What Is MCT In CBD Oil? A Guide To CBD Ingredients – Part 1

What Is MCT In CBD Oil?

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What Is MCT In CBD Oil?

You may well have noticed an increasing number of manufacturers making noises about how they are now including MCT in some of their CBD oils.

MCT, or “medium-chain triglycerides” as it’s less trendily known, is the new kid on the block when it comes to carrying agents for CBD.

In the past – in fact, for decades – olive and coconut oils were considered the best way of helping the body absorb the extract while also preventing it from decaying or losing strength.

While they remain the benchmark and still dominate the market of any oils worth buying, MCT is growing its share rapidly.

What Exactly Is MCT?

In the most simple terms possible, MCT is a synthetically produced combination of palm oil and coconut oil.

“Why bother”, you may very reasonably ask? After all, both of these are demonstrated to have too many long-chain triglycerides to be reliable agents for CBD (we’re sure you know that!).

Well, this is where the folks in white coats have been busy. Through combining palm and coconut oil in such a way they’ve managed to isolate and remove the long chain variety of triglycerides from the formula.

MCT has been proven to be far easier for the body to actually absorb and even digest supplementary ingredients. It’s been used in a vast array of beauty products too (e.g. skin lotions and balms).

Previously, LCT (the long chain version of palm or coconut oil) were not suitable for this purpose. They simply ended up being absorbed unhealthily into the body and stored as fats! In some countries, their use was/has been highly restricted due to the health risks potentially involved.

On the other hand, MCT works differently. Instead of being bulbous and lazy like LCT, it’s instead extremely supple and can be metabolised incredibly quickly and efficiently into the body.

The big debate is over how superior it may actually be to olive oil – which has been used historically as the finest way of sublingually dosing CBD. Is it really a game-changer or just a cunning marketing ploy?

Palm Oil & Coconut Oil

MCT is essentially a combination of palm oil and coconut oil.

Lack Of Standardisation Is A Problem

So far it may sound like MCT is indeed finally going to usurp olive oil – but there’s one big problem. It stems from the fact that “laboratory grade” MCT is a research chemical and not used in commercial products intended for retail.

Before writing angry emails to your CBD vendors, be aware that they haven’t necessarily done anything wrong… confused yet?

Chemicals that contain MCT can be found in rather upmarket dispensaries and health shops and may indeed be blended with CBD and a host of other supplements. The problem is that due to the notorious lack of regulation throughout the CBD industry, you never really know how much MCT is within this mysterious compound. Some companies may use a 99% base, others much, much lower.

If something seems fishy just remember that even if “pure” MCT were available for this kind of use, it’s incredibly expensive to manufacture on an industrial scale.

A £20 CBD oil claiming to be based on “pure MCT” is likely not quite the case – but there’s nothing to prevent them claiming it’s “MCT-based”. This will be a perfectly legal claim.

Labelling is also a common issue with all sorts of CBD product, and in this case, it really does matter how much you trust your favourite company.

Those with a decent track record producing quality, organic and genuinely natural oils and e-liquids will be unlikely to try and rip off their customers using badly produced MCT. But be aware of any bottom shelf product claiming to contain it!

What MCT Really Means In The CBD Industry

Moving on, you can be sure that any company offering a product containing MCT can get away with just including a fraction of palm oil and coconut oil.

Technically speaking, that’s accurate – they just won’t mention that it also contains LCT because the mixture has not been properly processed and extracted. It’s a real grey area and one that’s becoming problematic as more and more companies are hopping on the bandwagon.

It’s always sensible to veer towards using companies that offer a transparent and verifiable system of batch testing within their customer services. Sure, there may be no mention of LCT because they don’t technically need to – but companies that offer this service usually are going to be upfront about the contents of their products. If you’re in doubt, the most straightforward way to address any queries would be to contact them directly and to ask.

Companies who do offer legitimate CBD products based on quality MCT will be very proud of that fact. You, the customer, will be expected to pay a lot of money for a small bottle of their extract. In fact, if your bank balance doesn’t take a proper hit – there’s likely something very suspicious going on.

MCT In CBD Asylum Infuse Drops

CBD Asylum use MCT oil in their range of Infuse Drops for example.

So Should I Try MCT Out?

If you can find – and afford – a genuinely high MCT product then it will perform superbly for helping the body to absorb CBD.

In fact, when combined with a full spectrum variety that already helps this process it could indeed be a formidable pairing. That being said, there really isn’t anything particularly wrong with the oils that are already being used. If anything, they’re more reliable because you know what you’re buying (most of the time) and people have enjoyed success with quality versions of these products for years.

In purely scientific terms, there’s no reason why a pure MCT CBD oil shouldn’t be the best possible way of getting that compound fully into your system. It’s just a pity that those that come close to delivering this are very few and far between.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this article will have served as a gentle warning to be very careful when it comes to the current buzz about MCT.

The reality is going to 99% of the time be very different to how the labelling suggests, and that’s the case even for the biggest and best reputations on the scene.

It’s never a bad idea to open a dialogue with your vendors anyway, so if this is something that interests you, make inquiries about how they specifically use it within their products.

You can get whatever you’re able to pay for in the CBD world, but it’s never nice being flogged a shoddy product!

I’m Thomas Jones. I graduated from The University of Aberdeen in 2016 with an MSc in Industrial Biotechnology. I’m currently reading for a PhD at The University of Glasgow. I started using CBD in 2017 as a result of finding it in my local vape shop. My experiences in using these products inspired me to undertake my current doctoral research. You can find out more about me and this site here.