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MCT Oil vs. Coconut Oil: What's the Difference?

MCT oil is derived from coconut oil by way of a method called fractionation

You may have heard about (or even tried) coconut oil and MCT oil and wondered if there are any differences between the two substances. Actually, there are. Both can be derived from coconuts, and each offers a range of health benefits. They are similar but not the same. 

What is MCT Oil?

MCT is an easy-to-remember acronym for 'medium-chain triglyceride,' which defines the relative length of carbon and hydrogen atom chains contained within a particular fatty acid. Long-chain fatty acids have more than 13 carbon molecules per chain, while short-chain fatty acids comprise fewer than six. Medium-chain saturated fatty acids such as those found in coconuts, breast milk, palm kernels, and MCT oil typically contain between six and 12 carbon atoms.

How MCT oil differs from coconut oil?

Created by pressing fresh or dried coconut meat, coconut oil naturally delivers a healthful amount of dietary fats, including a moderate amount of MCT along with long-chain fatty acids that are harder for the body to absorb.

Coconut oil solidifies at room temperature, while MCT oil remains in liquid form no matter what. Pure MCT oil used to craft Noli CBD broad-spectrum tinctures contains nothing but easy-to-absorb medium-chain triglycerides.

What is MCT Oil Made Of?

MCT oil is derived from coconut oil by way of a method called fractionation. It may sound like a complicated process, but it's not. First, natural coconut oil is heated to the melting point. Then it is allowed to cool. Due to their differences in melting points, longer-chain fatty acids such as capric acid and caprylic acid solidify first and are then filtered out to create a beneficial oil rich in easily absorbed MCT, advises EcoWatch.

What is MCT Oil best used for?

Because MCT fatty acids have the innate ability to move directly from the stomach to the liver without stopping to consult the pancreas, they are digested more efficiently than longer-chain fats. MCT oil placed and held under the tongue works even faster. For this reason, MCT oil can be helpful to persons who experience a range of digestion issues, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and cystic fibrosis, says Food Insight.

MCT oil may provide some other science-based health benefits, too. MCT oil may be used to:

  • Promote weight loss
  • Provide quick energy
  • Boost mental acuity
  • Promote ketone production
  • Limit lactic buildup in athletes
  • Manage epilepsy
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Limit the effects of Alzheimer's
  • Manage blood sugar levels
  • Improve effects of autism
  • Fight yeast and bacterial growth
  • Reduce risk factors for heart disease

MCT oil can do more than assist people who have difficulty digesting long-chain fatty acids. In fact, when MCT is added to CBD products, it makes them work better.

Can MCT be combined with CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the hundreds of active chemical compounds found in hemp plants. It is not the same as tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, and it doesn’t cause a high.

CBD supplements are available in the form of tinctures, gummies, soft gels, topicals, and sublingual under-the-tongue sprays.

Because CBD is fat-soluble, it needs a lipid, or fat, to carry it through the digestive system without being degraded. When MCT is added to CBD, CBD is absorbed and utilized much, much faster than when CBD is taken alone. The boost in bio-availability guarantees that you get the most from your CBD supplement. Odorless, colorless, and quicker to absorb than other fats, MCT is the ideal carrier component to blend with CBD isolate to create optimal life-improving tinctures, gummies, and oils.

Where can I buy CBD-MCT products?

If you are in the Southlake, Texas area, visit our brick-and-mortar Noli CBD store in the Hobby Lobby shopping center at 2001 W. Southlake Blvd. Here you will find a remarkable range of CBD supplements for people and pets, too. We provide curbside pick-up and local delivery seven days a week and can recommend soothing CBD products that are just right for you. If you are not local to the area, Noli CBD Oil ships CBD tinctures, topicals, gummies, and CBD-infused pet treats directly to your address with free shipping to all 50 states.

Noli CBD Oil doesn't only make and sell world-class CBD supplements but also farms its organic hemp in Colorado. If you have any questions about CBD with MTC oil, please contact us and ask us anything.