Why is MCT oil in our tinctures? MCT acts as a carrier for CBD, increases the bioavailability of our tinctures, and offers a plethora of benefits for your dog. Even the purest CBD oil isn’t 100D. When removed from the cannabis plant, CBD may come as a fine powder, depending on the extraction method used.
MCT Oil for Dogs: CocoTherapy
You’ll notice in our own tinctures, as well as many others, that MCT oil is one of the main ingredients, in addition to the CBD. Why would MCT oil be incorporated into the product? What are the benefits of MCT oil for dogs? Coconut oil is made of saturated fat, so it seems like we would want to steer clear. However, while saturated fats are generally considered bad fats, not all saturated fats are the same. While most saturated fats are comprised of long chain fatty acids, MCTs differ in their carbon length.
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What is MCT Oil?
MCT, or medium-chain-triglycerides, contain medium-length fat chains. Due to their short length, they are easily digestible and assist with the absorption of nutrients. They also contain beneficial acids known as lauric, capric, caprylic, myristic, and palmitic acids.
MCT oil is commonly extracted from coconut oil ; 63% of the fat in coconut oil contains MCTs. It can also be found in palm oil and various dairy products.
MCT and CBD
MCT oil protects CBD from being completely broken down by the digestive system before reaching the bloodstream . CBD is fat-soluble and is known to be most effective when it’s taken with saturated fats. MCT acts as the vehicle to transport CBD where it needs to go to help the body.
Once CBD reaches the liver, it’s broken down into very small components that are not used effectively in the body. MCT carries most of the CBD into the bloodstream so it’s not damaged by metabolic processes.
The goal of a high-quality CBD tincture is to have high bioavailability. Bioavailability refers to the efficiency with which a therapeutic compound is absorbed into the bloodstream. This is important because it affects how much to give in one dose, and how quickly your pet can feel the effects.
Benefits of MCT Oil for Dogs
MCT isn’t only beneficial as a carrier for CBD. MCT carries a wide range of benefits to your pet. Compared to other fats, MCTs are absorbed faster and are more likely to be utilized as a source of energy, rather than stored as fat. The rapid use of MCT by the body makes it an excellent source of energy for the brain. In fact, MCTs have been shown to be effective in enhancing cognitive function in both senior dogs and humans.
According to research published in the British Journal of Nutrition , “ the cognitive assessment data showed that the performance of the MCT-supplemented group was superior to that of control group in the land-1 and land-2 tasks, and the egocentric learning and reversal task and on the variable object components of the attention protocol.” The study went on to state “the present study shows that supplementation of MCT in aging dogs can significantly increase blood ketone body concentrations under fed conditions and improve age-related decline in cognitive function by providing an alternative source of brain energy in old healthy dogs. The MCT-containing diet had no adverse effects on CBC and blood chemistry.”
In addition to serving as food for the brain, researchers have found benefits of MCT oil for dogs with seizures, as well as reduction of gastrointestinal inflammation, and as effective antimicrobial and antibacterial agents.
They are also useful in cancer therapy . Due to their ease-of-digestibility, they provide cancer patients with excellent nutrition that supports not just one but many body systems.
Increasing Shelf Life
Not only does a lack of MCT decrease the quality of the tincture, but a tincture that doesn’t contain MCT is known not to last as long as one that does. We want to keep our high-quality, full-spectrum CBD oil as long as possible. But, like other natural products, there is an approximate amount of time that can pass before it’s labeled as no longer viable. At CBD Dog Health, our products (they do contain MCT) remain viable for approximately two years when unopened. Once they have been opened, we recommend a shelf life of one year.
Two sisters, Charisa Antigua and Carmina O’ Connor, began an organically-grown, pure coconut oil producing organization. On our podcast, ‘It’s A Dog’s Life with Angela Ardolino’ , we had the pleasure of speaking with the founders. We are happy to utilize CocoTherapy’s coconut oil in our salves and their MCT in our tinctures.
The founders own a USDA-certified organic and non-GMO verified farm and facility in the Philippines. They p roduce all of their coconut oil from start to finish using techniques they learned from their grandmother. Charissa and Carmina come from three generations of a coconut-producing family.
