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CBD Patches vs. Capsules & Tinctures—Why You Should Try a Patch

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There are lots of different kinds of CBD products on the market. Patches, however, are rarer than tinctures, capsules, and other popular CBD product categories. With less information available, it’s natural to be curious about CBD patches, and this product category offers many unique benefits. CPatch CBX takes the inherent benefits of CBD patches and expands on them with non-hemp cannabinoids—learn about the differences between CBD patches, capsules, and tinctures in this guide.

What are the best kinds of CBD products?

Any CBD product that serves its intended purpose can be considered good, but only the best CBD products offer this non-intoxicating cannabinoid in a new way that no one has ever heard of before. There’s so much we still need to learn about cannabidiol, but the unique benefits of transdermal CBD administration deserve close examination. Let’s take a look at some of the aspects of a good CBD product to better understand why CPatch CBX patches might be the answer:


Also known as absorption rate, bioavailability is the measurement of how much of a substance you can absorb before your body excretes it. The higher the bioavailability of a CBD product, the less of it you have to use, though different products affect the body in different ways.

CBD tinctures and capsules, for instance, have low bioavailability, but they absorb over the space of multiple hours. Any product that delivers the same extended release but with better bioavailability would clearly be superior.


The right CBD product will provide the same results every time. CBD from hemp, however, provides widely varying effects depending on the extraction method used and the attributes of the original hemp crop. Synthesised substances are always more repeatable, which means they are also more dependable.


The CBD industry offers a lot of variety, but that isn’t always a good thing. You don’t want there to be fluctuations in hemp purity between various CBD products, but that’s often the case. Hemp is a bioremediator, which means it’s particularly good at removing toxins from soil.

All those toxins end up in your body, however, if hemp-derived CBD manufacturers don’t take the time and effort necessary to craft pure products. Since it’s derived from molecularly-reconstructed orange peels, the CBD in CPatch CBX has nothing to do with hemp, and it offers better molecular purity.

Conventional CBD extract types

To better understand how different CBD products might affect you differently, we should take a moment to examine the conventional types of CBD extract on the market. Most CBD products are made with an extract of some type, but removing the cannabidiol molecule from hemp is harder than many cannabis entrepreneurs expect.

Full-spectrum hemp CBD extract

In its winterised or distilled form, full-spectrum CBD extract contains the “full spectrum” of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other plant oils that accompany CBD in hemp flower. While full-spectrum CBD may be beneficial in some contexts, it can contain up to 0.3% THC. For people who are trying to distance themselves from cannabis while enjoying everything CBD has to offer, this might be too much of a price to pay.

Broad-spectrum hemp CBD extract

Similar to full-spectrum extract, broad-spectrum CBD is a distilled form of cannabidiol oil with almost all the plant material removed. The result is a translucent, viscous substance that does not contain any levels of THC detected by common drug tests. It still might be possible, however, to detect an occasional THC molecule in even broad-spectrum CBD with the right instruments.

Isolate CBD from hemp

CBD isolate is the cleanest, purest form of CBD developed. Consisting of only the cannabidiol molecule stripped of any other substances, isolated CBD offers reasonable purity and repeatability. The results offered by isolate CBD are still affected by the processes used to make it, and agricultural contaminants from hemp can remain even within isolated CBD molecules.

Is hemp the only source of CBD?

No. Research into synthesised cannabinoids has been underway for decades, and this discipline has finally borne fruit. It’s now possible to synthesise massive quantities of CBD from limonene, a terpene present in hemp, citrus, and many other plants. The synthesised cannabinoid market will surely expand in the coming years, but CPatch CBX will always be the first company to bring non-hemp cannabinoids to the UK and EU market.

CBD patches vs CBD capsules vs CBD tinctures—side by side

You’re now an expert on what makes a good CBD product and the different types and sources of this cannabinoid that are out there. It’s time to compare and contrast three popular CBD product categories to find out which one offers the best benefits:

CBD capsules

Convenient and familiar, CBD capsules are what many consumers reach for at night and take first thing in the morning. How effective are CBD capsules, however, and can you achieve the same extended release with other products?


