Learn why CBD is commonly paired with MCT oil and how this combination provides unique benefits and advantages. You know when you meet someone you’re destined to be friends with, and they just complement you perfectly? They get your jokes, they like going places with you, you get along great…CBD has a friend like that. A strong and unbreakable bond between two best friends. You will find that most CBD products on the shelves are MCT acts as an effective carrier for CBD and is becoming known as a superfood. We look at how it works, why it’s highly regarded and why it is paired with CBD.
8 Reasons CBD in MCT Oil Is Good for You
MCT oil helps the body absorb CBD better, but it also offers its own unique benefits. Learn more about the advantages of using CBD in MCT oil.
Note: This post was originally published in June of 2017 and has been updated for clarity and to include current information.
When people say “CBD oil” what they typically mean is CBD + oil, because isolated CBD usually comes in a highly concentrated powdered or crystallized form. It’s only when you add concentrated CBD to an oil (called carrier oils, which we’ll cover in another post) that you get CBD oil a.k.a concentrated CBD mixed evenly in an oil.
One of the most commonly used oils in CBD products is MCT oil, which comes from coconuts or palm plants. These are just a few of the reasons why CBD in MCT oil is good for you.
1. Absorb CBD Better
Like we mentioned earlier, CBD oil actually refers to a product where CBD concentrate is mixed into an oil called a “carrier oil”. This is because our bodies can’t effectively absorb concentrated CBD through the digestive system.
The good news is that CBD dissolves really well in fats such as MCT oil, making it much easier for CBD to work its way into your system.
Benefits of CBD Oil
Cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, belongs to a group of compounds known as cannabinoids. These compounds interact with systems in the body to promote a wide range of benefits. Its effects differ from person to person, but are generally described as providing balance and a sense of well-being. The best way for a person to understand CBD and its benefits is by experiencing it directly.
2. Absorb CBD Faster
MCT oil helps your body absorb CBD, but so do other carrier oils. What’s unique about MCT oil is that its chemical structure is smaller than other oils, which means your body breaks it down and starts using it faster.
What Makes CBD Oil So Special?
CBD is one of the most abundant cannabinoids in the cannabis plant and the number one most abundant cannabinoid in hemp plants. There is still a lot that we’re learning about these plants and the compounds that they produce, but it’s already clear that CBD plays an important role in the way cannabinoids interact with people and animals.
3. Helps Measure CBD Servings
CBD concentrate is highly potent in even tiny amounts. It would require small, unique measuring tools in order to get a person’s ideal serving size. Mixing CBD concentrate evenly into MCT oil makes it easier for the average person to measure out the right amount of CBD.
Does CBD Oil Work?
People who try CBD oil tend to notice it working, especially once they find a serving size that meets their needs. Although, CBD oil may not work for everybody. Learn about the pros and cons of CBD oil here. The best way to know if CBD will work for you is to try it for yourself or ask a medical professional for their advice.
4. Prevents Bacterial Growth
MCT oil has shown to prevent the growth of bacteria which makes it good for protecting the quality and shelf-life of CBD and may even provide other health benefits.
5. MCT Oil Is an Ideal Source of Energy for Your Brain
MCT may help improve your focus, mental clarity, and memory by providing the fuel that your brain needs to function effectively. This is one of the reasons it’s commonly used by “bio-hackers” such as Bulletproof founder Dave Aspry.
Benefits of MCT Oil
Medium-chain triglycerides, commonly referred to as MCTs, are a type of dietary fat with a unique chemical structure. They provide a long list of potential benefits. Compared to longer-chain fats, MCTs are absorbed more easily in the body and are able to provide energy to the brain and body more quickly.
6. MCT Oil Is an Ideal Source of Energy for Your Body
The same fuel source used by your brain is what’s used by many parts of your body. In the same way that MCT breaks down easier and faster, allowing your brain to utilize its energy more quickly, taking MCT oil can also provide rapid energy to your body. MCT oil is popular with many athletes and fitness enthusiasts for this reason.
7. MCT Oil Is Clear and Tasteless
One of MCT oil’s drawbacks might actually be a positive. MCT oil is usually clear and pretty much tasteless. When it’s taken by itself, this could be called a downside to using CBD in MCT oil. But because it’s clear and tasteless it makes it easy to add to smoothies, salads, and other recipes in order to capture the benefits of CBD and MCT oil without having to worry about changing the appearance or taste of a drink or dish.
What Makes MCT Oils So Special?
