Have you seen the CBD vs copaiba oil debate about which is better? CBD oil sellers say it's CBD all the way, and essential oil reps say "no, way--COPAIBA is where it's at."
Well, I'm going to set the record straight with a detailed analysis of both products to help you cut through the marketing hype so you can have the facts before you spend any more of your hard earned money.
Both CBD oil and Copaiba oil have been getting a lot of attention these days. People are excited (with good reason) about the benefits that they are seeing from these products, but it has led to some confusion about which is better--and it's also led to a lot of marketing hype.
Now, buckle up and make sure your thinking caps are on straight, because this post is going to get technical.
Benefits of CBD Oil
CBD-rich hemp oil is all the rage these days and is touted as being a help for many health issues and other concerns.
Personally, our family has seen AMAZING results with CBD oil.
Truly, what has happened has literally been nothing short of miraculous and I've been thrilled to help some of my readers (and local friends) see great results as well.
Here are some of the benefits that we've seen personally and heard about from others:
- My son used to have panic episodes VERY regularly, and has had almost NONE since starting on CBD oil
- More restful sleep
- Improved organization skills and motivation
- Brain fog lifted
- More focus
- Improved energy
- Relief of head tension
- and more
Clearly, this is a health revolution.
However, there is some confusion in the marketplace that needs to be addressed.
I Love Essential Oils
First of all, if you've been on my blog for any time at all, you all know that I LOVE essential oils and have been using them for a long time.
We use them pretty much every day--from lavender for sleep, this DIY cough essential oils blend, and we also love this DIY Thieves® blend, and I use these essential oils for hair growth every day. Clary sage is another essential oil that I use often for hormonal help and these Essential Oils for Adrenal Fatigue work great as well. Almost too many to name!
Suffice it to say that I. love. essential. oils.
But something is going on in the essential oils world that needs to be addressed and it has to do with copaiba essential oil and how it is being compared CBD.
Why Compare CBD vs Copaiba War?
In a nutshell, CBD oil has become a super hot product. People are hearing about the amazing benefits of CBD and as demand grows, so does supply. The market sees that there is money to be made and they are pursuing the profits.
Seriously--it seems like everyone (including essential oil companies) is selling CBD oil these days. However, some essential oil companies aren't selling CBD oil, but they are jumping on the bandwagon in a different way.
They say that they have something even better than CBD oil--and that something is copaiba oil.
Some essential oil reps and companies are claiming that they have an essential oil that is WAY better and "more powerful" than CBD--and that it's less expensive too.
These claims have created a lot of confusion about CBD vs. copaiba oil.
In fact, it's gotten so confusing that I've even seen people say that they are using CBD, when what they are using is Copaiba Oil.
The truth is that CBD and copaiba are not the same thing.
Just like I have attempted to clear up other issues like is stevia safe and is erythritol safe and the issue of xylitol and tumors, and the rumors about rotten Costco coconut oil, today I'm going to address the CBD vs. Copaiba Oil issue.
But before we get to the comparison, here are some terms that you need to know.
What Is CBD Oil?
To start with, CBD oil is not an essential oil. CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a cannabinoid.
The endocannabinoid system is a series of cell receptors that respond to certain kinds of agonists (something which initiates a physiological response when combined with a receptor). There are two primary cell receptors that comprise the endocannabinoid system (ECS)--Cannabinoid Receptor 1 (CB1) and Cannabinoid Receptor 2 (CB2). The keys, or the things that unlock these receptors are cannabinoids.
CBD oil is either CBD rich oil extracted from industrial hemp, or an oil made from CBD isolate in a carrier. The word "isolate" sounds like the word "isolated", and CBD isolate is just that--CBD only--while the CBD rich oil that is not made from isolate is full spectrum, meaning it is (typically) complete with the other cannabinoids and terpenes that are naturally parts of hemp.
What Is Copaiba Oil?
Copaiba is an essential oil derived from the resin of the copaiba tree. The copaiba balsam is processed to make copaiba essential oil, much like other plants are distilled to make essential oils.
Essential oils are not like olive or coconut oil, but they are oils distilled from plants. For more information on this, read Essential Oil Facts.
What Is Beta-caryophyllene (BCP)?
