Hemp Seed Oil & MCT Oil eXplained
Is there really a difference between Hemp Seed Oil and Hemp Oil, and why did we choose MCT oil as our “carrier” oil?
First, a carrier oil is simply any oil that is safe in larger quantities for both topical or internal use. They are often used to deliver other potent oils or extracts, which can be harder to dose on their own.
Hemp seeds can be pressed like any other seed to produce an oil. Hemp seed oil is very nutritious, containing lots of Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. What adds to the confusion, is hemp seed oil is often sold as “Hemp Oil.”
Hemp grown for its flowers requires particular care and attention that is different from mass harvesting the plant for hemp seeds.
So hemp seed oil (also known as “hemp oil”) is not the same as a full spectrum hemp flower extract; which is often put into a carrier oil, such as Hemp seed oil. Confused yet? We were too, at first.
Let's try to help clear this a bit more.
The strain of Cannabis that is selected and how it is cultivated, are just as important as which part of the plant is used. Seeds, stems and stalks have less cannabinoids and terpenes, compared to the flowers.
Hemp grown for it's seeds or long fiber filled stalks will have far less cannabinoids and terpenes than hemp cultivated for female flowers.
When the male plants are removed from the area, the female plant will produce more cannabinoids and terpenes in an effort to attract a male plant for pollination.
If a male plant is in the area, the female plant will be pollinated and then will "go to seed." The plant no longer puts energy into making cannabinoids and terpenes to attract the male, it puts it's energy into making seeds, helping ensure the next generation of the plant.
Hemp grown for seed can be mass produced in large fields, as it does not require much attention, often harvested by machines. Hemp grown for flowers are harvesting by hand to carefully preserve the delicate cannabinoid and terpene covered flowers. (Source)
Our hemp flower extract is carefully grown for maximum potency and hand harvested. For easy and consistent dosing, we dilute our extract into a carrier oil.
Fats such as MCT Oil help CBD continue beyond the liver and work in other areas in need.
The increased bio-availability is just one reason why we chose MCT as a carrier oil, instead of using an alcohol or water based tincture. We find the alcohols' unpleasant taste, unnecessary chemical additives, and less effective delivery are all good reasons to avoid using them.
In addition to better delivery, we chose MCT oil for its' health benefits, too.
While we could use hemp seed oil ("hemp oil") as the carrier, since more of a good thing would seem better, MCT oil has shown to have different health benefits, due to its' Medium Chain Triglycerides, where it gets it's name from.
MCTs have been shown to be thermogenic, with the ability to positively increase your metabolism, improve cognitive function of your brain, balance hormones, increases energy, improve gut function with the ability to combat harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, in addition to it's antioxidant properties.
MCT oil is almost as good for us as, the cannabinoids & terpenes themselves!
We find the health benefits of a MCT carrier oil, along with a neutral taste both win out over the earthy, hard-to-mask-taste of hemp seed oils, plus MCT oil helps cannabinoids avoid being metabolized, helping them last longer and reach other areas in the body, compared to a water soluble or alcohol based tincture.
Try our extracts suspended in USDA Organic MCT Oil, and discover the difference for yourself.