As if there wasn’t enough to learn from the explosion of CBD oil products as more CBD benefits are uncovered, consumers also need to avoid confusion when it comes to copaiba vs CBD. If you’ve never heard of copaiba, when you opt to use CBD oil, chances are you will encounter copaiba sooner than later.
Right or wrong, these two products are often presented as one and the same. The first thing to be aware of is that, despite some similarities, copaiba and CBD oil are absolutely not the same.
We’ll look into the merits and differences between the two as part of our mission to ensure that our consumers are informed about the CBD industry in order to access the best products and CBD benefits available to them.
First things first…
What is Copaiba?
Copaiba comes from the genus Copaifera, which is native to Latin America, but has also been found in West Africa and Asia.
However, according to The National Center for Biotechnology Information, the most abundant source of Copaifera species are found in Brazil where, “In Pará state (Amazon region, Brazil), people of all ages and social classes consider copaiba one of the most important natural remedies from the Amazon region.”
Take a peek at how copaiba is sourced, courtesy of this video from Young Living.
We asked Dr. Tyler Call, to break down the basics of copaiba for our customers.
According to Dr. Call: “Copaiba is an oleoresin, which means it’s a natural plant product from the copaiba plant that consists of essential oils and a resin. It’s steam-distilled in order to create copaiba oil which is high in B-caryophyllene. Many people use it for a calming effect.”
Hmm… sounds a bit like CBD oil, especially to the uninitiated. However, Dr. Call explained, “While some people think that copaiba and CBD are interchangeable, they are entirely different products.”
Before we dive into the differences between copaiba vs CBD, let’s look at what CBD is in order to understand its benefits.
What is CBD?
Intended to enhance a healthy lifestyle, CBD or cannabidiol is naturally-derived from hemp plants.
In order to access this support, Nature’s Ultra has developed products depending on personal need and preference, including CBD oil infused with essential oils like cinnamon, mint, and citrus, as well as soothing CBD Joint & Muscle Balm and calming CBD Roll-On.
A critical distinction to make when discussing how CBD oil works is that CBD is not the same thing as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is intoxicating and causes euphoric side effects. In plain English, you will not ‘get high’ from using CBD oil, as is commonly associated and experienced with cannabis use.
So, why then are consumers driving demand for CBD oil products like never before? And where does copaiba come into play?
Defining the Differences Between Copaiba vs CBD
In order to appreciate the differences between copaiba vs CBD, we need to delve a bit deeper into the nitty-gritty. In other words, get ready to be blinded by science. (Not really, this stuff is pretty simple).
Dr. Lindsey Elmore examines CBD vs. Copaiba: Are they really the same?, and explains that both copaiba and CBD contain a chemical called beta-caryophyllene (BC), found among more than 30,000 terpenes, which are “organic, naturally-occurring compounds that have specific smells and tastes and effects… Two of the more obvious benefits of terpenes are their flavor and fragrance.”
Both CBD and BC lend aroma and flavor to their respective plants, and there is some evidence that BC brings benefits. But BC is also found in ylang ylang, black pepper, oregano, clove, lavender, basil and many other essential oils. The conclusion that CBD and copaiba essential oil have the same benefits because of this single chemical constituent is incorrect.
Using a clever metaphor comparing the similar ingredient of flour used to bake cookies and bread, Elmore explains that although the compounds are the same, their interactions and resulting products are very different.
Relative to copaiba vs. CBD, “The same is true with the complex chemical make-up of natural plant extracts and oils. Having similar constituents simply does not make them work the same way… It is simply important to not extend evidence from CBD to copaiba essential oil.”
Ultimately, the use of copaiba vs. CBD is as personal as choosing to use products like CBD oil in the first place. It depends on personal needs and overall goals.
At Nature’s Ultra, we love Young Living’s copaiba essential oil and have included it in past products, with plans to infuse our future products with it, as well.
Whichever alternative or essential oil product you’re considering, it’s critical that quality assurance is in place.
Consumer Confidence Provided by Nature’s Ultra Quality CBD
Whenever a product floods the market, there is bound to be instances of suspicious or downright falsified quality. Vendors who are only in the market to make a quick buck off a trend will pass off any product as the real deal.
That’s why, “At Nature’s Ultra, we pride ourselves on creating potent, pure, effective, and safe CBD products. We test during every single step of the process to ensure that our products are as high-quality as possible.”
Learn more about our commitment to quality assurance as a company determined to change the landscape of the CBD industry and deliver exceptional products to our customers.