We formulate our tinctures with Kosher and organic vegetable glycerin from pygmy palm fruit, rather than coconut oil. Here are some of the reasons why. CBD oils can be made with MCT, hemp seed, avocado, olive oil, and more. What’s the difference? Does the carrier oil matter? We explore this topic in-depth. From isolates to broad-spectrum to whole-plant extract, and more, there is a plethora of CBD oils to choose from. Ahead, the 15 best CBD oils online.
We Don’t Use MCT Oils Like Coconut Oil in Our Tinctures. Here’s One of the Reasons Why…
Our Tinctures are made with Organic Vegetable Glycerin and our organically-grown, Hemp-derived Full Spectrum CBD oil. And nothing Else!
I’ve written several journal articles on Imbue Botanicals’ Tinctures, and why we think they are so superior to other tinctures on the market. From the Glycerin Advantage to the fact we homogenize our tinctures, ours are formulated for maximum absorption and efficacy. And they work. That’s not just our opinion, but the opinion of you, our wonderful customers as well.
As you may recall, we formulate our tinctures with Kosher, organic vegetable glycerin from pygmy palm fruit. It tastes good and eliminates the need for added flavors, fillers or stabilizers. But more important, it enhances the performance. But it isn’t easy to do!
In fact, virtually all other companies use an MCT (medium chain triglycerides) oil like COCONUT OIL when formulating their tinctures. Why…because it’s easy to mix an oil with an oil! But it tastes pretty bad and requires all those other things like sweeteners, flavors, stabilizers and even fillers.
But that’s not the only reason we shy away from coconut oil. Frankly, I’ve never been convinced of the “health claims” made around the product, and now others are calling that into question as well. The article below is directly from CNN. And with all the questions it raises about Coconut oil, why would anyone want it in a CBD tincture that supposed to better your health.
Frankly, I have no idea. Happy Reading!
(CNN) — Cyanide is a poison. Rattlesnake venom is a poison. Certain household products can be a poison. But coconut oil? One professor seems to think so, colliding head-on with consumers who believe it’s good for them.
In her lecture at the University of Freiburg — entirely in German and posted in July — professor Karin Michels, of the university’s Institute for Prevention and Tumor Epidemiology, calls the health claims surrounding coconut oil “absolute nonsense” and says it’s “pure poison” for its saturated fat content and its threat to cardiovascular health. The video of her lecture has amassed close to a million views and counting. “Coconut oil is one of the worst things you can eat,” Michels said.
While others have taken a more measured view, they hardly buy into the ballyhoo. A 2016 survey in the New York Times suggested that 72% of Americans think coconut oil is healthy, versus only 37% of nutritionists polled.
“There are many claims being made about coconut oil being wonderful for lots of different things, but we really don’t have any evidence of long-term health benefits,” said Dr. Walter C. Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where Michels is also an adjunct professor.
“Coconut oil is somewhere in the middle of the spectrum in terms of types of fats. It’s probably better than partially hydrogenated oils, [which are] high in trans fats, but not as good as the more unsaturated plant oils that have proven health benefits, like olive and canola oil,” Willett previously told CNN.
Health organizations tend to discourage the use of coconut oil, which is more than 80% saturated fat. The American Heart Association says it’s better on your skin than in your food, and it recommends that no more than 5% or 6% of your daily calories come from saturated fats — about 13 grams per day. The association also advocates replacing coconut oil with “healthy fats” such as polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats, like those found in canola and olive oils, avocados and fatty fish.
Coconut oil is “probably not quite as ‘bad’ as butter but not as good as extra virgin olive oil,” Kevin Klatt, a molecular nutrition researcher at Cornell University who is studying the metabolic effects of coconut oil, previously told CNN.
Klatt cautions that we should not develop too strong of an opinion of it without more data. “But at the same time, you have to be evidence-based . and [currently], the evidence reflects benefits for olive oil, fish, nuts and seeds — so that should be the focus in the diet.”
Coconut oil is extracted from the meat of the fruit. It contains mostly saturated fat, which is also found in large quantities in butter and red meat. Like other saturated fats, coconut oil increases LDL cholesterol, commonly known as “bad” cholesterol, which has been associated with increased risk of heart disease.
But coconut oil also raises HDL, the “good” cholesterol, especially when replacing carbohydrates in the diet. This may be due to its high content of a fatty acid known as lauric acid. (This is also noted in Michel’s statement summarizing her talk.)
