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What is MCT Oil and is it OK in CBD Tinctures?
CBD tinctures are quickly gaining popularity with us mature adults. They’re easy to use and store, and are very discreet. Plus, if they are products with no THC (or less than .03%), you can easily find them online without going to a cannabis dispensary. We have several reputable CBD tincture products on our site, so you can visit our CBD tinctures page to learn more about them. When you do, you may notice that most of the tinctures contain MCT oil; but what is MCT oil and is it OK in CBD tinctures? If you’re an adult considering using CBD oil for health and wellness benefits, we thought it might be helpful to provide some information about MCT, and why so many companies use it.
What is MCT?
I bet that most of us do not remember much from our high school chemistry class. Heck, I barely remember high school at all. Putting on our science hats on for a moment, MCT stands for “Medium Chain Triglycerides” or “Medium Chain Fatty Acids.” In the natural world, they come from coconut oil, palm oil, and some dairy products.
For tinctures, our bodies process cannabidiol, aka CBD, much better when it’s combined with a fat-based “carrier oil.” CBD is fat soluble, meaning it breaks down better in oil rather than water. As a result, the CBD is delivered more efficiently in our bodies. For CBD and other tinctures, MCT is becoming quite popular as the main carrier oil to mix with the CBD oil. Medium chain triglycerides have fewer carbohydrates and calories than “long chain triglycerides” (LCT) found in olive oil, nuts, and avocados.
While the medical community considers LCTs as healthy oils, our bodies process MCT oils differently than LCT oils because MCTs travel through our digestive systems and liver more efficiently. Again, this means the body absorbs more CBD molecules because they don’t get stopped in the liver. Getting back to my fondness for gambling, I bet that many readers are thinking “So why not use hemp seed oil as the carrier oil?” It comes down to carbs, calories, and again, the way our bodies process hemp oil. MCT oil also has fewer calories than hemp seed oil which makes MCT a more efficient delivery system. MCT allows for a better ratio of carrier oil to CBD oil, so the tincture can have higher CBD content. This same premise holds true for other LCT oils like olive oil or pure palm oil. They are not bad for you, MCT is simply better for distributing the CBD throughout our bodies.
MCT vs Pure Coconut Oil
The MCT extracted from the coconut oil is in the form of Capric acid and Caprylic acid. That is not a typo. The difference is the number of carbon atoms in each acid. Pure coconut oil also contains “Lauric acid” that many biochemists consider an LCT. Again, as an LCT, our bodies process it differently. There’s nothing wrong with using coconut oil as a carrier oil, and in fact, these tinctures may be cheaper because there is less processing involved. But according to scientists smarter than me, extracting the MCT from the coconut oil or palm oil makes for a more efficient carrier oil because our bodies process it differently.
Straight, No Chaser
MCT on its own is clear, tasteless, and it’s odorless. This means you can put it in your morning coffee, tea, or straight from the eye dropper. Using it in smoothies or salad dressing is also popular. When used in a CBD or THC tincture, the taste may vary with different products. I personally use a CBD/MCT oil tincture a couple of hours prior to bedtime for better sleep. It has no taste and I put it under my tongue letting it soak into my mouth for about 90 seconds before swallowing.
What are the Health Benefits of MCT Oil?
MCT by itself may help our brains for improved memory and brain function. According to the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, MCT may also combat the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease. Without a doubt, additional research is needed about how MCT may improve brain function, and we will pay close attention to these types of studies.
It may also be helpful with weight loss. A 2009 study found that MCT helped reduce women’s body mass index, and it may also help maintain better cholesterol and sugar levels. MCT oil may also help with our digestive system by inducing good bacteria into our stomach lining.
A Ketogenic diet consists of a low-carb, high-fat meal plan. According to Harvard Health News, with a Keto diet, our bodies get fuel from fat “ketones,” not carbohydrates found in other foods. MCT helps burn calories, so this may help someone trying to lose weight on a Keto diet. Going a step further, because MCT oil is a fuel source on its own, the body does not need to store the fat you’re eating at every meal on a Keto diet. The Epilepsy Foundation believes a Keto diet in conjunction with MCT oil may be helpful in providing relief for older children suffering from epileptic seizures. This is mainly because ketones serve as a fuel for the brain as well as the body.
