Comparing the Benefits of Copaiba Essential Oil and CBD Oil

Updated on September 11, 2018
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I have been using essential oils and aromatherapy to improve my health, immunity, and emotional well-being for years.

Copaiba essential oil may be useful in treating anxiety and pain management because of naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the oil.
Copaiba essential oil may be useful in treating anxiety and pain management because of naturally occurring cannabinoids found in the oil.

What Is Copaiba Essential Oil?

Copaiba essential oil is made by steam distilling the gum resin that is tapped from the Copaifera reticulata tree which originates from Brazil. With its gentle, woodsy aroma, copaiba can create a relaxing environment when diffused. However, this oil is getting all the attention for its benefits when taken internally. Some have even compared the oil to CBD oil, saying that they have seen more benefits when taking copaiba. But is there any truth in the hype about this new powerhouse oil? Let's learn about why copaiba is so effective in treating pain, anxiety and more when taken internally.

Why Copaiba Is Similar to CBD Oil

While copaiba essential oil is not made from hemp or cannabis like CBD oil is, these two oils still have similar effects on our body. This is because both oils contain dietary cannabinoids. These cannabinoids are responsible for the many benefits that both oils give to the consumer. However, they each contain different cannabinoids in different concentrations.

CBD oil contains CannaBiDiol (CBD), which is a dietary cannabinoid that naturally occurs in hemp and cannabis plants. CBD oil that is made from the hemp plant has a low concentration of CannaBiDiol at 2–4%. CBD oil made from the cannabis plant has a much higher concentration of 5–30%. Unlike marijuana, most CBD oil is free of the cannabinoid THC, which is responsible for the "high" that people who use marijuana get. It should be noted, however, that some CBD oils made from cannabis may contain a trace amount of THC.

Copaiba essential oil contains the cannabinoid BCP, which works with your body in a way that is similar to CBD. Unlike CBD, there is no risk of your product having a trace amount of THC as it is not made from the hemp or cannabis plant. Copaiba essential oil also contains the highest concentration of cannabinoids at approximately 60%.

Why I Chose Copaiba Essential Oil

When comparing CBD oil and copaiba, a few immediate pros of copaiba stand out.

  1. There is no risk of ingesting minimal amounts of THC. Even though most CBD oil is free of THC, there is still a small risk that you may ingest a minimal amount. Also, CBD oil users may fail a drug test because of a "false positive" result. This is something that is extremely important for those searching for employment, or those that may be subjected to random drug testing.
  2. Copaiba essential oil is a much cheaper option. High-quality CBD oil can range anywhere between $60–$120. In comparison, copaiba essential oil ranges between $35-$55 in price.
  3. Since these oils are not regulated by the FDA, it is important that the CBD or copaiba oil of your choice is tested for purity and is free of pesticides, chemicals or heavy metals. Since the CBD oil industry is currently taking off, many new companies are offering the product. New companies may not have the third party resources available to test their products to be free of these unwanted additives. However, most essential oil companies that offer high-quality copaiba have been in business longer and have the resources available to test their products to be sure they are safe for use.


As of the writing of this article, the copaiba essential oil I chose to use is Doterra's. I chose to use this brand because of the company's strong history of testing their oils for purity and safety. I take two drops of copaiba under the tongue for anxiety and pain management. I do not exceed two drops a day, and it is not recommended for adults to take more than this. For older children (ages 12 and up), one drop under the tongue is recommended. Before using essential oils or CBD oil on children, please research and discuss the pros and cons of these oils with a healthcare professional.

Before starting use of either oil, please research and talk with a medical professional to see if these oils are right for you. At this time, I believe that both CBD and copaiba have great potential to help those with a variety of medical conditions. However, more research needs to be done on both oils to see how they interact with prescription medications, possible effects of long-term use, etc. Because of this, choosing to add either oil to your regimen should not be a decision made lightly. Both oils should also not be used internally if a woman is pregnant or nursing, as there needs to be more research done in evaluating the safety of these oils during pregnancy.


Essential oils and CBD oil are not regulated by the FDA. Because of this, one should be very careful if they choose to ingest either CBD or copaiba oil. Be sure to consult your doctor before ingesting any oil and research the oil you purchase to be sure it is free of unwanted pesticides and chemicals and that it is not diluted.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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