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Copaiba vs. CBD

There’s a TON of info I could inundate you with, but not sure that would really be very helpful, so this is going to be a “cliff-notes” version of an hour-long lecture I was privileged enough to hear, along with my own research.  I’m going to attempt to keep this very basic, as much for me as for you (tee-hee)!

What is doTERRA Copaiba? It’s an essential oil sourced from the resin of copaiba tree in Brazilian Amazon rainforest. It is unique and effective because of its high levels of beta-caryophyllene (BCP), which target the body’s CB2 receptors, part of the endocannabinoid system. It’s traditionally used to help support the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and respiratory systems. * It’s also a powerful antioxidant that promotes immune health.*

What is Cannabidiol (CBD)? It’s a naturally occurring compound found in the resin of the cannabis plant. It’s a close relative to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that causes the “high” that cannabis is famous for. CBD and THC interact with our bodies CB2 and CB1 receptors respectively and are part of the endocannabinoid system. It’s traditionally used to help treat anxiety, depression and chronic pain.

I found this awesome video by AsapSCIENCE published in November of 2018, explaining the difference between THC and CBD.

So let’s get some of these technical terms explained and those questions answered.

What is BCP?  It’s a constituent of many essential oils (like clove, copaiba, and cannabis) that bind to the CB2 receptors. 

What are CB1 and CB2 receptors?
CB1 receptor: inside the nervous system (tells your body you don’t care about the pain).  CB2 receptor: outside the nervous system (blocks the sequence of pain)

What is the endocannabinoid system? It’s made up of your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and your peripheral nervous system (all the nerves throughout your body).

What is a cannabinoid? Chemical compounds that work with receptors to help the body maintain stability and health.

Does CBD oil have THC? The short answer is yes. Since it’s such a small amount .3% or less in some cases CBD does not contain enough THC to get you “high.”

Where does CBD come from? CBD oil can be derived from both hemp and marijuana. The hemp plants are said to be high in CBD, while low in THC and marijuana is said to be high in THC and low in CBD. To seek properly sourced CBD, you’ll want to look for a hemp CBD and the seller should have a certificate of analysis that shows both the CBD and THC levels. However, if you have to synthetically create or isolate things from a plant it can create it’s own risks.

Will CBD cause me to fail a drug test?  The US Department of Health and Human Services set a limit of THC to 50ng/ml to cause a failed drug test.  Different companies have different searches and since you don’t know exactly what they are looking for – the safe answer is, yes, CBD can cause you to fail a drug test, but it’s not conclusive across the board.
 
 
My personal bottom line take-away  

Both CBD and Copaiba are non-addictive, highly effective substances. They are both produced in an unregulated industry. My choice simply comes down to this; I trust doTERRA’s ethical sourcing and their transparency in the testing of their oils (www.sourcetoyou.com).  Copaiba is safer, has no possible THC, nothing synthetically created or removed from the plant, is 100% LEGAL everywhere, and is cost effective ($35 for 250 drops).  That’s what leads me to choose doTERRA Copaiba essential oil to address all my pain management needs.  More importantly is that I have Copaiba on hand as a “tool” I use daily to help me in my preventative measures to manage my bodies inflammatory responses, boost my immune system functions and so much more that CBD just doesn’t do.
 
Check out this doTERRA Copaiba sourcing video to learn more about this amazing process.  

If you want to have more conversations or would like to give Copaiba a try, simply reach out.  It would be an honor to help you.  
XO - Danette

*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. 

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