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.
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.
What Kinds of MCT Oil Exist?
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.
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.
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:
For manufacturers in the food and beverage or personal care industry looking to incorporate CBD into their product line or bolster products they already have, high-quality MCT can be a seamless addition to natural formulations.
As health trends have grown across the U.S. and around the world, MCTs have skyrocketed in popularity. Composed of six to 12 carbons that are fatty-acid esters of glycerol, their short length enables the body to absorb the oil efficiently. 4 MCTs passively diffuse from the gastrointestinal (GI) tract into the portal vein without requiring the modification that long-chain fatty acids (LCFAs) or very-LCFAs do. 4
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Coconut oil is packed full of beneficial oils, 62% of which are MCTs. However, of that percentage, a large majority is lauric acid. While lauric acid is beneficial it does not behave like other MCTs and can be broken down in your digestive tract instead of the liver.
For years fats have been viewed as the enemy of health, weight loss and well-being. Now we know better. Fats have many vital roles and are an important part of a healthy diet.
MCT oil vs coconut oil
Because ingestion is the method of choice for many CBD users there has been lots of research into ways of making it more efficient. It has been found that the amount of CBD and other cannabinoids that reach your bloodstream increases when combined with fats. MCT oil is particularly effective at doing this.
CBD is fat-soluble so the MCT acts as a carrier and prevents it from being broken down in the digestive system. This allows a greater amount of CBD to reach your bloodstream than if you were to swallow the CBD.
However, this is still a well-used method of consuming CBD. It is still used because: