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dōTERRA Copaiba Essential Oil: Is it really a cannabis oil alternative?

September 13, 2017

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We are excited to share that dōTERRA have released Copaiba essential oil. This exciting new oil has got people all around the world talking passionately about its possibility as a healing and pain relief tool.

The main chemical component of Copaiba is beta-caryophyllene, a chemical similar to cannabinoids found in cannabis that may protect nerve cells and have benefits for the cardiovascular and immune systems.


dōTERRA’s resident expert on everything essential oil: Dr Hill elegantly explained that our body actually naturally produces cannabinoids and we have what’s called an “endocannabinoid system”. In fact he gave us so much awesome information on this oil we are going to share it here!


Dr. Hill at the dōTERRA Convention 2017 - Ora Leaders
Dr. Hill, Founding Executive Chief Medical Officer / Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee of dōTERRA, sharing the science behind Copaiba and how you can make the most of this amazing oil.


The Science behind Copaiba


“CB1 receptors predominantly located in the nervous system, connective tissues, gonads, glands, and organs; and CB2 receptors, primarily found in the immune system and also present in the spleen, liver, heart, kidneys, bones, blood vessels, lymph cells, endocrine glands, and reproductive organs. can be stimulated and modulated by compounds called endocannabinoids that are produced naturally in the body. Source David Bienenstock.

CB 1 – Brain & Central Nervous Center
CB 2 – Immune System & Endocrine System


Ok, so what is Copaiba?


Copaiba essential oil is derived from the resin or sap of the tree genus called Copaifera officinalis, which includes Copaifera reticulata and Copaifera langsdorffii… South American natives, including the Mayans, have been documented as using Copaiba resin since the sixteenth century. It was also first recorded in European medicine journals in 1625. But, its use likely goes back further than that.


What makes copaiba essential oil so powerful?


The most prevalent compound in copaiba oil is the cannabinoid beta-caryophyllene. In fact, copaiba essential oil contains 55% beta-caryophyllene. (Note: Dr. Hill shared in his presentation that dōTERRA’s oil yields approx 60%). By comparison, other essential oils like clove oil and helichrysum oil contain between 6 percent and 12% beta-caryophyllene.


So let’s talk about marijuana and the compounds you most likely know.

“Canabis has 10 primary terpenes of which
β Caryophyllene is a one of those primary and Is also found in Copaiba. “β Caryophyllene is the only terpene known to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system.” (CB2).”Source SC Labs”

CBD – impacts CB2
THC – impacts CB1 & CB2
BCP – this is what’s found in the essential oil Copaiba and impacts CB2


“When we’re talking about cannabis and psychoactivity, we’re dealing exclusively with CB1 receptors, which are concentrated in the brain and the central nervous system. The difference between CBD vs. THC comes down to a basic difference in how each one interacts with the cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptor. THC binds well with CB1 cannabinoid receptors. CBD has low binding affinity for CB1 receptors. That’s where the two diverge.


Think of it like an electrical plug connecting to a wall socket. A THC molecule is perfectly shaped to connect with CB1 receptors. When that connection happens, THC activates, or stimulates those CB1 receptors. Researchers call THC a CB1 receptor agonist, which means THC works to activate those CB1 receptors.” Source: Bruce Barcott


Ok, so what does all this mean?


It means the compound found in the tree that produces Copaiba essential oil is β Caryophyllene (BCP) and impacts C2 receptors not C1 and has many of the same health benefits.

So who’s excited to get Copaiba on October 2nd!!!! Want to get in first? Join Now and we will email you when the new product is available.

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  1. Jayne Golotta says:

    Do you take this internally would it be good to stop a migraine and what is the cost of thIs oil and size of bottle, ane will it be available from the Australian site? look forward to hearing your reply cheers Jayne

    • admin says:

      Hi Jayne, You can take this oil internally. It is already available to many in Australia but through the USA order process. It is USD$35 wholesale. Do you have a wholesale account already? Happy to help where we can, Ora Leaders

  2. Tamara Scott says:

    Hi, is this oil available in the UK?

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