It's understandable you want to get the most out of your CBD oil. But how much of a role do CBD carrier oils play in that equation?
Top CBD Carrier Oils
- Our Favorite Carrier Oil: Safflower oil
- Most Natural Oil: Hemp seed oil
- Most Popular: Olive oil
- Most Affordable: MCT oil
Below, we'll go through which carrier oil for CBD is the best and why. So you can make an informed decision on your CBD carrier oil and get the most out of your CBD products!
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What Is A Carrier Oil?
In short, carrier oils in CBD tinctures are there to carry and deliver the cannabinoid contents to your body, helping your body absorb the CBD oil just a little bit easier. While carrier oils dilute the natural substance you're hoping to ingest, they can actually offer plenty of benefits on their own, depending on the type of carrier oil you choose to go with.
That being said, there are many different carrier oils out there, and you may find yourself with a preference for one carrier oil over the other. This is why it's especially important to read the label of your CBD products to make sure you know which CBD carrier oil you're about to consume.
But what exactly does a carrier oil do that CBD oil can't do on its own?
Why Do You Need A Carrier Oil For CBD?
#1. Improves absorption
CBD oil is fat-soluble and therefore dissolves in oil rather than water. When ingested, fat-soluble substances like CBD oil are better absorbed by the body when digested with another fat.
This is what's known as bioavailability. Bioavailability simply refers to how much of the CBD oil you're actually getting from the product and how quickly that CBD is able to enter your bloodstream.
Once ingested, your digestive tract will send the CBD oil and its carrier oil to your body's fatty tissues. From there, these oils will be distributed amongst your lymphatic system and so forth.
This process can sometimes keep you from absorbing as much CBD as is described on the label. But all in all, assisting CBD oil with that additional carrier oil makes it easier for your body to absorb pure CBD while boosting the bioavailability of the product. Plus, certain carrier oils will also offer their own benefits too.
#2. Makes CBD oils easier to take
You've no doubt heard the saying "just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down." But in the CBD world, you'd better replace "sugar" with "carrier oil."
Carrier oils can offer their own natural flavorings which makes taking CBD oil a much more enjoyable experience. After all, it's not entirely common to down a vial of pure CBD extract on its own. (Unless you can’t get enough of that earthy, hempy taste.)
#3. Improves shelf-life of CBD oils
Over time, it's natural for cannabinoids to lose their potency. But carrier oils can help to preserve that potency and freshness for much longer, lengthening the shelf life of your CBD product.
Additionally, make sure to store your CBD tinctures and oils in a dark, cool place. Exposure to direct sunlight and oxygen can speed up the degradation process of your CBD products - and you definitely want to make sure they'll last!
Common carrier oils for CBD
There's no limit to what type of carrier oil you can use for CBD. From avocado oil to palm kernel oil to vegetable oil and more, carrier oils are as diverse as they are unique.
Below, you'll find the most common carrier oils for CBD and what they each have to offer.
At Clean Remedies, we stick to USDA Certified Organic & Kosher Safflower Oil for all our CBD tinctures and oils. Safflower oil is known for its many health benefits including blood sugar control, increased heart health, and its abundant anti-inflammatory properties.
While not the most common carrier oil, safflower oil is high in vitamin E and ultimately allows the hemp plant to shine. Other carrier oils can sometimes mask the properties of the hemp plant but our carrier oil delivers CBD to you in its purest form.
Furthermore, you can always expect us at Clean Remedies to offer you just CBD. No frills or fluff, only organic ingredients curated with your best interests in mind.
Coconut oil or MCT oil
You may have heard coconut oil and MCT oil as two different things. But MCT oil is just fractionated coconut oil, a process that skims the large fat molecules from the oil.
MCT oil can also be derived from palm oil. Since coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (otherwise known as MCT oils), both are high in saturated fats.
The saturated fats in MCT coconut oil are able to be absorbed quickly, making it an ideal carrier oil for CBD. That being said, MCT oil doesn't contain as many nutrients as most other carrier oils.
So if you're looking for some added health benefits, you might want to look for other oils. On the bright side, coconut oil carries a sweet, tropical flavor that can mask the tangy, earthy flavor of CBD.
This is perfect for those looking to reap the benefits of the cannabis plant without having to taste its full flavor. If this sounds like you, consider using coconut or medium-chain triglyceride oil!
Avocado oil is gaining popularity as a good carrier oil for CBD products. With higher vitamin content and an ability to be absorbed quickly by the body, avocado oil seems like a no-brainer.
But for some, avocado oil is simply too thick an oil to be ingested enjoyably. Many agree that avocado oil is the best carrier oil for topical CBD products as it hydrates the skin thoroughly.
Hemp seed oil
While hemp seed oil and CBD come from the same plant, hemp seed oil, or hemp oil, isn't actually the same as CBD. CBD is derived from the hemp flower while hemp seed oil comes from the hemp seeds.
But coming from the same plant also brings its own set of benefits. Namely, the hemp seed oil is able to offer something most carrier oils can't: the entourage effect.
The entourage effect purports that combining various parts of the plant (as well as their cannabinoid content) can make each component all the more effective. This factor has made hemp seed oil the perfect carrier oil in many users' eyes as it is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, high in antioxidants, and a good source of fiber.
Olive oil is perhaps the most well-known carrier oil as its health benefits have been well documented. Rich in omega-3 fatty acid and with large monounsaturated fats, olive oil is ideal for those looking to boost immunity, reduce inflammation, and encourage cognitive health.
That being said, the monounsaturated fat in olive oil may take a while for the body to process. So if you're looking for quick absorption, you might consider the many carrier oils we've listed above.
Choosing the right carrier oil for CBD
Ultimately, finding the right carrier oil that works for you is an individual process. You may find you like the thicker consistency of olive oil or perhaps you prefer a carrier oil that doesn't require chemical processing.
Either way, each carrier oil is meant to deliver you the purest CBD there is. And if you want that guarantee with every one of your CBD products, then check out all the tinctures and oils we have in store at Clean Remedies.
From Broad Spectrum CBD to CBD isolate, our shelves are stocked with the very best products in the CBD industry.
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