COPAIBA OIL and BCP: The NEXT Cannabinoid (Move over THC and CBD!)

More and more people are becoming aware of the powerful medicinal benefits of cannabis for health and wellness – specifically, THC and CBD – which are the two most well-known and studied compounds in cannabis.  THC and CBD are called cannabinoids and they act upon and affect the Endocannabinoid System in the human body.

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) was discovered in 1988.  It has been developed over millions of years and has been found in every animal with a vertebrate, the earliest being the sea squirt 600 million years ago.  It is a complex signaling system that communicates with all the body’s systems to regulate and maintain homeostasis or optimum health.  The ECS consists of at least two types of receptors on cells all throughout the body which activate all kinds of actions. Many researchers are convinced that many diseases are a result of a breakdown or deficiency in this system.  That’s how important it is to health.

Through thousands of PubMed studies, both THC and CBD are now known to assist and complement the ECS and have been demonstrated to be very effective in relieving pain and inflammation and in treating hundreds of diseases, including Epilepsy, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease – even Cancer.  What many people do not know is that there are other cannabinoids that have also been shown to be very effective in treating health conditions.  Some of these cannabinoids are present in other plants besides cannabis.

Meet the newest cannabinoid: BCP (Beta Caryophyllene)

Beta Caryophyllene (BCP) is a terpene present in cannabis.  A terpene is a molecular compound found in many plants and essential oils which cause the fragrances we associate with them.   Many of the terpenes in cannabis are also very beneficial for health and work in synergy with the cannabinoids to make them even more powerful.

In 2008, researchers discovered that BCP acts directly upon the CB2 Receptor of the Endocannabinoid System.   The CB2 receptor is more present in the immune system – specifically white blood cells.  While THC fits directly into the CB1 receptor like a lock and key, neither THC nor CBD act directly upon CB2 – however, BCP does fit directly into CB2.  Because BCP acts upon CB2 in this fashion, it also activates the ECS – qualifying it as a cannabinoid and making it a worthy complement to THC and CBD and a remedy for many conditions in its own right.

Like CBD – BCP does not get you high like THC – it has no psychoactive effect.

BCP has been demonstrated in many studies to be very effective for the following conditions:

Arthritis, MS, chronic pain and neuropathy, anxiety, depression, insomnia, osteoporosis (increasing bone mass), arteriosclerosis, and epilepsy/seizures.  It may also help prevent diabetes, protect the gut, the vascular system, etc.  It’s also anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal.

Because it can reduce brain inflammation and increase antioxidant levels in the brain, studies show it has the potential be very effective in preventing and treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, brain damage from stroke, etc. in much the same way cannabis has shown.

It also has demonstrated many of the same anti-cancer properties of cannabis, which I have documented extensively in my course, Cannabis Oil Therapy for Neoplasm.  In the process of researching this material, I discovered that the healing powers of cannabis consisted of much more than just THC and CBD – it was also the terpenes (such as BCP) – that really helped to make the magic happen through synergy.  This is called “The Entourage (or Ensemble) Effect”.

Based on my research, I believe that combining THC and CBD with copaiba oil is more effective for full ECS activation on a preventative and therapeutic basis.

In summary, BCP can do many of the same things THC and CBD do – and it may be more effective in some ways. 

So where is BCP found – and how do we get it?

While BCP is found in cannabis and other oils such as clove, black pepper, hops, and melissa, it is not the best source.  The oil with the highest concentration of BCP by far is from copaiba (CO-PIE-EE-BAH), which is a tree found in the Amazon rainforest of South America.  The sap from the copaiba tree is used to make copaiba oil, an essential oil that has a concentration of about 55% BCP – much more than any other source.

Copaiba oil also has other terpenes and compounds which have health benefits, including alpha-humulene, alpha-copaene, alpha-bergamotene, and beta-bisabolene.  These other terpenes have also been shown to have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, appetite suppressant, and pain relieving properties.

Even though it’s been used medicinally for hundreds of years by South Americans, copaiba oil has been relatively unknown in the rest of the world.  It has recently been promoted by essential oil companies such as doTerra, and it has been favorably compared with CBD and its many benefits.

CBD Oil has been heavily marketed, however almost all of what is advertised online and in the public is CBD from hemp – which is not the same thing as CBD from cannabis!  The best form of CBD is derived from cannabis, because it is much cleaner and has much greater concentration of CBD and other cannabinoids than CBD from hemp.

I have many issues with CBD from hemp (specifically lack of cannabinoids, testing, and toxicity) and I don’t recommend it except for several notable exceptions.  The problem with CBD from cannabis is that it is difficult to produce CBD oil from cannabis that doesn’t have more THC than is allowed for general public consumption as a dietary supplement (0.3%), so you still need a medical recommendation.  My other concern is that even though the THC content in CBD oil will not get you high, it can still build up in your system enough so that a person using it on any regular basis could test positive for THC on a drug test.

Copaiba oil offers a great solution for many who can’t access or use THC or CBD for their health conditions.  Because there is no legal prohibition against copaiba (unlike cannabis), it is much more easy to get and use without legal consequence.  It also does not have the stigma of being produced from cannabis and does not impair you or get you high – so it can be used daily without restrictions – except when used in combination with some  medications (please check with your health care professional to be sure).

As a result of my studies into cannabis, I have not only discovered the amazing effects of terpenes – but also of the essential oils that contain them, such as copaiba oil.

I personally recommend doTerra’s copaiba oil, which is a blend of four species of copaiba.  In my experience, doTerra is a quality company with high standards and their essential oils are of the highest quality and effectiveness.

The oil can be used safely and effectively in many ways:  Diffused in the air with a diffuser, applied topically (preferably diluted with a carrier oil), or taken internally in small amounts with caution (remember these are powerful medicines – before using on the skin or internally always consult an aromatherapist for proper usage).  If taking internally, I would prefer sublingual usage (holding under the tongue for about one minute) and taking no more than two to three drops twice daily (unless you have a health condition or acute pain that warrants a greater amount for a limited duration). It can also be combined with other essential oils which can actually increase their effects.  Copaiba oil actually works very well when combined with frankincense oil (boswellia) – which is a tremendously beneficial oil in its own right.

The price at $46.67 for 15ml (about 300 drops) compares very favorably with THC or CBD tinctures which can typically go for $100 to more than $150 per ounce.  If you set up a wholesale account through doTerra (I can show you how), you can get it and other oils for 25% less – plus you get other discounts as well.  Here’s a FAQ link if you have any questions.

If you would like to get more information on copaiba oil, how you can get it, and how you can use it, please contact me by email at info@thehappyholistic.com.  I can get it for you directly or help you set up your own account to order.

 

 

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