“Coconut oil is half lauric acid, which is a little bit unique,” Klatt said, as the acid seems to raise HDL more than other saturated fats and is rarely found in such high amounts in foods.
Still, though the increase in HDL seen with consumption of coconut oil may offset some of the disease risk, it’s still not as good as consuming unsaturated oils, which not only raise HDL but lower LDL, according to Willett.
Complicating matters is the fact that we still don’t know for sure what exactly a high HDL translates to in terms of health risk. “There’s been debate about the role of HDL,” Willett cautioned. “Partly because there are many forms of HDL which have different health consequences . which has made the water murky.”
For example, there are different forms of HDL that do different things. One role is to help take LDL cholesterol out of the bloodstream. “But some forms of HDL don’t do that,” Willett said, “so we don’t know for sure that higher HDL is better.”
While an elevated LDL level is used as a marker for predicting cardiovascular risk and doesn’t always translate to heart attacks, experts say it’s still cause for concern.
Research has found a mixed bag when it comes to saturated fats, and coconut oil in particular. A 2015 Cochrane review found that cutting back on saturated fats also lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease by 17% — but it didn’t change the risk of dying, and there was no benefit to replacing these fats with protein or starchy foods.
Other research specifically on coconut oil has explored its effects on metabolism, appetite and cognitive function — but “you can’t infer from . studies what coconut oil will and will not do. We need better controlled trials,” Klatt said. “Right now, the internet is jumping the gun and going way beyond the evidence.”
Like other oils, coconut oil is calorie-dense, which means consuming large amounts without reducing other calorie sources can lead to weight gain. Just one tablespoon has 120 calories, about the same as a large apple or four cups of air-popped popcorn.
“Oil is a really easy way to increase the energy density of a food. Things like almonds have a lot of fat, but it’s easier to overeat pure oil than overeat pure almonds,” Klatt said.
In small amounts, however, coconut oil can have a place in one’s diet. But for day-to-day use, experts recommend vegetable oils such as olive, canola or soybean oil, along with nuts and seeds, as a primary source of fats in the diet.
“It’s not that you have to absolutely avoid coconut oil, but rather limit coconut oil to where you really need that special flavor, like for Thai food or for baking a special dessert,” Willett said. Klatt agreed, saying that coconut oil “is certainly fine to consume occasionally, when a recipe calls for it.”
CNN’s Susan Scutti, Atika Shubert and Claudia Otto and nutritionist Lisa Drayer contributed to this report.
What’s in Your CBD Oil? Why Carrier Oil Matters
CBD oils can be made with MCT, hemp seed, avocado, olive oil, and more. What’s the difference? Does the carrier oil matter? We explore this topic in-depth.
If you look at the label of your CBD oil, you’ll see that it contains more than just hemp extract.
As the name suggests, CBD oils also include an oil — which is usually some form of vegetable oil or vegetable glycerine.
These oils serve an important purpose — to help deliver the active component — in our case, CBD — to the body.
There are many different carrier oils used in CBD products — coconut, MCT, palm, olive, avocado, hemp seed, sesame, and grape seed oil — each with their own set of positives and negatives.
In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about carrier oil selection. We cover MCT, olive, hemp seed, grape seed, and glycerine — including the pros and cons of each.
So let’s get started.
Table of Contents
- 1. Medium-Chain Triglyceride (MCT) Oil
- Pros & Cons of Hemp Seed Oil
- Pros & Cons of Grape Seed Oil
What is a Carrier Oil?
As the name implies, a “carrier oil” carries the CBD and other phytochemicals. It’s a simple solution. The carrier oil acts as a solvent to dissolve the compounds of the hemp plant to make them easier to use.
This concept isn’t unique to CBD products. The same concept applies when making Kool-aid by dissolving the flavored powder into water, or when making soapy water to wash the dishes.
The only difference here is that a fat is used instead of water. This is because cannabinoids are soluble in oils and fats instead of water.
What Are the Benefits of Adding Carrier Oils to CBD?
There are three main reasons carrier oils are used. Let’s cover each one in more detail.
1. Carrier Oils Enhance CBD Absorption
One of the main reasons CBD oil manufacturers dilute hemp extracts like CBD in a carrier oil is to improve absorption in the gut. This works because CBD is a fat-soluble substance.
This is important because the body has two separate pathways for absorbing compounds into the body — a water-soluble pathway and a fat-soluble pathway. This all happens at the working unit of the intestinal tract known as the microvilli (pictured below).
