Coconut oil naturally excels as a carrier oil in a number of categories.
Coconut Oil has little or no flavor, making it a great choice to make tinctures.
Additionally, it is thinner than most oils, making it easy to dispense and measure.
Coconut oil has several characteristics, acting as a natural antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.
However, the best part of coconut oil is its abundance of saturated fats, particularly medium chain triglycerides (MCT). Medium chain triglycerides are small fat molecules that are easily absorbed by the body, directly through the liver. Fractionated coconut oil is simply the coconut oil that had the longer fat molecules removed to isolate the medium chain triglycerides. For this reason, fractionated coconut oil is also known as MCT oil which is one of the best carrier oils for CBD.
Bioavailability is the biggest concern when determining the best carrier oil. Bioavailability, in this case, refers to the proportion of CBD your body can process compared to what it takes. CBD’s bioavailability is largely determined by the types of fat molecules contained in the carrier oil. There are many different types of fat, and the way they vary on a molecular level, affects how well it can carry CBD into your system. Besides bioavailability, individual differences between oils such as flavor, consistency and cost may affect their viability as carrier oils.
More bang for your buck?
When it comes to choosing the right CBD oil, keep always in mind what carrier oil is used. Most carrier oils used are extra virgin olive oil, hemp seed oil and MCT (Fractionated coconut oil).
The oil with the lowest bioavailability is the hemp seed oil.
Olive oil has better bioavailability compared to the hemp seed oil.
We don`t and won`t argue about its health benefits, which are clear.
However the carrier oil with the highest bioavailability is the MCT oil. The lack of LCT (Long Chain Triglycerides) in MCT is what makes the nutrients in the carrier oil more carriable in blood, and thereby highly bioavailable. The increased bio-availability is just one reason why we chose MCT as a carrier oil.
In addition to better delivery, we chose MCT oil for its own health benefits as well.
Although we could use hemp seed oil (“hemp oil”) as a carrier, as it would be better to use more than one good thing, MCT oil has been shown to have different health benefits due to its ‘Medium Chain Triglycerides from where it gets its name.
MCTs have been shown to be thermogenic, with the ability to positively increase the metabolism, improving cognitive function of the brain, balancing hormones, increasing energy, improving gut function with the ability to combat harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, in addition to its antioxidant characteristics.
MCT oil is almost as good for us as the cannabinoids & terpenes themselves!
We find the health benefits of a MCT oil, along with its neutral taste, both are better than the earthy, hard-to-mask-taste of hemp oils, plus MCT oil helps cannabinoids from being metabolized fast, helping them to accelerate the effect of CBD and reach other areas of the body compared to other carrier oils.
Hemp seed oil
Hemp seed oil comes from the seeds of the hemp plant. There are virtually no cannabinoids or terpenes in these oils.
Hemp seed oil is popular and beneficial as a health supplement on its own. It’s rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids — which are widely known for their benefits on the brain, joints, skin and immune tissues. The oil even has the ideal 4:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids.
Olive oil predominantly consists of long-chain triglycerides (LCTs), which takes longer to break down but may increase the absorption efficiency of hemp extracts in the digestive tract. Olive oil as a carrier tends to have a slower start but lasts longer compared to the other 2 carrier oils discussed above.
Jonathan Thevenet, Umberto De Marchi, Jaime Santo Domingo, Nicolas Christinat, Laurent Bultot, Gregory Lefebvre, Kei Sakamoto, Patrick Descombes, Mojgan Masoodi, Andreas Wiederkehr: Medium-chain fatty acids inhibit mitochondrial metabolism in astrocytes promoting astrocyte-neuron lactate and ketone body shuttle systems