Have you ever wondered why Source tinctures contain CBD oil and coconut oil?
And we’re not the only ones. Lots of companies do it. There’s a very good reason for this.
On it’s own, CBD just can’t deliver everything we hope. It needs a little help from a friend. That friend is a carrier oil.
So what’s the best carrier oil for CBD, and why do you even need them?
Why Carrier Oils are Important
Carrier oils are plant-derived oils that help “carry” the primary oil (in this case, CBD) to where it’s needed in the body. They’re not specific to CBD – lots of people use them with things like essential oils too.
With CBD specifically, carrier oils increase what’s known as the bioavailability of CBD. Bioavailability refers to how much the human body can process and use of a substance.
When it comes to CBD, these base oils are necessary because pure CBD alone isn’t very bioavailable, so it can’t enter the bloodstream. This is because it’s a fat-soluble substance.
In order for your body to use a fat-soluble substance, it needs to mix with something else to form little clusters of molecules called micelles. These micelles then enter the fatty lymph tissue, which is a network of fat-based compounds and immune cells. Only then can they be distributed through the bloodstream to the different parts of the body.
The carrier oil acts as that “something else” to form those micelles. That’s why they’re so important.
So what’s the best one?
What’s the Best Carrier Oil for CBD?
There are many different carrier oils that can be used with CBD oil. You might find tinctures made with:
- Olive oil
- Avocado oil
- Hemp seed oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Palm oil
All of these have pros and cons. A few, specifically hemp seed oil, have a ton of other health benefits. But we definitely have a favorite: coconut oil.
There are a few reasons we think coconut oil is the best carrier oil for CBD:
- It has little to no flavor.
- Compared to others, it’s a very thin oil, which makes it great for measuring and dispensing with a dropper.
- It has natural antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.
- It’s full of medium chain triglycerides (MCT). Medium chain triglycerides are smaller fat molecules which are easily absorbed by the body.
- It’s also packed with its own great health benefits!
Coconut oil is known as a Medium-chain triglyceride (MCT). MCTs are widely considered the best carrier oils for CBD because they’re typically able to hold higher concentrations of fat soluble compounds (like CBD) which can result in slightly higher absorption rates.
Because of these reasons, we only use organic coconut MCT oil as a carrier oil in our tinctures. Only the best for you.