Copaiba Resin

Copaiba – The oil you may have been missing

For a long time, the benefits of CBD oil have been known yet even with the legalization of cannabis in many states this oil is still expensive and difficult to get.
In my research on CBD oil and how we might start using it in some of our products, I came across many articles about another oil that we happened to have in our arsenal already, Copaiba.
After getting through a lot of the hype articles that didn’t do a whole lot other than putting down CBD I found a few articles that got to the nitty-gritty of what is going on with these oils and what they are doing to be beneficial.
The primary component that is doing a lot of the work in both oils is beta-caryophyllene (BCP). In CBD the concentration of BCP is up to 35% and in Copaiba it is consistently 50%. It has also been theorized that the BCP is what is actually doing all the heavy work in CBD oil.
A major point that is brought up is that CBD does not appear to bind to CB1 or CB2 receptors where BCP will only bind to CB2 receptors.
Let’s back up a moment though because that probably made little sense to anyone who hasn’t been reading up on your endocannabinoid system. Throughout your body are receptors known as CB1 and CB2 which are involved in a variety of bodily functions including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory. CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain but some are also found in the lungs, liver, and kidneys. CB2 receptors are found primarily in the immune system and this is why binding to them does not produce any of the effects that you would encounter while under the influence of THC, which does bind to CB1 receptors.

Using Copaiba Essential Oil

Now that you know a little more about what Copaiba is and what it can do you are probably where I was and asking yourself how to go about using it.  The primary methods of use are topical, internal, and aromatic.

Topical application

In it’s simplest form you can dilute Copaiba in a carrier oil of your choice, I prefer Jojoba and Apricot Kernel Oil, and apply the oil directly to areas where you are experiencing pain or have other skin abnormalities.  We have added this oil to a number of our personal care products as well to enhance their healing properties.
By applying the oil to your aches and pains you will get it directly to the source and the oil will assist in alleviating it.  It is also very good at helping to heal other skin ailments, cuts, bruises, etc.

Internal use

This one is kind of yucky as this is an oil that is derived from sap, so as you could imagine it tastes like a sap.  Though many sources have claimed that you can use the oil straight and either consume it by adding a couple of drops to tea or putting it right under your tongue I prefer to use a dilution of 50% Copaiba to 50% Vodka.
Using any Essential Oil internally should be done with caution and in very small doses at first as these are concentrated oils.  That said using this oil internally is one of the suggested ways to get it to the CB2 receptors in your immune system and thus getting its benefits as directly as possible.

Aromatic

The actual scent of Copaiba is very light and almost unnoticeable.  Even so, you can put it in a diffuser or lava stone jewelry to promote a sense of calm and well being.  This is also one of the methods that this oil can help reduce stress.

Where to go from here

I hope you have enjoyed this article and look forward to any discussions it may induce.
I will be starting a series of blog posts to document my own experience with using Copaiba essential oil to hopefully get some real-world results for you and myself on the benefits of this oil.  I will be making these posts under the category My Copaiba Journey to make it easier for you to find.

References:
https://hempedification.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/copaiba-natural-anti-inflammatory-better-than-cannabidiol/
http://www.pnas.org/content/105/26/9099.short
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terpene
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabinoid_receptor

Disclaimer: The information provided is general and should not be taken as medical advice. Neither North Pacific Utopian Wares or associated business entities guarantee the accuracy of the information. Please consult your doctor, especially if being used during pregnancy, before using this product. You are also encouraged to test the product to ensure that it meets your needs, before using for mass production

Healing Salve

New Healing Salve in Testing

Healing SalveSince we started making products we have been formulating and refining a general use healing salve.  We made one version last year and had good results but we wanted to apply some of our more recent research to that recipe and test it some more.

One set back with a product like this is that we need to find injuries to test it on.  Luckily I am about to get another tattoo which presents a wonderful opportunity to test this on some pretty serious skin damage without having to wait until I do something dumb.

We are blending some oils you don’t always hear about like Chia seed, Pomegranate seed, and Cranberry seed which all have strong rejuvenation properties and help fight infections.  The essential oil blend we will be using will enhance the properties of the oils and provide even more protection and healing.

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Getting ready for distillation

We have been super busy making new products that are targeted at helping you to get natural products in your house to make sure what you are putting on your body will actually help you.
We have also been looking to our future and the need to make sure that the products we are using are sustainably produced and sourced as locally as possible.  Above is our first steam distillation setup that I have laid out so I can create a base for it to sit upon while it distills our oils.
We are super excited to start distilling our own essential oils which will be used in our products and available for purchase.  We will also be using the resulting hydrosols for use in our lotions and other products.

Our first distillation will be Lavender which we got earlier this year from Dales Lavender Valley  and it has been dried and stored just for this purpose.
Once the still is setup we will be sure to post some pictures and videos of the process so you can be a part of our continuing journey.