Copaiba Adulteration

September 06 2018 9 Comment(s)

As a popular oil, copaiba is often subject to adulteration. Copaiba is produced in the form of liquid resin and is then steam-distilled into oil. The resin itself is fairly cheap, but the distillation requires advanced equipment. Very few companies have the capacity to distill the resin to produce a pure oil. This oil is commonly adulterated with carrier oils in particular, such as cooking oils, castor oil, or coconut oil. Another option is to dilute the actual oil with the resin.

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Similar Oils and Their Isolates

Copaiba can be adulterated with several similar oils or their fractions. Clove, for example, contains eugenol, beta carophyllene, and alpha humulene. Eugenol is also present and is used the most through fractional distillation to get these isolated compounds. Other oils can also contribute to making copaiba oil because they contain isolated compounds such as bisabolene beta, which is taken from naoi oil.

Since copaiba is so expensive to distill, often the resin is sold as the oil. It contains all of the molecules of the oil, as well as the non-volatile components that are not contained in the oil. Due to the high volume of adulterated oil on the market, it is essential to purchase oils from a source that has a trusted third-party tester.


Comments and responses

  • Kathy:

    14 Sep 2018 22:23:00

    Does use of Copiaba oil affect drug screen?

    APRC Response: Hi Kathy! No, copaiba will not affect a drug screen test. It does not contain cannabinoids and will therefore not affect your test.

  • susan Neuenschwander:

    21 Sep 2018 17:14:00

    So, I buy Doterra’s Copaiba. Can you tell me if this is an effective oil?

    I also buy some of Melaleuca’s oils. Any word on their purity?
    Thank you!!

    APRC Response: Hello Susan! All of our results for dōTERRA are posted on All of their oils have been tested for purity by us. If you type in the lot number on the bottom of a bottle, the website will pull up the GC-MS test and the analysis done by our chemists. All of dōTERRA's oils on the market are pure. As for Melaleuca, we have no information on their purity.

  • Marc:

    25 Sep 2018 16:31:00

    Any issue with this passing a drug test if it was in your system? I know it doesn’t come from cannabis plant so there should be zero trace of THC. I have been asked that question and want to respond correctly and confidently. Assuming a 100% pure grade oil from a highly trusted source.

    APRC Response: Hi Marc! No, copaiba will not affect a drug screen test. It does not contain cannabinoids and will therefore not affect your test.

  • A Gamboa:

    07 Nov 2018 07:53:00

    Question: does “source to you” contain only doterra lots? What other brands can be checked in “source to you”?

    APRC Response: Source To You is a dōTERRA owned website and only contains their oils.

  • Kristie:

    10 Nov 2018 21:24:00

    Are you affiliated or funded by DO TERRA?
    Are any other companies just as pure?

    APRC Response: Hi Kristie! We do third-party testing for doTERRA. We also test for a variety of other oil companies, however we are not free to disclose any of their information due to client confidentiality.

  • Bethany Orvis:

    18 Dec 2018 04:27:00

    Thank you APRC.

  • Linda Anderson:

    31 Jan 2019 02:10:00

    What about Young Living Copaiba purity? Can you comment on this?

    APRC Response: Hello Linda, we do not test Young Living oils so we cannot comment on their purity. You can always send in any samples you want tested by emailing

  • Rose Bachman:

    07 Apr 2019 01:56:00

    Hi, I use doTERRA Copaiba Essential Oil for pain control and it is very successful for me. It was my understanding that the beta carophyllene has a large part to do with this. My question is in regards to CBD Oils. I have a friend who uses this and she claims it helps with her pain more than only Copaiba alone does. She says it doesn’t contain THC, do you know what other things might be in CBD that would help with pain more than Copaiba? I know you can’t speak specifically without testing their product, I’m just trying to understand why it might help more.
    Thanks, Rose Bachman

    APRC Response: Hi Rose! THC is a compound that is contained in marijuana that is the primary cause of psychological effects. It is not present in Cannabidiol (CBD) oil. Beta-caryophyllene is present in both copaiba and CBD, which is why they are often compared. We don't specialize in usage, so we are unable to comment on what may or may not be the effects of using either. We always recommend consulting a physician for usage questions.

  • Jeanne Espinosa:

    14 Oct 2019 05:26:00

    Hi, I was wondering if there are any chemical constituents in Copaiba oil that would interact with Warfarin? Thank you

    APRC Response: Hi Jeanne, APRC does not specialize in the usage of oils. We recommend consulting a physician for any specific usage questions.

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