Marijuana can be consumed in a number of different ways. You can smoke it, vape it, turn it into edibles and many more. But there is one way that could be far more popular in the future: Transdermal patches.

Transdermals are patches infused with THC and/or CBD that are applied to a veinous area on the body and delivers those ingredients into the user's body. They work the same ways as nicotine patches work for people trying to quit smoking. They're often more effective than other consumption methods such as edibles because the bloodstream easily absorbs the cannabis compound from the skin. They also tend to last longer than other methods as well.

There are several reasons for people to choose patches over other methods. Besides being faster and acting longer, It's also far more discreet, takes less time to prepare and comes in specific doses so you're not estimating how much THC or CBD you're actually consuming.

There are some downsides to patches as well. Because they're often in limited quantities, they can be more expensive than just purchasing edibles or marijuana itself. And the process to convert cannabis into transdermal patches often destroys the plant's aromatic properties, which is very important to some users. 

Some popular brands of transdermal patches are Mary's Medicinals and Pure Ratios. They usually cost $15 to $20 per patch.

We often hear about people who don't want to smoke marijuana but are interested in trying the drug. Usually this means they opt-in for edible products. But considering patches are more fast-acting, they could become a more popular options for people looking for an alternative to smoking.

(h/t Green State)