One of the reasons MCTs are so special is how quickly and easily they are digested and sent to the liver. This allows them to provide fast energy to the body as well as essential nutrients without being stored as fat. Some sources say that medium-chain fats like MCTs can help positively alter a person’s metabolism.
8. MCT Oil Is Keto-Friendly
MCT oil is popular in the keto community and many suspect it may be an effective addition to the keto weight loss approach. MCT is broken down directly into ketones, which might help the body enter the fat-burning state of “ketosis”.
Does MCT Oil Work?
MCT oil has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including improved cognitive function, weight management, and more. These healthy fatty acids are largely missing in the typical Western diet partly because of the misconception that all saturated fats are harmful.
Since any CBD oil product is really a unique blend of plant extracts, CBD being the most abundant or the highlighted ingredient, it’s important to understand what role the other extracts and compounds are playing in your diet. MCT oil is a popular choice for pairing with CBD, and for good reason. We recommend you try it yourself.
Jason Croxford May 28, 2020 Tags: Nutrition
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Why is MCT Oil Used in CBD Products?
You know when you meet someone you’re destined to be friends with, and they just complement you perfectly? They get your jokes, they like going places with you, you get along great…CBD has a friend like that. A strong and unbreakable bond between two best friends. You will find that most CBD products on the shelves are made with a little someone called “MCT oil.” This is for good reason ━ they are a dynamic duo.
MCT & CBD Oil Is the Perfect Match
Like a good friend, MCT oil has CBD oil’s back.
- MCTs do an impressive job at protecting all of the CBD from being completely broken down by the digestive system before reaching the bloodstream.
- Since CBD is a fat-soluble compound, it is most efficient and best absorbed by your body when taken along with saturated fats, like MCTs.
- MCT oil provides a vehicle for the most CBD possible to be absorbed by the bloodstream.
When discussing how effectively a compound like CBD can travel through the digestive system after consuming and the level to which it can be absorbed by the body, the term is called bioavailability . Of course, most people would hope to have the most effective absorption to get the most out of their product’s benefits. This is precisely where MCT oil shines, and makes it CBD oil’s perfect match.
A fun fact to stash in your brain is that the liver is where you can actually lose CBD that you consume. In a metabolic process called “first-pass,” CBD is broken down into at least one hundred components called metabolites, many of which go to waste and don’t get used by our bodies. When this process essentially eliminates some of the CBD taken, that means the CBD’s bioavailability has been reduced. Fear not. This is where MCT oil comes in as a good friend. MCT oil swoops up the CBD and carries it more directly to the bloodstream, as it helps the CBD almost completely avoid the first-pass metabolism process. To put this simply, MCT oil allow for a greater concentration of CBD to be absorbed into the bloodstream so you can reap benefits most efficiently and quickly.
What Exactly is MCT Oil?
So, what exactly is MCT Oil? MCT is short for medium-chain triglycerides (a little bit of a mouthful, thank you for acronyms!) and is often used as a health supplement. It is typically derived from either coconut oil or palm oil.
Vena uses only the highest quality MCT Coconut Oil in all of our products to effectively deliver our premium 99%+ CBD Isolate through maximum absorption. A top-choice for both beginners and veteran CBD users are Vena’s CBD Tinctures , blended with MCT Coconut Oil and administered sublingually by dropping the oil under the tongue. Tinctures come in strengths suitable for all of your needs, from potency of 500mg to 3000mg of CBD. Some users prefer to not directly consume a tincture and instead opt for a convenient method of taking CBD like Vena CBD Gel Capsules . Perfect for an on-the-go lifestyle, capsules make it incredibly easy to incorporate CBD into your routine.
While all of Vena’s CBD products are crafted with the highest-quality MCT Coconut Oil, it should be noted that there is, in fact, a difference that separates MCT oil and coconut oil. MCT can stand alone, but coconut oil (which is also famous for an array of health benefits) naturally contains MCT. Coconut oil is highly abundant with MCTs, and in fact, more than half of the fat that is found in coconut oil comes from MCTs. Other examples of oils that contain MCTs are avocado, olive, and sesame. Like we know about the healthy fats in avocadoes, it is important to understand that MCT is also what is considered to be “good fat.” MCT molecules are also smaller than the molecules in most fats that are found in food, making them easier for the body to readily use. In more specific terms, they increase the bioavailability of CBD when consumed together.
