rating 3.5/ 5

Extract Type: Isolate

Total CBD Range: 100mg

Potency Range: 25mg - 50mg per patch

Price Range: $24.99

Value ($/mg): $0.24 per mg

THC Content: 0.0%

Lab Report: See Here

Flavor Variations: 2

Potency Variations1

 

Hemp Bombs Pros:

  • Patches come in 2 varieties for 2 use cases
  • Patches last for 8-12 hours
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

 

Hemp Bombs Cons:

  • CBD sleep patches contain a lower dose of CBD than the pain patches

 

Hemp Bombs offer two CBD patches for two different uses, a variety that we find great for those looking into using CBD patches beyond simple pain relief. These patches are also some of the cheaper products on our list (on a per milligram [mg] basis).

 

The first patch they offer is the CBD pain patch which is great at combatting muscle and joint pains. This patch comes with 50mg of CBD per patch and can be purchased in packs of 2 for $24.99.

 

The second is their CBD sleep patch. Each patch is made with 25mg of CBD and a dose of melatonin to help you get to sleep at night. While the purpose of these patches is to help you relax, they are also optimal for fighting muscle and joint pain throughout the night. These can be purchased in packs of 4 for $24.99.

 

6.) Envy CBD

Envy CBD Relief Patches

Rating 3.5/ 5

Extract Type: Full-spectrum

Total CBD Range: 150mg

Potency Range: 50mg per wrap

Price Range: $39.99

Value ($/mg): $0.26 per mg

THC Content: <0.3%

Lab Report: See Here

Flavor Variations: 1

Potency Variations1

 

Envy CBD Pros:

  • Patches come in a 3-pack
  • Patches made with a unique set of all-natural ingredients, including centella asiatica and polygonum cuspidatum root extract
  • Onset time is 45 minutes to 1 hour and total duration is 4-6 hours

 

Envy CBD Cons:

  • Users have reported an unpleasant smell while using the patch

 

Envy CBD offers a 3-pack of full-spectrum CBD patches - each of which contains a total of 50mg of CBD. According to user reviews on their website, these patches are great for post-workout relief, fighting pain and inflammation, and simply relaxing.

 

While Envy CBD’s patches contain several similar ingredients to other patches on our list, such as menthol, they also incorporate an additional set of all-natural ingredients. For example, each patch contains centella asiatica extract which promotes collagen production, increases new cell growth, and improves blood circulation.

 

Each patch also incorporates polygonum cuspidatum root extract, believed to help decrease oxidative stress and reduce inflammation, and scutellaria baicalensis root extract which is believed to act as a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

 

7.) Nature's Script

Nature's Script Hangover CBD Patches

Rating 3.5/ 5

Extract Type: Full-spectrum

Total CBD Range: 100mg

Potency Range: 25mg - 50mg per patch

Price Range: $19.99 - $24.99

Value ($/mg): $0.19 - $0.24 per mg

THC Content: <0.3%

Lab Report: See Here

Flavor Variations: 3

Potency Variations1

 

Nature’s Script Pros:

  • Patches come in 3 different varieties to help with 3 different ailments
  • Patches last for 8-10 hours

 

Nature's Script Cons:

  • Company has a small social media following

 

Nature’s Script have designed 3 different patches to help with an assortment of ailments: CBD pain patches, CBD sleep patches, and CBD hangover patches.

 

The pain patch is standard as far as CBD patches go. Each patch contains 50mg of full-spectrum hemp extract and can be used for various types of pain and inflammation. According to Nature’s Script’s website, these patches are most effective when applied to the upper arms, wrists, legs, and feet.

 

The sleep patch is unique as it offers a dose of melatonin combined with 25mg of CBD. These are perfect for those looking to generally improve their sleep, as well as those who experience muscle or joint pains that negatively impact their sleep.

 

Nature’s Script’s final patch - CBD hangover patch - is probably their most distinctive. With 25mg of CBD, B-1 and B-2 complex, and Green Tea, these patches are ideal for those who struggle with hangovers. The suggested consumpting time is before going to bed at the end of your night out for the best results in the morning.

 

8.) PureKana

PureKana Transdermal Patches

Rating 3.5/ 5

Extract Type: Full-spectrum

Total CBD Range: 60mg - 180mg

Potency Range: 60mg per patch

Price Range: $17.99 - $48.99

Value ($/mg): $0.27 - $0.29 per mg

THC Content: <0.3%

Lab Report: See Here

Flavor Variations: 1

Potency Variations1

 

PureKana Pros:

  • Single patch can last up to 4 days
  • Can be purchased in a 3-pack for $48.99
  • Waterproof peel-and-stick application

 

PureKana Cons:

  • Products do not ship to Idaho, Wyoming, and South Dakota

 

PureKana take pride in the fact that their CBD transdermal patches are some of the longest-lasting out there (with each patch having a duration of up to 96 hours). Furthermore, these patches can be highly effective as each of them is loaded with 60mg of CBD.

