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WHY MCT OIL MATTERS

4 min read

We talk a lot about CBD, but what about the other ingredients featured in our wellness products that play a supporting role? MCT oil is one of those ingredients. You’ll see MCT oil included on the ingredient list for many CBD products, and while our favorite cannabinoid is still the star of the show, MCT oil deserves some credit too. Here’s what you need to know about MCT oil when it comes to CBD products

WHAT IS MCT OIL?

MCT stands for medium-chain triglyceride, which means medium chains of fats. Since these fats are shorter, they are easily digested by our bodies. You can find MCT’s in a wide array of foods such as palm kernel oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, and dairy products, but coconuts as a source of MCT are a clear favorite for many. In fact, more than half the fat that is found in coconut oil comes from MCT!

It should be noted that there is some nuance when it comes to MCT oil and coconut oil. MCT oil can stand alone; meanwhile, coconut oil naturally contains high amounts of MCT. You might see MCT oil products on the market that don’t contain coconut oil, but you can easily incorporate MCT into your diet by picking up a standard jar of coconut oil. 

BEHIND BIO-AVAILABILITY

CBD is a fat-soluble compound and best absorbed by your body when taken along with saturated fats. That’s where MCT comes in. Since MCT molecules are smaller than the molecules in most other fats, they’re easier for the body to use. This plays a role in increasing the bio-availability of CBD when consumed together. MCT oil, the carrier oil in this instance, provides the perfect vehicle for CBD to be absorbed by the bloodstream. 

In order to reap the benefits of CBD, your body needs to be able to absorb the wellness products you take effectively. MCT aids this process at various points. We know that after initial consumption, CBD travels through the digestive system with the help of rapidly absorbed MCT oil. But what happens next is pretty remarkable. When CBD reaches your liver, it goes through a metabolic process known as the “first pass.” CBD gets broken down into hundreds of metabolites, a large portion of which become useless at this point, therefore limiting their therapeutic potential. Here’s where things get interesting: One study found that MCT oil may actually aid in carrying CBD directly to the bloodstream and may help to avoid the first pass metabolic process. Simply said, combining CBD with MCT oil allows for a greater concentration of CBD to be absorbed into your bloodstream so you can experience the power potential of CBD to its fullest potential. 

THE BENEFITS OF MCT OIL 

It’s no secret that we believe that MCT oil and CBD are a perfect pairing. But it’s also worth noting that MCT is a popular health + wellness product on its own. From bulletproof coffees to fat bombs, more and more people are incorporating MCT oil into their diets. Here are some of the reasons why MCT is a worthwhile addition to your wellness regimen. 

FINAL THOUGHTS  

It’s important to us that our customers get the most out of their CBD products + experience that they can. That’s why all of our orally ingested wellness products feature high-quality coconut oil that’s full of naturally occurring MCT. Not only does MCT oil help to increase the bio-availability of CBD so that you get potent therapeutic benefits efficiently, but it also happens to be good for your health on its own. 

If you’re looking for thoughtfully made CBD products that are formulated with rapid absorption and flexible serving sizes in mind, check out our Full Bloom and Pure Bloom CBD oils. They’re among our best-selling products and come in multiple flavors and potency options. If convenient capsules are more your vibe, check out our Bright Side Capsules. You’ll also find MCT featured in our topical products such as Bliss Balm and several pet products. 

Have more questions about the role of MCT oils in CBD products, or just about CBD in general? Drop us a line by emailing help@onyxandrose.com. We’re always happy to help. 

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