The endocannabinoid (EC) system helps the body manage anxiety, inflammation, and other physiological responses to different forms of stress. Cannabinoids are signaling molecules that trigger the activation of the EC system when they are detected by cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2 receptors.The 3 types of cannabinoids include the endocannabinoids (produced by the body), synthetic cannabinoids and phytocannabinoids (produced by plants).

THC and CBD are 2 kinds of phytocannabinoids. The differences amongst the phytocannabinoids depend on the plant that creates them. Examples include the plants of cannabis, cocoa and black truffle.

Copaiba and Black Pepper are rich in the cannabinoid beta-caryophyllene (BCP). BCP binds to the CB2 receptor. CBD (cannabidiol) does not interact directly with either the CB1 or CB2 receptors. In fact, CBD works by inhibiting the enzyme that metabolizes the endocannabinoids. Therefore CBD and Copaiba, although both cannabinoids, affect the body differently. THC directly interacts with CB1 which results in a psychoactive high.

CB2 receptors are expressed in the hippocampus, immune cells and peripheral nervous system pathways involved in the sensation of pain. CB2 activation by beta-caryophyllene (BCP) has produced results that include supporting a healthy inflammatory response, soothing discomfort, and positively affecting mood without the psychoactive side effects associated with other cannabinoids like THC.

South Americans have used copaiba resin for centuries to promote the health of the respiratory, digestive, urinary, cardiovascular and immune systems. Current research shows that Copaiba essential oil is calming, soothing, and supportive to the skin and nervous system. Also, it has strong antioxidant properties, supports immune, circulatory and gastrointestinal health.

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Dr. Laurie Goldman is a medical doctor, psychiatrist, and functional medicine practitioner who’s been in private practice since 1999. She founded Clear Path Wellness to help her patients reach their maximum state of mental and physical health using a personalized, comprehensive approach powered by the principles of functional medicine, which treats the whole person, not just symptoms.   

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