When CBD is first extracted from raw hemp material, it isn’t in its consumable form that we know. After drying out, extracted CBD appears more in a crystallized, salt-like state that couldn’t become properly absorbed or metabolized as intended.
CBD molecules are fat-soluble rather than water-soluble, it means they don’t mix well with water. But because CBD compounds resemble lipids found in essential oils, they can easily dissolve and bind to oil molecules. That’s why producers of CBD oil tinctures choose a carrier oil to infuse their isolates.
Many carrier oils are similar, but they may have differences that are important to you for various reasons. Most of them are nut-based or plant-based oils that some people may be allergic to. Others might not taste good to you or, depending on how you’re using the CBD, might irritate your skin.
Carrier oils may have health benefits all on their own, which you may then benefit from. For example, olive oil has gotten a lot of attention for its heart-healthy benefits.
MCT oil is the most common carrier oil for CBD products. MCT is short for medium-chain triglycerides and is often used as a health supplement. Medium-chain triglycerides are a type of fatty acid that your body can quickly absorb because it doesn’t have to break them down via digestion before sending them off to the lymph system.
MCT oil is typically derived from either coconut oil or palm oil.
MCT oil is the best carrier for CBD for several reasons:
● The best solubility of cannabinoids is in MCT oil
● MCT oil does not have to decompose in the digestive tract and is rapidly absorbed
● It lasts the longest even when stored under normal conditions
● It has natural stimulating effects on the brain