"Is the patch effective for this? I’m just starting out with several products and I like the idea of a patch. When can I use a whole patch?"
For starters, not all patches are made the same so there will be some experimentation to find the right one. Patches can indeed with a very non-intrusive, discreet way to medicate.
I would suggest a couple of things for starters:
Search (on HelloMD.com) under the word ‘patch’ and you will come across many related questions and answers.
I might also suggest considering a cannabis topical for the same reasons as the patch. Here is a page with lots of insight on this direction: https://www.hellomd.com/biz/sweet-releaf