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Which CBD carrier oil should you choose?

Every person has different reasons for using CBD, as well as different tastes and preferences. With an abundance of choices, you may be wondering which CBD oil is right for you. Maison Kannavis offers a range of options, so you are sure to find an option that works for you. While all of our products are made from BIO certified full spectrum hemp extract, they differ in taste and in the carrier oil being used.

What is a carrier oil?

Carrier oils are used to dilute the purified CBD oil extracted from hemp plants.  Because the amount of CBD in purified hemp extract will vary widely based on the strain of cannabis and growing conditions, It is necessary to dilute CBD oils so that dosages can be standardized and so that they are in accordance with international laws on THC content. After the extraction of CBD oils, the THC content of the purified oil is often greater than 0,2 % (legal limit in most of Europe) or 0,3% (the federal legal limit in America).

What is a carrier oil?

Bioavailability refers to the amount any substance (in our case CBD) that reaches your body’s systemic circulation. The more that a particular carrier oil promotes bioavailability, the more effective that the tincture oil will be. CBD, like other fat-soluble compounds, cannot be absorbed directly into your blood stream through your gut because it is not a water-soluble compound. Instead, it is absorbed by the fatty tissues lining your digestive tract. CBD is a lipophilic, which means that is binds easily to fat molecules, which increases bioavailability. To maximize the amount of CBD that your body can process, carrier oils with fat molecules that can bind with CBD should be used.

What are the most common CBD carrier Oils?

The three most common CBD carrier oils are olive oil, MCT oil, and hemp seed oil. At Maison Kannavis we offer signature blends with all three types of oils so you can see which one works best for you.

MCT Oil (Coconut Oil)

MCT oil is the most common carrier oil used by CBD companies. At Maison Kannavis, we make ours from Coconut Oil, which is made by pressing the kernel, or the copra (the white part that you eat). The coconut oil is then put through a process called fractionating, which results in MCT oil. MCT oil can also be made from palm oil, but we refrain from using MCT oil sourced from palm oil for ethical reasons due to the negative environmental impact from the palm oil industry.

Why use MCT oil?

  • MCT oil is the most bioavailable of the commonly used carrier oils
  • Absorbed quickly into the body
  • Is light and ‘tasteless’
  • Can be used to make a variety of tasty and refreshing flavors

Why Not use MCT oil?

  • Usually more processed than other carrier oils
  • Doesn’t have the same nutritional value as olive or hemp seed oil

Hemp Seed Oil

Not to be confused with CBD oil (or hemp extract), which comes from the biomass of the hemp plant’s flowers and leaves, hemp seed oil is made by cold pressing hemp seeds. It has a negligible amount of CBD and no THC. However, it is nutritionally rich in its own right.

Why Hemp Seed Oil?

  • May contribute to the full spectrum effect
  • Contains the ideal 3:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 essential fatty acids for long term health and nutrition
  • Studies suggest that it may help to reduce anxiety, inflammation, and risk of heart disease

Why not Hemp Seed Oil?

  • Has a stronger and earthier taste that is not for everyone
  • Less bioavailable than MCT oil

Olive Oil

Olive oil is made by cold pressing olives and extracting the oil. Our premium extra virgin Greek olive oils packed with nutritious unsaturated fats and antioxidants. Studies suggest that olive oil also has cardio-protective, neuroprotective, and anti-inflammatory properties. However, while great for nutrition, olive oil has less saturated fats, so it is not as bioavailable. Olive Oil contains long-chain triglycerides, in contrast to the medium chain triglycerides of MCT oil.

Why Olive Oil?

  • Packed with nutritious unsaturated fats and anti-oxidants
  • Studies suggest that olive oil has cardio-protective, neuroprotective, and anti-inflammatory properties

Why Not Olive Oil?

  • Less bioavailable than MCT oil

We recommend using this post as a guide, but we suggest that you try every blend at least once so you can find the one that tastes and feels the best for you. We take pride in making natural, safe, and effective oils, so you can’t go wrong.

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