If you’re still trying to figure out what works best for you with CBD, looking at all the different kinds of carrier oils can be overwhelming.  Everything from grapeseed to MCT is in use, and they all have their distinct pros and cons. That said, we’re going to make your search a little easier. 

CBD and carrier oils

Here are the most common ones and what they can do for you.


Arnica oil comes from the arnica plant- known for its healing properties.  Although it’s great for transporting CBD, this oil is not for internal use and has to be used topically only.  This oil can also help with rough skin, dry hair, or cracking nails.  Although you can’t ingest it, it does have many options that may make it worthwhile.


The avocado has been having its moment in the sun for the last ten years.  Trending, food-safe, and full of good fats and antioxidants, avocado oil has a lot to offer.  This base is versatile, able to be used on the skin, and internally.  This oil is a popular choice but can be more expensive since it’s trendy. extra virgin olive oil | Longevity Live

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Another food-safe oil that’s familiar with any home cook, extra virgin olive oil is excellent to take internally or use on your skin.  The only problem with this is the oil is thicker when it sits on hair and skin, and may not come off as easily.


Since it gets used in everything from cooking to beauty products, grapeseed oil is terrific for CBD.  Rich in fatty acids, vitamin E, and with a neutral flavor- this oil is very versatile.  Grapeseed is relatively inexpensive, which may make it a better option if you want to save money.

Hemp Seed

If you want to feel like you’re using all the plants, hemp seed oil can achieve that for you.  This oil is by far the most popular, and many would argue it’s the best option.


Medium-chain triglycerides are an easily digestible type of fat that gets sourced from many plants.  Although it can come from olive oil, palm kernel oil, soybean oil, or avocado oil, it can bring many perks with how much it delivers.

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Pomegranate seed oil is smooth, won’t clog pores, and is non-greasy.  If you want a smooth oil that won’t leave behind too much, this should be your choice.


Full of vitamins A and E, and polyunsaturated fats, sunflower oil brings a lot to the table if you’re concerned about benefits.  It has a neutral flavor and offers a great way to carry your CBD oil.

The bottom line

When you look at these options down, it may seem overwhelming, but if you want to dissolve your CBD slab into something, hemp seed oil may be the way to go.  It’s able to be used topically or mixed into food or drink.  If instead you want to go for the best payout for health benefits – avocado oil is the way to go.  It offers many vitamins, is good for skin and hair, and can do a lot besides transfer your CBD.

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