MCT oil vs hemp seed oil: Why carrier oil matters

Are you confused by CBD carrier oils? It’s OK, you’re not alone! Even those who have been using CBD products for many years may find that they don’t fully understand the importance of the carrier oil. 

First things first, what exactly is a carrier oil? CBD doesn’t need a carrier oil, but CBD oil happens to be one of the most popular ways to enjoy CBD. It makes it easier to dose and provides a vehicle to help the CBD get into your bloodstream. 
Using a carrier oil also allows manufacturers to add other beneficial compounds such as terpenes, flavonoids and flavourings to the oil.  

This allows individuals to make the most of the “entourage effect”, resulting from different cannabinoids and plant compounds working together to enhance the effects of your CBD oil experience. 


What is hemp seed oil? 

Hemp seed oil is exactly as it sounds. It is an oil extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant and is popular with some CBD fans as it offers a “whole plant” experience.  

The CBD oil is extracted from the stalks and flowers of the cannabis plant, while the carrier oil is extracted from the seeds. 

Hemp seed oil also happens to offer a lot of health benefits and is rich in Omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. These are essential for many body functions, and as your body can’t produce them on its own, you have to get them from your diet.  

Hemp seed oil is also around 25% protein and is loaded with additional vitamins and minerals to help support your health. 


What is MCT oil? 

MCT is short for medium-chain triglyceride and is very popular with those following a ketogenic diet. MCT oil is derived from coconut oil or palm oil using a process called fractionation. 

The primary benefit of MCT oil is that it can increase the bioavailability of your CBD oil. Which simply means that more of the product will reach your bloodstream, where it can be utilised throughout your endocannabinoid system.

CBD is a fat-soluble molecule, so it blends well with oils. When added to MCT oil, it can increase the amount of CBD your body can access by minimising the amount processed by the liver. MCT oil can also permeate the blood-brain barrier, making it a more effective vehicle for CBD. 


Which is better? 

There are pros and cons to each type of carrier oil, and some people simply prefer one over the other. For example, if you enjoy the earthy taste of CBD, then hemp seed oil might be preferred. However, those who would rather mask the taste find that MCT oil offers a smoother flavour profile. 


Why do we use MCT oil? 

At Canamis we use premium-quality MCT oil in our CBD oil products that delivers a premium taste and experience. The MCT oil melts under your tongue and all but disappears in a wave of delicious flavour. This means that more CBD is delivered directly into your bloodstream, and less is wasted in your liver.