Essential Oils for Dogs: Copaiba vs CBD
Today's topic may be a little controversial…and you know what? That’s ok!
I know a lot of people choose to use medical marijuana products with their dogs and themselves, I am not here to tell you what is right or wrong, BUT I am here to share why I choose to use Copaiba essential oils for both my pets and my entire family.
We use Copaiba. My choice brand is doTERRA, because I know where every single bottle that I purchase is sourced from and I know that it works.
I know that each and every bottle I purchase is 100% pure and tested by a 3rd party vendor to ensure its purity. If it does not make the cut, the oil never makes it to our hands, period.
Let’s jump over to the medical marijuana side for just a minute….
For those that are not familiar with the background of medical marijuana, let me share a little info. By no means am I an expert on this topic, I am sharing what I have learned.
There are two components that have an effect on our systems, they are CBD and THC.
CBD interacts with our CB1 receptors which give therapeutic benefits such as tension release, decreased inflammation, reduced anxiety, and nervous system support.
THC is the controversial component that interacts with our CB1 receptors which are responsible for causing the “high” associated with marijuana.
Now, this is where it gets good….Copaiba is actually a third type of cannabinoid. Copaiba is BCP. There are actually traces of BCP in Black Pepper and Melissa, but Copaiba has the highest concentration.
This is different from CBD as copaiba directly affects the CB2 receptors and is a much more concentrated form.
So why is that important?
CB1 receptors are primarily located on nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. These brain receptors are also responsible for the psychoactive properties of cannabis when THC is present and binds to them.
CB2 receptors are mostly found on immune cells, which circulate throughout the body and brain via the bloodstream. They are also found in the spleen, as well as in some bone and liver cells. Unlike the CB1 receptors, CB2 receptors are not typically found on nerve cells.
Here is the concentration breakdown:
CBD derived from Hemp has a 2-4% concentration
CBD derived from cannabis/marijuana has a 5-35% concentration
doTERRA’s copaiba BCP is a 60% concentration.
doTERRA is the first company ever to formulate their Copaiba using 4 different species, making it the highest concentrated cannabinoid available. Yet because it is not a cannabis derivative, it will never show up on a drug test or make you high.
Now back to the reason that I will only use copaiba from doTERRA. Again, I trust the sourcing and processing. Every bottle has a QR code that can be scanned to give you the exact information for the oil in that specific bottle.
When I researched CBD products, this information was lacking, and hard to track down sourcing info BUT I have no doubt that there are good options out there. The bottom line for me is, I will not use products with my family or pets that are from an unknown source or grade.
This is a big part of the feedback I get from CBD users - one product works, the next does not and there is rarely a way to trace the source to know what you are really using.
For me, that is a big “no thank you”. Take or leave my two cents on the topic, I am just here to shed some light on the big picture.
The bottom line is, we are all going to do what is best for our dogs. If you appreciated the above information, I encourage you to check out the useful links below!
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