Yorkshire Health and Nutrition Blog
By Owen Denning
Firstly lets answer the main question:
Why Are Carrier Oils Necessary?
In this blog you will understand what makes the best carrier oil for CBD, but first of all you need to understand why companies take the time and effort to infuse CBD into oils. Why not just sell pure CBD? Pure CBD (CBD isolate), forms a white powder. Not only would it be extremely difficult to measure out a serving of CBD isolate grain by grain, but more importantly, your body wouldn’t be able to process the majority of the CBD you take in. For this reason, CBD is often infused into oil-based solutions, where it binds with fat molecules your body is already prone to breaking down. Once the CBD is evenly distributed throughout the oil, it is possible to evenly measure consistent amounts of CBD that your body can process.
What Makes An Oil the Best Carrier Oil?
Bioavailability is the biggest concern when determining the best carrier oil. Bioavailability, refers to the proportion of CBD your body can process to the amount taken in. CBD’s bioavailability is largely determined by the types of fat molecules contained in the carrier oil. There are many different types of fat, and the way they vary on a molecular level affects how well it can transport CBD into your system. Besides bioavailability, individual differences between oils such as flavour, consistency, and cost may affect their viability as carrier oils. In this blog we will do pros and cons for each available carrier oils.
Here’s Our Top Six Carrier Oil with a surprise….
Number 1: Fractionated Coconut Oil (MCT Oil)
Coconut oil naturally excels as a carrier oil in several categories. Coconut Oil has no flavour, which makes it a great choice for making tinctures. Additionally, it is thinner than most oils, making it easy to measure. Coconut oil has natural antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.
However, the best part about coconut oil is its variety of saturated fats, particularly medium chain triglycerides (MCT). Medium chain triglycerides are smaller fat molecules which are easily absorbed by the body, directly through the liver. Fractionated coconut oil is simply just coconut oil which has had the longer fat molecules removed to isolate the medium chain triglycerides. For this reason, fractionated coconut oil is also known as MCT oil which is one of the best carrier oils for CBD.
As this is number one on the list its the one we use in the manufacture of all our CBD Oils www.yorkshire-health.com
Number 2: Palm Oil
MCT oil can be made using Palm oil just like coconut oil. That is because MCT oil is a somewhat general term which refers to the type of fat molecules in an oil, not the natural source of the oil. This is an important distinction because palm oil’s manufacturing process is often connected to deforestation, animal cruelty, and climate change. This is the reason it is more eco-friendly to use coconut MCT oil.
Number 3: Olive Oil
This oil has a fruity taste which can be sometimes recognisable. Also olive oil tends to be thicker which can affect the measuring process. Monounsaturated fats are the premier fat molecules in olive oil, generally in the form of oleic acid. These larger fat molecules need to be processed further which could decrease the amount of CBD your body absorbs. However, oleic acid may help reduce inflammation and olive oil is packed with antioxidants.
Number 4: Avocado Oil
Like olive oil, avocado oil has high concentrations of oleic acid, however, it is much thicker, which can cause a problem when measuring the oil. Avocado oil has a nutty taste which can affect the CBD taste. Avocado oil is often chosen for topical applications due to its slow drying time and abundance of vitamins A, D, & E. However Avocado oil is one of if not the most expensive oils on this list.
Number 5: Hemp Seed Oil (Here’s our surprise at number 5)
Even though everyone thinks this is the perfect mix with CBD isolate it isn’t as it is generally inefficient carrier of CBD on its own. To reach its full potential, it must be mixed with oils with higher bioavailability, such as MCT oil. That is why we add fractionated coconut oil to our full spectrum tinctures.
Another thing to note is that some companies try to pass hemp seed oil as being the same as CBD oil, which is far from true, so make sure you are buying a product with verified levels of CBD in it. Any reputable CBD company should clearly display the amount of CBD in their products.
Number 6: Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil is thin and has a wine-like aroma. It is isn’t very greasy, so grapeseed oil is often incorporated into skin and hair products. However grape seed mainly consists of polyunsaturated fats which means it isn’t the best carrier for CBD oil.