CBD and MCT Oil: Differences, Uses, and BenefitsDecember 24, 2021
While both substances are used for overall health, MCT Oil and CBD are two different substances with very different uses.
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Difference between MCT Oil and CBD Oil
Both CBD oil and MCT oil are used mainly for general health support. But from there the two substances vary greatly. CBD is used for therapeutic reasons, while MCT is used for nutritional purposes.
CBD is one of over a hundred different compounds found in the cannabis plant. Most CBD products are extracted from a special stain of cannabis, called hemp.
The hemp plant is any strain of cannabis that has less than 0.3% THC.
Both THC and CBD are cannabinoids that work with the endocannabinoid system (the ECS). The ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis in many of the different functions your body performs to produce energy, maintain mood, and manage pain.
MCT Oil on the other hand is a type of saturated fat that has become increasingly popular in both natural products and health and wellness substances.
MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglyceride, this special form of saturated fatty acid is easily metabolized and not stored in the body as fat, unlike many unhealthy fats.
Coconut Oil is the most common MCT oil to be used, especially when mixed as a carrier oil for CBD, but other common ones include extra virgin olive oil, grapeseed, sesame, and avocado.
MCT and CBD Uses and Benefits
As we said earlier, CBD works with you ECS to balance many of the body’s internal functions. Early human studies show promising results using CBD to treat various sleep problems, anxiety, digestive issues, and pain.
MCT Oil on the other hand is used more as a dietary supplement and is often used thanks to its metabolic boosting effects.
For those looking to lose weight, especially those on the ketogenic diet, the fact that MCT is so easily absorbed and used for fuel is a huge plus.
MCT is also a great source of energy. These oils bypass the much of the digestive track, passing from the stomach straight to the liver. Thanks to this it reaches your cells faster to be used for normal functions or energy for exercise.
MCT as a Carrier Oil for CBD
When you get CBD in its most refined, isolate form, it is a fine white crystalline powder, similar to sugar. To make the tinctures, creams, pills and edibles you are probably more familiar with something has to be added to the CBD.
In the case of CBD Oil, the oil is actually from the MCT which is referred to as the carrier oil. Carrier oils are used to either preserve the potency of a substance or to dilute stronger substances to make them easier to absorb.
CBD is also a fat soluble substance. This means that it bonds well will an oil that is mostly fat. Combined with the fact that MCT passes through the digestive system untouched means that a larger percentage of the CBD will reach your bloodstream.
This is a process that scientist call bioavailability, in other words, the ability for a compound to make it through ingestion and digestion and into the bloodstream. Thanks to MCT Oils health benefits and its bioavailability it is often considered the best choice for a carrier oil for CBD.
The combination of these two can provide you with a very healthy, beneficial delivery system for CBD. The products we use all either use MCT or coconut oil as the carrier oil and we stand behind the quality that these two bring!