Copaiba essential oil, also known as Copaiba Balsam essential oil, is extracted from the resin of the Copaiba tree. Copaiba resin is a sticky secretion produced by a species of the Copaifera genus which grows in South America. The oil is said to contain high levels of Beta Caryophyllene (a terpene found in black pepper). Since Beta Caryophyllene stimulates the Cannabinoid 2 (CB 2 receptor), many companies like Doterra, Miracle Botanicals, Young Living, and others try to compare Copaiba oil to CBD oil. Are the two really comparable though?
Not particularly. A more fitting comparison would that of Copaiba Oil to Black Pepper Oil. Given the growing popularity of CBD oil though, many companies have jumped on the marketing bandwagon, making it seem as if no difference between Copaiba oil and CBD oil exists at all. Claims purport that Copaiba oil is a natural anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective agent, possible liver damage preventer, dental/oral health booster, pain reliever, calming agent, and more. Some maintain that it can also treat acne, bronchitis, hemorrhoids, constipation, diarrhea, arthritis, bladder infections, and other UTI’s.
So, is Copaiba Oil better than CBD oil? No. Nor is it a viable CBD alternative since it’s weaker and delivers fewer benefits than quality CBD oil. In short, many plants like Copaiba trees contain extremely beneficial compounds that can improve our collective quality of life, but on their own they don’t hold a candle to CBD oil.