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Both of these remedies have a lot in common when it comes to the available studies and hard evidence: the research is still lacking for both. One reason is likely because aromatherapy is somewhat limited in terms of what it can do for a person, but the biggest reason is that cannabis is still controversial when it comes to government regulations.

Since CBD oil and essential oils work differently, there are different benefits someone might be seeking that one oil offers over another. CBD oil works within the body to help regulate and support the body’s health, while essential oils work primarily through smell to help improve functions in the brain.

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What is the Difference Between Essential Oil and CBD Oil?

CBD can be used as a topical essential oil by applying it to the skin for absorption. Many CBD companies already offer products specifically geared towards topical use, like serums, creams, lotions, and body oils. Using CBD oil topically provides more benefits than essential oils as it can help improve muscle, joint, and skin relaxation.

Essential oils are not meant to be consumed, unlike CBD oils. Inhaling the scents from essential oils interacts with the limbic system in the brain that contributes to human behavior, emotions, memory, and smell. When applied to the skin, some of the oil is absorbed into the skin, but the research on the benefits of essential oils being absorbed into the skin are lacking. Applying concentrated essential oils to the skin can sometimes cause irritation, like burning, itching, and redness. It’s important to use essential oils that contain other base oils, creams or lotions that are meant for skin use to avoid irritations.

CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is a compound naturally found in the cannabis plant family. CBD is extracted from hemp plants because it contains high levels of CBD and low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. For full spectrum oil, the CBD compound is extracted from the plant in a meticulous way in order to extract the CBD and terpene and flavonoid compounds. Terpenes are the plant’s scent molecules, and flavonoids are the flavor molecules, which enhance the benefits of CBD. After the CBD is isolated, it’s a thick and bitter substance that is refined and tested for purity and potency standards. The CBD is then added to a carrier oil or water and flavoring to make it pleasant and easy to use or consume.

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Companies that are selling products said to contain CBD are bypassing this process. Their products are not meeting FDA standards because the FDA has not set any. The FDA reviews “applications to market drugs to determine whether proposed drug products are safe and effective for their intended indications.” 19 Without FDA oversight, “the purity and potency of the drug may vary considerably.” 20

A doTERRA chemist has stated, “[O]ur own internal investigation involving analytical testing and evaluation has found that various CBD oils on the market do contain significant levels of THC and therefore could very likely trigger a psychoactive response and/or positive drug test. Our evaluation has also shown that commonly purchased brands of CBD oil can vary greatly in their claimed CBD content.” 22

All doTERRA essential oils, including Copaiba, are CPTG Certified Pure Tested Grade. This means that the oil is pure: there are no added fillers, synthetic ingredients, or harmful contaminants that would reduce its efficacy. Each batch of oil undergoes rigorous internal and third party testing to confirm that oils are meeting our quality standards. Every bottle of oil has a unique Quality ID that you can use to view the GC/MS test results from an independent, verified third party lab on Source to You.

Are There Alternatives?

CBD acts on an enzyme called fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). FAAH breaks down the before mentioned anandamide. CBD slows down FAAH’s activity, which leads to increased levels of anandamide in the body 7 . Anandamide is an endocannabinoid the body makes which affects both CB1 and CB2 receptors, resulting in increased feelings of euphoria (CB1) and soothing of inflammation in tissues (CB2).

There is relatively little medical and scientific research regarding CBD. This is due in large part to legal and research limitations. Some studies indicate promising benefits, but the research is young, and it is still too early to come to any definitive conclusions about the perceived health benefits of CBD.

It seems that CBD has flooded the marketplace and can be found in every product imaginable, from mascara to doggy treats. Amidst this excitement, however, there are a few reasons you should remain cautious.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is responsible for enforcing the Controlled Substances Act. They also regulate “the handling of all controlled substances, including those being used by researchers to conduct studies.” 9