MCT oil & CBD oil – A happy partnership

by Tim W. Shaw April 21, 2019

MCT Oil & CBD Oil – A Happy Partnership

MCT oil can often be found as a companion or carrier to cannabidiol (CBD). It’s also blazing a trail of its own with general health benefits that can kick start your journey to well-being.

MCT and CBD oil palm and cannabisFor years fats have been viewed as the enemy of health, weight loss and well-being. Now we know better. Fats have many vital roles in your body and are also an important part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

MCT is one step beyond this. It is an oil that is packed with benefits as well as having a role in enhancing and targeting other ingredients. Let’s give you the full picture of this first-rate fat so you can start building it your supplementation routine.

What is MCT oil?

MCT oil coffee smoothieMedium chain triglycerides (MCT) are fatty acids found in coconut oil and palm oil. It is often reported that they boost energy and support an increase in brain power (O’Brien, 2018). It is a clear liquid with no smell and is often added to food or coffee (also called Keto or Bulletproof Coffee) and smoothies.

MCT oil is a general term for several different oils including caproic acid, caprylic acid, capric acid and lauric acid. Each has varying effects and are found in different amounts in MCT oil.

Most MCTs get their reputation and quick effects from by-passing the digestive tract and going straight to the liver to be broken down. They quickly become high-energy ketones and are transported to the bloodstream (Asprey). This quick action makes them a source of fast energy and a useful delivery method for other substances such as CBD.

MCT oil vs coconut oil

Coconut oilCoconut oil is packed full of beneficial oils, 62% of which are MCTs. However, of that percentage, a large majority is lauric acid. While lauric acid is beneficial it does not behave like other MCTs and can be broken down in your digestive tract instead of the liver (Asprey).

Coconut oil is a great choice and can work well in many diets. However, if you want the benefits associated with MCT oil save your money to buy a product properly labelled as MCT oil. These are labelled with the MCTs and it contains a clear list of their amounts.

MCT oil & cannabidiol (CBD)

MCT CBD Oil XL Love HempWhen adding any food supplement to your diet it is important to consider its bio-availability. Bio-availability refers to the amount of active ingredient that will reach your bloodstream.

CBD is often broken down by your liver before it can be used by your body. If you ingest CBD, only 4% to 20% will reach your bloodstream and this could take up to two hours (Allan 2018).

However, this is still a well-used method of consuming CBD. It is still used because:

1. Ingesting CBD is convenient, and it can easily be added to food or drink.
2. The effect of CBD is often longer when it has been ingested.
3. Taking CBD in this way means that you won’t need to carry any other items such as vaporisers.

Because ingestion is the method of choice for many CBD users there has been lots of research into ways of making it more efficient. The amount of CBD and other cannabinoids that reach your bloodstream increases when combined with fats. MCT oil is particularly effective at doing this.

CBD is fat-soluble so the MCT acts as a carrier and prevents it from being broken down in the digestive system. This allows a greater amount of CBD to reach your bloodstream and begin working quickly (Smith).

Check out Love Hemp's XL CBD oil with MCT oil (image above) with a whopping 10,000mg of Cannabidiol. Love Hemp also manufactures other CBD oils with MCT like the 4000mg, the 1200mg, the 1000mg and the 400mg.

Benefits of MCT oil

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Some studies have observed a link between a diet rich in MCTs and weight loss. They appear to have links to good gut health and can modify the gut microbiota to support metabolic processes. At the same time, they are both antifungal and antimicrobial, which keeps your digestive system healthy (Rial et al. 2016).

MCTs have considerable potential for gut health, weight loss and provide a quick source of energy that can reach your cells faster than other forms (O’Brien, 2018).

Conclusion on MCT oil & cannabidiol

MCT oil is a source of healthy fats that can build your energy and maintain your gut. When combined with CBD you get the benefits of the MCTs combined with enhanced bioavailability of CBD.

Not only is MCT oil incredibly useful but combining it with CBD gives you a powerful pairing that will have a big impact on your general health and wellbeing.

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References on MCT oil & CBD oil

Allan, R. (August 28, 2018). CBD and Bioavailability. Retrieved from
Asprey, D. (N.D.). MCT Oil vs. Coconut Oil: What Is MCT Oil Really? Retrieved from
O’Brien, S. (May 14, 2018). 7 Science-Based Benefits of MCT Oil. Retrieved from
Rial, S. et al. (May 12, 2016). Gut Microbiota and Metabolic Health: The Potential Beneficial Effects of a Medium Chain Triglyceride Diet in Obese Individuals. Retrieved from
Shilling, M. et al. (December 16, 2013). Antimicrobial effects of virgin coconut oil and its medium-chain fatty acids on Clostridium difficile. Retrieved from
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Tim W. Shaw
Tim W. Shaw


Tim W. Shaw writes extensively about CBD oil, cannabis and other groundbreaking food supplements. He and his wife share their home with two daughters and a lifetime’s collection of books.

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