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What are carrier oils

CBD oil & carrier oils

When your ready to purchase CBD oil, you’ll see that CBD oils contain carrier oils mixed in with the CBD. Carrier oils serve an important purpose — to help deliver the active component — in our case, CBD — to the body.

There are many different carrier oils used in CBD products — coconut, MCT, palm, olive, avocado, hemp seed, sesame, and grape seed oil — each with their own set of positives and negatives.

One of the main reasons CBD oil manufacturers dilute hemp extracts like CBD in a carrier oil is to improve absorption in the gut or sublingual. This works because CBD is a fat-soluble substance. 

Hemp Carrier Oil The Best carrier oil - Hemp seed oil is cold-pressed extract from seeds. “Hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as sativa seed oil, is perfectly good seed oil that’s high in antioxidants, omega-3 and -6 fatty acids.  You’ll usually find this oil in premium CBD oils that market themselves as being full-spectrum CBD, aiming to leverage the entourage effect wherever possible. 


  • deal 4:1 ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids
  • Offers a rich source of hemp phytochemicals not found in the leaves and flowers
  • Adds a unique herby flavor.


 More expensive than MCT oil 

MCT Carrier Oil  - MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides,  MCT oil is most commonly extracted from coconut oil, as more than 50% of the fat in coconut oil comes from MCTs. They are metabolized differently than the long-chain triglycerides (LCT) found in most other foods. MCT oil is a supplement that contains a lot of these fats, and is claimed to have many health benefits.  MCT oil is derived from coconut or palm oil — which is naturally high in triglycerides made of medium-chain fatty acids like caproic acid (C6), caprylic acid (C8), capric acid (C10) and lauric acid (C12). 


  • A cost effective source of carrier oils
  • Has a high solubility — allowing for high-potency CBD oils
  • Absorbed quickly and efficiently through the digestive tract


  • Lacks additional phytochemicals and antioxidants compared to the hemp seed oil carrier.
  • Offers little to no flavor. usually flavor is added i.e. mint, orange etc.

 Grapeseed oil -   As the name suggests, grape seed oil is extracted from the seeds found in grapes. This oil has a light fruity flavor and high unsaturated fat content. It’s known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which give it some added benefits when used as a carrier oil. 


  • Is a cheaper carrier oil.
  • Offers antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. not as much as the Hemp seed oil offers.
  • Rich in minerals and other phytonutrients.


  • Slower absorption time than MCT oil.
  • Lower solvency than MCT oil.
  • Lower quality compared to Hemp seed and MCT oil.


Carrier oils play an important role in CBD oil tinctures and some other CBD products by aiding the absorption of CBD.

MCT oil is the most popular carrier oil used in CBD tinctures due to its cost effective cost and convenient properties.

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