How To Make CBD Patches For Pain

An easy, no-fuss, do-it-yourself recipe for CBD patches

Looking to treat pain and inflammation with CBD? There are many ways in which you can consume CBD to deliver pain relief. From smoking or vaping, to edibles and ointments, as well as everything in between. But what about transdermal patches? 

CBD transdermal patches offer a great way to relieve pain topically, by delivering a metered dose over a long period of time. In fact, transdermal patches offer a discreet way to get CBD into the body for a longer duration than smoking, vaping, or edibles. They work just like nicotine or birth control patches, giving you the ability to provide your own pain relief.

Transdermal patches differ from ointments, creams and lotions, in that they deliver cannabinoids directly to the bloodstream, instead of just treating a specific area. Because they have high bioavailability, they enable to body to absorb the cannabinoids at a much faster rate. Which is just what you’re looking for if you’re suffering from chronic pain.

How Do Transdermal Patches Work?

Your skin comes with its own natural defense system, keeping harmful elements from the environment at bay, like toxins and microbes. A transdermal patch gets around this by using a CBD-infused organic gel. It contains solvents like alcohols, which work as carriers to facilitate the movement of the cannabinoids into your body. 

Once the patch is adhered to the skin, the CBD extract begins to absorb into the bloodstream. How fast that happens depends on where you attach the patch on your body. In order to ensure a quick rate of absorption, place the CBD patch over a venous portion of the body — like the inside of your elbow or wrist. 

However, if you are taking other medications, you may want to find out how they interact with CBD. Transdermal delivery bypasses the lungs and stomach, sending CBD right into your bloodstream. And it’s worth noting, CBD patches won’t get you high — but you may experience dry mouth as a side effect.

Benefits and Drawbacks of DIY CBD Patches

There are many benefits to using CBD patches, aside from its discreet quality and ability to quickly deliver cannabinoids to the body over a long period of time. Transdermal patches offer an affordable option for whole-body pain relief, with minimal adverse effects. Like for instance, for some, smoking or vaping cannabis just isn’t an option due to COPD, asthma, or other respiratory issues. 

By applying CBD topically, individuals suffering from chronic pain or anxiety can get quick relief without the negative effects of smoking or vaping, and without the smell. Transdermal patches can offer all-night or all-day relief, with your own body heat activating its delivery. 

Many commercial transdermal CBD patches on the market advertise an exact, metered dosage. When making your own CBD patches, accuracy may be more difficult. So you may want to experiment and see how much CBD, or how little, works best for you. For the purpose of making your own patch, you’ll want to find a high-CBD strain with very little THC. That way, you can maximize your pain relief with as many terpenes and trichomes as possible.

Some of the benefits of CBD patches include:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Pain reliever
  • Anti-spasmodic
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-anxiety
  • Sleep aid
  • Neurocontroller

How to Make Your Own CBD Patches

There are a few different methods out there for making CBD patches. This process can be really complex, or incredibly simple. It all depends on whether or not you choose to make your own gel. As opposed to making your own CBD lotion, salve or oil, concocting a gel for a transdermal patch is a little bit different. Namely, it requires a solvent as mentioned above (like alcohol), in order to deliver the cannabinoids through the barrier of your skin to your bloodstream.

For the purposes of keeping things simple, the below recipe utilizes a pre-made CBD gel. Thanks to the increasing popularity of CBD topicals, CBD-infused gels are easy to come by. They also make the process of putting together your own transdermal patches a whole lot easier. Plus, you can more accurately measure dosing. We recommend finding a gel that contains at least 150 mg of extracted CBD.

As for the patch itself, you can simply use a waterproof bandaid, or a strip of gauze affixed with medical tape. Just consider how long you’ll be wearing your patch, and where you’ll be putting it, and choose the method that best suits your needs.

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Transdermal Patch CBD Recipe

Make your own transdermal CBD patch at home
Prep Time1 hr


  • Waterproof bandaids or gauze
  • Dropper
  • Saucepan
  • Heat-proof bowl


  • 1 ounce CBD-infused gel


  • Fill your saucepan with about an inch of water and bring to a boil.
  • Spoon CBD gel into a heat-proof bowl and place it in mouth of the saucepan.
  • Lower the heat on the burner and stir the gel until it is warm.
  • Take the dropper and pull in the desired amount of gel. Drizzle it onto the underside of a waterproof bandaid.
  • Allow the patch to cool and dry.
  • Place the patch over a venous area of the body, relax and enjoy!

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