In some cases, you can maximize the natural benefits of your CBD product by taking it with MCT oil.
There are several different ways you can use CBD, and the method you choose can play a role in how quickly and how much CBD gets delivered to your system. If you’re someone who prefers to get their CBD by ingesting your product, you’ll want to be familiar with MCT oil.
MCT oil, or medium-chain triglyceride oil, can help maximize the natural benefits of your CBD serving by helping ensure more CBD reaches your bloodstream faster so that the compounds can interact with your native systems.
How CBD Works
Before diving into MCT oil and its association with CBD, it’s best if we first go over how CBD works.
Once your body absorbs CBD, the cannabinoids are eventually delivered to the bloodstream, where they can interact with specialized receptors that alter the release of neurotransmitters in the brain.
These receptors, referred to as cannabinoid receptors, play a big role in your body’s endocannabinoid system, your body’s major regulatory network that is constantly working to keep many of your functions in balance so that you can keep performing at your best.
By stimulating the endocannabinoid system, CBD supports its efforts to keep many important functions in check.
As you can see, these natural benefits of CBD rely on the cannabinoids reaching your bloodstream.
What is MCT Oil?
Medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs, are a form of saturated fatty acids that have six to 10 carbons. Translucent and tasteless, MCT oil is a type of oil made up of one or more of these MCTs.
MCTs have become popular among health-conscious eaters, because they’re considered efficient sources of energy that are easily digested and absorbed into the metabolizing process. MCTs don’t need bile salts to digested and they’re processed in the liver and absorbed quickly, which means they can pass from the digestive system to the bloodstream for fast and sustained energy.
Athletes often use MCT’s to support their nutritional needs during training. According to WebMD, MCTs are beneficial for increasing exercise performance, decreasing body fat, and increasing lean muscle mass.
Coconut oil and palm kernel oil are great sources of MCTs. You’ll also find MCTs in:
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Soybean oil
- Sesame oil
MCT’s are also found in some dairy like goats milk, cheese, and butter.
MCT Oil Acts as a Carrier for CBD
Ingesting CBD is a popular method because of its simplicity and familiarity. While an effective way to deliver CBD to your system, it is a slower delivery method than others and some CBD can be lost through the digestive process. MCT oil serves as a carrier for CBD so that more of the compounds reach the bloodstream and get there more quickly for fast effects.
This benefit of combining CBD with MCT oil is referred to as increasing CBD’s bioavailability. Bioavailability is the degree and rate that a substance, in this case CBD, is absorbed and delivered to the bloodstream where it can interact with the body’s native systems.
When you take any product orally, its active ingredients are absorbed through the digestive system. The compounds are broken down in the stomach, absorbed by the small intestine, and then sent through the portal vein directly to your liver.
At the liver, some of the CBD can get lost. A phenomenon referred to as first pass metabolism breaks CBD into more than 100 different metabolites, many of which are not used by the body and quickly excreted. This diminishes the concentration of CBD and therefore reduces its bioavailability. In short, less CBD reaches your bloodstream.
MCT oil, acting as a carrier, helps CBD bypass that first pass metabolism process altogether so that more of the cannabinoids get to where they need to be to promote balance. Cannabinoids like CBD are fat-soluble, so they’re most effective when consumed with saturated fats.
In short, when CBD is taken with saturated fats like those in MCT oil, a greater concentration of CBD from your serving is absorbed and able to be put to use right away.
When to Add MCT Oil
Whether it would be beneficial for you to consider incorporating MCT oil into your CBD routine depends on your method of consumption.
If you vape or dab Dixie Botanicals® CBD Isolate, the CBD goes right from the lungs into the bloodstream, never entering the digestive system. If you take Dixie Botanicals® CBD tinctures under the tongue, or sublingually, the cannabinoid diffuses through mucous membranes in your mouth where they’re transferred right to the bloodstream. With topical CBD products like Dixie Botanicals® Salvation Balm, the CBD molecules interact with cannabinoid receptors near the skin’s surface and never make it to the bloodstream.
If you swallow and ingest your product, CBD must go through the digestive system and this is when MCT oil can be beneficial.