Carrier Oils in CBD 101

Carrier Oils in CBD 101

With all the hype in the CBD industry, we are here to guide you through some of the industry challenges. This includes the importance of carrier oils in the always exciting and ever-changing CBD Industry. While no two days are the same in the world of CBD there is one constant we can be assured on and that is the demand for high quality carrier oils.

The usage of carrier oils dates to ancient Greece and Rome. Carrier oils were mainly used in combination with essential oils for their belief in therapeutic benefits. The way carrier oils are applied and/or consumed has changed, but the belief in their overall benefits has transcended through time.

The history behind carrier oils helps us understand why they are one of the most popular delivery methods for CBD. Carrier oils help dilute the CBD for better absorption. Therefore, it’s very important to understand what a carrier oil is and what role it plays in the bioavailability when consuming CBD. Carrier oils can come from various sources including nuts, seeds, fruits and plants. Each carrier oil has different components, but their functions are the same.

Primary Functions:

    1. It serves as the “vehicle” or “carrier” of CBD. The purpose of using CBD infused carrier oils is to make it easier absorption into the endocannabinoid system.
    2. Carrier oils enhance the bioavailability of CBD through lipids. Once the oil is consumed, your taste buds let your digestive tract know to prepare the appropriate enzymes to break down the CBD and carrier oil.
    3. Carrier oils make it easier to measure doses. They can provide a more accurate and consistent CBD dosage vs. other formats such as edibles (gummies, candy, etc.)
    4. Some carrier oils can be beneficial for the body. MCT, for example, can potentially provide an energy boost since they’re less likely to be stored as fat, better brain and memory function and increase the body’s ability to lose fat.

Now that we’ve laid out the functions, let’s get down to business. Choosing a quality carrier oil is equally important as the quality of the CBD oil you are going to blend them with.

We asked our industry experts what they consider to be crucial factors when purchasing carrier oils. Here is what they had to say:

    1. Company Certifications
      Look for companies with levels of certifications. Certifications are a reflection of the company’s excellence ensuring you with a qualified partner.
    1. Certificate of Authenticity (COA)
      This ensures you the product has been tested by a 3rd party accredited lab and the company is being fully transparent in the process. If they are unwilling to supply, then walk away.
    1. Sourcing
      It’s important to understand where and how your carrier oils are sourced. Whether it is sourced internationally or domestically, not all oils from manufacturers are GMP certified. Vetting your supplier is imperative to ensure premium quality.
    1. Assortment
      Brands are always looking for ways to differentiate themselves. Let’s face it, the industry is saturated with CBD brands in MCT oil. How will you set yourself apart? Unique oils and flavors could be your answer.

Ready to buy some carrier oils? Here is a list of the most common carrier oils on the market:

    1. MCT Oil
    2. Hemp Seed Oil
    3. Coconut Oil
    4. Olive Oil
    5. Grapeseed Oil

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