Why is CBD infused in oil carriers?
To begin we first must define why it's important for CBD to be fused into a carrier. When CBD is extracted from hemp and isn’t placed into a carrier it is called: CBD Isolate. When CBD is in this form it looks like a white powder. When CBD is in isolate form, it is difficult to measure how much CBD is inside the powder grain. In addition, when your body tries to take in CBD in isolate form much of it goes to waste. CBD is optimally digested by the body when infused in an oil-based solution because it binds together with the fat molecules in your body…so which is the best oil?
What are the traits of the top carrier oil?
The major point when considering what oil carrier is the best to bind with CBD would be its ability to be processed by your body or its bioavailability As per the National Institute of Health: Bioavailability refers to the extent a substance or drug becomes completely available to its intended biological destination(s). More accurately, bioavailability is a measure of the rate and fraction of the initial dose of a drug that successfully reaches either; the site of action or the bodily fluid domain from which the drug’s intended targets have unimpeded access.” When we are talking about CBD’s bioavailability, we must look at the fat molecules that are inside the carrier oil its fused with. Not only must you consider the carrier oils bioavailability, but some oils are better to use regarding taste, cost and consistency.
Coconut Oil (MCT Oil)
Coconut oil is on the top of our list as it beats out the many carrier oils on the market in quite a few areas. To begin coconut oil has basically no flavor. With that in mind you can understand why we would use coconut oil in our OG CBD Oil Tincture production, as it does not interfere, we our tinctures great taste. Another benefiting factor to use coconut oil as a carrier is because of its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial traits. Coconut oil’s greatest trait when talking about its use iin the CBD industry is its wealth of saturated fats and more specifically Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT). MCT are smaller fat molecules which are the most easily absorbed by the body through the liver. For all the reasons above is why MCT Oil is the best carrier for CBD oil.
Here are Organic Grit we use only the best Coconut Oil (MCT Oil) in all out OG CBD Tinctures.
Palm oil can also be used to create MCT oil, but the manufacturing process are not positive. The process that palm oil is put through connects with animal cruelty and deforestation. For this critical flaw, we recommend to always go with coconut oil as its process are far more sustainable and eco-friendly.
One of the first things we notice when we taste olive oil is its fruity light taste, which is great, but not when you are talking about CBD oil tinctures! To ensure that the carrier oil doesn’t interfere with the overall taste of the product, its best to use an oil like coconut, which has no taste. In addition, olive oil tends to have a higher viscosity, which in turn affects the measuring process. Finally olive oil contains larger fat molecules that require more processing and in turn your body takes in less CBD.
Avocado produces an even thicker oil than olive oil. With that being that said, avocado oil allows for even less CBD to be absorbed by your body. Another fault that avocado oil creates when talking about a CBD oil carrier is its nutty taste. Finally avocado is far more expensive than any carrier oil listed here.
Hemp Seed Oil
We know that from looking the name, you’d believe that hemp seed oil would be the best because CBD is primarily derived from hemp itself: wrong. Firstly, hemp seed oil has a low bioavailability rate when compared to MCT Oil (which is our carrier for all OG CBD Oil Tinctures). In addition, a lot of companies in the CBD industry simply try to push hemp seed oil as CBD oil itself: this is wrong. Be sure to check out our lab reports here and note that none of our products contain any hemp seed oil.
*Beware of companies that lack reports or even state they test “in-house”. When you see these companies: run for the hills*
Grape Seed Oil
Finally: Grape seed oil. It is super rare to see this carrier in the CBD industry, but it happens. Grape seed oil is super thin and make its extremely difficult to retain any CBD. The main negative factor that grape seed oil possesses, when talking about its capabilities of being a CBD oil carrier, is that it primary consists of polyunsaturated fats, the wrong stuff to be a sufficient carrier for CBD.