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What is MCT Oil? MCT & CBD – What You Need to Know

November 25, 2019

MCT oil

MCT is an abbreviation for medium-chain triglycerides, a health supplement that is derived from coconut oil or palm kernel oil. MCT is considered good fat, and what makes it unique is that the molecules of MCT are much smaller than most fats found in food, and this smaller size makes them far easier for the body to digest and absorb. In case you are wondering what’s the difference between MCT and coconut oil: they’re both saturated fats; coconut oil contains MCT and other fatty elements; MCT can stand alone.

What Kinds of MCT Oil Exist?

There are four different strains of MCT oil: caproic acid, capric acid, caprylic acid, and lauric acid. MCT is beneficial for weight loss and fat burning and is increasing in popularity as a health supplement, but it is not without risk. Overuse of MCT can cause acute gastric distress, including vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, gas, etc., and it can also cause irritability and is not considered safe for diabetics to use.

What is CBD?

The oil known as CBD stands for Cannabidiol, a molecule extracted from the hemp plant, known for its uncanny ability to help harmonize the workings of the body’s ECS, or Endocannabinoid System.

Why Does CBD Need a Carrier Oil?

Using MCT oil as a carrier oil

A carrier oil is a fatty oil extracted from plants and is used to carry CBD oil or essential oil. Oils are blended with carriers to make them easier to digest and help the body absorb them faster.

What’s the Best Carrier Oil for CBD?

Some of the more common types of carriers for CBD include MCT, hemp seed oil, sunflower oil, avocado, and grapeseed oil. Hemp seed oil (also called hemp oil) is not a fad oil; it’s been in use for thousands of years and is considered to be the best choice for a carrier oil for CBD, for a few reasons:

  • It’s derived from the same plant as CBD, cannabis sativa
  • It’s an essential oil rich in omega fatty acids

For an in-depth look at carrier oils for CBD, check out this article.

Learn more about MCT oil, what it doesn't quite work as a carrier oil for CBD, and what to expect from other carrier oils using in the CBD industry here.