Water-soluble compounds like most amino acids, sugars, and minerals can travel directly through the gut lining into the water-based blood. From here, they’re transported around the body. In the diagram above, water-soluble substances enter the red portion under the surface (the blood).
Fat-soluble substances on the other hand — like CBD — can’t go directly into the bloodstream. They first need to get packaged up into tiny droplets called micelles. These micelles then enter the fatty lymph tissue — a network of fat-based compounds and immune cells. They then travel up the body through the lymph, eventually entering the bloodstream directly above the heart. In the diagram above, the lymph is the green tubes (called lacteals). These lacteals carry the CBD (and other cannabinoids) to the lymphatic system.
Absorbing fats in this way requires a series of enzymes in the digestive tract to prepare the fat molecules for absorption by breaking them down and turning them into micelles. When we eat fats, taste receptors in our mouth send signals to the digestive tract to get these enzymes ready.
When we take CBD alongside other fats, it helps prime the body for this effect — signaling the rest of the body to prepare for fat absorption — which effectively increases the amount of CBD the body can absorb.
2. Carrier Oils Make Measuring Doses Easier
The difference between 5 mg and 50 mg of pure CBD crystals is minuscule — 50 mg of this highly-refined source of CBD is about the size of a match head.
Getting precise doses like 7.5 mg requires a precision scale and can’t be done accurately with the naked eye. We need special equipment for this, which simply isn’t realistic for most CBD users.
The solution is to first dilute the CBD crystals into a carrier oil at a predictable amount — such as 100 mg, 300 mg, 600 mg, or 1000 mg CBD per bottle like you’ll find listed on most CBD oils.
From here, the larger volume of the oil with CBD dissolved is much easier to measure. The same 50 mg dose can be measured by counting the drops of oil or measuring the fluid in a measuring spoon. It makes dosing CBD significantly more accurate and consistent.
15 best CBD oils you can buy
You’ve begun your quest for the best CBD oil, and have discovered that there are hundreds of brands and products in this space. From isolates to broad-spectrum to whole-plant extract, from olive oil to coconut oil to MCT oil, from natural to orange to outlandishly exotic flavors, there is a plethora of CBD oils to choose from. Ahead, the 15 best CBD oils online.
Milligrams per bottle: 1,000
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, it’s THC-free cookies-and-cream flavored CBD oil. What a time to be alive! Penguin has a variety of delicious flavors — including mint, citrus, natural and strawberry — but we haven’t seen (or tasted) anything quite like their Oreo-inspired broad-spectrum CBD oil, with perfectly flavorless MCT oil as the carrier. The potent 1,000-milligram-per-bottle blend packs a punch, but for folks new to CBD and not quite sure how to dose, the yummy cookie-flavored CBD oil comes in 600-milligram and 250-milligram bottles as well. Penguin also offers mouthwatering CBD gummies and CBD capsules, as well as CBD cream.
2. Charlotte’s Web ($149)
Milligrams per bottle: 1,500
This top-rated CBD product is known as “the flagship formula that started an industry.” Charlotte’s Web is one of the oldest and most respected brands in the industry, and their blend of olive oil and high-quality Colorado-grown hemp has helped support many a wellness routine. Opt for the mint-chocolate flavor to add a little sweetness, or keep it simple with the classic variety.
3. Infinite CBD ($49)
Milligrams per bottle: 1,000
Infinite CBD provides a high-quality CBD isolate oil at a competitive price. With Colorado-grown hemp and coconut oil to carry the CBD, this plain oil has no sugar or added flavors, making it accessible to consumers with a variety of tastes and preferences.
4. Basic CBD ($90)
Milligrams per bottle: 1,000
Keep things simple with Basic CBD. Zero THC, MCT oil, non-GMO Colorado-grown hemp (sensing a theme here?) and no added flavors or frills. Basic CBD uses CO2 extraction to guarantee that no solvents get into their tincture, and they have a certificate of analysis (COA) available on their site.
5. Love Always, Liz ($99)
Milligrams per bottle: 1,200
Love Always, Liz provides a high-dose full-spectrum oil. Though it is under the 0.3 percent legal limit of THC, it has terpenes and other adjacent phytocannabinoids to support the effects of CBD. This formula uses non-GMO Colorado-grown hemp from a GMP-certified farm, is blended with MCT coconut oil, and has no added flavors or dyes.
