You have probably heard that olive oil is one of the shining stars in the Mediterranean diet. Inhabitants of the Mediterranean region have used olive oil for centuries; many believe that this is the key to its population’s youth and longevity. Olive oil is high in antioxidants – these reduce the negative effects of free radicals that can contribute to the development of disease.
Olive oil is great for your skin too, which is why we use it as a base for our salve. Its humectant properties moisturize and soothe dry and sun-damaged skin. The oleic acid also supports the skin’s natural breathing process and sebum production.
Types of Olive Oil
Inflammation is thought to be one of the key drivers behind certain chronic health problems, including Alzheimer’s and Type 2 Diabetes. The predominant monounsaturated fat in olive oil is oleic acid, which makes up almost 3/4 of the oil content. Studies have shown that oleic acid has an anti-inflammatory effect that has been compared to ibuprofen in terms of its profile and potency. It is suggested that this acid may be able to help fight cancer by protecting healthy cells from the genes linked to cancer cells.
Olive oil is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are important in preventing heart disease. The body transforms these acids into prostaglandins, which are substances that can block inflammation and help regulate heart, liver and kidney function. EVOO also promotes heart health by reducing blood pressure and improving healthy cholesterol levels.
Health Benefits of Olive Oil
CBD, like all cannabinoids, is lipophilic – that means it loves fat! CBD is most readily absorbed in the body when paired with a fat, which explains why tinctures most often use an oil for a carrier. MCT and hempseed oils are common carrier oils, but here at Lily Hill we prefer using organic extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) in our products for its long shelf-life and great health benefits.
Avocado allergies are possible. If you experience itching in your mouth after ingesting avocados or avocado oil, don’t ingest any more and talk to your healthcare provider about it.
Avocado oil has become more popular for a variety of uses, including cooking, as researchers have learned about its health benefits. As a CBD carrier oil, it’s used most often in topical products, but you can find it in products meant to be ingested, as well.
Additional Health Claims
CBD products almost always are derived from hemp, which is botanically and legally different from the marijuana plant. By law, CBD products can’t contain more than 0.3% Δ-9-THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), which is the chemical in marijuana that gets you high.
They come from the same plant, but hemp seed oil (sometimes called hemp oil) and CBD oil aren’t the same things. CBD comes from the flower while hemp seed oil, as you probably guessed, comes from the seeds.
If you have tree-nut allergies or other food allergies, be especially diligent about selecting CBD products with carrier oils you know are safe for you. All ingredients should be specified on the label.
Long-chain triglycerides require more digestion time and short-chain triglycerides are often consumed by gut bacteria before they’ve had time to be absorbed, so MCTs are the most useful.