Why Do CBD Tinctures use MCT oil?

December 3, 2019

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Cannabidiol (CBD) is everywhere – but why do CBD tinctures use MCT oil (at least many of them). These easy-to-use products are very popular among those who choose to partake in this natural wellness compound. Enjoyed sublingually, these natural oils are dropped under the tongue for absorption. At Medterra, we manufacture our tinctures using high-quality, hemp-derived isolated CBD and MCT oil.



MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglyceride. Medium Chain Triglycerides are a type of saturated fatty acid. The use of this ingredient in natural products, or health and wellness supplements, has gone up over the years. This is because Medium Chain Triglycerides are easy to digest and for the body to process. Unlike many saturated fatty acids, MCT’s are metabolized quickly and not stored in body fat, like other, less-healthy fats may be.

Many people choose to use MCT oils in their health and wellness routines, as well as their diets. Popular Medium Chain Triglyceride oils on the market include extra virgin olive oil, grapeseed, sesame, avocado and coconut oils. These products can be easily blended into smoothies, salad dressings and more. In health food circles, many choose to use MCT oils in many of their dietary needs because they’ve been shown to be a source for rapid energy for the body while also, potentially, boosting immunity and maintaining a healthy weight.

At Medterra, we use coconut oil as our MCT base for our well-loved CBD tinctures.


Since Cannabidiol (CBD) is a fat-soluble compound, this means that it is most effective, and diffused for absorption, when coupled with a lipid like a fatty acid. Why do CBD tinctures use MCT oil? Well, MCT oil acts as a carrier for the CBD in order to allow for a larger concentration of the CBD to be absorbed into the bloodstream. The carrier oil also acts as a helper to keep the desired (CBD) compound from being degraded by the digestive system. 

The ability for any compound to make it through ingestion and digestion is also known as its “bioavailability”. Bioavailability is a term used in pharmacology and nutritional sciences to refer to the degree at which something is absorbed by the body’s circulatory system. Naturally, anyone would want their CBD to have the highest absorption potential possible.

By choosing to use a quality carrier oil like a coconut MCT, we are ensuring the safest partner for our recognized, hemp-derived CBD isolate. This means that you are getting an optimal blend when you order from Medterra.


Medterra’s tinctures, capsules and creams have been recognized the world over for their high quality and affordability. We strive to keep the ingredients safe and simple so our products are easy to use and easy to trust. If you have questions about our products or ingredients, we encourage you to reach out.

You can contact us [HERE] on our contact page or by phone at (800) 971-1288.

†Representations regarding the efficacy and safety of Medterra have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any disease. Consult your physician prior to use if you are pregnant, nursing or using other medications.

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