May 4, 2018

What is MCT oil?

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Maybe you’ve seen it on our site. Or in another CBD product. What is MCT oil and how does it benefit the consumption of CBD oil?

MCT oil is the most efficient way to consume CBD oil so the cannabinoids interact with the body quickly and easily. Medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs, are medium-length fatty acid chains.

CBD + Coconut Oil = The Perfect Combination

As it turns out, coconut oil is pretty much the perfect carrier oil for CBD because of its saturated fat content. The way that cannabinoids work molecularly is, the higher the lipid content of the oil they are in, the better and more efficiently they can dissolve. Conveniently, coconut oil is made up of up to 90% saturated fat, as opposed to olive oil and hemp seed oil which are only made of around 14% and 11% fat content, respectively.

But don’t worry; since the saturated fat content of coconut oil is composed largely of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) instead of long-chain triglycerides (LGTs), you don’t need to be concerned about it clogging up your arteries.

As it goes, in fact, coconut oil is one of the only natural oils that has a high content of MCTs. While this serves as an excellent energy source that is much more easily metabolized than complex carbohydrates or LCTs, it also acts as the perfect carrier for CBD.

So ultimately, this is the reason why most of the best CBD oils are made with coconut oil as opposed to hemp seed oil; since coconut oil has more saturated fat, it can break down and carry more CBD molecules, and ultimately deliver more cannabidiol to our cells for absorption.

Without coconut oil, a large percentage of CBD molecules simply end up making their way to the liver, at which point they’d be treated as waste and simply excreted through urine. This is why you always want to select a CBD tincture that uses coconut oil over olive oil or some other kind of oil.

How to use CBD MCT Oil

MCT Oil is tasteless, unless flavoring is added in, and allows for easy consumption in several ways. For the fastest delivery – Place the desired amount of tincture under your tongue for 90 seconds. Other delivery option – Mix in the desired amount of CBD MCT oil with your favorite food or beverage.

Reference Studies & Articles

Study on if olive oil or MCT oil has a greater weight and fat loss, where MCT oil was found to a lower endpoint body weight than olive oil

Journal on intestinal hydrolysis and absorption of a medium chain triglyceride

Article on the Use of Medium-Chain Triglycerides in Gastrointestinal Disorders

Research on sparing muscle glycogen

A review on medium chain triglycerides on body composition, energy expenditure and satiety

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