What is the Best Carrier Oil for taking CBD Oil?
When you take CBD oil, subject to the strength, 60% to 97% of what you are consuming with every dose is the oil that it is mixed with. It is absolutely vital to ensure you know everything there is to know about the oil and its origin! We investigate which carrier oil in CBD is the best for you.
Pure Organic CBD uses Organic Sunflower Seed Oil. Our sunflowers are grown in our own, Bio-Suisse Organic Certified plantations. They are fully organic and sustainable as no transportation is required. Our Sunflower oil is cold-pressed which is a process where the seeds crushed. No chemical solvents are used in this process ensuring that we retain all of the nutrients and live up to being truly organic. Sunflower oil has a light amber colour and a very mild flavour making it the perfect mixing oil for CBD.
Nothing goes to waste
After extraction, sunflower seed oil leaves behind crushed seeds usually referred to as seed meal. It is high in protein and dietary fibre. It is also one of the major proteins used for animal feed. Unlike other oil meals like soybean, cotton or rapeseed, it does not need heating before being used as feed. Sunflower meal also contains a high level of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium making it a very effective fertiliser.
What is the significance of a carrier oil in CBD Products?
In order to create different strengths or concentrations of CBD, the CBD extract is measured into differing amounts and mixed with oil in each bottle. CBD products are made by diluting CBD extract with a food-grade oil. A carrier oil is required because CBD is fat-soluble, which means it fuses with fats instead of water. Imagine trying to mix cooking oil with water, they do not blend at all with the oil floating on top.
Your body, much like this example, is water-based. It is unable to process CBD without the help of a carrier oil. When CBD is mixed with a fatty, plant-based oil, it binds directly with fat molecules. Your body uses these for improving absorption and bioavailability.
As the name implies, a carrier oil carries the CBD and other cannabinoids and cannabis compounds. The carrier oil acts as a transport vehicle to make these important healing compounds available throughout the body.
The body has two separate pathways for absorbing compounds, a water-soluble and a fat-soluble pathway. Water-soluble compounds can travel directly through the gut into the water-based blood. On the other hand, fat-soluble substances like CBD cannot go directly into the bloodstream. They first need to be packaged into tiny droplets called micelles. These micelles then enter the fatty lymph tissues.
Absorbing fats in this way requires a series of enzymes in the digestive tract. In order to prepare the fat molecules for absorption, these enzymes break fats down and turn them into micelles. When we eat fats, taste receptors in our mouth send signals to our digestive tract to get these enzymes prepared and ready. When we eat fatty foods before taking CBD, it helps prepare our body, signalling to the rest of the body to get ready for fat absorption. This greatly increases the CBD bioavailability.
Water Solubility vs. Fat Solubility
Water-soluble components in food and nutritional supplements are absorbed into the portal blood and excreted in the urine. They have a short half-life in the body as they are quickly passed. Fat-soluble compounds like CBD is absorbed into our lymphatic system. They are then stored in tissues and have a hormone-like function. Fat-soluble CBD is stored in the liver and fatty tissues, because CBD is not readily excreted, it can accumulate in the body.
This concept is not unique to CBD. The same concept applies to mixing any concentrated product such as orange juice or washing up liquid with water. The only difference is that a fatty oil is used instead of water because cannabinoids are fat-soluble, not water-soluble.
So how good is Sunflower oil for you?
When compared to other CBD carrier oils out there, Sunflower Oil is packed with nutrients and, when taken as part of a well-balanced diet, it can be very beneficial for one’s health. It is high in Vitamin A and Vitamin E which is a powerful anti-oxidant and is known to safeguard our cell tissues. It is also believed to boost our immune system to help fight off viruses and bacteria. Here are some of the major health-boosting benefits to be gained by sunflower oil:
It’s Good For Your Heart
Sunflower oil contains phyto ( plant ) chemicals such as Choline and Phenolic acid of which, studies have shown it to be good for your heart.
Atherosclerosis is a disease that can be caused by bad cholesterol health. This disease can clog your arteries and raise your blood pressure. It usually leads to serious heart-related problems. Research suggests that a diet rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids may help reduce the level of bad cholesterol and thus your risk of heart disease.
It Improves Digestion
Sunflower oil is incredibly light and high in mono-unsaturated fats, it is easier for our bodies to digest than other CBD carrier oils. It is better absorbed into our digestive tract and it also has mild laxative properties which can prevent constipation.
Gives Us Energy
Sunflower oil is loaded with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (good, healthy fats). These fats provide the body with a great source of fuel.
Strengthens the Immune System
Sunflower oils antioxidant properties fortify the cell membranes which increases our ability to fight off infections and makes it harder for bacteria and viruses to attack our bodies
Repairs the Body
Sunflower oil contains proteins which help in creating and repairing the tissues and enzymes necessary for a healthy balance.
The vitamin content and the fatty acids present in Sunflower oil are very beneficial for the treatment of inflammatory diseases such as asthma, a respiratory condition. In severe cases, it can become life-threatening. Sunflower seed oil can also help in the treatment of arthritis, it can actually reduce inflammation of the joints and help soothe any pain.
Good for Dental Hygiene
Albicans, a fungal bacteria, is present in 40% of humans and is one of the main causes of oral diseases leading to tooth decay and fungal growth. The antibacterial properties of Sunflower seed oil can inhibit the growth of these bacteria leaving you with a nice set of clean teeth and fresh breath.
Good for your skin
Due to its emollient properties, sunflower oil is used as an ingredient for skin applications. The oil is light, non-greasy and rich in nutrients and Vitamin E; One of the most skin-friendly antioxidants and vital to enable your skin to retain its youthful glow. It is really effective for use with conditions such as acne, eczema and irritation of the skin, and it’s even nourishing for the hair and scalp helping to prevent thinning.
Since the oil is rich with Vitamin E, when orally ingested it is responsible for preventing oxidative damage to our skin cells
Reduces the Signs of Aging
The high content of antioxidant vitamin E prevents our cells from undergoing oxidative stress and damage from free radicals. This makes Sunflower seed oil very beneficial for slowing down the signs of aging.
Prevents Dry Skin
Applying Sunflower seed oil over your skin after being thoroughly massaged helps your cells retain moisture. When Sunflower oil is applied, it actually collects the moisture from your surroundings and directs it into your skin keeping it moist and soft.
Historical records dating back to 3000 BC show that sunflowers were cultivated for this benefit. Thanks to the content of Omega-6 fatty acids, the application of sunflower seed oil over wounds helps in promoting new cells that replace the damaged cells and also soothes pain.
Sunflower seeds are rich in unsaturated fatty acids, in particular Linoleic acid. Our bodies use Linoleic acid to make a compound that relaxes our blood vessels helping lower blood pressure. Studies have shown that people with a high intake of Linoleic acid had a 15% lower risk of suffering from a heart disease.
Studies also suggest that eating sunflower seeds daily as part of a healthy diet may reduce fasting blood sugar.
It is safe to say that a managed consumption of Sunflower seed oil is beneficial for your health. If you are following a weight loss programme, it is advisable that if you are including sunflower seed oil in your diet, you should increase the duration of your exercise to burn off the few extra calories that you have consumed from the oil.
For a healthy heart, better immunity and younger-looking skin, sunflower oil is a great choice. It is natural, beneficial and historically revered.
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