What is the best carrier oil for CBD and why does it matter?
To further understand why carrier oils are not all created equal, let’s discuss the need for carrier oils in CBD oil.
Carrier oils, or base oils, are fatty vegetable oils that are used to dilute essential oils and plant supplements. Naturally hydrophobic and lipophilic, CBD can be dissolved in oil but not in water. In its pure form, CBD is a powder and known as CBD isolate. The amount of CBD absorbed by the body is dependent on several factors, one of which is carrier oil selection.
We, at Viridipharm, utilize MCT oil as our carrier. We personally use organic coconut oil because it has many aspects that make it the best carrier oil we have found so far. Coconut oil is composed of mainly medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are considered healthier fats, and also have higher absorption rates within the body. The optimal absorption MCT offers is very important for CBD.
Along with MCT’s beneficial properties, we believe the physical properties are what make MCT the best carrier oil. It is very mild in flavor, which works well with our natural flavor tincture. Likewise, it is also the perfect base for our flavored tinctures.
In addition to flavor, MCT also lacks color, so the CBD oil is not affected aesthetically. Lastly, the viscosity of the oil is an important factor. Other oils like olive and avocado are much more viscous, whereas MCT oil is the perfect compromise. Measuring out and dispensing your personal dose of CBD can be difficult if the carrier oil is too viscous.
Why Not Just Use Hemp Seed Oil as a Carrier Oil?
We believe the flavorless and colorless nature of MCT oil along with the high bioavailability it offers makes it a superior choice over other carrier oils.
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