All those abbreviations are abbreviations for cannabinoids. Yes…cannabinoids as in cannabis, more well known as marijuana.

In my last article, I discussed the positive effects Copaiba oil has on inflammation, pain, gastrointestinal conditions, skin, circulatory health, uterine health, and more, because its main ingredient was the anti-inflammatory, analgesic cannabinoid BCP, or beta-caryophyllene. If you missed that article and all the information on Copaiba oil and its benefits, click here.

What are Cannabinoids?

Cannabinoids are chemicals related to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is marijuana’s main ingredient/chemical. Cannabinoids work by affecting the endocannabinoid system and their receptors, which are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells. This system literally forms a bridge between body and mind, and is why when people use marijuana, they feel “high” and/or in an altered state.

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Types of Cannabinoids

There are three types of cannabinoid: BCP, CBD and THC.

BCP, or beta-caryophyllene, is an anti-inflammatory cannabinoid that also has analgesic (pain killing) properties. It’s the main ingredient in Copaiba oil. In fact, Copaiba oil contains 55% beta-caryophyllene, but also has humulene (known for its disinfectant abilities in wound healing) and copaene (known for its antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti microorganism properties). Copaiba oil is legal, safe, and effective for a number of ailments and conditions, from skin care to gastrointestinal issues to respiratory health.

CBD, or CannaBiDiol, is a naturally occurring component of the cannabis and hemp plants. Hemp has a low concentration of CBD, around 2-4%. Marijuana has a concentration of CBD that ranges from 5-30%. This is the cannabinoid most commonly associated with medical marijuana and has benefits including pain relief, reduced anxiety, cancer prevention and treatment, reduced seizures, lower insulin levels for the prevention of diabetes, and more. On the federal level, it’s illegal. However, 16 states have passed CBD-only laws, which legalize the possession and use of CBD products for specific medical “qualifying conditions.” In Wisconsin, the only qualifying condition is seizure disorders.

THC or TetraHydroCannabinol, is the chemical in the marijuana plant that makes people “high.” It is the primary psychoactive chemical in cannabis, and is the ingredient that alters the function of the brain. THC resembles a cannabinoid that is naturally produced in our brains, called anandamide, which regulates mood, sleep, memory, and appetite. THC mirrors anandamide – even exaggerates it – by making a “high” person feel relaxed and hungry. This is the THC most associated with “smoking weed.”

Why the Controversy?

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, marijuana is illegal because it is classified as a Schedule I drug. A Schedule I drug is defined as a substance that has a high potential of being abused by its users and has no acceptable medical uses. However, medical “qualifying conditions” that some states have created CBD-only laws for seem to contradict that definition.

How long the debate of the legalizing marijuana is unknown. But what IS known is that Copaiba oil, with the beta-caryophyllene (BCP) cannabinoid IS legal, and has many of the same benefits (pain relief, anti-inflammation, anti-anxiety) as CBD. And with the added ingredients of humulene and copaene, makes it powerful and versatile!