CBD oils are created from a range of different carrier oils. So which is better, hemp seed oil or olive oil? What about other carrier oils?
To create CBD oil, the CBD is first extracted and then mixed with a carrier oil. This does not change the effectiveness of the CBD; it makes it easier to dose, and some carrier oils have their health benefits.
Since the carrier oils do not alter the properties of the CBD in suspension, in this respect, one is not superior to the other. The oil simply dilutes the CBD to create a product with a constant potency, making it easier for consumers to measure its dosage. However, both hemp seed oil and olive oil have their health benefits. The choice is a matter of personal preference and can be based on dietary concerns, tastes or lifestyle choices.
Hemp seed oil VS. olive oil
Olive oil and hemp seed oil are the most frequently usable carrier oils for CBD products, so let’s look at how they compare.
Omega-6: Omega-3 ratio
On average, hemp seed oil has an omega-6:omega-3 ratio of 3:1, which roughly meets our nutritional needs, compared to the average 10:1 ratio of olive oil.
So what’s the best? It depends on what you eat and how much omega-3 you consume.
Research shows that if your total nutritional intake averages 4:1 of omega-6:omega-3 or less, it can significantly reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and other life-threatening diseases. Unfortunately, a standard Western diet full of processed foods can raise this ratio up to 15:1-16.7:1.
If the combination of a diet and omega-3 supplements already provides you with an optimal ratio of these two fatty acids, olive oil is just as good a carrier as hemp seed oil; however, if you don’t have enough omega-3, it might be worth considering a hemp seed oil base.
Differences in taste
Some people find the strong, nutty taste of hemp seed oil to be very appetizing and believe that it makes for a more authentic hemp experience.
Olive oil, on the other hand, is much lighter and taste familiar to most people as it is one of the most commonly oils in cooking. If you don’t appreciate a light taste of cannabis, this may be your best choice.
If you are unsure, many stores now sell hemp seeds and hemp oil in their grocery aisles. It’s an inexpensive way to try this flavor before investing in a product at CBD that uses hemp seed oil as a carrier.
Oil stability and storage requirements
Olive oil is richer in saturated fats than hemp seed oil, which gives CBD suspended in olive oil a longer shelf life than the same CBD suspended in hemp seed oil. If you prefer to take your oils with you when you travel, olive oil may be a better choice. CBD products using hemp seed oil as a carrier decompose faster due to temperature changes and exposure to light. However, for those who keep their CBD in the refrigerator, the hemp seed oil is also a good option.
Possible allergic reactions
If you may have an allergy to nuts or seeds, avoid hemp seed oil in any form.
Olive oil, on the other hand, is made from the fruit of the olive, not the seed or stone, and does not trigger a nut allergy. It is well tolerated by almost everyone and rarely causes allergic reactions or food sensitivities.
Other carrier oils with CBD
Several other types of carriers can also be used to make CBD oils. Again, these oils do not alter the properties of the CBD suspended in the oil, and each will have a different taste and nutritional profile.
Fractionated coconut oil is a processed version of regular coconut oil. Long-chain fatty acids have been removed so that only medium-chain triglycerides remain. Fractionated oils are virtually tasteless and odorless, making them a preferred choice for sublingual use.
CBD can also be mixed with avocado oil. Avocados are packed with vitamins and healthy fats, but it is very thick, heavy and more expensive than olive oil and hemp seed oil. It is better suited for CBD products used topically rather than orally.
CBD products that use grapeseed oil as a carrier should be avoided. It contains mostly polyunsaturated fats. So it is not very effective when mixed with CBD .