The Difference Between Copaiba and CBD
You may have heard of debates concerning CBD and copaiba, usually based on which one is the better of the two. Copaiba is very popular among aromatherapy enthusiasts. Some people say that CBD is more potent and active than copaiba, while others believe the opposite.
In this article, I will be sharing with you the analysis of each product and how they work. It’s no longer news that the CBD and copaiba have been getting a lot of attention in recent years.
These two oils contain the same anti-inflammatory properties, which is why they are often lumped in with one another. However, it is assumed at the onset: copaiba is not a CBD oil replacement, even if it is marketed as such.
It has some beneficial properties, but in most articles, it’s not yet clear how those compare to the benefits of CBD oil.
CBD and Copaiba: The Origin
It’s pertinent that we note that CBD is derived from either hemp or marijuana. You might have read somewhere that the CBD from marijuana is more active than CBD from hemp, but that isn’t necessarily true. On the chemical level, CBD is CBD, it has the same chemical structure whether it comes from one source or another. The main difference is the THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, content from marijuana. Sometimes for legal reasons or otherwise, a person may want the hemp version, which is full spectrum and non-psychoactive in nature. This won’t make the consumer feel ‘high’ because it contains less than 0.3 percent of THC.
There is also another type of CBD product that only contains only pure CBD. It’s called CBD isolate. Copaiba oil, is mainly extracted from the thick dark brown resin that slowly passes through the cracks of the copaifera tree.
The hype and popularity of this oil came about in recent times. Therefore, researchers have thus far only been able to conduct a few studies on it. The few studies that there are show that copaiba oil is said to contain antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities just like CBD does.
What is Beta-Caryophyllene (BCP)?
BCP oils are known for their strong smell. They also contain terpenes, that are responsible for the fragrances often found in essential oils. Even though copaiba oil is rich in some terpenes, copaiba oil only has a faint smell.
People who claim that copaiba is better than CBD oil only focus on Beta-caryophyllene (BCP), which is actually a part of both CBD oil and copaiba oil. Beta-caryophyllene is a terpene. Terpenes are aromatic organic compounds, in other words, they smell. BCP exists in clove, rosemary, melissa, and other essential oils. It is of interest to note that clove oil is often touted to help dental issues, and is often used by many mainstream dental practitioners to help with dental discomfort, including sore gums.
CBD and Copaiba: Risk
CBD and copaiba are both relatively mild. However, there are some minor side effects that are generally experienced only by a small number of users. These include nausea and exhaustion. Still, it’s important to talk to your doctor if you plan to begin a CBD regiment. Be cautious when taking CBD with another prescription medicine. CBD can hamper or halt CYP enzymes in the liver. Grapefruit also hampers these same enzymes.
Just be sure to consult your doctor or physician before using any CBD products. They still serve as a great therapeutic aid for arthritis, inflammation, mood disorders, and pain relief; CBD is also said to be effective against the growth of cancer cells.
CBD Oil and Copaiba: Therapeutic Molecules
While CBD contains dozens of therapeutic molecules, copaiba oil only has one, which is beta-caryophyllene. CBD also shares this same terpene. To understand the distinction between these two products, it’s of great necessity that we know the function of phytocannabinoids and terpenes.
According to a study that intended to understand the properties of cannabis done in the early nineties. Our bodies naturally produce cannabinoids that bind to different receptors in the body. The receptors work to balance our body’s internal conditions. So, when your mind and body feel disconnected, these receptors and cannabinoids can help correct that feeling.
Our health declines if these receptors aren’t being activated.
CBD and Copaiba: Which is Cheaper?
If we compare the prices of these two products, copaiba seems cheaper than CBD in general, but cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean better. If a product doesn’t work, or requires a large amount to have any effect, it could end up being more expensive in the long run. So far, we haven’t seen many benefits from using copaiba oil, but this is at least partly due to a lack of proper research conducted on this product. On the other hand, many people report the benefit from very a small amount of CBD oil.
Copaiba is not as Safe as CBD
There is always some amount of risk associated with using any form of new medicine, be it natural or otherwise. However, the side effects of CBD are so mild, or absent altogether that it’s generally regarded as safe to use.
There is no specific maximum dosage for CBD oil. Some people use way more than 1,000 mg of CBD oil per day. Copaiba, on the other hand, is a unique essential oil. While it is safe to ingest copaiba in low doses, typically ingesting essential oils is ill-advised. Unfortunately, it also has a robust taste, and it’s only recommended for consumption via capsules no more than three times a day.
However, ingesting too much copaiba oil can reportedly trigger nausea, vomiting, and gastrointestinal distress, an experience similar to food poisoning. In one animal study on rats with colitis, the researchers noted: “Copaiba oil decreased oxidative stress and inflammation but did not prevent intestinal damage in the colon of colitic rats.”
The alterations of plasma markers from hepatic damage caused by the oil seem to be associated with its destructive action on the liver. So, it appears that copaiba could, in fact, be damaging to the liver. However, this assumption still needs more research in clinical studies before an absolute conclusion can be drawn.
This could be the reason why copaiba is most often used for external applications, such as in skin creams and massage oils. It’s a reaction when taken internally tends to be very critical to the liver specifically.
It’s of the utmost importance that we note that these two products are potent and active, and should not be used without proper recommendation from a physician. However, at this point, it has more or less been revealed that cannabidiol has much broader applications across a wide range of health issues than copaiba. Research has shown, and still shows to this day that CBD benefits many conditions; from fighting cancer to reducing social anxiety and much more, CBD appears to be the clear winner here.
Plus, as mentioned, CBD is safe to use even in high doses. (That said, don’t take high CBD doses without the knowledge of your doctor if you are taking prescriptions for a severe or chronic health condition. It is possible CBD could cause a negative drug interaction that your doctor should be aware of.)
Nobody denies that the beta-caryophyllene found in copaiba is a potent anti-inflammatory agent, but its overall capabilities right now pale in comparison to those of CBD oil.
As a final note, when buying a CBD product, it is best to choose the full spectrum oil if you are suffering from inflammation. CBD isolate seems to offer less action in this area. CBD tends to work better with a comprehensive profile of cannabinoids and terpenes, which is what a full spectrum CBD product.