The CBD Oil Craze

WOW. Seriously, WOW!…

Seems like someone has literally turned on the switch to a mass CBD oil craze across the globe this year. Now that medical cannabis has been legalized in more than 50% of the world, shops are rising up everywhere and people are seeking out CBD for everything from pain relief to treating cancer.

This is a big deal for our family because many of YOU  have been asking us all about CBD lately, and how to use it the right way. Alot are also asking us about Copaiba essential oil as it's not as well known as Cannabis oil.

Also, because Copaiba Essentail Oil's main chemical component is beta-caryophyllene, a chemical related to cannabinoids found in cannabis, many of our athlete members are confusing the two and 1) assume that their health properties are interchangeable, or 2) are concerned that the potential psychotropic effects of Cannabis are true for Copaiba.

Just so you know, neither of these assumptions are true. Cannabis oil and Copaiba oil are as different as potatoes and tomatoes, but they do share similar properties like for example pain relief.

Where does Copaiba essential oil come from?

Copaiba (pronounced Co-pie-EE-ba) essential oil is not well known  in many parts of the world, but recent research reveals it to be one of  the most promising new anti-cancer essential oils. Copaiba is derived from the sap or resin of a South American tree genus known as Copaifera officinalis. Copaiba has a subtle aroma, reminiscent of cinnamon and honey, tinged with a hint of wood similar to a very diluted cedar.

Copaiba resin has been used in South America for centuries to treat conditions ranging from sore throats, tonsil infections, bronchitis, pain relief, wound healing, and was even used to treat gonorrhea (also spelled gonorrhoea, is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae).

Exciting Research into the Healing Properties of Copaiba Essential Oil

There is exciting new research being done with Copaiba essential oil. Most of the studies done thus far attest to its anti-inflammatory benefits. However scientists are also finding other uses and benefits:

  • Potent Anti-Inflammatory

  • Neuroprotective Benefits

  • Anti-Proliferative Properties

  • Anti-tumoral Effects

  • Psoriasis Improvement

  • Natural Pain Reliever 

  • Wound and Scar Healing

I believe this might become one of the most beneficial oils that we carry
— Dr. Hill, Founding Executive Chief Medical Officer / Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee

3 types of Cannabinoids:

CBD: CBD, or CannaBiDiol, is a naturally occurring component of the cannabis and hemp plants. CBD made from hemp has a low concentration around 2-4%. If derived from cannabis/marijuana CBD has a higher concentration around 5-30%. Some CBD extractions contain some THC (the part of the plant that makes you feel high) though some are low enough to be legal in Malta and other countries. Benefits include pain relief, reduces anxiety, effective against cancer, treats seizures and other neurological issues, prevention of diabetes through lower insulin levels and promotes cardiovascular health. This is the power of cannabinoids!

THC: THC, or TetraHydroCannabinol, is also a naturally occurring compound in the cannabis plant. This is the party of the plant that makes people feel high when they smoke marijuana or use products that contain THC. THC resembles another cannabinoid naturally produced in our brains, anandamide, which regulates our mood, sleep, memory, and appetite. (More info) Hence the reason THC makes you relaxed … and hungry.

BCP: BCP, or Beta-CaryoPhyllene, is the dietary cannabinoid found in doTERRA’s Copaiba oil. Not only is it in Copaiba essential oil its in doTERRA’s in very high amounts – 60%!!! While this is a different type of cannabinoid than CBD it directly affects the same CB2 receptors in amazing ways and is present in a much higher amount. It’s also found in lower levels in other essential oils, in lower amounts, like Black Pepper and Melissa.

What are cannabinoid receptors?

We all have cannabinoid receptors in our bodies and they are super important. They are found all over the body, in the brain, organs, tissues, glands and immune cells. In each tissue, the cannabinoid system performs different tasks, but the goal is always the same: homeostasis. We have two different types of receptors – CB1 and CB2.

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. (Source here)

The CB1 receptors are the ones that THC interacts with and causes psychotropic effects.

The CB2 receptors are the ones that do not make you “high” when affected. These are the target when using CBD oil and Copaiba essential oil. CBD actually indirectly interacts with CB2 receptors while the main constituent of Copaiba interacts directly. CB2 receptors are found mostly in the immune system, and they seem to reduce inflammation and certain kinds of pain.


So to summarize CBD vs Copaiba oil …..

THC comes from the cannabis or hemp plants. It is completely illegal in about most countries in the world and legal for at least medical purposes in the other half.

CBD oil from hemp contains only trace amounts of THC. It does not make you high but it does help with neurological issues, pain and more by indirectly interacting with CB2 receptors in the body.

BCP, caryophyllene, is a cannabinoid found in very high levels in doTERRA’s Copaiba and it interacts directly with CB2 receptors. When taken internally, the BCP in Copaiba possesses strong antioxidant properties, promotes healthy cellular function,  may help support immune function while supporting overall circulatory health, and may help support the health of the gastrointestinal tract and colon. Additional research has shown that Copaiba essential oil (with all its constituents) may help keep the mouth, teeth, and gums clean and healthy looking. Topically applied Copaiba oil may also help keep the skin clean and clear while helping to reduce the appearance of blemishes.  Another interesting experimental research study found that Copaiba taken internally may help to support uterine health and ease menstruation.

CBD vs Copaiba oil.

Copaiba is ..

  • Much less expensive than CBD

  • 100% drug free with zero risk of containing THC and 100% legal

  • Not from the cannabis plant so using Copaiba has 0% chance of affecting a drug test

  • doTERRA does more testing than any other company in the world. So you know it is free of pesticides, heavy metals and contaminants.

How to use Copaiba internally, aromatically and topically


  • Drop 1-2 drops under the tongue in the morning and evening. Hold under your tongue 20 seconds then follow with water

  • Add 1 to 2 drops to water, juice, or tea daily or as needed

  • Add 1-2 drops to an empty veggie capsule. You can also add a carrier oil like coconut, olive or avocado oil to the capsule (optional – makes it gentler on your stomach).

  • Take internally to help soothe and calm the nervous system.

  • Combine with Frankincense for daily use for optimal health


  • Use three to four drops in the diffuser of choice.

  • Aromatic use supports the immune system, is calming and promotes a restful night’s sleep.

  • Copaiba combines well with: Lavender, Serenity blend, Frankincense, Lemon, Wild Orange, Fir oils, Cedarwood (hello sleep!) and many others. Don’t be afraid to experiment!


  • Add 20 drops of Copaiba to a 10ml roller bottle and top off with Fractionated coconut oil. This is for adults – use more, if needed, for pain. It feels better in minutes! I recommend doTRRA’s fractionated coconut oil as a carrier for topical use and roller bottles. It is non-greasy and doesn’t stain.

  • Apply topically combined with a carrier oil or a facial moisturizer to help keep skin clean and clear, and to help reduce the appearance of blemishes.

Precautions For Using Copaiba

Make sure your Copaiba essential oil comes from a trusted source. Many of the oils found in South America have been adulterated to make them cheaper. Be sure that the company you purchase from uses only the essential oil derived from Copaiba oleoresin. Ensure that no chemicals or other potential toxins are allowed into the essential oil.

Never apply essential oils anywhere near eyes or ears. This oil can sometimes irritate the skin a little in sensitive individuals so do a patch test on your skin to see if any reactions occur. Be sure to dilute with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil if you do have a skin reaction.

It is highly recommended that you work with someone knowledgeable in the use of essential oils. Also, do not rely on any essential oil as a stand-alone treatment for cancer. But used in combination with other therapies, both conventional and natural, essential oils can play an important role in the healing process.