Medical Marijuana

Product Review: Mary’s Medicinals Transdermal Patch - WeedistI think at this point we’ve just about seen it all. As we’ve written about many times here on Weedist, marijuana infused edibles have gone from your basic pot brownies to much, much more. The past few years of medical marijuana sales in medical states around the country have produced not only chocolates, infused olive oil, and breath strips, but Colorado is now also home to a medical patch; and it’s awesome.

Mary’s Medicinals is currently making a patch that can be applied just like a nicotine or birth control patch. Designed to last up to 12 hours, each transdermal patch has 10 mg of cannabis. The best part is just how many options are available. There are 6 different cannabinoid mixes available: THCa, THC Indica, THC Sativa, THC Hybrid, CBD, and CBN. The CBN and indica are, as expected, more for sleep and nighttime, while the sativa is for active daytime use.

I have (so far) tried the sativa and the hybrid, which is a 1:1 ratio of CBD and THC. Though only 10 mg, the cannabis gets into your bloodstream directly through the skin and is concentrated differently; this is why they recommend putting the patch on a veiny area like the wrist or ankle. The patch is thin and easy to use, as well as comfortable enough that I didn’t notice it at all after I first put it on, and it didn’t hurt when I took it off the next day.

Just put it on and medicate!

Just put it on and medicate!

The CBD/THC mixture is awesome; very relaxing but not drowsy and feels overall incredible. The effect is similar to an edible in that it does take about an hour to start coming on, but unlike most food it lasts much longer since the patches are designed to slowly transfer cannabis into the body. I started to feel the maximum effect at about 3 or 4 hours, and it lasted until I went to bed, feeling incredible. Several days later I tried the sativa version during the day on a day off, and it had a very nice and zippy feeling without being too overwhelming.

The patch is natural and based in the true medicinal benefits of cannabis. I have not yet seen these available for recreational, though it’s only a matter of time. Retailing at around $18, these are a bit steep compared to other edibles on paper, but the long-lasting time-released effect is really something special. I can especially see the benefit for medical patients who need something for serious, chronic pain. Colorado medical marijuana patients should definitely consider these transdermal patches and experience the future of edibles.

9 comments
Jackson50
Jackson50

This product DOES NOT WORK AND IS NOT ALL NATURAL! MARYS MEDICINALS IS GOING TO BE SUED FROM ALL THE PERMANENT SKIN DAMAGE IT HAS CAUSED! THE KAVIC DUDE BELOW IS RIGHT, ITS A DANGEROUS THING! It has nothing but chemicals in.... To your homework, there founders are nothing but two pot smoking woman who have zero knowledge of transdermals and now call them selves "EXPERTS" my wife has severe dermatitis from their CBD patch. 

LauraEricksonSmith
LauraEricksonSmith

I am an oncology nurse and this has helped many patients live without narcotics. With that being said, the dermatitis is most likely caused by the adhesive on the patch. A patient is more likely to be allergic to adhesives than the medicine itself.

Don't waste your time trying to find a lawyer to help you. Sorry to say but adhesive sensitivities are very common.

Kavic Rason
Kavic Rason

It's a matter of a chemistry/math word problem.  Yikes ;-)


If you know the potency of the oil you are using, say 70% THC (from a lab test) then you know that for a gram of that oil you have 700mg of THC.  If you mix that into a known amount of DMSO/gel (with aloe is great as DMSO can be a minor irritant) you can simply divide the total mg's by the total amount of the gel, say an 100g, then you will know how many mg of THC you have per gram of your gel mixture.  


But really the key to any good DIY citizen science project is to keep notes and take it as you go.  Remember, your first hand experience is "empirical" data, my advice unfortunately isn't, because empirical means "first hand".  Try any given formula, see how that works for you, and simply adjust from there.  


I wish you the best in your pursuit of natural cannabis based relief!

highaltituderun
highaltituderun

You're not very well versed in your marijuana sir.

One gram of 70% THC oil does not equate to 700Mg of THC.

Here's the actual chart:

One oz of flower is equal to:::

800Mg THC(8 100mg servings edibles)

8 grams of concentrates(budder, shatter, wax etc)

Smoke some animal cookies. Hash plant too. And green crack.

Allan Frankel
Allan Frankel

@highaltituderun


I am afraid you are comparing oil dosing to flower dosing. I have been in the cannabis industry for 11 years, following nearly 25 years of medical practice, which includes things like chemistry.


On average, a THC oil does in fact contain around 700 mg. Sometimes a bit less and sometimes a bit more. 70% IS 700/1000. The % THC or CBD in oil falls around 700 mg/gram because with all currently used extraction techniques, there is around 30% of waxes, terpenes, flavonoids, minor cannabinoids. These are in part removed with any extraction, but if the extraction is a typical one, it is in fact 700 mg. If the oil is a 1:1 oil, CBD:THC, there will be 350 mg of each CBD and THC. This is only changed if the extraction is way too intense with regard to temperature and pressure. People can "purify" the oil to be close to 100% THC or CBD. This is not as valuable as a medicine, but it can looks great.

highaltituderun
highaltituderun

@Allan frankel thank you for your entesive research in the field of medicinal cannabis. Thank you for helping people to see the benefits of this amazing drug. Thanks for the info.

polesawguy
polesawguy

what is the ratio mix of rso with non aloe vera dmso to obtain these cost savings and how would you accurately mix some up. I'm intrigued by this. thank you for posting.

polesawguy/steve

Kavic Rason
Kavic Rason

I developed this patch as an R and D contractor.  It is not at all natural.  It is highly synthetic and care should be taken to always clean the area that it is to be applied to or environmental toxins such as perfumes, soap residues, or even lead from car exhaust deposited on the skin will be immediately transmitted into the bloodstream along with the phyto-cannabinoids.  

Kavic Rason
Kavic Rason

In terms of cost effectiveness, if one gram of RSO or other cannabis concentrate can be mixed with DMSO or even DMSO gel available online or in health food stores.  This way one gram of concentrate containing approx 700mg of THC, etc can be had for less than 100 bucks, instead of nearly $1000 for 10mg patches contining the same amount of medicine.  


Just take care to clean the area with alcohol only (no soap) and cover the dab of concentrate/DMSO mix with a plastic made for chemical resistance, like teflon sheet (available on amazon, etc).