It seems like everyday a new CBD product is coming out on the market. Discerning what is useful and what is "snake oil" can be tough. One of the most popular new CBD products out today is a combination of CBD and MCT oil.
What is MCT oil and how does it benefit the consumption of CBD oil?
MCT oil has risen to prevalence in the health industry over the last few years, being lauded for its numerous benefits for people of all ages. MCT can often be found in products like 'bulletproof coffee' or health-focused salad dressings. With the many benefits and potential uses of MCT oil, many product companies have begun combining their CBD with MCT. People all over the world have found the resulting products to be well suited to their needs.
Some have found MCT oil to be one of the more efficient ways to consume CBD oil, as the MCT facilitates fast and easy uptake of 'cannabinoids' provided by the CBD. Medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs, are medium-length fatty acid chains which are most often extracted from high-quality coconut oils.
What Can MCT oil do for me?
Before blazing its way into the cannabis industry, MCT was used for years by health-conscious individuals, who long ago realized the numerous benefits that the oil provided.
So far, researchers have found MCT to have many benefits, including:
The promotion of healthy weight loss
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) have proven to do a better job of satisfying your appetite than other healthy fats such as coconut oil. What's more, researchers have found MCTs to also increase energy expenditure while decreasing fat storage in overweight individuals!
A superior source of energy
Due to the shorter nature of MCTs (compared to long chain triglycerides (LCTs) like olive oil) your body is able to rapidly absorb the molecules within the chain. Unlike LCTs, the shorter length of MCTs allows them to bypass bile-breakdown in the gut and instead travel straight to the liver for absorption. This bypass allows MCTs to immediately enter cells and become an immediate source of energy upon consumption.
Promotion of healthy brain functions
If you are on a ketogenic diet, MCTs are able to be converted into 'ketones' which are a type of fats converted into energy for the body. These ketones are able to pass through the blood-brain barrier, allowing for a rapid source of energy for your brain.
The reduction of lactate levels in athletes
If you are one of the many who enjoy cardiovascular activities like running, cycling or swimming MCT can have numerous benefits for you. MCT has been proven to reduce lactate buildup (the burning sensation in your muscles) during cardiovascular activities.
Healthy regulation of blood sugar
MCT oil can help regulate blood sugar by causing the sugar present in the bloodstream to store in muscle tissue rather than fat mass. This improved insulin function can also help the body to increase the amount of muscle mass, and better yet gives your brain consistent energy to run!
CBD and MCT Oil
Cannabinoids like CBD or THC, are fat soluble molecules, meaning they are stored in fat. Taking CBD with a fat like MCT oil (note not all fats are good for this) can help with rapid uptake of the available cannabinoids. The shorter nature of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) allow the chains to bypass digestion in the gut and instead be absorbed straight into the liver. Any CBD molecules attached to the MCTs will therefore be directly absorbed into the body, allowing for a faster, longer and better effect from your CBD product.
When absorbed, the liver sees the MCT oils as carbs and directly metabolizes the oil into energy. During the metabolization process, no free-radicals are produced, as the liver process the absorbed MCTs as fat, creating more health benefits for your body.
Where does MCT oil come from?
A very common source of MCTs is coconut / palm kernel oil, but it's important to note that not all coconut oil will be an adequate source. It's always best to utilize a high grade oil for the highest levels of MCT.High-grade coconut oils will have two thirds of it's fatty acids in the form of MCTs.
Examples of Medium Chain Fatty Acids:
- Caproic acid (Hexaonic acid - C6-six carbons)
- Caprylic acid (Octanoic acid - C8-8 carbons)
- Capric acid (Dacanoic acid - C10-10 carbons)
- Lauric acid (Dodecanoic acid - C12- 12 carbons)
How to use CBD MCT Oil
MCT Oil is tasteless unless flavoring is added in, which allows the oil to easily be added to any of your favorite CBD products.
For the fastest delivery - Place the desired amount of tincture under your tongue for 90 seconds.
Another delivery option is to mix in the desired amount of CBDxMCT oil with your favorite food or beverage. (Even add it to your go-to salad dressing!)
Most companies also offer a range of milligram options for their tinctures.