Copaiba, other than being funny to say, (coh-pah-EE-ba) is a powerhouse oil from South America that is being considered a daily staple like Frankincense, because it's so versatile.
It's great for clear skin, as it removes zits or imperfections, it's a mood support especially if you're prone to anxiety or stress, and a powerful antioxidant that supports the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive and respiratory systems.
What's so interesting about it though, is how it has the same effects of CBD oil on our bodies, but better.
How is this so?
Well the main chemical component of Copaiba is the cannabinoid beta-caryophyllene, though it doesn't affect the body like the psychoactive cannabinoids in marijuana. Same cannabinoid, but different. Although Copaiba does not contain psychoactive cannabinoids, the main component caryophyllene may be neuroprotective and have cardiovascular and immune benefits.
So essentially you're getting all the benefits without any of the potential drawbacks such as having psychoactive effects which is sometimes the case with CBD oil.
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil can contain the psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
Which means taking it can make it show up positive on drug tests. There are also CBD oils out there that have been scientifically tested to show there is actually no CBD in there. Similar to the essential oil industry, a lot of companies are trying to get a piece of the pie with CBD and make for profit rather than for quality. Read a scientists perspective on the effects of cannabis, CBD, and the industry here.
However, here's the kicker: Copaiba has a higher cannabinoid concentration in it than most CBD oil. And it's much cheaper, at about $35 wholesale for 15 ml, while most high quality CBD oil go for $100 or more.
CBD oil is definitely having its moment and its being used to help people, but Copaiba can help so many more people. First because it's actually more effective due to the higher concentration of cannabinoids, and second because it's cheaper. And dōTERRA's Copaiba essential oil boasts over 60% of beta-caryophellene!
In the same way that CBD is being used for pain relief from chronic conditions, Copaiba is being used to treat pain. doTERRA has come out with a supplement softgel form of Copaiba, which is even more concentrated and able to be digested then distributed throughout your body.
In the same way that CBD is being used to soothe anxious feelings, so is Copaiba. When inhaled or taken internally it helps calm, soothe, and support the nervous system.
What exactly are cannabinoids?
By definition, a cannabinoid is any ligand, molecule, or class of molecules that acts on either or both of the currently identified cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2. Beta-caryophyllene has been considered a cannabinoid for some time now, and many in the CBD industry have recently challenged that.
Back in 2008, a study by J. Gertsch et al. came out with the headline, “Beta-caryophyllene is a dietary cannabinoid.”1 The study was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, a prestigious scientific journal.
There are three distinct classes of cannabinoids: endocannabinoids, phytocannabinoids, and synthetic cannabinoids.
Endocannabinoids and the receptors that they communicate with to induce physiological responses are found all throughout the body. Your brain, vital organs, immune cells, and even connective tissue contain endocannabinoid receptors, which are tasked with maintaining the stability of our body’s internal processes while dealing with fluctuations in the external environment.
Synthetic cannabinoids are found in certain pharmaceutical products designed to help with glaucoma, appetite stimulation, antiemetics, and other disease-linked targets.
The third kind are phytocannabinoids. These are molecules that are produced by plants such as Cannabis and Copaifera. The Cannabis species produces the commonly known molecules THC and CBD, while the Copaifera plant family produces only beta-caryophyllene.
Back to endocannabinoids, scientists have identified two subtypes of endocannabinoid receptors – CB1 and CB2.
CB1 occurs in the nerve cells of the brain to influence memory and pain regulation, but, when triggered, does produce the psychoactive effects we commonly associate with a “marijuana high.” This has led scientists to search for a solution that does not create the “high,” most often in a synthetic version.
What they have found with Copaiba, is the natural version straight from the earth that does not trigger psychoactive effects.
CB2 receptors work within the immune system where they affect white blood cells to support healthy immune function while soothing and relaxing the body to reduce inflammation.
But when they are triggered do not have the same psychoactive effects on the body.
The primary constituent of Copaiba – beta-caryophyllene – can bind to the CB2 receptors, thereby supporting a healthy nervous system as well as supporting immune function.
So there you have it! The hidden gem of an oil, Copaiba, is providing so much healing at a fraction of the cost of CBD, and without any of the side effects.
CBD is having a huge moment and it's no surprise that costs are being cut in order to make a profit for its popularity. If you are looking for a natural, scientifically proven medicine then look no further than Copaiba. Personally I use it for treating anxious feelings and stress, taking a softgel form of it a couple times a week!
I use doTERRA essential oil because they are a science backed company with high quality third-party testing with results they disclose on their website, Source to You, and 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils produced ethically and sustainably through their co-impact sourcing initiative and non-profit Healing Hands.
Add 1 to 2 drops to water, juice, under your tongue or tea
Mix 4-5 drops in fractionated coconut oil and apply to anywhere on the body that's in pain
Take a softgel internally to help soothe anxious feelings
Apply topically combined with a carrier oil or a facial moisturizer to help keep skin clean and clear, and to help reduce the appearance of blemishes.
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