You may have noticed that some of our CBD products feature another ingredient that is not extracted from the hemp plant – MCT Coconut Oil. Now before you get upset that your product is not 100% hemp extract, hear us out. There’s a very specific reason why we choose to add MCT Coconut Oil to our products (and it’s a good one).
At Elixinol, our mission is to provide the highest-quality hemp products that really deliver on benefits, while having complete transparency and traceability. That said, let’s dive into what MCTs are, how they work and benefit the body, and why we’ve chosen MCT oil from coconuts to add to our CBD Products.
What exactly is MCT oil and how does it work in the body?
According to WebMD, Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are partially man-made fats. The name refers to the way the carbon atoms are arranged in their chemical structure. MCTs are generally made by processing coconut and palm kernel oils in the laboratory. Usual dietary fats, by comparison, are long-chain triglycerides.
Unlike their long and short-chained siblings, Medium-chain triglycerides have 6-12 carbon atoms and are easily broken down and absorbed into the body. (Hence why it is such a great delivery system for CBD.) MCTs go straight to the liver and are either quickly converted to a source of energy or turned in to Ketones.
MCT is comprised primarily of Caprylic and capric fatty acids (Carbon 8s), so it converts to ketones (providing energy faster). Further, MCT does not go through the lymphatic system. It is transported directly to the liver and metabolized there, so it releases energy like a carbohydrate. Yet while it behaves like an energy-packed carbohydrate rather than a fat, MCT oil does so without causing free-radical damage. It also releases ketones, which can be used for fuel for the body.
Why do we include MCT Oil in our CBD Products?
Since CBD is fat-soluble, it needs carrier oil to help the body to process it. At Elixinol, we use coconut oil to extract our MCTs, as coconuts have the highest concentration of MCTs. By using this incredible carrier oil, it allows for the greatest bioavailability for our CBD, meaning you get to access the most benefits of hemp plant as possible, on top of the added health benefits from the MCT coconut oil itself.
MCT Oil Benefits
MCT provides a host of nutritive benefits — especially when combined with cannabidiol (CBD).
On its own, MCT oil has been shown to have a variety of health benefits including:
- Supports brain health
- Aids in weight loss
- Increases energy levels for exercise
- Supports a reduction of inflammation within the body
- Support a ketogenic lifestyle
In conjunction with CBD, which shifts the metabolism away from glycolysis (burning sugar) and more towards fatty-acid metabolism, MCT acts to aid in fat burning. As the body’s endocannabinoid system self-regulates and normalizes, metabolism could improve.