If you’re a frequent user of CBD products, you’ve probably heard the phrase “carrier oil.” It’s a primary ingredient of any CBD tincture and acts as a vehicle for the extracted cannabinoids. Also, having a suitable carrier oil can make a tincture more bioavailable or faster-acting. Carrier oils can come from a variety of different ingredients, including coconut oil, hemp seed oil, or even olive oil. But which one is best? In this blog post, we’ll be discussing the differences between prevalent carrier oils and how to pick the right one for you.
MCT, short for medium-chain triglyceride, is a category of oils that include coconut oil or palm oil. Many times, a CBD tincture containing an MCT oil will consist of coconut oil, and it’s usually pretty easy to find an organic one. MCT oils are useful if you don’t have any dietary sensitivities and are looking for a carrier oil with high bioavailability.
Also, it is thought that MCT oil boasts several health benefits. For one, it is believed that MCT oil boosts your gut microbiota and promotes a healthy metabolism by reducing the growth of bacteria. The possibility of MCT oil as a weight loss aid has also been explored, as it tends to make you feel fuller faster, as well as support ketone production.
As opposed to MCT oil, olive oil is an LCT oil, which stands for long-chain triglyceride. There are a few companies have created lines of CBD products using only olive oil as a carrier. It is thought to be a tolerable carrier oil, as most people regularly ingest olive oil as a part of their diet anyway.
In addition to being very easy on the digestive system, extra virgin olive oil is thought to provide a lot of necessary nutrients to the body. Olive oil is high in antioxidants, which reduce inflammation, as well as healthy monounsaturated fats. It also provides fat-soluble vitamins to the body, which include Vitamin A, D, and E.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil is excellent for anyone who has an allergy to coconut or palm oil products. Also, it’s ideal for those who are concerned with how natural their products are. In many tinctures which include hemp seed oil, all the ingredients that make up the product comes directly from the hemp plant.
However, if you don’t have any allergies, hemp seed oil may not be the best choice. It has been found that hemp seed oil is not the most effective carrier of CBD, compared to other oils such as MCT oils or olive oils. Typically, if companies are using hemp seed oil in their tinctures, they’ll also mix it with another carrier oil so the CBD can reach its full potential.
Although considering the appropriate carrier oil is extremely important when choosing a product, you should first determine that the product and company are legitimate. Many companies try to pass off hemp seed oil as CBD oil, so you should be especially careful and buy from a reputable cannabis company. Also, make sure you have access to any third-party lab test results to ensure your product is free of additives or heavy metals. As always, be sure to consult with your doctor before starting any cannabis product, especially if you have allergies or food sensitivities.