Is Copaiba Oil Better Than CBD?
I have been asked a fitting question quite a lot since my first post on Copaiba essential oil. The question has been “Why is Copaiba oil better than CBD?”. So for those wanting more information on the benefits of Copaiba essential oil and how it works in the body, here is the answer.
What are the chemical constituents of essential oils?
Essential oils are made up of two general groups of chemicals. These include terpenes (monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and diterpenes) and the compounds with oxygen in the molecules such as oxides, phenols, aldehydes, alcohols, oxides, and ketones. I had to go back to my organic chemistry to understand a lot of this, but I’m not going to bore you with that. Suffice it to say what we are really interested in are the terpenes contained in Copaiba and CBD oils. But first, we need to examine how these both work inside the body.
How do terpenes work?
Different terpenes contained in essential oils affect the endocannabinoid system in the body. Our bodies contain both CB1 and CB2 receptors. Researchers have identified two cannabinoid receptors: CB1, predominantly present in the nervous system, connective tissues, gonads, glands, and organs; and CB2, predominantly found in the immune system and its associated structures. Many tissues contain both CB1 and CB2 receptors, each linked to a different action. (1)
Our own bodies produce chemicals that bind to these receptors. Cannabidiol is the terpene found in CBD oil. b-caryophyllene is the terpene found in Copaiba essential oil. Both of these substances can be termed as cannabinoids since they bind to the CB2 receptors in the body. There is a significant difference, however:
- Cannabidiol binds to the CB2 receptor indirectly. It actually blocks the breakdown of the endocannabinoids our bodies create naturally that get broken down quickly by other enzymes.
- b-caryophyllene found in Copaiba essential oil binds directly to the CB2 receptor. A European study found that in mice b-caryophyllene exerts analgesic effects in inflammatory and neuropathic pain. (2)
Amount of terpenes in each product
Since these terpenes are the constituents in both CBD and Copaiba oils, how much is contained in each product? The answer is that there is a range in each product. The amount contained can be affected by such things as the weather, the soil, and other growing conditions. Even the time collected during the growing season can affect the concentration of terpenes found in each product. Here are the approximate concentrations:
- Cannabidiol found in CBD extracted from marijuana- 5-30%. The extractions from marijuana will also contain some THC. The levels are said to be legal in all 50 states, but that claim has been debated. Although the THC level is probably not enough to be detected on a random drug test, you cannot be totally sure this is the case.
- Cannabidiol found in CBD extracted from hemp- 2-4%. The Cannabidiol concentration found in the extract from hemp is considerably lower than that from marijuana.
- b-caryophyllene found in Copaiba essential oil is 50-60%. Although b-caryophyllene found in Copaiba oil is a different substance, it binds directly to the CB2 receptor and has been shown in studies with mice to have analgesic and anti-inflammatory pain relief properties.
As I compared the cost of CDB to Copaiba essential oil, the prices varied by the supplier. I found a supplier who offered 15ml bottles of CBD oil and compared them to the cost of the Copaiba essential oil I offer from Artisan Aromatics.
- CBD Oil 15ml- $99.00 + Free Shipping
- Copaiba Oil 15ml- $11.00 + $7.50 Flat Rate Shipping
*15ml is approximately 1/2oz.
So on comparable sizes of oil, you save 5 times the cost by buying one bottle of Copaiba essential oil. Buying multiple bottles saves even more with flat rate shipping. In fact, our 4oz bottle of Copaiba essential oil cost you only $59.00.
Copaiba essential oil has at least 2x the active terpenes vs. CBD oil extracted from marijuana, and significantly more than that if compared to CBD oil extracted from hemp. The cost is also 5x less with Copaiba oil.
No one can guarantee that either oil will work for your particular situation. Everyone has different biochemistry and will react to essential oils differently. But if you decide to try one for pain relief or other health benefits, why not try the one that has more active terpenes and costs 1/5 as much?
*FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) DISCLOSURE These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Always check with your physician before starting a new dietary supplement program.