Like CBD oil, not all coconut oil is created equal. There are certain aspects a potential buyer should look for. Are they 100% organically grown? Can it be traced back to the farm? While traceability is extremely difficult (if not impossible) for many commercially produced coconut oils, CocoTherapy Virgin Coconut Oil and MCT Oils are 100% certified organic and Non-GMO Verified, with a lot # assigned to every batch produced. This enables every batch to be traced back to its crop of origin whenever necessary.
The levels of beneficial acids must also be very high in order to be scientifically therapeutic. This is accomplished not only via the processing methods, but by the type of coconuts used and harvesting schedules as well.
According to Ms. Antigua, “coconuts take 12 months to ripen on a tree, but a lot of companies harvest their coconuts too early, after three or four months.” She continued to explain, “you won’t get all of the nutrients if the coconut was removed from the tree prior to ripening. Our coconuts are also freshly grated and wet-milled , and the coconut milk is pressed from fresh coconuts . A lot of other coconut oils are made from dry coconuts, which are stored and sent to facilities hundreds of miles away, and then they rehydrate them with water and then make the oil with the coconuts that were rehydrated. Which means they are made with diluted coconut milk and are rehydrated with possibly contaminated water.”
Following the launch of CocoTherapy in 2009, Antigua and O’Connor have continued to teach others about the importance of therapeutic-grade coconut oil. You can learn more about their process by listening to the podcast here .
Every component in our tinctures is included to further benefit your pet. MCT oil is one of the main critical ingredients to act as a carrier for CBD, for overall health and well-being, and for antimicrobial/antibacterial purposes. MCT increases the bioavailability of our products to ensure your pet receives the most effective, therapeutic tincture.
Father of Blanche, and 8-year old Shih Tzu and senior rescue Linda, Hernando Umana is a Broadway performer in New York City and works tirelessly to share the benefits of CBD with pet parents across the country. He graduated from Dr. Sulak’s Healer Cannabis Dosage Protocols and Methodologies. Despite his confidence and talent, Hernando found himself struggling after graduation. In a profession where anxiety is absolutely crippling, he wasn’t getting the kind of work he knew he should be getting. Thankfully, during one of his many visits to Angie in Florida, she introduced him to CBD and he has never looked back. Four years later, he had opened two first national tours, been on Broadway, worked with Cyndi Lauper, Brendan Urie, Andrew Loyd Webber, and many others. And now – Hernando is Co-Owner of CBD Dog Health. CBD was life-changing for both of them, and he could not be happier to be in a business doing something he loves so much that helps dogs like Blanche live a happy, stress-free life.
Comparing the different CBD carrier oils for dogs
It might only be a few drops per dose, but using a good quality oil can make a big difference to how CBD affects your dog.
Our view on carrier oils
CBD can be infused with almost any type of edible oil, but most experts agree that hemp seed oil and medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil are the best carriers.
We think that hemp seed oil offers the most benefit for dogs, thanks to an awesome combination of Omega fats and antioxidants.
MCT oil is also a good option, but some owners have claimed it may contribute to gastrointestinal upset in dogs with sensitive stomachs.
CBD oils beat CBD treats and other types of carriers thanks to their ability to boost absorption into the body.
Today’s cannabis market is flooded with different delivery mechanisms, from vapes and gummies to drinks and creams.
For dogs, the choice of carrier comes down to oil, snack, or topical balm. Each has its strengths, but we at CBD Oil for Dogs recommend oil in most situations (not surprisingly).
This is because CBD is fat-soluble, which means that infusing it with a good quality oil can increase its bioavailability.
A 2019 study by the University of Minnesota found that taking CBD with fatty foods can quadruple the amount of detectable CBD in the body.
While different meals contain slightly different amounts of fat, prepared carrier oils help create a consistent dosage, giving your dog reliable access to CBD’s benefits.
Types of carrier oil
Looking at our list of best CBD oils for dogs will show you that most high-quality CBD brands prefer hemp seed oil or medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil carriers.
As long as they’re produced at a high quality, both are great sources of healthy fats.
A small minority of producers continue to use more traditional plant and seed oils, such as grapeseed or olive oil. These are also safe but may not promote the same levels of CBD absorption.