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July 12, 2021
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MCT CBD Oil: The next evolution of CBD oil

mct cbd oil
 Anthony Clement
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Anthony Clement
July 12, 2021

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The main reason why companies add essential oil is to achieve higher bioavailability from the CBD tincture. The combination of the two can also provide additional health benefits. By mixing different carrier oils, you can get various positive effects.

In this article, we will analyze MCT CBD oil, its potential benefits, and what to expect.

What does MCT oil do?

MCT stands for medium chain triglyceride. When talking about oil, in particular, it has one or several MCTs. Each one of these MCTs is a saturated fatty acid substance that has 6 to 10 carbons. These products have become increasingly popular in the last few years, and they are often combined with other substances such as CBD oil.

We are often asked which oils are highest in MCT? The majority of companies extract it from coconut, but you can also get it from other sources. More than half of saturated fatty acids in coconut oil stems from medium chain triglycerides. You can also use palm oil for the extraction of MCT.

MCT coconut oil is the most common variation of the item, but it can also be made from other ingredients. In total, we differentiate 4 strains of the product: capric acid, lauric acid, caproic acid, and caprylic acid. MCT tincture is especially great for losing weight. It is often utilized as a wellness supplement.

While this product does sound great, there are a few issues with it. For example, using too much MCT oil can lead to problems with the digestive tract. For example, it can cause acute gastric distress, which is characterized by diarrhea, vomiting, gases, vomiting, and so on. Because of that, the oil can be especially troublesome for diabetics.

Can you use MCT oil to make CBD oil?

First off, let's explain the difference between MCT oil and CBD oil, as it might get a bit confusing.

A common question that people ask us is, does MCT oil contain CBD? The answer is no. In most cases, we get this chemical from either hemp or marijuana plant (more commonly hemp because it has a higher concentration of the substance compared to marijuana).

The CBD oil is a hemp extract, and it shouldn't be confused for cannabis oil that is extracted from marijuana. Unlike hemp seed oil, which we get from the seeds, CBD oil comes from leaves, stalks, and flowers. Although companies call it “CBD oil,” due to the overwhelming amount of CBD or cannabidiol, these liquids usually have other cannabinoids and terpenes (unless we’re talking about CBD isolate that only has CBD).

As we’ve already mentioned, MCT oil can come from various sources but never from hemp. A lot of companies use it as a carrier oil for CBD oil. So, although a product is classified as a CBD oil, there is a good chance that it combines these two liquids.

Why do companies use MCT and CBD oil together?

Here are the two main reasons why these substances are mixed: 

Medium chain triglycerides

When using edibles such as CBD gummies, they will go through your stomach. This is where they will be broken down by stomach acids. Medium chain triglycerides prevent this breakage allowing CBD to get delivered to the bloodstream.

Saturated fats

It is very important for cannabidiol to be taken with saturated fats. Given that CBD is fat soluble, this would provide better delivery and would increase the bioavailability of the chemical.

One of the main issues with CBD products is their bioavailability. When using these substances, you want to get the most benefit out of them. However, a lot of their potential will be lost as they travel through your system. Edibles are especially problematic as they can have from 4% to 20% bioavailability. Creams and topicals are perhaps the best, with a utilization rate of around 20% or more. MCT oil allows you to circumvent these issues to an extent.

A lot of cannabidiol is lost due to the first pass process. It is something that occurs within the body when you introduce new substances. When you ingest CBD, it will be broken down into smaller substances called metabolites. Unfortunately, as CBD is changed into metabolites, a lot of them will go to waste and will not be utilized. Thus, the reduced bioavailability.

While you cannot completely eliminate this issue, you can somewhat mitigate it with MCT oil. By combining these two substances, you are able to bind CBD to MCT oil. MCT oil will then carry the mixture all the way to the bloodstream while avoiding first pass process and breakage of molecules.

How does MCT CBD oil work?

Let’s start by mentioning all the potential benefits of CBD oil.

While MCT oil does have its own set of traits, it is mostly utilized as a substance that amplifies CBD’s benefits. In that sense, the main focus is on cannabidiol and its impact on the endocannabinoid system.

The substance is able to interact with this system through its receptors CB1 and CB2. These receptors are connected to the nervous system allowing the endocannabinoid system (or ECS) to have a wholesome impact on the body and to interact with various organs. According to limited data, experts believe that ECS is important for maintaining internal harmony. Among others, it might have a major impact on functions such as mood, sleep, energy, focus, and so on. Because of that, every time something changes within the endocannabinoid system, there is a good chance we will experience it in several different ways.

According to what we know so far, it seems that most CB1 receptors are located in the nerve cells. You can find them in the brain, spine, and through the central nervous system. As already mentioned, they affect a lot of internal functions, but we're not certain what the precise impact CBD oil would have on them. On the other hand, CB2 receptors are an important part of the immune system.

When people use CBD MCT oil, it will be carried throughout the bloodstream. At one point, the substance will start interacting with the receptors. We can't tell for sure which one of these receptors they will impact and how that will relate to the potential benefits. Besides its impact on receptors, CBD oil also has other properties that can boost your organism. For example, it is believed that the substance has sedative properties, which is the main reason why it can help with stress and some other issues. It might also provide hydration to your skin.

What kind of benefits to expect from CBD MCT oil?

Oftentimes, CBD oil is used as a wellness supplement. You can add it to salad dressings, smoothies, and various other recipes. Although the product might cause certain issues, you don’t really need to be too careful about the dosage. Here are some of the main benefits you can expect from this liquid:

  • Medium chain triglycerides and long chain triglycerides can be used as a source of energy
  • These substances are great for immunity and various metabolic processes
  • MCT oil can help you maintain a proper weight
  • While MCT oil is great in its own regard, it really starts to shine when combined with CBD. Cannabidiol is very potent and is regarded as one of the best wellness chemicals in the world. Here are some of the things you can expect from it:
  • Increase in energy
  • Better, uninterrupted sleep
  • Improved regenerative and protective function
  • Reduction of stress, which might affect various problems that are connected to high stress levels
  • Reduction of minor soreness
  • Increased muscle flexibility
  • Better focus and memory
  • Overall harmonization of internal functions

It is really hard to predict the exact impact of CBD oil on your body, but you should almost definitely feel some kind of an improvement.

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