What is Copaiba?

What is Copaiba and why do we add it to all our product?

The masterminds at Luna Vida were greatly intrigued by the research supporting Copaiba as a cannabinoid that holds its own in the therapeutic sphere. Cannabinoids are a diverse class of compounds found in certain plants that work in tandem with the neuotransmitters in the brain. Cannabinoids of all types actively seek out receptors (CB1 in the brain and CB2 in the immune and peripheral nervous system) and when they get together, like a lock and key system, they elicit positive responses in the body, both internally and externally.

The most well known chemical compounds of this class are found within the Cannabis plant. Due to Canadian restrictions to Cannabis use in topicals and medicinals, our production team partnered with Copaiba, a sustainable rainforest resource, for its promising non-psychotropic pain reducing, healing, health, and wellness benefits.

Copaiba is a genus of trees found in tropical South America. Indigenous tribes of the area have been collecting resin from these rainforest giants for centuries. The oleoresin that accumulates in cavities within the tree trunk is harvested by traditional practices: farmers tap or drill holes into the wood of the trunk to collect the resin that drips out, much in the same manner as harvesting maple syrup (Taylor). Once the resin is steam distilled, it makes its way into the products at Luna Vida, for both internal and topical use.

The most impressive compound found in Copaiba is a dietary cannabinoid called Beta-caryophyllene. Rivaling CBD of the hemp plant, Caryophyllene has produced results showing promising therapeutic benefits. “These include supporting a healthy inflammatory response, soothing discomfort, and positively affecting mood without the psychoactive side effects associated with other cannabinoids” (Beaumont).

Luna Vida created an entire line of botanicals showcasing the oil of this medicinal powerhouse. We are confident that you will grow to love and revere Copaiba as we do.

COPAIBA PLANT SUMMARY
Credit: Lelsie Taylor

Main Preparation Method: cold-filtered resin

Main Actions:
• Anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain-reliever), anticancerous, antimicrobial, wound healer

Main Uses:
• As a topical analgesic (pain-reliever) and anti-inflammatory for wounds, rashes, dermatitis, bug bites, boils, and psoriasis
• As an antiseptic, disinfectant, and antimicrobial agent for internal and external bacterial infections

Properties/Actions Documented by Research:
• Analgesic (pain-reliever), anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anticancerous, antifungal, antitumorous, antiulcerous, gastroprotective (protects the gastric tract), wound healer

Other Properties/Actions Documented by Traditional Use:
• Anesthetic, antacid, antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, cough suppressant, disinfectant, diuretic, emollient, stimulant

Sources
Cody Beaumont, PhD. “A Chemist’s Perspective: Cannabinoids, Cannabis, and Caryophyllene”
https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/science-safety-physiology-a-chemists-perspective

Leslie Taylor, ND. “The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs”
http://www.rain-tree.com/copaiba.htm#.W8d7UBNKiRt

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