The Health Benefits of MCT and CBD
When you combine MCT with the potential health benefits of CBD, it’s easy to understand why quality-conscious companies prefer it in their products. CBD acts as an anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and relaxation agent without the euphoric feeling caused by its fellow cannabinoid companion, THC. Many people also find it helpful for both chronic and temporary pain relief, and insomnia.
A Low Smoke Point
MCT oil has a low smoke point. No, I am not referring to smoking or vaping MCT oil on its own. A low smoke point means you should never cook with it because it can ignite at low temperatures. Stick with your standard olive, canola, or vegetable oils for cooking. Besides, cooking with MCT oil would be really expensive.
Better Health and Wellness
Together, CBD and MCT make a powerful combination for better overall health and wellness. Each has its own positive attributes, and combining them makes for excellent products. If you’re currently taking other medications, always check with your doctor before starting an MCT/CBD regimen.
Are you currently using a CBD/MCT tincture? How do you use it? In coffee? Straight out of the dropper? We’d love to hear your story.
Philip Rebentish is a writer and the Content Editor for Three Wells.
How to Make CBD MCT Oil
MCT oil is a healthy cooking medium used in many recipes. MCT stands for ‘medium-chain triglycerides’, these are the compounds that give oils their beneficial properties. The reason they are so beneficial is they can be metabolized quickly and are almost immediately bioavailable to the body. Therefore when infused with CBD, it allows for faster absorption into the body compared to other methods. This brings on the medicinal and therapeutic properties of CBD much faster. This beginner guide will teach you how to make CBD MCT oil and how to calculate the potency of it.
We recommend you scroll to the bottom of this post before you make the recipe. At the bottom, you will find a potency calculator for the CBD MCT oil. Play around with the calculator until you find a dosage that fits your preferences. Then you will know exactly how much of each ingredient you need for the infusion.
Here is What You’ll Need
To make CBD MCT oil, there are only two ingredients the recipe calls for. The main ingredient you won’t be able to purchase at the grocery store. That ingredient is CBD isolate. CBD isolate is simple to use and very affordable. If you would like to purchase isolate or read more information on it, here is the company we have been using:
The only other ingredient needed for the recipe is MCT oil. You can buy organic MCT oil on Amazon – click here to learn more. There is also some equipment you will need.
CBD MCT Oil Potency Guide
We recommend that you calculate the potency of the CBD MCT oil prior to making it. This will allow you to adjust the recipe until you find a dosage that fits your preferences. To calculate the potency of each recipe you make, you must know the potency of the infused-MCT oil. Furthermore, if you know the MCT oils potency, you can determine how many mg of CBD are in each portion of the recipe.
Infusion Machines Make Edibles For You!
Decarboxylating and infusing your cannabis edibles can take a lot of time and effort. Luckily, there are great infusion devices to make this process as easy and seamless as possible. Cannabis-infusion machines are countertop devices that decarboxylate and infuse your butter, oils, and other ingredients for you. With just a few clicks you will have cannabis edibles at your disposal!
We recommend LEVO Infusion Machines and Ardent Cannabis Infusion Machines, which are two of the most widely used devices on the market. Use code CANNASCHOOL at checkout for 10% OFF!
To calculate the potency, you will need to measure the amount of CBD isolate used in the infusion. The CBD isolate package may have guidelines and directions for how to measure and dose it. To measure the amount of CBD used in each recipe we make, we use a digital scale. CBD is measured in milligrams (mg), so if the scale reads 0.1g (grams) that is equivalent to 100mg.
We recommend that you aim to use approximately 0.5 grams of CBD isolate per cup of MCT oil, which is equivalent to 500mg of CBD per cup. At the bottom of this article, we made a potency calculator to help you find a dosage you want! Do this prior to making the infused-MCT oil so you know precisely how much CBD isolate and oil to add!
If you need a digital scale to measure the CBD isolate for the infusion, this is the scale we recommend: here is a link to the scale we use which can be purchased on Amazon!
How To Make CBD Tincture With Mct Oil
Article written by
Dipak Hemraj Head of Research and Education
Dipak Hemraj is a published author, grower, product maker, and Leafwell’s resident cannabis expert. From botany & horticulture to culture and economics, he wishes to help educate the public on why cannabis is medicine (or a “pharmacy in a plant”) and how it can be used to treat a plethora of health problems. Dipak wants to unlock the power of the plant, and see if there are specific cannabinoid-terpene-flavonoid profiles suitable for different conditions.
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