Transdermal patches make it possible to deliver specific cannabinoids in order to target specific problems. When you smoke a joint, you’re getting a whole mix of different cannabinoids. THC patches are probably the most discreet consumption method on the market today. You simply apply the patch to a venous part of your body, like your arm or wrist.
Depending on how long the patch lasts, there’s no need to administer another dose for quite some time. What Are The Specific Physical Benefits Of The THC Patch? Transdermal delivery is a very useful and effective way to get THC into your system. But what are the specific physical benefits you can look forward to? The chief physical benefit of the THC patch is pain relief. If you’re suffering from cancer, a bad back, neuropathy, or other chronic pain, a THC patch may be the solution you’ve been looking for. That’s not to say that the THC you get in your doobie or bong won’t numb the pain too. It’s just that the pain relief comes with a host of other physical “side effects” like euphoria, panic, and intense hunger.
That brings us to the other physical benefits of the THC patch. As mentioned, the THC patch is not as psychoactive as other methods of consumption. You might feel a hint psychotropic effects, but, for the most part, you’ll remain high functioning and productive. One of the seven key stages of getting high (i.e., toking THC) is paranoia. This is the feeling you get when you’re convinced that everyone — and we mean everyone — is out to get you. We’re not saying this paranoia can’t be fun, but if you need pain relief but still have to go to work, that feeling that the world is watching can be a major drag. The slow absorption of the THC in a THC patch keeps paranoia at bay so you can get on with your day. Edibles are a quick, easy, and discreet way to ingest the THC you need, but the dosing can be hit or miss sometimes. One brownie might have you seeing sounds, while the very next brownie might do nothing but add to your waistline. A THC patch delivers an accurate dose all the time, every time. You really can’t say that about most of the common ways to get THC into your system. Have you ever tried to un-smoke a joint or un-drink a cup of weed tea ? Once you’ve toked to the roach or drained your cup dry, you can’t stop the THC from interacting with your body and brain. Barring some pretty drastic measures, you’re on that ride to the end, my friend. But with a THC patch, if you don’t like how you feel, you can easily de-administer your medicine by peeling off the patch. Sure, we probably invented a word there (we’re working on a copyright: De-administer ©), but you get our drift. One of the nice side effects of THC is that it stimulates hunger. This is especially useful for people who are dealing with serious illness and nausea that prevent them from eating (lack of calories can compound an already bad situation). But for some, THC on the brain pushes hunger into uncharted territory. This is called the munchies and can lead to some interesting (and horrifying) meals. A peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, and caramel corn sandwich? You might feel a little hungry — like you haven’t eaten in a few hours — but you won’t be convinced it’s been a week since your last meal. So why exactly does the THC in a THC patch make you slightly hungry but not ravenous?
The question we’re really asking here is, “Why does THC make you hungry in the first place?” Put simply, THC makes you hungry because: It heightens your sense of smell and makes food taste better It increases your craving for carbohydrates (sugar) It produces ghrelin. So you’ll be able to smell food from farther off, and you’ll be more motivated to eat that food because you know it will taste good. You’ll also experience a need for more carbohydrates (sugar) in whatever form you can get them. And, finally, the cannabinoids in your THC patch mimic the endocannabinoids in your body (yes, your body makes its own cannabinoids). Those invader cannabinoids (exogenous cannabinoids if you want to get really fancy) interact with the hypothalamus and cause it to produce ghrelin. First, ghrelin is pronounced with a silent “h.” Second, it’s the stuff that signals your body that you’re low on fuel. So even if you just ate, taking a big ol’ dose of THC can make you feel like you skipped about seven meals. That empty feeling is directly related to the amount of THC you put into your system. With a doobie or a bong (or even an edible), you get a large dose all at once.
That shoves those physical processes — smell, craving, and ghrelin — into overdrive. So your hunger goes from 0 to 100 in a matter of minutes. But with a THC patch, the amount of THC you put into your system is small and steady. So, to extend the metaphor from above, instead of your hunger going into overdrive, it might only hit 5 or 10 miles per hour.