What is MCT?
MCT oil’s full name is ‘medium chain triglyceride oil’.
It is comprised primarily of caprylic and capric fatty acids (whose compounds are found naturally in the milk of various mammals, and as a minor constituent of coconut oil and palm kernel oil), and is a light yellow, odorless, translucent liquid at room temperature. Our MCT carrier oil is derived from coconuts.
The oil is widely used by people across the world, believed to aid weight loss, improve memory function, extend athletes’ stamina and potentially help people on the keto diet to reach the ketogenic phase faster, but there is not enough data to say whether this is right. There are studies taking place in which the oil is being trialled to help with Alzheimer’s, Autism, Type 2 Diabetes and specific types of epilepsy.
The oil has a smaller molecular structure than CBD oil and is more soluble in water. It is also easier for your body to absorb and does not require a complicated digestive process. This makes it a natural choice to use as a carrier oil.
It is transported directly from the small intestine to the liver by the portal vein. In the liver, some of the oil is turned into ketone bodies, which the muscles can use for energy. MCT therefore, is processed in the liver, so there is little left to be stored as fat.
The oil acts as a carrier for CBD so more of the cannabinoid ends up reaching the bloodstream. Because CBD is fat-soluble, the role of MCT oil in CBD products is to allow a larger concentration of the CBD to be absorbed into the bloodstream. This makes the use of the product more effective.
Please note that if you have an allergy to coconut oil, you should not consume CBD with MCT derived from coconuts.