Copaiba: The "CBD" of Essential Oils
Ok, so if you haven't heard about Copaiba oil yet, I'm excited to blow your mind. This year at doTERRA's Global Convention one of the oils released was Copaiba essential oil. This oil is sourced from Brazil and it has such amazing properties that doTERRA literally sold out of it last month right after it's release, due to it's super high demand.
So what is all the fuss about, you ask? Well, let's start by breaking everything down to the root. Copaiba oil contains high levels of beta-caryophyllene. No, it's not a tongue twister, it's actually a cannabinoid. Yes, I said it, A CANNABINOID. That means that beta-caryophyllene (BCP) interacts and binds with the endocannabinoid receptors in your body.
Is it weed? No. Will it get you high? No. If you didn't know, our body has a built-in biological system called the Endocannabinoid System composed of cannabinoid receptors- CB1 and CB2 receptors. There are different types of cannabinoids and therefore different interactions within these receptors. The three cannabinoids I will cover are only three of over 100, but to keep it simple I will explain THC, CBD and BCP.
THC- or Tetra-HydroCannabidol is a cannabis compound that makes a person feel "high". It is what we know to have a pychoactive effect in the brain, meaning it acts primarily upon the central nervous system where it alters brain function, resulting in temporary changes in perception, mood, consciousness and behavior. This is because THC binds to the CB1 receptors in the body, predominantly present in the nervous system, connective tissues, gonads, glands, and organs. THC is used medically to help with depression, PTSD, chronic pain, increase appetite, among other symptoms. However, while THC is legal in some states medically, and very few recreationally, it is still considered a schedule-1 drug federally, and is therefore federally illegal.
CBD- or CannaBiDiol is another cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but is not-psychoactive. CBD has been researched for it's medical benefits for a wide range of conditions including arthritis, diabetes, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders. CBD binds to the CB2 receptors in our body located throughout the immune system and related organs, like the tissues of the spleen, tonsils, and thymus gland. They are also common in the brain, although they do not appear as densely as CB1 sites and are found on different types of cells. This is why it does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. CBD derived from hemp is legal, however hemp CBD has been shown to have minimal medical benefits compared to cannabis-derived CBD, which is not legal in all 50 states.
BCP- or Beta-CaryoPhyllene is a sesquiterpene found in low amounts of specific essential oils like Black Pepper, Ylang Ylang, and Melissa. However, Copaiba essential oil contains the highest amounts of beta-caryophyllene of any known essential oil with levels of 55-60%. BCP binds to the CB2 receptors in our body, and is therefore not psychoactive. When taken internally, the BCP possesses strong antioxidant properties, it promotes healthy cellular function, supports overall circulatory health, promotes a healthy gastrointestinal tract and colon. It is 100% legal in all 50 states, even federally.
Copaiba oil is a high frequency oil. Usually calming and grounding oils such as Rose for example, have a super high frequency. Frequency is the measurement of how quickly cells circulate and regenerate within the body. The greater the movement within the cells, the more at liberty your body is to self-heal. This is why Copaiba oil allows any previously applied oils to be better absorbed therefore enhances the properties of those oils.
Copaiba oil supports the cardiovascular, immune, digestive, nervous, and immune systems. To take advantage of these benefits for any of these systems, add one to two drops to water, juice, or make your own tea using warm water and honey. You can put a few drops inside a veggie capsule to take internally too.
This morning I woke up with that time-of-the-month cramps and incorporated Copaiba oil to my usual "cramps-buster" routine. I rolled on Clary-Calm right on the lower belly, followed by rolling on Deep Blue Touch (if using the oil do 1-2 drops), and finished up with a layer of 2 drops of Copaiba. Needless to say, it significantly soothed the cramping and allowed for me to actually get out of bed. Ladies, you know how debilitating cramps can get!
So there you have it folks, Beta-Caryophyllene at it's finest. If you would like to learn more about how doTERRA's Copaiba essential oil can help you, contact me by hitting the "CONTACT" tab on the top right corner of this page. If you have success stories with Copaiba essential oil, I would love to hear your story, feel free to share in the comments below!
All the love and light, as always