What is CBD and MCT oil?

CBD and MCT oil work together to help consumers get the most bang for their buck. Within the last few years, MCT oil has gained immense popularity due to its association with the Ketogenic diet and its use in CBD products.

In order to understand why using MCT oil in CBD products has become so popular, let's first take a look at the benefits of MCT oil and why it's used in the ketogenic diet.

The Ketogenic diet has been used as a treatment for intractable epilepsy since the 1920s. Similarly to the Atkins diet, the Ketogenic diet has gained a majority of its popularity due to its ability to help people lose weight.


The reason why these types of diets help people to lose weight is because they greatly restrict the amount of carbohydrates consumed daily.

This can be a very successful means of losing weight for some people, while for others, the Ketogenic diet is far too restrictive. Besides being associated with the Keto diet, MCT oil has a long list of health benefits.

CBD and MCT oil

The most popular form of MCT is derived from coconuts, but it can also be made from palm oil. MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides. MCT’s are metabolized differently than long-chain triglycerides and their effects on the body can be very different as well. The word triglyceride is the technical term for fat.

Fat has two main purposes:

  1. To be used as fuel
  2. To be stored as body fat

MCT’s go straight to your liver and are converted into energy very quickly. MCT’s help your liver to produce Ketones which are produced as a result of breaking down large amounts of fat.

Research suggests that Ketones may be able to cross from the blood to the brain. This provides an alternative energy source for the brain, which normally uses glucose for fuel.   

Research shows that MCT oil may help to reduce weight, decrease metabolic syndrome, abdominal obesity, and inflammation. Many people report an increase in energy from using MCT oil on a regular basis. MCT oil is often mixed with coffee and ghee (raw butter) to create a ketogenic drink that helps to keep consumers feeling full and energized for longer periods of time.

Some people use MCT oil in their morning smoothie. Others, use MCT oil as an ingredient in a salad dressing. There are many ways of incorporating MCT oil into a daily routine!

What is CBD MCT oil?

Besides being used as a supplement in the ketogenic diet, MCT oil is also used as a base in CBD products. CBD MCT oil is simply a CBD oil that uses an MCT oil as a base oil. The amount of MCT oil needed to see possible health benefits is about 1-2tbsp per day.

It’s hard to say if the average serving size recommendation of CBD oil will actually provide you with any of the health benefits of MCT oil. The reason for this is because you won’t be taking the amount of MCT’s that’s recommended to see health benefits. So if you’re not necessarily seeing health benefits from the MCT oil in a CBD product why bother having it at all?

There are two main reasons for using MCT oil as a base oil in a CBD product. The first reason is improved bioavailability. This essentially means that your body will better be able to absorb the CBD because of the MCT oil's presence. The second reason is a longer shelf life.

As simple as it sounds, the use of MCT oil helps to prevent the product from going bad or expiring as quickly. Another benefit of using MCT oil as a base is that in general, it’s a very light, almost flavorless oil that's easy to mix with other ingredients. Because of all these reasons, we here at shopCBD really love working with CBD oils that use MCT oil as a base.

Our top 5 CBD oils and tinctures that contain MCT oil

Given the information that we now know about MCT oil, we've put together a short list of our top CBD oils and tinctures that use it as their base oil. 

MedOil CBD Tincture 1000mg by Medterra

MedOil CBD Tincture 1000mg by Medterra

The first product on our list is by Medterra. It contains approximately 33mg of CBD per dropper for a total of 1000mg of Isolate CBD per bottle as well as one of our favorite base oils MCT. This product is the perfect choice for anyone that undergoes regular drug testing because it contains no THC whatsoever.

CBD Oil Drops Orange 300mg by cbdMD

CBD oil drops orange 300mg by cbdMD

cbdMD is one of the most well known and popular CBD brands not just on shopcbd.com but also within the CBD industry as a whole. Their products are used by some of the UFC's top fighters for a wide range of reasons. Although this CBD oil contains less CBD than the majority of the products we carry on our site, it's incredibly high quality and delicious flavor are what helped to get it on our top 5 list. 

Containing approximately 10mg of broad spectrum CBD per dropper for a total of 300mg per bottle this product is the perfect choice for those just getting started with CBD.  

CBD Tincture Peppermint 1000mg by Moon Mother

CBD Tincture Peppermint 1000mg by Moon Mother

Moon mother's tinctures often combine full spectrum CBD extracts with powerful essential oils that have been shown to provide a wide range of health benefits. This CBD tincture combines CBD and MCT oil along with a powerful and restorative plant essential oil known as peppermint. Peppermint essential oil has been shown to reduce digestive disturbances such as gas and bloating. 

It may also help to reduce levels of pain and inflammation that are often associated with conditions such as IBS. Containing approximately 33mg of full spectrum CBD for a total of 1000mg per bottle, this tincture is the perfect choice for those looking to benefit from the entourage effect. 

CBD Deep Roots Tincture Berry 1000mg by Healthy Roots

CBD Deep Roots Tincture Berry 1000mg by Healthy Roots

This tincture is the definition of delicious for all the health guru's out there. Made with food-grade flavoring that is sourced from blueberries, it combines the slightly sweet taste of berries with the earthy tones naturally found in hemp. It contains a full spectrum extract which means that it contains 0.3% THC or less. It also contains roughly 33mg of CBD per dropper for a total of 1000mg per bottle. 

CBD Full Spectrum 500mg by Kanabia 

CBD Full Spectrum 500mg by Kanabia

Besides MCT oil, this full spectrum CBD oil contains a wide range of other cannabinoids such as CBD, CBDV, CBG, and THCV as well as a wide range of flavonoids and terpenes. Although more research needs to be done, many people believe that each of the cannabinoids and phytocannabinoids that are found in hemp affect the body differently. With time, we hope to know more.

Containing approximately 16mg of full spectrum CBD per dropper for a total of 500mg bottle, this product is a great choice for anyone looking to benefit from the entourage effect.

To find out even more about these products simply click the links provided above. 

How to use CBD oils and tinctures

Now that we've looked at all there is to know about MCT oil and how it's used in CBD products, let's take a look at the last piece of the puzzle. What many CBD users don't know is that there are different ways of ingesting a CBD oil or tincture. Although many people simply pour the liquid into their mouth and swallow, doing this reduces the amount of CBD the body absorbs.

Taking a CBD oil or tincture sublingually though will ensure that the body absorbs a higher amount. Simply extract the amount of liquid you'd like to take and place it under your tongue. Once a minute or so has passed, swallow the liquid. Taking any CBD product with another form of fat will also help to increase the bioavailability of the product you're using.

Key Takeaways

MCT oil is a nutritional powerhouse that when used properly can assist consumers in increasing their energy levels as well as metabolic function. When used in combination with CBD, MCT oil will simply help to increase the bioavailability of the product as well as its shelf life. 

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