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.