doTerra Copaiba oil, Better Than CBD Oil?
I have shopped for cannabinoid oil or CBD oil on several occasions for family members and even our dog. I often wondered why a major oil brand like doTerra wasn’t producing their own CBD oil to compete with this growing market. I was excited to see the launch of Copaiba oil from doTerra and rushed to educate myself on the differences, benefits and why some claim that it’s better than CBD oil.
What’s Copaiba Oil?
Cannabidiol is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis and It is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. However, unlike marajuana, CBD does not appear to have any intoxicating effects such as those caused by THC, the well-known ingredient that makes people high, in marijuana. (6) CBD oil is used to treat everything from anxiety to pain and users report that it helps conditions including epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. To be honest, it sounds pretty magical and has little to no side-effects reported. (6)
Copaiba Oil is basicially made from rainforest tree-juice. doTerra collects Copiaba oil from copaiba trees in the Amazon rainforest that are tapped like trees for maple syrup. (1) The substance collected is known as copaiba oleoresin, a substance made up of resin and essential oils, which is then steam distilled to retrieve the Copaiba oil. (1) The end product has oil users very excited about many of the same benefits as CBD oil, without the purity concerns, legal issues and source and potency concerns.
The oil itself, copaiba oil, is “a colorless to light yellow liquid with the characteristic odor of the balsam and an aromatic, slightly bitter, pungent taste. The oil consists primarily of sesquiterpenehydrocarbons; its main component is caryophyllene.” (5)
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What makes doTerra Copaiba special?
Some believe Copiaba has a magical ingredient, the phyto-cannabinoid beta-carophyllene (2) compared to the phytocannabinoid in CBD oil. What’s that? Basically, the phyto-cannabinoid beta-carophyllene, which we’ll call PCB from now on because the later is a tongue twister. PCB binds to receptors in your brain that are targeted by pharmaceutical companies for pain relief. (2) In fact, the effectiveness of Copaiba’s BCP’s is 55% and CBD oil is 35% BCP. (2)
Does it work?
My oil hasn’t arrived yet, but I will be testing this out on my husband, I will make sure to try it myself and definitely the dog to help with her anxiety. I do like that it’s from doTerra. I trust the brand, they have 3rd party testing and make sure products are free from pesticides, contaminates and are pure and potent. When I was shopping for CBD oil they were from pop-up websites and I really felt like I couldn’t trust the source and was taking a risk with purchase.
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What doTerra has to say about the benefits
“Copaifera reticulata, officinalis, coriacea, and langsdorffii Copaiba (what a mouthful) similar to Black Pepper, can help:
- “Soothe anxious feelings and, when taken internally supports a healthy immune and cardiovascular system.*” (4)
- “Take one to two drops in a veggie capsule to take advantage of the antioxidants—the substance that stops potential damage to your cells from oxidation” (3)
- Provides antioxidant support* (4)
- “add one to two drops to water, juice, or make your own tea using warm water and honey” (3)
- Helps soothe and support the nervous system* (4)
- 2-3 drops in a calming bath, diffusing into the air, mix with fractioned coconut oil for a personal blend (3)
- I plan on trying this out with my dog too
- Promotes clear, smooth skin and reduces the appearance of blemishes ” (4)
- Add to toner or applying before using your moisturizer (3)
- Does not cause a positive THC like CBD oil can (2)
Copaiba has been used since the 16th century and is mentioned in folk medicine and has a long history of medicinal uses. (5) The use in capsules has become increasingly popular .
“In the 21st century, studies have shown that the beneficial effects of Copaiba are due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-tetanus, antiseptic and antihemorrhagic properties.” (5)
However, the only thing that flipped my radar was the repeated mention of biodiesel as an important product made from Copiaba harvesting. (5,6) Do I want to ingest something that can also be used as fuel for tractors? Well, people drink coca cola every day and it can be used to remove the paint from cars and EMS uses it to remove blood from pavement…so I say, yes!
Where to purchase Copaiba Oil?
I was pleasantly surprised to see the price of Copaiba oil. It’s currently listed at $47 on the doTerra website. Many of the CBD oils I shopped for were twice that and one couldn’t sell it to me (a dog formula) because of state rules and regulations.
When purchasing essential oils I recommend buying directly from doTerra. Why? You know what you’re getting, the product is guaranteed to actually have doTerra oil in the bottle and you know that it has not been messed with.
Would I pick Copiaba Oil over CBD Oil?
No. I personally prefer to take CBD oil and I have liquid, capsules and balm. The process used in Copiaba harvesting (5,6) sounds unnatural and toxic to me. I personally prefer to use a tried & true plant that has been tested and promoted throughout history. Read about my experience with CBD Oil here.
doTerra has some general warnings up. To consult your physician if you are pregnant, nursing or have health concerns. Don’t put it on your eyelids, ears, sensitive areas etc. Watch for skin sensitivity.
Keep in mind they won’t say much because they don’t want to irritate the FDA or make false product claims. I do believe that the claims for this product will come from real users who find that it makes a change in their life. If you have personal experience I would love to hear about it!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.