 

PureKana may just offer one of the best CBD patches currently on the market. Each patch is made with a variety of all-natural ingredients - including aloe vera and other essential oils to help with moisturizing the skin. While this makes the patches useful for more than just pain relief, they are also extremely effective at that!

 

If you find yourself enjoying these patches, you can purchase them in a 3-pack to help you save on a per milligram (mg) basis. Each purchase from PureKana also comes with free shipping.

 

9.) RapidCBD

RapidCBD Relief Patch

Rating 2/ 5

Extract Type: Full-spectrum

Total CBD Range: Not mentioned

Potency Range: Not mentioned

Price Range: $14.99

Value ($/mg): Not mentioned

THC Content: <0.3%

Lab Report: Not on website

Flavor Variations: 1

Potency Variations1

 

RapidCBD Pros:

  • Each purchase comes with 2 patches
  • Free shipping on all U.S. orders

 

RapidCBD Cons:

  • The amount of CBD within this product is unspecified
  • No certificate of analysis on website

 

RapidCBD’s Relief Patch is a fast-acting topical pain relief solution. Many have used these CBD patches to help with muscle aches, back pain, arthritis, and joint pain. Through the combination of lidocaine, menthol, and full-spectrum hemp extract, these Relief Patches penetrate the skin deeply and effectively to deliver their effects.

 

The only downside we found to RapidCBD’s Relief Patches is the fact that there is no indication of how much CBD is in each patch. For the users that prefer to be aware of their dosage, these patches might not be ideal. Furthermore, while the website claims these patches are lab tested, we were unable to find any test results on their website.

 

10. Papa & Barkley

Papa & Barkley Releaf Patches

Rating 2/ 5

Extract Type: Full-spectrum

Total CBD Range: 30mg

Potency Range: 30mg per patch

Price Range: Not mentioned (only sold in stores)

Value ($/mg): Not mentioned (only sold in stores)

THC Content: <0.3%

Lab Report: See Here

Flavor Variations: 1

Potency Variations1

 

Papa & Barkley Pros:

  • Offers their patches in CBD or THC combinations
  • High CBD dosage per patch

 

Papa & Barkley Cons:

  • Can only be purchased in select stores
  • Certificate of analysis is only available upon request through help@papaandbarkley.com

 

Papa & Barkley offer a 30mg CBD Releaf Patch that’s infused with menthol and camphor to provide extra pain relief. After a quick and easy application, you can expect this patch to last up to 12 hours. Many have used these patches as a way of fighting inflammation, mobility complications, and muscle soreness.

 

Interestingly, Papa & Barkley also offer a variety of patches that are higher in THC-content. The patches are classified by the ratio of CBD to THC within them. For example, one patch offers a 1:3 CBD to THC ratio and contains a total of 30mg of cannabinoids.

 

The only downside we found to Papa & Barkley’s CBD patches is that they cannot be purchased online. To find the nearest place to purchase these products, we suggest you visit their website to see which stores near you have them for sale.

 

What Are CBD Patches?

If you are familiar with Hot & Icy Patches, then you already have an idea of what CBD patches are. Using an adhesive bandage, each patch sticks to the body, and delivers a certain mix of cannabidiol and other ingredients. Menthol and aloe vera are just two examples of the ingredients that may be added to a CBD patch for enhanced effects.

 

The primary use for CBD patches is to inhibit pain in various areas of the body, specifically muscle and joint pain. As a CBD topical product, CBD patches are ideal for these kinds of pains as they allow you to target specific areas of the body.

 

Since CBD is still administered into the body, these patches can carry positive effects that assist with ailments other than the primary reason for taking them. However, since CBD requires more time to enter the body through this consumption method compared to a tincture or vape, patches may not be the best consumption method for your other needs.

 

How Do CBD Patches Work?

The deliberate design of CBD patches is what helps make them so effective. Each patch contains a high concentration of cannabidiol, and this cannabinoid spreads out of the patch onto other areas when presented the opportunity. Therefore, when you apply the patch to your skin, the CBD contained within it immediately begins to spread onto the skin surface.

 

Once on your skin, the CBD slowly makes its way into your skin and, eventually, your bloodstream, through transdermal delivery. In other consumption methods, CBD and other cannabinoids enter the bloodstream through the lungs and get broken down in the liver and stomach. Since CBD enters your bloodstream directly through your skin when using CBD patches and other topicals, it is believed that this enhances CBD’s bioavailability.

 

CBD holds the potential to help with several ailments, and users report success using it to manage an increasing number of symptoms. Some of the use cases that people have found CBD patches to help with include:

 

  • Alleviating pain
  • Promoting bone growth
  • Promoting better sleep
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Reducing nausea and vomiting
  • Stimulating appetite
  • Suppressing muscle spasms
  • Treating psoriasis

 

While CBD may have therapeutic value in other medical areas, a topical is mostly ideal for certain conditions. If you struggle with an ailment and want to know whether CBD can help you, we suggest doing a bit of research to see if any other users report any success using CBD for it. We also always recommend that you consult your physician prior to medicating with CBD.

