There are several types of oils that are being used as carrier oils for CBD. However, some oils are more commonly used than other oils and also known for their safety properties. Such common oils are hemp seed oil, medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, olive oil and avocado oil. So here are some pros and cons of each type to help you choose the best type of carrier oil.

Hemp Seed Oil

Both CBD oil and hemp seed oil comes from the same plant but they have different properties because hemp seed oil is produced from the seeds while CBD oil is produced from the flowers. Look for CBD oil and hemp oil differences for more knowledge. The seeds contain fewer good chemicals than the flower and also in lower concentration.

However, there are some hemp phytochemicals which are only present in the seeds. Products with both hemp seed oil and CBD oil are known as full-spectrum products which can create the entourage effect.

Pros of hemp seed oil are that it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, high anti-oxidant levels, contains calcium, magnesium and iron, good source of fibre and possible entourage effect. However, side effects like nausea, diarrhea, slow heart rate, throat irritation and high blood pressure, lower solvency than MCT oil and sharp or herby flavour are the known cons of hemp seed oil.


This is considered as the most common type of carrier oil for CBD products. This oil is mostly derived from coconut and also from, palm kennel oil. MCT is a type of fatty acid that can be absorbed quickly into your body without having to break down through digestion. It also absorbed easily though the skin.

Pros of MCT oil has been identified as quick absorption, light and thin oil, does not require chemical processing, less expensive and almost flavourless. Apart from that there are some cons of MCT oil such as nausea, gas, diarrhea and vomiting which are temporary digestive side effects, building up excessive ketones in the body, not good for people who have liver disease and for those who take medications to lower cholesterol levels.

Olive Oil

Olive oil contains many health benefits and therefore commonly used in cooking. CBD with olive oil is also common. Olive oil is high in iron, vitamin K and E, rich in antioxidants, and it is absorbed by the skin faster than MCT.  However, olive oil has long-chain triglycerides which are slower to absorb than MCT and has a lower solvency than MCT. Olive oil is thicker than other carrier oils and its strong flavour can be considered as some cons of olive oil as a carrier for CBD.

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is also widely used in cooking and has many health benefits. Avocado oil is mostly used as a carrier for CBD in topical products. This oil is easily absorbed by the skin and digestive track, rich in antioxidants, high in vitamins A, B, D and E and has a nutty flavour. Some cons of avocado oil are that it is thicker than most other carrier oils, more expensive than other oils and has a higher allergy risk.

So, if you are interested in using products containing CBD oil, make sure you carefully identify the properties of each of these carrier oils and choose the best carrier oil that can give you the highest benefits.