There is a lot of buzz right now among doTERRA essential oils Wellness Advocates and for good reason. doTERRA just finished their 2017 convention, where they announced that they can now sell sell Copaiba Oil.
But doTERRA isn’t the first company to promote Copaiba Oil. Young Living Essential Oils introduced their Copaiba Oil back in 2009.
What is Copaiba Oil?
According to Young Living Essential Oils:
Known for its gentle, woodsy aroma, Copaiba essential oil is a product of steam distilling the gum resin tapped from the Brazilian Copaifera reticulata tree. With high levels of beta-caryophyllene and a uniquely sweet aromatic profile, Copaiba oil helps create a relaxing atmosphere when diffused or applied topically.
Its warm aroma also makes Copaiba a great addition to your daily routine and skin care. Add it to a neutral moisturizer to utilize its natural fragrance and moisturizing properties or apply it to flex points following activity for an uplifting, comforting cooldown.
According to doTERRA:
Copaiba essential oil is derived from the resin of the copaiba tree which can grow upwards of more than 100 feet and can be found in tropical South America. Copaiba oil is widely used in cosmetic products including soaps, creams, lotions, and perfumes. Since the 16th century, copaiba essential oil has been utilized in traditional health practices by the natives of north and northeastern Brazil. Similar to Black Pepper essential oil, Copaiba can help soothe anxious feelings and it can be applied to the skin to promote a clear, smooth complexion. Taken internally, Copaiba essential oil supports the health of the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and respiratory systems.* Although Copaiba does not contain psychoactive cannabinoids, the main component caryophyllene may be neuroprotective and have cardiovascular and immune benefits.* It’s also a powerful antioxidant that promotes immune health.*
*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.
Before we go any farther let’s do some quick definitions to make sure we’re all on the same page
Beta-caryophyllene (BCP): beta-caryophyllene (BCP) is a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid. BCP is found in the essential oils of a variety of plants, including rosemary, hops, cloves and, of course, cannabis. It’s also highly present in black pepper.
Cannabinoid: A cannabinoid is one of a class of diverse chemical compounds that acts on cannabinoid receptors in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the brain.
Phytocannabinoid: Any cannabinoid that occurs naturally in a plant.
Non-psychoactive: doesn’t have a proffound or significant effect on mental process (it doesn’t get you high).
Cannabidiol (CBD): one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. It is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract.
CBD does not appear to have any intoxicating effects such as those caused by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in marijuana, but may have a downregulating impact on disordered thinking and anxiety
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC): refers to a psychotropic cannabinoid and is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis.
Cannabis: also known as marijuana among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant intended for medical or recreational use. The main psychoactive part of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); one of 483 known compounds in the plant, including at least 65 other cannabinoids. Cannabis can be used by smoking, vaporizing, within food, or as an extract.
Marijuana: Same as cannabis above.
Now that we have those definitions out of the way, I want to explain how I came about learning about Copaiba Oil.
How I found out about Copaiba Oil
I just recently found out about Copaiba Oil. For those of you that follow me, you may know that I’m a Marine Corps Veteran and Government Contractor who served in combat zones in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. As a result of that experience, I do suffer from PTSD, depression, anxiety and nightmares.
I’ve been taking CBD oil, which has helped me tremendously with my general overall health. Let me say there is no magic pill, potion or oil that cures anything or makes the past go away.
With that said, CBD oil has been a major positive game changer for me.
So anyway I was searching the big two essential oil companies to see if they carried any CBD oil.
Although doTERRA and Young Living Essential Oils didn’t have CBD oil, I did discover they both carried Copaiba oil which contains 55% BCP, which I mentioned above is a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid, just like CBD oil is.
Dr. Hill’s Copaiba Video at the doTERRA 2017 Convention
Dr. Hill’s video below will give a fairly good explanation about the differences between, CBD, THC and BCP.
While I believe his video is good, there are some areas that have led to misunderstandings among doTERRA reps who have posted articles claiming Copaiba Oil is better than CBD oil.
Please watch the video and then I’ll cover the common areas of misconception that many of the doTERRA reps seem to have.
Below are the slides Dr. Hill uses during his 13 minute presentation on Copaiba Oil:
Here Dr. Hill talks about the endocannabinoid system being critical for several components of your health.
The endocannabinoid system functions through the cannabinoid receptors.
There are likely more than just the CB1 and CB2 receptors, but currently these are the two that have been discovered.
CB1 receptor has primary impact on the brain and central nervous system.
CB2 receptor has primary impact on the glandular system in the body and the immune system.
Here Dr. Hill talks about how they tested a number of different CBD oils in the market place and were alarmed by what they found was a low percent (.02% and .01%) or no presence of CBD at all.
While this statement is true, the problem is Dr. Hill painted the perception among some doTERRA reps that “all” CBD oil is low quality and bad.
This is simply not true.
Like anything you get what you pay for.
You can find “cheap” CBD oil. But do you really want to buy it at the flea market from a guy named Bubba, who makes it in his bathtub?
This is why I personally use HempWorx CBD Oil.
According to HempWorx they state that:
How Our CBD Products Work
At Hemp Worx, our CBD products utilize the full spectrum Cannabis plant mixed with Hemp Seed oil. Not all hemp is created equal. Our CBD Oil is made from NON-GMO, PESTICIDE FREE, CO2 Extracted Hemp Oil.
