What is MCT oil?

MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglyceride. It is a saturated fatty acid found naturally in many oils and dairy products, with Coconut oil being its most abundant source. As the name suggest MCT contains medium-length chains of fats called triglycerides. As a result of their length MCTs are digested and metabolised easier than foods containing longer chain fatty acids.

MCT has become a popular food supplement in its own right, with many reported benefits. The benefits claimed include;

  • A good source of energy for the body and brain
  • Shown to be anti-fungal and anti-microbial
  • May help control blood sugar levels through its effect on fat storage and increasing the rate of fat burning
  • Could potentially promote weight loss through hormone reactions

It is important to note that the small volumetric amount of MCT you consume while using a CBD oil product negates to a large extent its nutritional impact. Its key role in CBD products is to enhance the effect of the CBD and other cannabinoids. Making it a ‘perfect match’.

Why is MCT used as a carrier oil for CBD?

It is widely chosen as a carrier oil for one important reason; it maximises the absorption of CBD into the bloodstream, known as ‘bioavailability’. Increasing bioavailability means more active CBD reaches its target therefore being more effective and producing better results. Studies show CBD is absorbed 3 times more efficiently when combined with MCT, as opposed to using other carrier oils.

MCTs function by metabolising rapidly and absorbing into the bloodstream, bypassing the normal digestive process. CBD normally deteriorates when it hits the liver, however MCT oil allows it to be absorbed through the gut wall instead. This avoids deterioration and ensures a higher potency of CBD and other cannabinoids can perform their role in conjunction with the body’s endocannabinoid system.

Furthermore, MCT Coconut oil is preferred due to its unflavoured taste, making it very palatable for most.

All ethos products combine our CBD extract with a superior blend of organic MCT coconut oil and organic hemp seed oil. This blend provides a balance of important healthy fats acid, ensuring you see the maximum benefit from every drop.

References: 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2874190/