MCT Oil and CBD Explained


MCT Oil and CBD Explained

30 July 2020

Full Guide to Their Symbiotic Relationship

MCT Oil is the new kid on the block when it comes to being the latest in line of edible oils thought to have  beneficial properties. It’s an oil that’s versatile in terms of food supplementation and useful when paired with CBD in terms of delivery. With scientific evidence backing up initial claims, MCT Oil definitely offers benefits worth getting to know. In this article, we’ll break down the key points of why this edible wonder oil has become so popular in terms of CBD. 

What is MCT Oil?

MCT stands for Medium-Chain Triglyceride, a fat that is known to exist in select oils and dairy products. In scholarly terms, it is also referred to as a lipid. The best source of MCT Oil is derived from and most abundantly found in Coconut Oil.

Additionally, MCT Oil is a saturated fat. Normally, doctors would recommend that a person consumes only moderate levels of saturated fat due to its artery-blocking tendencies, but in terms of CBD delivery, the miniscule amount it takes to administer a tincture poses little threat.
And the benefits of pairing CBD Oil with a saturated fat like MCT Oil is, in fact, paramount to ensure maximum absorption because Cannabinoids, including Cannabidiol (CBD) are, naturally, fat-soluble. 

How Does MCT Oil Work with CBD?

Medium-Chain triglycerides (MCTs) function by rapidly breaking down and absorbing into the body, versus their long-chained counterparts (LCTs) which are less efficient. According to a health article medically reviewed by Mary Jane Brown, PhD, “Triglycerides have two main purposes. They’re either burned for energy or stored as body fat.” Because of their chain length, MCTs are processed favourably by the body and convert into usable energy instead of undesirable fat like LCTs. This is why, because of its inherent “rapid and simple” nature when it comes to nutrient assimilation, MCT Oil is used in conjunction with CBD.

Why use MCT Oil?

Technically, MCT Oil, on its own, is considered a food supplement because it undergoes a synthetic process in which it has been isolated and extracted to then exist in a concentrated form. MCT Oil is naturally present, without undergoing synthetic extraction, in Coconut Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, and select dairy products, but at lesser concentrations compared to the food supplement grade extract used in CBD Tinctures. So, when you take CBD Products that use MCT oil, you’re not only reaping the benefits that Medium-Chain Triglycerides have to offer, you’re doing so exponentially through its concentrated formulation while also reaping the maximum benefits of CBD.

In other words, when it comes to combining MCT Oil And Cannabidiol (CBD), it’s truly a match made in heaven.

The Benefits of MCT Oil

In a dietary sense, there are many said benefits of MCT Oil, some accredited and others speculatory. And those could take up a whole other blog. But, truthfully, the majority of MCT Oil’s potential dietary benefits are nearly irrelevant when it comes to its function as a CBD carrier oil.

The main benefits of MCT Oil, in this context, are based on increasing the bioavailability of CBD, not the potential health benefits you stand to gain by including MCT Oil into your daily lifestyle.

MCT Oil as a Carrier Oil

Studies show that when paired with a carrier oil CBD is absorbed 3 times more efficiently than when it is consumed alone.

MCT Oil is specifically used in conjunction with CBD Tinctures because the composition of the tincture requires the use of carrier oil. This carrier oil is responsible for ensuring optimal delivery of the active compound it is paired with-in our case, Cannabidiol (CBD). Why use MCT Oil over other carrier oil choices? To increase the CBD’s efficacy of course!

Is MCT Oil the Best Carrier Oil for CBD?

MCT Oil helps you to rapidly metabolise the CBD by bypassing the normal digestive process, where the active compound normally deteriorates when it hits the liver. Instead, the CBD is absorbed directly though the gut wall thus maintaining a higher percentage of its original potency. Because of this, the CBD is not only more quickly but also more effectively distributed throughout the body. With the use of MCT Oil a higher concentration of CBD is, therefore, absorbed and inevitably utilised by the body instead of lost to the complexities of digestion.

Other carrier oils such as hemp seed oil, grape seed oil, olive oil, or vegetable glycerine can be paired with CBD but none contain comparable levels of MCTs. Not only that, MCT Oil is very effective and also has no distinguishable flavour, and promotes the shelf-life longevity of your favourite Elixinol CBD Tincture.


For a such a small word, MCT Oil sure does offer big opportunity for functional implementation. Its application is multi-faceted, spans industries, and took a professional blogger a very long time to fully comprehend and organise for you today.

In summation, MCT Oil and CBD Oil compliment each other organically in a kind of symbiosis we’ve not seen since the invention of peanut butter and jelly. I think you can trust that when you’ve discovered a brand who pairs MCT Oil with their CBD, they know a thing or two and have your best interest at heart. Have you checked the label on your tincture lately?