6. +Plus CBD Oil Gold Drops ($109)
Milligrams per bottle: 1,500
With three flavors (goji berry, peppermint and plain), and non-GMO, CO2-extracted hemp, +Plus CBD Oil has created a full-spectrum CBD oil to help support wellness regimens. The brand is vertically integrated, offering full traceability, meaning transparency in the process, from the hemp seed all the way to the shelves.
7. Onyx & Rose Pure Bloom Orange ($99)
Milligrams per bottle: 1,000
Onyx & Rose offers an array of “the most effective cannabinoids,” including CBD (of course), CBG, CBN and CBC. This broad-spectrum CBD oil uses a fresh orange flavor to add some zing, and it has absolutely zero THC. The tincture is derived from organically grown American hemp. To sweeten the citrus-flavored deal, their products have a 90-day return policy.
8. Lord Jones Royal Oil ($100)
Milligrams per bottle: 1,000
Lord Jones Royal Oil is made with just two essential ingredients: broad-spectrum CBD and pure grapeseed oil; they made this blend for the purist, with no flavoring or coloring. This multipurpose bottle of CBD oil acts as a supplement and a topical, depending on use.
9. Buzzn Bliss CBD ($70)
Milligrams per bottle: 500
The toxin-free, organic Buzzn CBD oil was created by pharmacists, and the orange-flavored Bliss version is particularly fresh tasting (they recommended using it in a pineapple-orange smoothie or sprinkled on a salad). With Colorado-sourced hemp, the oil was manufactured in an FDA-inspected and NSA-certified facility using CO2 extraction; the transparency of the process is available via COA on the site. In keeping with their commitment to the environment, their packaging is made of 50 percent post-consumer waste material and 100 percent recyclable paper.
10. Juna Nightcap CBD ($98)
Milligrams per bottle: 750
A new kind of nightcap, Juna’s hemp sleep drops include phytocannabinoids and antioxidants to help users nod off peacefully and quickly. Chamomile and mint blend harmoniously with the MCT coconut oil and Vermont-grown full-spectrum hemp. Slip into a sound slumber in no time.
11. Winged Balance Oil ($60)
Milligrams per bottle: 720 for 60 ml
Winged is a brand dedicated to serving women’s health. Their CBD oil was uniquely formulated for “women looking for balance.” To relieve stress and anxiety, which they report women experience more frequently than men, CBD and evening primrose unite to help relaxation while supporting healthy hormone function and skin radiance. The peppermint-flavored CBD is organically grown in the U.S.
12. Populum Full-Spectrum Hemp CBD Oil ($179)
Milligrams per bottle: 1,000
Populum uses Colorado-sourced CBD to create full-spectrum hemp extracts, including their premium 1,000-milligram tinctures. Their award-winning orange flavor is citrusy and bright, and particularly welcoming for users averse to the taste of hemp. One of the cooler aspects of Populum is that they offer a complete refund within 30 days if you don’t like the product. In their words: “If you’re just not that into us within the first month, we’ll offer a full refund. Simple and honest.”
13. Luna Volta Nova ($92)
Milligrams per bottle: 600
This small-batch, organic, full-spectrum oil from Luna Volta ticks all the right boxes. Their product is ethically sourced from small farms in the U.S. The oil has just two (high-quality) ingredients: organic coconut MCT oil and organic, full-spectrum, phytocannabinoid-rich (PCR) hemp extract. And, to round out their green credentials, their packaging is 100 percent biodegradable … and plantable! The boxes are embedded with wildflower seeds, which are beneficial to the declining bee population in the United States.
14. LEEF Organics Thrival ($100)
Milligrams per bottle: 375
Benefit from many parts of the hemp plant in LEEF Organics’ proprietary blend, which incorporates aminos, enzymes and fatty acids in an effort to nourish both your brain and your body. Their whole-plant, cold-pressed fermentation process is proprietary, which they say yields “the cleanest form of CBD extract possible.”
15. Green Gorilla Hemp & Olive Oil ($45)
Milligrams per bottle: 1,500
Green Gorilla offers a unique type of packaging: a pump bottle to fine-tune the dose, with 10 milligrams per pump (with the 1,500-milligram dose option). The CBD comes from non-GMO hemp and is part of a whole-plant, full-spectrum extract. The formula is made with zero parabens, toxic chemicals, pesticides or synthetic fragrances. Another unique aspect of Green Gorilla is that they’re one of the few brands to use heart-healthy, delicious olive oil as their carrier for CBD.
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