Does CBD need a carrier oil?

Does CBD need a carrier oil?

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Does CBD need a carrier oil? 

Does CBD need a carrier oil? This Is a great question which is asked often, I am going to start of this article by explaining firstly what a carrier oil is. 

A carrier oil sometimes referred to as a base oil is a fatty plant-based oil such as coconut oil, avocado oil or hemp seed oil. These oils are derived from seed, kernels or nuts of a plant.  The carrier oil is added to CBD to help the body fully process the CBD ingested into our system. Without a carrier oil, the human body would be unable to fully process the CBD consumed by the user. Throughout the CBD industry there are various carrier oils which can be used for human consumption by the manufacturer. CBD is fat-soluble and will dissolve in oil rather than water, so when choosing a carrier oil for CBD extract it is best to use a fatty plant-based oil. This is the best kind of carrier oil to use as the oil will directly bind with the fat molecules the body is already familiar with processing and thus enhancing the CBD products absorption and bioavailability.

When carrier oils are used in a CBD product it is extremely import to use oils which are processed in the correct way. If a carrier oil is extracted using heat the oil can be damaged, destroying the fragile nutrients carried within the oil. It is recommended that a carrier oil is obtained through cold pressing, this process involves crushing the plant or seeds to extract the available natural oils. Some carrier oils are scentless however most carrier oils will carry a faint sweet or nutty scent, unlike essential oils a carrier oil will not evaporate.  

What carrier oils are available to use with CBD?

There is a long list of carrier oils which could be used to compliment CBD, I will cover three of most popular carrier oils that tend to be used throughout the industry.

1)    Coconut oil – MCT Oil (unrefined) 

Unrefined coconut MCT oil is a carrier oil that you will see used frequently by many manufacturers throughout the industry due to how well it helps CBD to be absorbed into the bloodstream. MCT oil combines with the CBD and takes it directly to the bloodstream whilst providing greater CBD Bioavailability. In addition to this MCT oil also bring additional benefits in itself, such as;  

-        Helps promotes weight loss 

-        MCT oil may reduce the risk of heart disease 

-        MCT Oil is full of essential fatty acids 

-        Promotes Skin health with anti-bacterial properties

2)    Avocado Oil 

Avocado Oil is another fantastic carrier oil which is often used in CBD products. This one really speaks for itself; Avocados are a super food which are extremely popular worldwide throughout the world of health & wellness. This delicious green fruit is packed full of healthy fats and by chance happens to be a great base oil for CBD products. Although avocado oil would not have the same absorption capabilities as MCT Oil it is still a front runner for top carrier oils within the industry. Avocado Oil brings many health benefits such as; 

- Rich in Oleic Acid. (This is a very healthy Fat) 
- Reduces Cholesterol and is known to improve heart health 
- High in Lutein (This is an antioxidant that has health benefits of the eyes) 
- Enhances Absorption (This assists with the CBD bioavailability) 
- High in Vitamin A, B, D & E.

3)    Hemp Seed Oil

Similar to Avocado Oil, Hemp seed oil is considered by many as a ‘Superfood’ This is due to the essential fatty acids found within the oils produced by the seeds. It is also known that when using hemp seed oil as a carrier oil alongside CBD it produces what is known as the entourage effect. The entourage effect put simply is when a combination of cannabinoids, terpenes & some THC from the hemp plant come together and help the CBD to work better than when isolated. Effectively this amplifies the effect CBD has to offer. The entourage effect is best experienced when using a Full spectrum CBD product. Sounds awesome right? Hemp seed oil doesn’t stop there, like other carrier oils Hemp seed oil is known for a variety of health benefits such as; 

- Lower risk of heart disease

- Improvement of Skin health
- Reduces inflammation

At CBD Uplift we are strong believers of the Entourage effect as it works well for ourselves  which is a factor that influenced our decision to use hemp seed oil to complement our premium CBD products. We chose to use cold pressed Hemp seed oil as we believe that the additional nutrients & health benefits associated within hemp seed oil are an added bonus which complimented our premium CBD extract perfectly. Hemp seed oil is derived from pressing the seeds of the hemp plant to release the natural oils, in its natural state hemp seed oil generally has a slight green colour and, on the pallet, hemp seed oil brings a subtle nutty taste which is distinct from other plant-based oils. 

as mentioned briefly above in the health and wellness world Hemp seed oil is often branded as a ‘superfood’ due to the array of benefits that it holds. I will elaborate on the benefits a little more below: 

1)    Improvement of Skin health
Hemp seed oil has been associated with reducing the production of sebum, sebum is a natural oil produced by the body. The body often produces more sebum than required and is a contributing factor when we break out on acne, pimples and blackheads. By reducing the production level of sebum, the skin will be in. healthier state and thus reducing breakout. 

2)    Reduces inflammation 
Hemp seed oil contains a fatty acid called Omega-6 which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and may help to reduce inflammations caused by skin conditions such as: Eczema & psoriasis. 

3)    Lower risk of heart disease. 
Leading on from reducing inflammation for overall skin health, Hemp seed oil contains gamma-linoleic acid which reduces inflammation and some research has suggested it may help to reduce the risk of heart disease. 

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