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In order to understand how to choose the best CBD carrier oil you need to first understand why companies infuse the carrier oil in a CBD product. Why don’t the companies just sell pure CBD? Most carrier oils are usually from plant-based fats. You also need to understand the benefits of the carrier oil too.
Why is a Carrier Oil Necessary?
The extract of pure CBD comes in the form a white powder. It is not easy to consume it like the way carrier oil is. It is also difficult to measure a dose of CBD. Your body is also not able to process CBD while it is in its white form however when it is mixed with a carrier oil your body can easily process the CBD.
Carrier oil also ensures that the CBD remains fresh. Oils remain fresh for a long time because they oxidize in a slow manner. The process of oxidation destroys substances with the passing of time and hence because of this process the potency of CBD will be lost as time goes by. Mixing CBD with carrier oil prevents it from losing its potency.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Carrier Oil
The factors to consider for carrier oil will depend on your preference sometimes and also your health because you might be allergic to some. There is a variety of oils that can be used as carrier oils; there are some that do a better job than others. The main factors to consider are:
1. Bioavailability of the carrier oil
Most carrier oils provide the process of increasing bioavailability or rather the absorption rate of CBD in a person’s body. It's impossible for CBD to get into the body’s bloodstream on its own because it is a fat-soluble compound. The work of the carrier oil is to break down the fat-soluble compounds of the CBD into particles that the body can absorb in an efficient way.
In order to be able to measure a CBD dosage the carrier oil will help because you will just dilute the CBD with it. Remember that CBD in its white powder form it can't be measured. By diluting it's easier to measure different serving sizes of CBD in milligrams for the utmost efficiency.
2. Taste of the carrier oil
A mild taste of the oil is usually preferred by manufactures in order to help keep the original flavor of the CBD. The mild taste also ensures that it's easy to infuse the CBD oil with additional different flavors.
3. The Consistency of the oil
Consistency of the oil is also essential. The consistency makes the oil to be consumable in an easy way that is why manufactures prefer to choose the oil that has the correct consistency for easier consumption. Using oil with high thickness does not offer the best consistency so more oils in liquid form are usually used.
4. The price of the oil
Always remember that no one wants to pay for something that does not give him value. You might decide to combine your CBD with priced oils but you should ask yourself if those expensive oils will offer you the best product that you are looking to achieve. High chances are the expensive oils will not offer the best consistency or better absorption.
It is also important to know the different carrier oils that are used so that you can be aware of their benefits:
Common CBD Carrier Oils
- Fractionated Coconut Oil
Most CBD manufacturers prefer to use Fractionated Coconut Oil. It's an effective carrier oil because it does not contain any flavor. The bland nature of coconut oil makes it suitable for CBD oils and tinctures. The oil also has a thin texture that makes it easy to be consumed.
The major disadvantage of coconut oil to keep in mind is that it can cause stomach upsets.
- Olive Oil
Olive oil is the most common healthy food in the world and it's an excellent oil carrier for CBD. It also has many health benefits. It contains vitamin E and antioxidants that protect the body against many health diseases like Type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, heart disease and so on.
The disadvantage with olive oil is that it’s thicker than all other carrier oils. Because of this reason you will find it less in CBD products. It's also dense in nature and this makes it hard for CBD to dissolve in. It's rare to find CBD oils of high potency using olive oil as carrier oil.
- Avocado Oil
Avocado oil has high oleic acid and vitamins A, E and D making it beneficial for the body. It is suited for topical CBD products this is because of its thickness. Considering the many factors to have in mind when choosing a carrier oil avocado oil is not the best. It's very expensive and due to its thickness CBD oil can't be dissolved well.
- Hemp Seed Oil
People confuse Hemp seed oil and CBD oil, but the two oils are not the same even if they come from the same plant. Hemp seed oil is usually produced from the seeds of the hemp plant that does not contain any CBD strains.
Hemp seed despite having good health benefits it's not considered as the ideal carrier oil. Mostly it’s because it has a low bioavailability.
Which CBD Carrier Oil is the Best?
All the carrier oils above are compatible with CBD in their own unique ways. Some CBD carrier oils are good for topical. All the carrier oils are good but they can't all give the benefits needed to work with CBD
The only carrier oil that is suitable for CBD is Fractionated coconut oil because it has all the factors needed to work with CBD.
Many people use CBD products but they do not know that the products contain Carrier oils. Before buying a CBD product it is essential to check which carrier oils have been used by reading the label, this is because you may be allergic to some carrier oils.