  • Convenient
  • Delayed release
  • Clear dosing


  • Low absorption rate
  • May contain unnecessary ingredients
  • Bypasses sublingual administration

The bottom line

Here’s some uncharacteristic honesty—CBD capsules are more of a placebo than anything else. They might make you feel better, and they’ll have some impact on your endocannabinoid system. All the while, however, you’re hardly getting any CBD from your capsules due to low bioavailability. Only when you take many more capsules than the manufacturer’s recommended dose can you get the concentration of CBD in your nervous system that will make a difference.

CBD tinctures

Tinctures can be useful and a lot of fun, but they can cause big messes as well. Since you can hold CBD tinctures under your tongue before swallowing, you might get better bioavailability with this product category. At the same time, however, there’s only so much CBD the thin membrane under your tongue can absorb, and all the remaining CBD in your tincture will need to pass through your liver before it reaches your bloodstream.


  • Sublingual (under the tongue) administration provides better bioavailability than oral ingestion
  • Customisable dosing
  • Creative product category with lots of variety


  • Messy packaging
  • Low bioavailability even with sublingual administration
  • Easy to waste accidentally

The bottom line

The main saving grace of CBD tinctures is their easily customisable dosing. Whether you want to take a single drop for homeopathic purposes or you’d rather boost your body with lots of healing CBD, it’s all possible with CBD tinctures. Despite all the hype regarding the increased bioavailability of putting CBD under your tongue, there are no clear data on the actual absorption rate benefits, and remember that every CBD tincture available in the UK and EU is made from hemp, which has inherent risks.

CBD patches

A patch might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of CBD. This product category has recently exploded in popularity, however, as people around the world have become aware of the unique benefits of CBD patches and their fascinating applications. Instead of dumping a bunch of CBD into your endocannabinoid system all at once, patches provide a consistent maintenance dose throughout the day that gets your body used to a balanced approach to CBD.


  • Continuous delayed release
  • Discreet appearance
  • Extremely high bioavailability
  • Dosage control by cutting the patch into smaller pieces


  • Can sometimes leave behind a residue
  • Slow release

The bottom line

Patches offer unique benefits above and beyond other CBD products on the market. As any pharmaceutical engineer knows, the body deals with delayed release the best, and blasting your nervous system with any bioactive substance has risks.

With patches, you simply slap it on and forget about it, and all the while, CBD continues to sink into your system.All that CBD absorbs into your body without passing through the liver, leading to greatly enhanced bioavailability. CBD patches even work while you’re sleeping.

What other types of CBD products are there?

We’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the different CBD products that are on the market, and that’s probably for the best. We don’t really need 300 different brands of CBD gummies—especially if almost all of them contain dangerous, artificial ingredients. Just so you have an idea of what’s out there, though, here are a few of the most popular CBD product categories we haven’t covered yet:

CBD flower

While there’s no CBD product category more natural than CBD flower, hemp nugs are incredibly easy to mix up with a certain illegal drug. For people who aren’t quite ready to associate dank smells and funny looks with non-intoxicating CBD, other product categories might be a better choice.

CBD vape

You can vape CBD oil in vape pens or tabletop vape rigs that you keep at home. Vaping is better for you than smoking, but it isn't clear by how much. As a general rule, it’s probably a good idea to keep as many substances out of your lungs as possible.

CBD edibles

Products with CBD cooked into food are called CBD edibles, but they’re more fun than they are effective and convenient. It’s rare to find a CBD edible with a reasonably high dosage, but you’re paying more for the novelty than anything else.

Why you should try CPatch CBX today

There’s something new in the international cannabis industry—non-hemp cannabinoids. While that term might not mean much right now, cannabinoids from sources other than hemp will be the norm in a few short years. Most people remain stuck with the current state of the market, but you now have the chance to leap into the future with CPatch CBX.

The international CBD industry is new, which is why there’s so much difficulty making sure products are safe and effective. One of the biggest hurdles facing CBD producers, however, is the inherent difficulty of hemp as a crop, which attracts toxins like a magnet.

Liberated from hemp, CBD and the other cannabinoids are free to reach a wider audience than ever before. We’re convinced of the healing power of CBD, and we think it should come with no strings attached—try CPatch CBX today.

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Katie Hipwell - Katie is an AfN Registered Nutritionist (RNutr) with a specialism in food and is Head of Nutrition at Feel. Katie has worked in the food supplement industry for 10 years. She has completed a Master's degree in Human Nutrition and an undergraduate degree in BSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition.
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