In our experience, a full spectrum plant gives the Endocannabinoid system (ECS) the full cannabinoid profile of CBD, CBG, CBC, CBN, in order to substantiate the health claims. We have over 120 cannabinoids in our CBD formulas which perfectly inhibits the CB2 receptors in the body. Other competitors claim to have a 99% purity which is usually in the form of “Isolate” or an “Extract”. Although the purity level is higher, the body is only receiving CBD, not the full cannabinoid profile. CBD Isolate is cheaper to manufacture, and when the CBD is isolated, those products lose its effectiveness.
So what is “the Whole Plant” ?
The whole plant contains CBD, and other natural plant constituents (terpenes, sugars, flavonoids, secondary cannabinoids, etc.) that are found in all parts of hemp. When we say “whole plant” we are referring to the variety of constituents (more than 500 trace compounds) in the hemp oil itself.
As with so many aspects of this amazing plant, the answer is simple: There is no single active ingredient, no magic molecule in hemp. The many cannabinoids and compounds found in hemp work together, synergistically, to create outcomes they could not achieve on their own. Scientists call this ‘the entourage effect,” and it’s been proven over and over.
Likewise, the diverse compounds and chemicals in hemp combine and interact to create a sum that is greater than its parts. For instance, the aromatic terpenoids that give hemp its distinctive smell have been proven to block some receptors in the brain, while making it more likely for cannabinoids to bind to other receptors. Play this dynamic out across and among hemp’s hundreds of compounds, and you begin to understand why whole-plant CBD oil is more effective than single-molecule.
In fact Dr. Hill even states that there is no one single oil that can do everything.
Dr. Hill also states that CBD Oil does not “directly” affect the CB2 receptor so it isn’t what they are looking for at doTERRA. Because they want direct interaction with the CB2 receptor.
However, CBD oil does “indirectly” affect the CB2 receptor. This indirect effect may have great health benefits.
This is where many of the doTERRA reps blogs state that their Copaiba Oil is better than CBD Oil, because of this.
This is simply not true. In fact I have personally found that both Copaiba Oil and CBD Oil are beneficial to my overall health and wellness.
They just operate differently and have different effects.
What was really surprising is when I used both Copaiba Oil and CBD Oil, it produced a synergetic effect that felt like it amplified my desired effect from either of the two oils on their own.
Here Dr. Hill points out that other essential oils also have a percentage of BCP in them. But Copaiba Oil has the highest percentage of any of the essential oils.
While I’ve seen doTERRA reps post that their Copaiba Oil has 60% BCP in it, I cannot find anything that verifies that.
In fact I have not found any statement from doTERRA corporate that states what percent of BCP their Copaiba Oil contains.
I think the doTERRA reps mistakenly are getting 60% from this except of a doTERRA article that states:
Brazil occupies roughly half of South America, covering a total area of 3,287,357 square miles. Within that area is 60 percent of the Amazon rainforest.
But once again, we’re not sure what doTERRA’s actual percentage of BCP in their Copaiba Oil is.
Other differences between Young Living Essential Oils Copaiba Oil is they use only Copaifera Officinalis, whereas doTerra uses a blend of four different trees.
doTerra said it wasn’t just about sourcing issues. But I think that may have something to do with it.
I have tried Young Living’s Copaiba Oil and doTerra’s Copaiba Oil internally.
I prefer the taste and effects of Young Living’s Copaiba Oil over doTerra’s Copaiba Oil.
Again my preference is Young Living’s Copaiba Oil mixed with their V6 base oil. This makes your oil go much further and saves you money by making it last longer. The effects felt better also with Young Living’s Copaiba Oil.
Once again I prefer Young Living’s Copaiba Oil.
Young Living Essential Oil states that:
- Diffuse to create a warm, inviting space. Try a custom diffusing blend by adding oils such as Cedarwood or Cinnamon Bark.
Common Myths about Copaiba Oil vs. CBD Oil
- The “My Copaiba Oil is better than your CBD oil myth.” Many of the people making this claim have never even tried real CBD Oil like HempWorx, so how would they know?
- The “either or” proposition. For some reason some people think it’s a contest between Copaiba Oil and CBD Oil. This is a limiting belief and shows a “lack mentality.” There is no reason you can’t take both and have an “abundance mentality.” This is why I take Young Living’s Copaiba Oil first and then HempWorx CBD Oil right after that. It amplifies the effect of both oils through what scientists call the “entourage effect.”
- The “CBD Oil has very low percentage to no CBD in the product myth.” This is why I use HempWorx CBD Oil. It’s worth paying for quality. If you buy the cheap stuff you’re just flushing your money down the toilet on a product that won’t work.
Young Living Essential Oil’s states on their website that:
Copaiba can also amplify the effects of other topical essential oils.
Your job is simply to get them to try your oil.
What I would personally say is, “I can’t speak for everyone because we’re all wired differently. But for me personally, Young Living’s Copaiba Oil amplified the effects of my CBD oil. Don’t you think you owe it yourself to try it and find out if it does the same for you?”
If you’re a HempWorx affiliate, the same thing applies. Don’t try to stop someone from taking their Copaiba Oil. Just simply get them to try your HempWorx CBD Oil in combination with their Copaiba Oil to see if they also feel the “entourage effect” from combining the benefits of using both oils to improve their general overall health.