Copaiba, CBD Oil, & Pain Relief
Fast pain relief is one of those things you have to experience yourself to truly believe, and that happened to me recently with sharp neck pain. I first tried a little stretching and applied PastTense–typically my go to for tension problems–but it wasn't until I applied Copaiba Oil that I felt the sharp sensation dissolve...incredibly quickly.
For me the relief was so strange and sudden that I had to learn more about copaiba, and interestingly, the endocannabinoid system.
Did you know that plants other than cannabis also contain cannabinoids? Found naturally in black pepper, clove, rosemary, and very richly in a Brazilian tree called copaiba, BCP is a natural endocannabinoid that can interact with the same receptors as CBD.
Yes, the endocannabinoid system gets its name from the plant that led to its discovery, but it is actually a very normal and important network in the human body, helping to manage pain-sensation, anxiety, inflammation, and other physiological responses to different forms of stress.
If you're interested in the detailed scientific explanation, check out the resources at the end of this post!
THC, CBD, & BCP
There are two main types of receptors discussed when talking about the endocannabinoid system: CB1 and CB2. CB1 stimulation produces a psychoactive high, while CB2 stimulation provides the nerve-calming, relaxed body sensation.
THC is the party of the cannabis plant, and what makes it "special" is its stimulation of your CB1 receptors (the high).
CBD (like in CBD oil) is also derived from cannabis, and provides the soothing benefits without the psychoactive component of THC. Many people in the chronic illness community use CBD oil to reduce pain and curb anxious feelings, and reap the benefits of cannabis while being able to work and drive without being... well, stoned.
However, research reveals that CBD actually interacts with an enzyme that also stimulates the psychoactive CB1 receptor, albeit in a much smaller amount and so not deemed hallucinogenic.
BCP is a natural compound found in many plants (black pepper, clove, copaiba), that only interacts with your CB2 receptor–all relaxation, no high, completely legal everywhere. While black pepper and clove oil contain lower concentrations of BCP, copaiba contains a whopping 55% BCP–one drop is extremely powerful!
To wrap this up and circle back to my experience, two drops of Copaiba Oil combined with a squeeze (tsp) of fractionated coconut oil applied to my neck was all I needed.
The price per drop of copaiba oil is 14 cents
Each bottle contains 250 drops... so that will last you a while!
More money-saving info below if you keep scrolling!
You can also use one drop of copaiba under your tongue or in a veggie cap, but be very careful about how you source your oil. Even health food stores carry many synthetic or untested products that can contain contaminants. Read more here about why we love dōTERRA for their rigorous standards, third-party testing, and commitment to charity work (like Days for Girls).
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A $35 membership with dōTERRA means you get a 25% discount on all products for a full year, plus rewards points back to buy more products! Personally I find it worth the value, since I use dōTERRA oils in everything from skincare to household cleaner to perfume. Aromatherapy is also a powerful way to train your brain and prevent stress hormones from wreaking havoc on your health.
Starting with an enrollment kit is even better because it waives the $35 fee and you get to sample more oils, though currently copaiba and vetiver are only available in the very large kits! See what appeals to you, and please let us know your experience @chronicallyhealthy or over email.
Note: It's really important to pay attention quality when buying essential oils... even health food stores carry many synthetic or untested products that can contain contaminants. Read more here about why we love dōTERRA for their rigorous standard, third-party testing, and commitment to charity work (like Days for Girls).