Mary’s Medicinals has a line of transdermal gel pens that dispense a gel you rub into your skin. They come in THC Sativa, THC Indica, CBD and CBN. From their website:
“Designed as an accompaniment to our patches, Mary’s transdermal gel pens are the perfect resource for patients managing breakthrough pain, or for creating blended cannabinoid ratios. The light gel is placed directly on the skin and gently rubbed in for rapid relief.“
Note that the gel pens are designed to “boost” the effects of the patches, not necessarily designed to be used on their own. For the purpose of understanding their effects alone first, we have used them alone to create these reviews.
The pens contain 100mg of gel and dispense a 2mg dose with each “click” on the pen. Since they are applied to the skin the effects are often felt almost immediately, although the full effect can take several hours. When I use the gel pens, we feel the effects almost immediately in a mild way, the full effect does usually take up to an hour.
Alton first encountered gel pens when they cured his severe wrist pain (see the post Transdermal CBD Gel Trampled My Pain). We tried both the Sativa and the CBD pens and here is what we found.
Since Alton had a great experience with the CBD pen curing his wrist pain, we have tried it in several different ways to get to understand how it works for me. Since we are just beginning to experiment with this gel, we started by only using single doses (2mg) of the gel. Starting with using a small dose is a smart rule of thumb when trying any new product, especially edibles.
When we have had a mild headache, we have tried rubbing it onto my temples and we feel some relief with 20 minutes. We haven’t had it completely relieve the headache, but it definitely reduces the severity. We occasionally experience cluster headaches which are similar to migraines, so we am curious as to how those will be impacted by the gel and will share that in a future post.
We have also tried the CBD gel rubbed on the back of our neck near our hairline at the base of our skull and on our lower back, hoping it would work a little like a muscle relaxer or pain relief gel. As with the headache, we have felt it make a difference in our discomfort, but we haven’t experienced it completely removing it. As they say, it is great as an accompaniment to patches or other foundational relief.
Images of the front, side and back of the gel pens.
When we first used the Sativa gel, we were surprised at how strong it seemed to be. We felt much more of an impact than we usually do with edibles. For some reason when we first apply the gel (usually to the inside wrist) we get a sensation in our sinuses of them opening up slightly, as if they are draining a bit. This could be down to an increase in blood flow that comes with the application due to either the THC or other ingredients.
After about an hour with a single 2mg dose, we were not feeling the effects more than very mildly, so we applied another dose. Within 30 minutes we could definitely feel the effects. Effects included feeling energetic and heightened senses. We were surprised how much impact just 4mg of the gel pens had, when we usually are using 10mg doses of one of our preferred gummies (See Review: Valhalla Sativa Gummies).
In our experience the effects last at least four hours and usually closer to six hours. As always the effects are impacted by how full or empty your stomach is when you take them and how much you eat or drink. (See our Beginners Guide for tips)
As with the CDB gel pen, we think this product will be the most useful when paired with other items, like the patches or edibles or other products. It is the perfect small dose size, allows for super easy application and has a quick onset that can boost you to the level you want.