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What are Carrier Oils?

By July 8, 2019 No Comments
What are Carrier Oils

In all of the information you read about CBD products, you’ve probably seen carrier oils mentioned a time or two. You might think it’s just a fancy word used to hide an ingredient that shouldn’t be in a product. That is not the case. Carrier oils serve a purpose. There are several to choose from. In this guide, we’ll take a look at the most popular and which might not be the best option.

What are Carrier Oils?

You might associate carrier oils more with essential oils than CBD products. Carrier oils are used to dilute strong concentrations of essential oils and other components. When it comes to CBD oil, it helps blend the CBD oil with terpenes, natural flavors and other ingredients while helping to distribute each ingredient evenly. A carrier oil should be virtually flavorless. Their job is not to add to the flavor at all.

Some carrier oils are better than others, and we’ll get into that a little later. There are carrier oils that do have noted and accepted health benefits as well.

Common Carrier Oils

Below we’ll discuss the most common carrier oils used in CBD products. These are the options you should look for when buying CBD oil products online or in-person.


MCT oil is likely one of the most popular carrier oils used in CBD products. It is a medium chain triglyceride that is considered a healthy oil. This oil does have some health benefits. It is a flavorless oil.

Where does MCT oil come from? Most MCT oil is derived from coconuts. Other MCT oil is made using palm kernel oil. It is a man-made oil.

Canna Trading Co. uses MCT oil in a majority of our CBD formulas. It is abundant and works well with CBD oil and terpenes. It also has a long shelf life. When MCT oil is unopened, it has a 2-year shelf life. If the container is opened, that shelf life is cut in half to 1 year.

Some of the potential benefits of MCT oil include:

  • Healthy carb
  • Supports heart health
  • Supports good cholesterol production
  • Maintains healthy ketosis
  • May help burn fat

Some physicians may suggest that you ingest a small amount of MCT oil by itself every day. If you use Canna Trading Co. products that include MCT oil, it helps you get a little bit of what the doctor ordered every day.

Olive Oil

Canna Trading Co. does use organic olive oil in our Organic Olive Oil Tinctures for humans and pets. Olive oil does have a little flavor to it, but it is pleasant and works well with terpenes and the natural flavor of CBD oil. When it comes to pets and olive oil, it’s a flavor they don’t mind.

Olive oil does have a few proven benefits. One of those benefits is being rich in monounsaturated fats. Only about 14% of olive oil is saturated fat, which is rather low. Another 11% is polyunsaturated fats including Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which are essential for a healthy diet. The remaining 73% of the oil is monounsaturated fat. It’s known as oleic acid, which is good for your body.

Additional potential benefits of olive oil:

  • Source of antioxidants
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Heart-healthy oil
  • Does not aid weight gain
  • Potential anti-cancer properties
  • Antibacterial properties

Learn how to use Canna Trading Co. Organic Olive Oil Tincture in more ways than just oral administration here: 5 Ways to Use Canna Trading Co. Organic Olive Oil Tincture.

CBD olive oil tincture organic

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil may not be seen too often because it is a little expensive. It can be difficult to use only hemp seed oil as a carrier oil in CBD products. It’s more common to see it as one of a couple of carrier oils in a formula.

Using just hemp seed oil makes the product carry a higher price tag that may not be affordable for all budgets.

Hemp seeds, however, are quite nutritious as is the oil that is pressed from them. Hemp seed oil is made the same way that olive oil is – through a cold pressing process. One of the nutrition benefits of hemp seeds is their concentration of healthy fiber, protein, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Their nutrition profile is impressive listing over a dozen essential vitamins and minerals.

Hemp seed oil does have a slightly nutty flavor.

hemp seeds on a wooden spoon

Other Good Carrie Oils for CBD Products

There are a few other good oil options for carrier oils in CBD products. Grapeseed oil is a little less popular, also due to its cost. It is an ingredient in some brands’ CBD products, but it isn’t as common. It is not the sole carrier oil used, as with hemp seed oil. It’s often mixed with MCT oil or a combination of carrier oils.

Walnut oil and flaxseed oil are other oils that are used in combination with at least one other carrier oil. They do have a little flavor but it does not hurt the flavor of the CBD product. Walnut oil is a good option if you plan to bake with your CBD oil because it has a high heat tolerance, as do grapeseed oil and olive oil. You’ll still want to keep the temperature at 300 degrees, but you’ll likely protect the CBD better when baking with a heat-tolerant oil.

Avoid Glycerin Inclusions

Although vegetable glycerin is generally considered safe for ingestion, knowing where it came from is important. It is not the first or second choice when it comes to good carrier oils in CBD products. It’s often combined with multiple oils but one of its sources is biofuel.

Closing Thoughts

Carrier oils are important in CBD tinctures and other products, like vape and edibles. It’s important to select healthy carrier oils since you have chosen to use natural CBD products. It only makes sense to choose formulas that are made with your health and wellness in mind. Always read ingredients and look at their placement in the ingredients list. The further down the list they are, the lower the amount of them there is in the product.

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