Beta-caryophyllene (BCP) is a component of both CBD oil and Copaiba oil.
People touting that Copaiba is better than CBD oil focus on Beta-caryophyllene (BCP) which is part of both CBD oil and copaiba oil. Say "Beta-caryophyllene" with me. Or maybe don't.
While many in the essential oil business talk about BCP as if it's a cannabinoid, it is not--Beta-caryophyllene is actually a terpene. Terpenes are aromatic organic compounds--meaning that they have a smell.
Side note, while many essential oils are known for their strong smells, and terpenes are responsible for the fragrance in essential oils, even though copaiba oil is rich in some terpenes, copaiba oil has a gentle smell, so don't expect to be overpowered by it. ??eliminate??
BCP is also found in clove, rosemary, melissa, essential oils. This is of interest since clove essential oil is often touted as a help for dental issues and is used by many mainstream dental practitioners to help with dental discomfort including sore gums. What is odd, is that it's also found in feces and saliva. Ewwww...
CBD vs Copaiba Myths
So let's get this sorted out.
Following are the arguments that need to be addressed regarding the comparison of CBD and Copaiba Oil.
Myth: Copaiba is better because it has more Beta-Caryophyllene (BCP)
BCP Isn't Really a Cannabinoid
In my post on Is Coconut a Nut?, we talked about how coconut is a nut, fruit, and a drupe (yeah, you'll have to read the post to learn about that). In a similar manner, BCP can be classified as both a terpene and a cannabinoid, but it's really a terpene.
Those on the Essential Oil side might tell you that BCP is a cannabinoid, and then those on the CBD side will tell you that BCP is a terpene. Technically BCP is a terpene, but it can be referred to as a dietary cannabinoid because of its action on the endocannabinoid system.
Copaiba oil does, in fact, contain a significant amount of BCP--typically around 55-60%, while CBD-rich hemp oil usually contains between 2 and 30%.
Essential Oil companies are touting that copaiba oil as a far superior solution to CBD, because...get this...it has WAY more of one of the terpenes found in the cannabis plant: beta-caryophyllene (BCP). But note--that is just one component.
CBD Oil's Other Components
Yes, Copaiba Oil has more BCP than CBD Oil has. However, full spectrum CBD oil has a lot of things in it that Copaiba doesn't have.
This is like saying that oranges are better than blueberries since oranges have way more vitamin C than blueberries. But we all know that there are other things in blueberries that make them beneficial for good health.
CBD oil (provided it is not made from isolate), has many other beneficial components in it that contribute to what is called the "entourage effect"--meaning that they each help the other parts work better. Those parts include cannabinoids, bioflavonoids, and other terpenes.
Copaiba Oil's Other Components
On the other hand, Copaiba oil is not just made up of BCP alone. Copaiba oil has other beneficial compounds in it as well--namely copaene, bergamotene, and humulene which have benefits. But wait, CBD oil has humulene and bergamotene too. The moral of the story here is that both have benefits and the main arguments being made aren't the whole story.
Higher Bioavailability of Certain CBD Oil
While it's true that there is more BCP in Copaiba oil then in CBD oil, this doesn't take into account the fact that there are certain CBD Oils that have a much higher bioavailability. Nano technology and water solubility greatly increase the bioavailability of the components of CBD Oil as such, these CBD oil benefits would clearly outpace that of copaiba oil.
At this point, it seems from research that CBD Oil's health applications are much wider than those of Copaiba Oil.
Myth: Copaiba Oil's Direct Receptor Interaction Is Preferred
Direct action on 1 receptor is not necessarily better than indirect action on both.
Those who argue that Copaiba is better than CBD oil state that BCP works directly on the CB2 receptor, where CBD only has indirect action on both CB1 and CB2 receptors. (source)
CBD is an Allosteric Modulator
Furthermore, CBD performs complex actions on the body. CBD is known as an allosteric modulator, meaning that it can enhance or inhibit how a receptor transmits a signal by changing the shape of the receptor it's acting on.
This is a chemical phenomena which has extensive benefits. Additionally, CBD actively stimulates vanilloid, adenosine, and serotonin receptors. It is a completely gross misrepresentation of nearly 30 years worth of data to insinuate that CBD is not beneficial due to its inability to directly stimulate cannabinoid receptors.
