Mary’s Medicinals THC Transdermal Patch Review

NAME: Mary’s Medicinals THC Transdermal Patch



OVERVIEW: There are so many different ways to tap into the medicinal properties of cannabis, and Mary’s Medicinals recently introduced me to a new method, with their THC transdermal patches.  The patches easily stick to your skin, are quite flexible, and come in packs of 3 in the following varieties: THCa, THC Indica, THC Sativa, THC Hybrid, CBD, & CBN.  They’re great for pain, anxiety, muscle spasms, nausea, insomnia and loss of appetite.

PERSONAL COMMENTS: I opted to test out the THC Indica patches, slapped one on each wrist (to counterbalance my size and tolerance), and the initial 30 minutes it takes for them to kick in had passed as I waited in between meals.  It wasn’t until about an hour and a half into my review that I felt a warmth come over me, and a tingling sensation move through my arms and chest.  But it took me 2 hours to realize that I wasn’t feeling any soreness in my legs or feet, from all the running I had be doing recently.  I didn’t feel “high” at all, but my right knee was sore earlier in the day, before I had even gone on my run, but yet I wasn’t feeling it anymore.  And by two and a half hours into the review, I realized my back wasn’t hurting at all, even though I usually have a dull pain in my back whenever I sit at the computer for too long.

About 3 hours later, I started yawning for no reason, then another half hour passed before I started noticing the dull pain in my back creeping up on me from behind.  So, even though the patches appear to have started to lose their effectiveness about three and a half hours after application, I was still calm, happy, and not feeling any pain from my runs, close to 4 and a half hours after I first put them on my wrists.  So, that makes me think the patches were still doing their job, and that fell right in line with the 4+ hours the packaging mentioned.  And after about 5 and a half hours into my review, I could tell that the patches weren’t helping out with much of the pain anymore, in my legs nor in my back.

OVERALL: I think these patches would be great for someone who is looking for relief from pain, anxiety, muscle spasms, nausea, insomnia or loss of appetite, but doesn’t want to get high.  They helped me with my pain for most of the day, and each patch only costs around $8 a piece, thanks to the fact that they come in packs of 3.  But the reason I didn’t give these THC patches a higher rating is because there is room for improvement with this product.

You’re required to peel off a clear plastic covering, before you can stick the patch to your skin, but it’s quite hard to get ahold of to initiate the peeling process.  And if you’re using patches like these to help with pain in your joints, you may have a really hard time removing the plastic covering, unless they added a big tab for you to start peeling back that layer.  And for bigger people like myself, it might be nice if the patches came in doses larger than 10mg per patch, so that we don’t have to use more than one at once.  It might even be nice if they were a different shape, with some kind of design printed on the back, so that we don’t have to walk around with giant, peach-colored rectangles stuck to our bodies all day.  And lastly, it’s nice that they include an alcohol swab to clean your skin before applying the patch, but a citrus cleaning pad would also be a helpful addition, to help with cleaning the sticky residue off your skin without causing the mild irritation that both my sister and I noticed upon removing the patches.  We both had red marks on our wrists for quite some time, since the patches cling to skin so well.

But even after weaving through all those cons, if I had a continual pain that needed subdued I wouldn’t be against buying a few more packs of these patches to apply to the most hairless parts of my body.  Products like these truly bring out the medicinal properties of cannabis, and I enjoyed being pain-free as I explored new options in this exciting industry.  And if you’d like to try these out yourself, check out their handy guide to help you decide which patches will be best for you…

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  1. Brenda Harmuth February 18, 2017 at 15:22

    Where can I order the pst he’s with TCH I just got the CBC ones. Wonderful. But do you all have t h and cvs patches combined. Thank you so much.

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  3. Kavic Rason October 4, 2014 at 14:29

    I developed this product as a Research and Development Contractor for Mary’s Medicinals when they were in the startup phase. I have two major concerns that I would like to share with the community.

    1) Cost. The patches cost almost 20 bucks for a 20mg dose. This is the most expensive product on the market per mg of medicine. Using two per day would result in a monthly cost of 600/month. However if a patient does wish to medicate transdermally, they can do this much cheaper by simply mixing some cannabis oil (whichever types works best for you) with some DMSO or DMSO gel, easily available in health food stores or online.

    2) Safety. All transdermal medication, cannabis or not requires a great deal of care to assure safety. This is because the very strong chemical agents required to chance the structure of the skin from it’s natural state as a barrier against toxins and pathogens so that the medicine, THC, CBD, Nicotine, etc, also works to allow toxins like lead from pollution, or soap residues, perfumes, and germs to enter the bloodstream as well, just like an IV without the needle. Hence the RX nature of all regulated transdermal products. Mary’s simply avoided this regulation because the FDA does not yet cover cannabis products. So there is zero oversight.

    1. Wookwok October 6, 2014 at 21:04

      Good to hear from you, Kavic!

      They are a bit pricey, and they probably should allow people to buy them in bulk at a discount, but I’m sure they could get the same kind of results with DMSO (I’ve used this stuff for other medicines and it works great – even though there’s a weird smell/taste), or just a cheaper cannabis-infused salve.
      But I’m glad you alerted the readers to the possible dangers of letting other things into their bloodstream that they don’t want in there. That being the case, I’d recommend cleaning the location you want to put the patch with an organic soap, and then rinsing the area with fresh water once you take it off. I’m not sure how long after you take the patch off that it’d take your skin to revert back to being a barrier, but hopefully no one runs into any ill effects from using these patches.

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