Maybe you’ve seen it on our site. Or in another CBD product. What is MCT oil and how does it benefit the consumption of CBD oil?
MCT oil is the most efficient way to consume CBD oil so the cannabinoids interact with the body quickly and easily. Medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs, are medium-length fatty acid chains.
Why is that important?
Cannabinoids break down and are stored in fat versus water (fat soluble), so are best consumed with fat to increase absorption. Take note that not all fats are good for this.
The liver sees the MCT oils as carbs and directly metabolizes the oil into energy. It does this without causing free-radicals, because the liver still processes it as a fat. This rapid metabolism also puts the cannabinoids to use right away.
Where does MCT oil come from?
A very common source of MCTs is coconut / palm kernel oil, but it’s important to know not all coconut oil will be a good source. It’s best to have a high grade oil for best efficiency. For the good coconut oil, two thirds of it’s fatty acids are MCTs.
Let’s hear about the potential benefits.
This amazing oil isn’t only making a splash in the cannabis industry, but is being used for better brain function, weight management, and overall good health.
MCTs are being used in addition to medications for food absorption disorders such as celiac disease and liver disease, and have also been used for cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and seizures in children.
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!
The immune system can benefit from MCT oil which has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties from its lauric acid, capric and caprylic acid, and antimicrobial lipids.
Research on MCTs suggests these medium chain fats may be a positive impact for balancing hormones and increased insulin sensitivity.
CBD and MCT Oil
Studies have found MCT oil can assist with energy and brain function, making it a great addition to CBD. All of the potential benefits of MCTs complement what studies, research and self made testimonials are starting to show us about CBD.
It’s also been found that this combination can also help with metabolism. CBD will shift the metabolism away from burning sugar and towards a fatty-acid metabolism, while MCT oil will help the fat burning process. The more the endocannabinoid system is regulated and balanced, the metabolism can typically improve.
How to use CBD MCT Oil
MCT Oil is tasteless, unless flavoring is added in, and allows for easy consumption in several ways. For the fastest delivery – Place the desired amount of tincture under your tongue for 90 seconds. Other delivery option – Mix in the desired amount of CBD MCT oil with your favorite food or beverage.
Reference Studies & Articles
Study on if olive oil or MCT oil has a greater weight and fat loss, where MCT oil was found to a lower endpoint body weight than olive oil
Journal on intestinal hydrolysis and absorption of a medium chain triglyceride
Article on the Use of Medium-Chain Triglycerides in Gastrointestinal Disorders
Research on sparing muscle glycogen
A review on medium chain triglycerides on body composition, energy expenditure and satiety