 

How to Use CBD Patches

Using a CBD patch is very simple. Simply apply it to the area most affected by the targeted pain and leave it there for as long as possible. While it can be uncomfortable to carry these patches on your body for prolonged periods of time, you get the more benefit out of them the longer you have them on.

 

Each patch's lifecycle will vary depending on the brand you purchase from. Some patches will last for 8 hours while others can go for 96 hours. Be sure to read the description of these products before purchase in order to find one that suits your needs and lifestyle.

 

If you find that you do not need a full patch’s contents in order to get your desired benefit from CBD, one way that can help you save and increase the value of your purchase is cutting up each patch into smaller pieces. Some people have found this to be effective, especially when using patches that contain large amounts of CBD.

 

How Are CBD Patches Made?

CBD patches are made differently depending on the brand you purchase them from. However, across all brands, there are two main types of CBD patches available on the market:

 

  • Matrix Patches - A five-layer patch with the following:
     
    • A peel-off layer to protect CBD and keep it in concentration
    • A “matrix” layer where the CBD is concentrated
    • A separating layer
    • An adhesive layer
    • A protective backing layer
       
  • Reservoir Patches - Reservoir patches contain similar attributes to the matrix patches, and they additionally contain a permeable release membrane. This addition allows manufacturers the ability to control the delivery rate of CBD. When this layer is in place, CBD will usually come out at a steadier, more controlled flow and can last longer.
     

Both types of patches are effective, and we believe that your choice of patch type will come down to personal preference. Some users find that a reservoir patch to be their ideal, while others prefer a matrix patch.

 

Our Criteria for CBD Patches

The CBD industry remains unregulated, and there is an abundance of products on the market making numerous claims of unproven benefits. Therefore, having good criteria is necessary when looking for and purchasing CBD products online. Here are the things we looked for when deciding what our favorited CBD patches were:

 

  • Certificate of Analysis - Most reputable CBD brands are transparent about the safety and quality of their CBD. These brands demonstrate this through third-party lab testing. The results of these tests reveal several aspects about the CBD, such as its cannabinoid count and whether it contains any contaminants.
     
  • Extract Type - CBD comes in three different extract types. To come up with a well-rounded list, we made sure to include products made with the different types. These extract types are:
     
    • Full-Spectrum - Uses all of hemp’s cannabinoids.
    • Broad-Spectrum - Uses all of hemp’s cannabinoids except for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
    • CBD Isolate - Purely cannabidiol and no other cannabinoid.
       
  • Hemp Source - Since CBD comes from the hemp plant, it is important that manufacturers use hemp that is grown in an organic, ethical manner and in line with industry standards for safety and growing methods.
     
  • Ingredients - CBD patches (as well as other CBD topicals) are made using a variety of ingredients. We suggest you look at these ingredients before purchasing to ensure that they are safe for you to consume.
     
  • Potency - Every CBD patch you look at will have a potency that is measured in milligrams (mg). This number will indicate the amount of CBD you are consuming with each patch.

 

Safety and Side Effects of CBD Patches

If you have sensitive skin, you may find that CBD patches can cause irritation. While this isn’t always the case, it is possible that one or more of the ingredients that the CBD patch is made with can trigger or further worsen existing skin irritation.

 

Furthermore, CBD has been known to cause mild side effects in some of its users. While these side effects are rare, they are important to keep in mind and keep an eye out for them:

 

  • Diarrhea
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Reduced appetite

 

Additionally, if you are taking any prescription medication, we strongly recommend consulting your doctor before taking CBD. While rare and unlikely, some pharmaceuticals have been found to negatively interact with CBD.

 

Finally, if you are pregnant or lactating, the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends entirely avoiding CBD. While there aren’t enough conclusive studies describing the long-term effects of CBD on pregnant or lactating users, it is safer to avoid it altogether if you’re in this group.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do CBD Patches Work?

Yes! In fact, CBD patches are more effective than other CBD consumption methods in treating localized muscle and joint pain. The main reason is that they allow you to target specific areas of the body and last for a long period of time.

 

Where Can I Buy CBD Patches Online?

Our list offers the best CBD patches currently available online. While you may come across other patches that you like as you shop for CBD online, we recommend following our criteria when evaluating a potential purchase.

 

Will CBD Patches Get Me High?

CBD patches will NOT get you high. In accordance with the 2018 Farm Bill, all CBD products must contain less than 0.3% THC. This amount is so insignificant, it is highly unlikely you'll experience psychoactive effects. However, there are some patches out there that contain higher amounts of THC (like the Papa & Barkley patch on our list). If you live in an area where recreational cannabis has been legalized, we suggest doing further research into the patch you’re interested in before purchasing to verify its contents.

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