One example is that CBD is a positive allosteric modulator of the GABA-A receptor (helps the GABA receptor work better) and is a negative allosteric modulator of the CB1 receptor, so that one doesn't get psychoactive effects when using CBD.
The CB1 receptors are mostly located in the brain but also throughout the body, while CB2 receptors are in the immune and GI system mainly, but also a bit in the brain.
Myth: There are 70 Studies on Copaiba Oil So It's Better
The above is something that has been pointed out by a certain MLM Essential Oil company.
Well, there are loads of peer-reviewed studies on CBD as well.
Myth: CBD Oil Has a Lot of THC in It and Will Get you High
Fact: CBD Oil Isolate has no THC in it.
Full Spectrum CBD Oil that is sourced from industrial hemp has little to no THC in it and has no psychoactive effects.
Now, it is the truth that even a small amount of THC could possibly result in a false positive drug test result, depending on the sensitivity of the test. CBD Oil without THC should not do this ever. One thing to remember is that poppy seeds and some other foods and OTC medications, can also result in false positive test results.
Usage Safety Concerns
Most essential oil experts agree that you should not use essential oils internally unless you are under the care of a physician or aromatherapist. And make sure you read about essential oil emulsifiers before making anything with Copaiba oil.
In fact, there is actually a study on rats showing that ingesting copaiba essential oil increases bilirubin and can cause liver damage. (source)
Yes, go ahead and put Copaiba in your diffuser, or dilute it and apply it topically. But please don't ingest it.
Most CBD oil, on the other hand, is meant to be ingested. You can use CBD oil topically in a salve, or you can vape it, but most people like using it orally, typically in capsule form or as sublingual drops. But please speak with your physician before trying CBD oil in any form, particularly if you are taking medications. You might wish to do this before using Copaiba Oil as well.
Is Copaiba Cheaper than CBD oil?
Quite possibly. It all depends on how much of each product you need and how you will use it and of course if it works for you. Cheaper doesn't mean anything if it doesn't work.
My son sees great benefits using a very small amount of CBD oil. So far, we haven't seen much benefit using copaiba oil, but we haven't done much experimenting.
I don't know of any federal or state regulations regarding copaiba oil. There are some regarding CBD oil, but typically that is only for CBD oil that is sold in stores and/or that has more than .3% THC.
Why Not Try Both?
My question is--why does this have to be "my oil is better than your oil" fight at all? Why not try both?
For you, CBD oil might work better than Copaiba Oil or vice versa.
In fact, Copaiba Oil is supposed to help amplify the effects of other essential oils and has been said to amplify the effects of CBD oil as well. So both is almost always going to be better than using only one.
Personally, from everything that I have read (and it's been a lot)--I think that CBD oil is the way to go. But every one is different. No need to get into a huff about this--just try them and see what you think!
If we're going to argue about this, what's next--a war about which is better--avocados vs oranges?
I say try them both and enjoy the benefits of each. Instead of perpetuating the CBD vs Copaiba war, let's understand the benefits of both and consider using both for a comprehensive formula to improve wellness.
Where to Buy CBD-rich Hemp Oil and Copaiba Oil
This is a tough question because it's hard to know who to trust. There are so many places to purchase both CBD oil and Copaiba oil, you want to make sure that you are buying pure versions of each.
Purity is crucial, especially if you're going to be using these on a daily basis.
There is a lot of monkey business going on in the CBD oil industry, as well as in the essential oil industry. Actually, the truth is that there is a lot of nonsense going on in every industry--food, personal care, essential oils, and more. It's so hard to know who to trust!
I spend a lot of time doing research for my family (sometimes it feels like too much), because I don't want to spend our hard-earned money on junk and well, we've been taken before and I'm pretty fed up with it.
CBD Oil: There's a lot to sort through about this as well. I encourage you to really do your own research about quality companies to purchase from but this post about our CBD Experience might be helpful and has some brands listed at the end.
I do my best to stay on top of these industries, and I'm always doing research, so stay tuned--you can learn more about me and subscribe to update here.
Have you used CBD Oil or Copaiba Oil?
Please share your experience in the comments.