CBD(cannabidiol) is everywhere these days.
I’ve seen it in everything from dog treats to shampoo. Is it hype? What about other natural options?
What does Harvard have to say about it? Is cannabidiol safe?
“Side effects of CBD include nausea, fatigue and irritability. CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin, and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does. A significant safety concern with CBD is that it is primarily marketed and sold as a supplement, not a medication. Currently, the FDA does not regulate the safety and purity of dietary supplements. So you cannot know for sure that the product you buy has active ingredients at the dose listed on the label. In addition, the product may contain other (unknown) elements. We also don’t know the most effective therapeutic dose of CBD for any particular medical condition.”
“CBD has been touted for a wide variety of health issues, but the strongest scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications. It’s alsocommonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, studies suggest that CBD could help with both falling asleep and staying asleep. CBD may offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain. However without know what safe dosing amounts are, we could be creating other serious health issues.”
The key points:
First, we don’t really know much about the most effective and safe dosage as peer-reviewed research has been extremely limited. And, as we know from the essential oil world, since there’s no regulations we could be looking at very inconsistent quality. Low grade CBD won’t give you the results you are looking for and may even cause health issues Brand research is crucial.
Concerned about the THC content? For CBD to be legal it must contain less than 0.3% THC (THC is the psychoactive component of marijuana but industrial hemp naturally contains very low levels of it) CBD doesn’t get you “high” but even at 0.3% there is a possibility of failing a company drug test if you consume a large amount of CBD. Some manufactures are less than open about the full ingredients of there CBD oil. Again, brand research is crucial.
What does CBD do?
CBD effects the CB1 receptors (primarily located in the brain) in our endocannabinoid system. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS) you say? Well, it helps fine-tune most of our vital physiological functions. It promotes homeostasis (balance) in everything from sleep, appetite, pain, inflammation, memory, mood, to reproduction. Basically, the ECS helps bring balance to all major body systems and ensure that all systems work in concert with one another. In other words, anything that benefits the endocannabinoid system benefits our entire body.
But are there safer alternatives?
Can we get similar health and wellness benefits from other products? Does anything else benefit the endocannabinoid system?
The answer is a resounding YES; we do have alternatives. If you’ve followed me on social media for any amount of time, you’ve heard me mention Copaiba essential oil. Copaiba is a wonderfully complex oil from a beautiful tree in Brazil. With Copaiba, we have a the complex, complete chemistry from the resin. This allows a synergistic effect with diverse benefits. There have been a good number of peer-reviewed studies exploring the benefits of Copaiba essential oil
Copaiba has a high concentration(45-65%) of Beta-Caryophyllene (BCP) a chemical that works with the CB2 receptors in the ECS. “Substances targeting CB2 receptors have been proposed as therapies for the management of a range of painful conditions, including acute pain, chronic inflammatory pain, and neuropathic pain. So when we discuss this body system and these receptors, understand that there are many opportunities to have positive outcomes.”
In addition to BCP, Copaiba also contains d-Limonene, y-terpinene, and linalyl acetate. This powerhouse ingredient list allows Copaiba to offer strong support against oxidative stress, a healthy inflammatory response, as well as better stress management, and it works to bring nearly every body system into homeostasis (balance). It promotes healthy nervous, cardiovascular, and immune system function.
Because of doTERRA’s commitment to quality and testing, you can be completely. confident there are no synthetics or fillers in your bottle of Copaiba. doTERRA offers resources like SourceToYou.com where you can enter the batch number from your oil bottle to see testing results. I love that they are working towards more and more transparency all the time.
So how do you use Copaiba?
One drop of oil equals about 45mg of BCP. For most benefits, you’ll want between 5mg and 150mg. Generally 2-3 drops at a time is sufficient. That amount can be used every 4-6 hours if need be. It can be used internally/sublingually, topically or aromatically.
Various body system support: digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, immune. It’s a great antioxidant, promotes a healthy inflammatory response, helps support overall cellular health, so perhaps a better question is what wouldn’t you use it for? Personally, I feel like a small amount of copaiba daily is good for everyone.
Some specific examples?
- 2 drops each Copaiba & Turmeric in a capsule twice daily to support cellular health
- Copaiba combined with Peppermint is amazing for digestive support
- Copabia, Frankincense, and Lemongrass supports a healthy liver
- Copaiba plus Melaleuca can aid occasion skin breakouts
- Copaiba and Yarrow Pom support overall skin health
That’s just a small example of ways to use this miraculous oil. One final note about why I give Copaiba the nod: cost. CBD can get pretty costly (my research showed anywhere from around $50 to nearly $200 for a 15mL bottle) And the strengths are confusing because there are many inconsistencies. Many CBD isolates are diluted with coconut oil/MCT oil. doTERRA Copaiba is $35 wholesale for a 15mL bottle($46.67 retail) – and that is pure, undiluted Copaiba essential oil. For $35 you can get an account and get the wholesale pricing for an entire year. At 2 drops three times a day, that bottle will last for well over a month. You can also get Copaiba softgels, 60 for $32 wholesale.
My advice? Get the Copaiba oil and soft gels with the wholesale account.(click link to order)You’ll get loads of other benefits too (25% discount on all doTERRA products, access to my exclusive Facebook group, The Oil Adventure, one-on-one support and education, welcome gifts, and the list goes on and on. And you’ll get all that for less than you might pay for ONE bottle of CBD (read more about getting started)
Hop on the Copaiba Wagon. You’ll love it