Besides its popular use in CBD products, MCT oil has attracted attention in the health and wellness world on its own as a supplement. Salad dressings mix great with it, smoothies blend with it, and you may have also heard about bulletproof coffee in the recently trending Ketogenic “Keto” diet. What about MCT oil makes it healthy, besides increasing bioavailability? MCTs provide energy, first and foremost. Naturally, their smaller molecules allow them to break through cells more efficiently without being degraded. They have been shown to enhance metabolic health and boost your immunity, as well, and have played roles in healthy weight maintenance.
CBD and MCT oil are two peas in a pod. They go together like peanut butter and jelly. However, not all products are made equal. Quality matters. That’s why Vena shares all of our certificates of analysis and lab test results on our website. We value transparency and cherish your trust. Our products are legal and shipped to all 50 states and internationally. All of our CBD products are guaranteed to contain 0% THC, and each and every product that leaves the facility is third-party tested to ensure consistency and quality.
MCT oil & CBD oil – A happy partnership
MCT oil is a commonly used carrier for cannabidiol (CBD). It is a high fat oil which is extracted from either coconut or palm.
For years fats have been viewed as the enemy of health, weight loss and well-being. Now we know better. Fats have many vital roles and are an important part of a healthy diet.
MCT goes a step beyond. It is an oil that is packed with nutritional benefits as well as having a role in enhancing and targeting other ingredients.
Medium chain triglycerides: fast facts
- Medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil is fat-based and rich in caproic acid, caprylic acid, capric acid and lauric acid.
- MCT oil is used as a carrier for CBD because it helps to increase bioavailability.
- The addition of MCT to CBD as a carrier oil prevents the cannabidiol from being broken down in your digestive tract.
- Consuming MCT oil is linked to good gut health and weight loss.
What is MCT oil?
Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) are fatty acids found in coconut oil and palm oil. It is often reported that they boost energy and support an increase in brain power. It is a clear liquid with no smell and is often added to food or coffee (also called Keto or Bulletproof Coffee) and smoothies.
MCT oil is a general term for several different oils including caproic acid, caprylic acid, capric acid and lauric acid. Each has varying effects and are found in different amounts in MCT oil.
Most MCTs get their reputation and quick effects from by-passing the digestive tract and going straight to the liver to be broken down. They quickly become high-energy ketones and are transported to the bloodstream. This quick action makes them a source of fast energy and a useful delivery method for other substances such as CBD, which can be broken down in the digestive tract.
Benefits of MCT oil
Some studies have observed a link between a diet rich in MCTs and weight loss. They appear to have links to good gut health and can modify the gut microbiota to support metabolic processes. At the same time, they are both antifungal and antimicrobial, which keeps your digestive system healthy. MCTs have considerable potential for gut health, weight loss and provide a quick source of energy that can reach your cells faster than other forms.
Note: The amount of MCT consumed when taking a CBD oil is minimal. A few drops of MCT oil are not going to provide these same health benefits.
MCT oil vs coconut oil
Coconut oil is packed full of beneficial oils, 62% of which are MCTs. However, of that percentage, a large majority is lauric acid. While lauric acid is beneficial it does not behave like other MCTs and can be broken down in your digestive tract instead of the liver.
Coconut oil is a great choice and can work well in many diets. However, if you want the benefits associated with MCT oil it is best not to buy coconut oil.
MCT oil & cannabidiol (CBD)
When adding any food supplement to your diet it is important to consider its bio-availability. Bio-availability refers to the amount of active ingredient that will reach your bloodstream.
CBD is often broken down by your liver before it can be used by your body. If you ingest CBD, only 4% to 20% will reach your bloodstream and this could take up to two hours.
However, this is still a well-used method of consuming CBD. It is still used because:
1. Ingesting CBD is convenient, and it can easily be added to food or drink.
2. The effect of CBD is often longer when it has been ingested.
3. Taking CBD in this way means that you won’t need to carry any other items such as vaporisers.
Because ingestion is the method of choice for many CBD users there has been lots of research into ways of making it more efficient. It has been found that the amount of CBD and other cannabinoids that reach your bloodstream increases when combined with fats. MCT oil is particularly effective at doing this.
CBD is fat-soluble so the MCT acts as a carrier and prevents it from being broken down in the digestive system. This allows a greater amount of CBD to reach your bloodstream than if you were to swallow the CBD.
MCT oil is a source of healthy fats that can build your energy and maintain your gut health. When combined with CBD the key benefit is enhanced bioavailability of CBD.
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Tom Russell writes extensively about CBD oil and other groundbreaking food supplements. He and his wife share their home with two daughters and a lifetime’s collection of books.