When reading the label on CBD oils or tinctures, you will notice that CBD is not the only ingredient in those CBD products. You will usually see a type of oil or water also listed, making up the majority of the content. These ingredients are carriers, since they deliver, or carry, CBD to the body. Because a small amount of CBD goes a very long way, the most practical way to deliver the CBD is with carrier oils or water. Since carriers represent the bulk of what you consume to administer CBD to your system, it makes sense to know what to look for in a carrier, what are the common carrier groups, and their benefits and drawbacks in use.
The Carrier Groups
In determining which carrier group should be used, there are several factors to take into consideration.
- Stability – greater stability means a longer time before the carrier breaks down
- Protection – some carriers are more effective at protecting CBD, while others break down the CBD
- Shelf Life – a measurement of stability minus protection equals shelf life
- Bioavailability – this refers to the percentage of CBD processed as compared to the amount consumed (finding a higher bioavailability is preferable); for instance, consuming 10 mg of CBD with the body absorbing 6 mg is a 60% absorption rate
- Flavor – some carriers may contain its own flavoring which could interfere with or overpower other tastes in the CBD products
- Carrier Benefits – some carriers offer their own health benefits, making the consumption of those carriers better for the consumer overall
There are three main carrier groups employed in the production of CBD oils and tinctures. Further exploration of each type will provide a better idea of how they work, plus the pros and cons of each methodology.
Plant Seed Oils
The most common plant seed oils you will find used in CBD products are hemp oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, and avocado oil. These oils are extracted by pressing the seeds. All plant seed oils are monounsaturated fats, making them healthier than trans fats; however, because water and fat do not mix, plant seed oils are not water-soluble. This results in reduced bioavailability when using plant seed oils.
Most oils also carry their own flavoring; for instance, hemp exudes an earthy and nutty flavor. Another concern when using plant seed oils is viscosity or the thickness of the oils. Higher viscosity oils, avocado oil, for instance, flow much slower because of their density. Plant seed oils are excellent for cooking needs but are not considered a quality CBD carrier.
Some users have shown enthusiasm for water-based carriers. The logic is simple enough: nothing is cleaner or purer than water, making it an outstanding candidate. Or so, one would think.
One of water’s powerful properties is its ability to break down compounds. Not only can a steadily dripping flow of water erode stone, but place anything in water, and it begins to break it down. That’s why dirty pots and pans clean faster and better after soaking in water.
Now think of CBD in water; it starts being consumed by the water instead of the consumer. Water-based carriers have the shortest shelf life of all carriers.
MCT Coconut Oil
Most people would logically conclude that either plant-based or water-based carriers would be the best route for producing CBD products since they are completely natural. But once you learn more about MCT coconut oil, you will realize that not all surface judgments are accurate.
What actually is MCT? It stands for medium-chain triglycerides and refers to the compound’s molecular structure. In extremely simple terms, MCT breaks down and is absorbed faster by the body. This makes the calories contained in MCT convert into energy more efficiently for the body to use, which in turn makes it less likely for the body to store those calories as fat.
Next, its molecular structure is smaller than long-chain triglycerides, which allows for greater bioavailability. They also have a higher water solubility, sending the CBD directly to the bloodstream instead of going through the digestive system. The results are two-fold: a higher percentage of CBD is utilized, and the effects are experienced faster.
Yet another benefit of MCT oil is that it is flavorless. Whether the manufacturer wishes to develop a clear, tasteless CDB oil or tincture, or wants to enhance its CBD products with special flavoring, MCT oil has no flavor of its own, so it would not interfere with the taste profile. By the way, the flavorless feature of MCT oil makes it a popular emollient, food aid, and diluent (a diluting agent) for multiple industries: the beverage, food, personal care, and medical fields.
Finally, MCT proves to provide a highly stable bonding, meaning it is slow to degrade from oxygen (open-air environments) and UV rays from the sun. This, in combination with the fact that MCT is an excellent protectant for CBD, elevates MCT oils as the ideal carrier oil for CBD products.
It should come as no surprise that health enthusiasts and athletes are avid about including MCT oils in their regular diet, often using it as their only cooking oil. Since it is tasteless and flavorless, it integrates perfectly in dishes without subtracting from the flavors of the other ingredients. Also, individuals following a keto diet appreciate its high-fat content and use it as a natural energy resource.
While all of the above-described types can serve as carriers for CBD products, using an MCT oil carrier will result in a better quality CBD oil or tincture. When it comes to getting the best results, in the shortest time period, CDB products manufactured using MCT oil show the greatest probability of creating the best CBD oil on the market.
Most importantly, when evaluating and comparing CBD products, understanding the different types of carriers, and their delivery efficacy and bioavailability threshold makes a CBD consumer not only better informed but more likely to end up with a quality CBD oil that works to their satisfaction. Rarely are the least expensive CBD products also the most cost-effective CBD products; often, the ingredients in lower-cost products reflect their low quality.
Now you know how to determine which CBD products will serve your needs best, which should result in improved results with your future CBD experiences! Make sure to check out Rewind CBD’s top of the line quality CBD oils that are made with MCT oil as a carrier oil!