We choose MCT oil for one important reason, two words. Your health. That’s it. A great tincture starts with great CBD and a great base, MCT being one of the foundational ingredients inside our tinctures.
Okay, so maybe there’s more to it than just health, but the fact-based background of MCT is good enough for us! In addition to improving your health, there is another reason… CBD is hard to absorb. It needs help or a “carry.” It needs a carrier oil. That is where MCT comes in.
What Is MCT Oil?
MCT means medium-chain triglycerides. These are small saturated fats. Because MCTs are small fats, our bodies can use them easily for a variety of purposes. The production of this ingredient has increased through the years as not only a popular CBD carrier oil but also a natural health and wellness supplement.
The most prevalent source of MCTs is found in coconuts – more than 50% of coconuts fat comes from MCT. They are also sourced from palm oil and found in dairy products, nuts, soybeans, and avocados.
Why Use MCT Oil With CBD?
Under the umbrella of health, we use MCT to help your body absorb CBD easier, to preserve CBD, and to promote the natural science-backed benefits of MCT oil.
Three reasons we use MCT:
- To absorb CBD
- To preserve CBD
- To improve health
MCT Oil For Absorption
You would think that because we have an endocannabinoid system, phytocannabinoids like CBD would be easy for our bodies to use. This is simply not the case.
CBD oil has poor bioavailability. In other words, CBD is not easily absorbed by our bodies. Why? Because CBD oil is fat-soluble and fat-soluble oils don’t mix with water. Our bodies are 65-70% water.
While most oils such as vegetable or olive oil are long-chain triglycerides, MCT is short or medium-chained allowing for our bodies to quickly and easily absorb it.
Sure, the form you take your CBD can increase or decrease bioavailability, but in general, our bodies have a hard time absorbing it. We want to maximize CBD’s benefits, that starts with a superior carrier oil.
MCT oil is a known carrier oil. It essentially carries CBD. A few other carrier oils include avocado oil, olive oil, hemp seed oil, or grapeseed oil. MCT is far superior to any other carrier because of how well it works with CBD and the human body in speed and efficiency.
MCT Oil For Preservation
MCT has anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties, making it a natural preservative. MCT is broken down into four elemental medium-chain fatty acids:
- Lauric Acid (C12)
- Capric Acid (C10)
- Caprilic Acid (C8)
- Caproic Acid (C6)
While not entirely proven, MCT’s ability to inhibit bacterial growth is said to be the lauric, caprylic, and capric acid.
MCT For Health
MCT is the new health craze. The global value of medium-chain triglycerides reached USD 1.7 billion in 2019 and will only climb higher as the need continues. MCT is a great energy source for those with active lives.
- MCT is a great source of immediate energy as it moves quickly from the gut to the liver without the need for breakdown.
- MCT oil may help maintain a healthy weight
- Brain function. MCT’s increase our body’s ketone supply, increasing our brain energy metabolism.
MCT is an all-around healthy resource for energy, weight management, and brain function. Our line of CBD tinctures all contains this ingredient in order for you to maximize the benefits of CBD while getting some extra health benefits on the side.