Best Carrier Oils for CBD
Updated: May 6, 2022
Unless your CBD product comes in the form of a pure white, crystalline powder, known as CBD isolate, it’s likely infused into a carrier oil. As the name suggests, carrier oils act as the vehicle for active compounds, like CBD, to be transported into (or onto) your body. Carrier oils can also improve the flavor, measurability, dosing, and absorption of CBD.
Because CBD is fat-soluble, a good carrier oil strengthens CBD’s bioavailability – increasing the amount that is absorbed into your body to maximize the effects.
The bioavailability of the carrier oil itself is important to consider, as different oils have different rates and extents of bioavailability for our bodies. Different types of fat molecules affect how well they can transport active ingredients, like CBD, into your system.
Shorter fat molecules are easily absorbed by the body. Coconut oil contains an abundance of these fats, known as medium chain triglycerides (MCT). But the regular coconut oil you might use for cooking or body butter contains fatty acids that solidify at room temperature, which make it too hard to use in a tincture. Fractionated coconut oil, known as MCT oil, is isolated medium chain triglycerides; made through a separation process which gently removes longer-chain, solidifying fatty acids.
Coconut MCT oil is also known to cross the blood-brain barrier and become an immediate source of energy for the brain, making it a powerful ally for optimal functioning, with or without CBD. All EUPHORA tinctures contain coconut-derived MCT oil due to its high bioavailability and flavor.
On its own, coconut MCT oil is essentially flavorless, but can enhance other flavors and compliment the natural terpenes and flavonoids in EUPHORA's full spectrum CBD extracts. EUPHORA founders Kiki and Alex often enjoy a splash of coconut MCT oil as a dressing for leafy greens, a finishing oil for steamed veggies, or to bulk up a fruit smoothie! For the full flavor experience of EUPHORA's organic full spectrum CBD extract, try Optima Tincture, made simply with phytocannabinoids and coconut-derived MCT oil.
Organic extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is the base carrier oil of Luna Tincture and Somni Tincture because EVOO is an optimal carrier oil for the Chinese herbs and botanicals that fortify each formula. EVOO is the least processed form of olive oil, boasts a fresh mild flavor, and offers numerous health benefits due to an abundance of phenolic antioxidants and healthy fats.
Due to their natural antimicrobial properties, a blend of cold-pressed, organic Apricot Kernel and Grapeseed Oil is the base carrier of Cura Balm. These two emollient oils also carry the medicinal benefits of the Chinese herbs and botanicals that fortify EUPHORA’s best-selling topical.
Cold-pressed, organic Apricot Kernel Oil (AKO) is the base carrier oil of EUPHORA’s luminous skin care formula, Lumin Face Serum. Because the composition of AKO mimics our natural skin oils, it is easily absorbed to provide moisture and repair damage with vitamins and antioxidants. Blended with organic, cold-pressed extra virgin, Jojoba and Argan oils, Lumin would nourish and protect your gorgeous face even without the CBD.
All EUPHORA formulas are carefully formulated with the highest quality organic oils to ensure maximum bioavailability and benefit.