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If you look on the ingredient list on the back of your CBD oil bottle, and you will notice that CBD is not the only thing listed. CBD is in powder or resin form when it is extracted from the hemp plant. It is potent, and a little goes a long way. Measuring out grains of CBD isolate would be difficult and unrealistic. Even if it could be accurately and properly measured, your body would not be able to absorb the concentrated CBD effectively, and you would end up losing much of what you’re trying to take in. For these reasons, CBD must be mixed with a carrier oil in order to be ingested effectively.
A carrier oil is just what is sounds like: it “carries” the CBD, acting as the vehicle that allows CBD to be absorbed by the body by binding to fat molecules. CBD loves fats. In fact, it needs to be in the presence of fats in order to be effectively absorbed by the body. Think about it: Fats in your refrigerator don’t degrade as fast as other things. Because of that, a fatty carrier oil also helps keep your CBD oil stable and effective for a longer period of time.
There are many different carrier oils, from olive oil to avocado oil, but they’re not all created equal as it pertains to CBD. This is because of bioavailability. Bioavailability refers to the degree and rate at which something can be absorbed by the body. In other words, the bioavailability of CBD is determined by how much CBD your body can process compared to how much you take in. The way different carrier oils operate on a molecular level differentiates the best carrier oils (and therefore the most effective CBD oil) from the worst carrier oils (and therefore the least effective CBD oil).
Just as the quality and purity of the hemp is incredibly important to the quality of CBD oil, so also is the quality and purity of the carrier oil used.
Two of the most effective carrier oils that are best absorbed by the body are unrefined MCT oil and hemp seed oil. Not only are these carrier oils excellent carriers for CBD, but also they have healthful qualities on their own.
MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides. They are easier to digest than the longer chain triglycerides (think olive oil). MCT oil is extracted from coconut or palm. Unrefined MCT oil is an excellent carrier oil for CBD because it absorbs better than other oils. These oils are absorbed directly through the liver. This means that more CBD is available to the body than with many other carrier oils. MCT oil also has its own health benefits. It is antibacterial, antifungal, and aids in skin health. MCT oil is not stored as fat as other fatty acids are, and it gives a boost of energy. It is odorless and practically tasteless, which makes it an excellent choice for sublingual CBD oils.
Hemp seed oil is harvested by cold pressing hemp seeds. It is extracted from the hemp plant itself, just as CBD is, but it contains no extra cannabidiol when used as a carrier oil for CBD products. Because hemp seed oil and CBD are both parts of the hemp plant, some believe that using it as a carrier oil allows the oil and the CBD to work in synergy. Hemp seed oil is chock full of essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Hemp seed oil may reduce your risk of heart disease, as it contains high levels of an amino acid that ultimately lowers blood pressure and inflammation. Hemp seed oil is also excellent for those with skin issues like eczema, dry skin, and itchy patches.
There are other carrier oils out there, but unrefined MCT oil and hemp seed oil are two of the most effective carrier oils for sublingual CBD oil. They not only allow CBD to be effectively absorbed into the body, but also they provide their own health benefits. The carrier oil of your CBD oil has a direct impact on how much benefit you will experience from using CBD oil. If you’re not feeling any different after trying CBD oil, check the other ingredients to see what carrier oil your CBD contains. It could be blocking CBD from doing in your body all that God intended it to do.
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